Okeechobee County celebrating great economical news
By Rachel Leigh| July 11, 2013 at 5:37 PM EST - Updated July 11 at 5:46 AM
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - Nearly 30 new jobs are coming to the city of Okeechobee.
Florida Governor Rick Scott announced Thursday Charles Composites LLC has established its manufacturing operations in Okeechobee County.
The company will create 28 new jobs and $3.85 million in capital investment, according to a release from the governor's press office.
Governor Rick Scott said, "It is great news that we can celebrate 28 new jobs in the Okeechobee community. Florida's unemployment rate is well below the national average at 7.1 percent and we continue to create private sector jobs that are helping Florida families succeed. I am pleased Charles Industries has continued to invest in Florida and that is why I made it a priority to eliminate barriers on manufacturers this year - so employers like this could expand and invest in our state. This is a win for Florida families."
Charles Composites, a strategic supply partner of Charles Industries, an Illinois-based manufacturing and technology company, will manufacture and distribute underground enclosures to large utility providers, telecommunication companies, wireless companies, and cable television companies, according to the governor's press office.
The governor's press office said that Charles Composites has purchased a 40,000-square-foot facility on five acres that are ideally suited for the development and manufacturing of advance composite enclosures.
Charles Composites chose Okeechobee because of its proximity to major roadways, railways, major airports and ports such as Miami, Tampa, and Ft. Pierce.