Largest containership to enter Florida port stopped at Jaxport


MOL Bravo, the largest ship to port in Florida, at Jaxport.

The largest containership to ever visit a Florida port stopped June 24 at Jaxport and the TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Point.

The 10,100 container vessel MOL Bravo came from Asia via the Suez Canal. The cargo ship was not filled to capacity because it would sit too deep in the water

In May, the federal government committed $21.5 million to a project that would deepen the channel to 47 feet, which would accommodate more cargo-laden ships that sit deeper in the water. Construction is slated to begin early in 2018.

“When our harbor is deepened to 47 feet, a ship like the MOL Bravo will move twice as much cargo in and out of Jaxport,” said Dennis Kelly, regional vice president and general manager of TraPac Jacksonville


Amazon Registration Event 23 Jun 2017

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In order to facilitate online registration in the region for those without online access,  CareerSource Northeast Florida  Resource Centers will designate computers for Amazon registration only and designated staff will be on hand to support the event. Our Resource Centers are located throughout the Northeast Florida region and will provide easy access for those without online access to register at   Please refer to Amazon Regional Career Day above link for details.

Logistics Industry Day

In conjunction with the Jacksonville Urban League, CareerSource Northeast Florida will host a Logistics Industry Day on May 9th. This events will spotlight current opportunities within the Jacksonville area and  provide job preparation training.  Please refer to the link below for more information and to register for the event.

Jax Urban League Logistic Day Registration

JIA Ranks No. 1 in customer service among North American airports

courtesy of Jacksonville Business Journal reporter Junior Skeeple

Jacksonville International Airport is ranked No. 1 in customer service among North American airports in 2016, according to the Airports Council International.

ACI, the trade association of airports, awarded JAX airport the award as a part of the Airport Service Quality Awards.

delta-air-lines_750xx2700-1519-0-253JIA also ranked third worldwide for ASQ’s “Best Airport by Size” in the five to 15 million annual passengers category. This marks the first time JIA airport received this distinction.

These awards validate our team approach to customer service where the entire airport community has a stake in our travelers’ experience,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO Steve Grossman said. “It also confirms the value of listening to our travelers and adapting to their needs.”

The ASQ program is unique as the airport industry’s only global benchmarking program measuring overall satisfaction of passengers at the airport. Implemented at over 320 airports worldwide, the ASQ is a statistically-valid survey of passengers at the airport. The in-depth survey covers 30 areas of the customer service experience including check-in, security, wayfinding, and food and beverage. The resulting database allows for a comprehensive analysis of the customer service experience at each participating airport.

JIA tied with Indianapolis and Toronto Billy Bishop Airports for first place among North American airports. JIA also tied with Amman, Chiang Mai, Cochin, and Indianapolis airports for third place in the best airport by size category.

JAXPORT CEO talks about challenges facing the port in 2017

JAXPORT CEO Brian Taylor addressed a crowd of about 200 people Thursday at the University of North Florida, recapping 2016 and looking into the future at the port’s annual State of the Port Address.jax-port-cranes

Although JAXPORT had a record-setting year in terms of twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) moved through the port, Taylor said he sees four main challenges facing the port in 2017 and beyond: Container alliances, global trade agreements, the political landscape, and the international economy, are concerns for the port that Taylor said leads to much uncertainty going forward.

In April of 2017, three major container partnerships, the Ocean Alliance, The Alliance, and the 2M Alliance will finalize their service operations and deployments. The partnerships will collectively control 87 percent of global container capacity in the world. All three of the alliances are currently operating out of JAXPORT, but their operations can change through altered trade agreements with the United States.

The Trump administration removed the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the renegotiation of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are issues crucial to the success of JAXPORT. With Asian container movement through JAXPORT rising 19 percent in 2016, free trade between the U.S. and the Asian-Pacific region are imperative to the success of the JAXPORT.

“In the U.S. so many of the things we enjoy everyday can only be produced in the quantity and quality and the timeliness that we want them here in this market is in the Asian-Pacific region,” said JAXPORT CEO, Brian Taylor. “The opportunity lies in creating smarter trade agreements with better terms for all ensuring that global commerce can continue.”

