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Hillman Solutions dedicated expanded distribution center (Courtesy of the Jacksonville Daily Record) — Hillman Solutions dedicated its expanded distribution center and warehouse at 3650 Port Jacksonville Parkway in NorthPoint Industrial Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:45 a.m. on Oct. 19.

A news release states the expansion caps a 15-year presence in Jacksonville and includes new jobs. 

“The original Hillman Jacksonville distribution center is barely recognizable today after a multi-million-dollar investment to expand the footprint of 92,000 square feet to its current 190,000 square feet,” said Ben Wilcox, senior director of distribution at Hillman, in the release.

“The workforce has grown commensurately from nine associates to more than 90 associates and we’re looking to bring on 50 more employees.”

City Council approved a $200,000 property tax incentive in November. It provides Hillman a five-year Recapture Enhanced Value Grant at 50% for the $8.45 million investment.

The company’s investment comprises $7.25 million in real estate improvements and $1.2 million in machinery, equipment, furniture and fixtures.

The incentive package requires the new jobs, at an average annual salary of $30,000, to be in place by Dec. 31, 2023.

“We take great pride in the accomplishments we have been able to achieve. It is a testament to the hard work and innovation that each member of the team brings to the job every day,” Wilcox said.

“We will continue to create a workplace that values integrity and embraces diversity while maintaining a safe and efficient operation.”

Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Cincinnati, Hillman Group distributes hardware products to more than 25,000 customers, including Ace Hardware, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Tractor Supply Co. and Walmart.

Photo courtesy of Modern Distribution Management