Marion County Officials make push to bring Chewy, Inc. to Ocala
MARION COUNTY -- The gravy train is coming to Marion County in the form of hundreds of jobs. This after the city brought in two new additions in FedEx and Auto Zone this past year.
County commissioners and city council now have their sights set on bringing in pet products company Chewy Inc.
Carl Zalak said, "We've done all the things necessary to create the foundation for jobs to come here and now you get to see the growth happen.”
Carl Zalak and the rest of the board of county commissioners voted 5-0 yesterday to approve a 740-thousand dollar incentive project to bring pet products company Chewy Inc. to Marion County.
Carl Zalak said, "More than two thousand people showed up for the jobs at FedEx and that created great opportunities for them. That's how we know people are still hungry for jobs in Marion County, so Chewy Inc. is just the next step in giving them that opportunity."
Chewy's business is brining pet-related products to your door step at a low price.
And with the company bringing along 114-plus jobs and an average wage of 39-thousand dollars, Commissioner Moore says people should want to stay and work locally.
David Moore said, "We're still coming out of the recession so it’s going to help us with our under employment and our unemployment rate so it's a two prong thing. This will help us revitalize our community and provide jobs to our own people."
Construction crews plan to build the 50.6 acre facility at the Marion County Commerce Park right next to the newly opened FedEx ground hub.
The cost to build the facility is more than 31-million dollars, and city council and county commission combined are providing more than 1-million dollars in incentives towards the cost.
The state is being asked to provide 273-thousand dollars in incentives towards the project, but this all could be halted if Governor Rick Scott does not approve construction plans later this month.
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