China was also a big topic at the State of the Port address. Taylor said 17 percent of Chinese exports, roughly 4 percent of their gross domestic product, is tied to trade with the United States. He also said 24 percent of U.S. exports are moving through China. President Trump signing an executive order removing the U.S. from the TPP, has given China the opportunity to come to their own trade agreement with the 11 nations that were included in the TPP confirms second Jacksonville center; two facilities will bring 2,700 jobs

By Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

A few minutes after midnight, Inc. confirmed what had been expected since July: It will open a second fulfillment center in Jacksonville that will add more than 1,000 jobs to the regional economy.

Employees at the 1 million-square-foot center in Cecil Commerce Center in West Jacksonville will pick, pack and ship large items like household decor, sporting equipment and gardening tools.

The 86-acre site already is being cleared at 13333 103rd St. in West Jacksonville.

Legislation shows the two centers will create 2,700 jobs and receive $26.7 million in taxpayer incentives.

“We think it’s a home run,” said district City Council member Doyle Carter this morning.

He said the Cecil center will draw workers from the Westside as well as Baker, Clay and Bradford counties. That means they will be buying gas and products in Duval, generating tax revenue for Jacksonville.

He also expects the two Amazon centers to “open a lot more doors” to introduce major companies to the area’s industrial parks.

Carter said companies are noticing Jacksonville and like its lifestyle.

“They found out how good Jacksonville is and how we have a great workforce,” he said.

Multiple centers mean larger investment

The prospect of a second center emerged as the Seattle-based e-commerce retailer announced July 27 it would open its first in Northwest Jacksonville at 12900 Pecan Park Road.

JAXUSA Partnership President Jerry Mallot said then that might not stop at just one fulfillment center in Jacksonville.

Signs strengthened in October when council approved $8.3 million in incentives for Project Velo and were confirmed in November when a building-permit application identified Amazon as the tenant at a project under development at Cecil.

Mayor Lenny Curry said in the Amazon news release this morning the development at Cecil is a “tremendous asset for our city.”

“I am looking forward to Amazon’s expanding presence in our city and contributions to its continued economic development and growth,” he said.

The Northwest Jacksonville facility is under construction and expected to open this fall. The 1,500 workers will pick, pack and ship small consumer items such as books, electronics and consumer goods.

Council approved $18.4 million in incentives for the facility. has opened multiple locations in several U.S. cities.

Aaron Bowman, senior vice president of JAXUSA Partnership and a council member, said in the release that landing a second facility in such a short amount of time “further solidifies the JAX region as a place of unlimited opportunity, fueled by possibilities.”

Together, the two centers represent a promised investment of $315 million — $200 million for Northwest Jacksonville and $115 million for Cecil.

During the past three years, the company has announced multiple facilities in Florida, including four fulfillment centers and two sortation centers, as well as Prime Now hubs in Miami, Tampa and Orlando.

It employs more than 4,000 workers in the state, the release said.

Mike Grissom, executive vice president of Enterprise Florida Inc., said the company has been one of the state’s best job creators since it announced its first project three years ago.

“This most recent project in Jacksonville is another great win for Florida and we thank Amazon for their continued investment and job creation,” Grissom said.

To qualify for the incentives, 500 of the 1,500 Northwest Jacksonville workers will be paid an average of $50,000 a year, while 325 of the 1,200 Cecil employees will make an average of $50,675.

Both centers will hire more workers for seasonal work during the holidays.

The bulk of the jobs are expected to pay $12 to $15 an hour, or about $25,000 to $31,000 a year.

As the Cecil Commerce Center land is being cleared, the city is reviewing a permit application for the building.

Although Amazon hasn’t said when the Cecil facility will open, Mallot said he expects it would be at the same time as the Northwest Jacksonville center.

That would be in time for the 2017 holiday season.

He said the first center uses more complex robotics for the smaller products while the second will be a more traditional center for the larger items and simpler to build.

Fort Worth-based Hillwood Investment Properties, the master developer at Cecil, will buy the land from the city for $8,819 an acre, or more than $758,000.

Hillwood is developing AllianceFlorida at Cecil Commerce Center.

The Conlan Co. is the contractor for both Jacksonville Amazon centers.

The multilevel Northwest Jacksonville center has a base footprint of 855,000 square feet and a total size of about 2.4 million square feet.

Those centers could draw employees from Northwest Jacksonville as well as north into Nassau County as well as west into Baker, Carter said.

Amazon also intends to operate a 63,000-square-foot delivery station in the Alta Lakes Commerce Center, nine miles east of the Pecan Park Road facility. No job count has been announced for that operation.

Attracting a workforce

Amazon says full-time employees receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including health care, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on Day One.

The company said it also offers employees programs like Career Choice, where it will prepay 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.

Since the program’s launch four years ago, more than 7,000 employees in 10 countries have pursued degrees in fields such as game design and visual communications, nursing, information technology programming and radiology.

The company also recently announced a commitment to hire 25,000 military veterans and spouses in the U.S. during the next five years and train 10,000 in cloud computing.

To learn more about working at Amazon, visit

The company did not specify the number of jobs that will be created at Cecil, although the legislation says 1,200.

That would tie for the second-largest jobs announcement in the city’s history, according to JAXUSA Partnership figures.

JAXUSA, the economic development division of JAX Chamber,   said in July the 1,500 jobs at the first Amazon center represented the single largest job announcement in the city’s history.

It said the second largest number was 1,200 jobs announced by Citi in 1998 and Bank of America in 1997.

Even at “more than 1,000” jobs, the Cecil figure ties for better than third. Deutsche Bank announced 1,000 jobs in 2008 and Prudential did in 1997.

Candace Moody, vice president of CareerSource Northeast Florida, said this morning the group is putting together a strategy to make sure prospective employees understand what the jobs entail.

“We hope to get a chance to meet with the company to talk about a strategy of recruiting, especially young people,” she said.

Moody said a company that needs a lot of employees with a high school education is important, especially in Northwest and West Jacksonville.

“The jobs are going into just the right place, right in the sector that needs the economic boost,” she said.

Moody expects the company will attract employees from outside Duval County, but questions how far they would want to commute to make $12 an hour as gas prices rise.

Still, she said, “I do think we will find there are a lot of people who are very interested in these jobs.”


Job Opportunity: JEA – Material Handlers


Under direct supervision, operates, troubleshoots and performs minor maintenance on both stationary and mobile bulk material handling equipment that is used to receive, store, prepare and reclaim fuel to provide a consistent supply of fuel to avoid any disruption to power generation. The job requires the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform a range of varied, non-routine skilled craft activities as well as a working knowledge of standards, procedures, regulations and best work practices associated with bulk material handling systems and equipment. This position requires the knowledge, skills and abilities to energize and de-energize high voltage switchgear and transformers, remove main breakers from electrical cubicles as well a competency to operate and troubleshoot HMI PLC control terminals and variable frequency drives. Frequent contact with individuals from vendors, contractors, shipping agents and marine vessel crews are required for sharing of information and compiling pertinent information. Compilation of data and the distribution of data to various work groups are required. May be required to work a variety of extended hour shift schedules on a rotational basis, including nights, weekends and holidays. 

Detailed Description


Provides technical training related to operating and maintaining material handling equipment. 

Operates, maintains and troubleshoots stationary and mobile bulk material handling equipment. 

Operates, inspects, troubleshoots and repairs the stackout, reclaim and limestone preparation systems.

Operates rubber-tired front end loaders in the holds of marine vessels in conjunction with the continuous ship unloader to remove fuel from the vessel. 

Operates electrical control equipment and disables and de-energizes equipment in compliance with established plant clearance tagging procedures. 

Ensures that all clearance tags are properly affixed and all documentation is properly prepared to remove equipment from service and to return equipment to service upon completion of maintenance. 

Establishes and maintains grade on berms in the Byproduct Storage Area. 

Removes byproducts generated by the combustion process . 

Performs all work associated with the Byproduct Storage Area to properly place byproducts generated from the plant combustion process in compliance with Department of Environmental Protection requirements. 

Monitors and inspects equipment to verify proper operation and identify problems; performs minor repairs; and initiates other corrective action as needed. 

Performs preventive maintenance tasks on material handling equipment. 

Performs cleaning and housekeeping tasks, as required. 

Uses standard office equipment and required software applications related to maintenance, operation and communication functions and enters data and statistics for operational and regulatory reports. 

Performs other job-related work as assigned. 

Job Requirements  OPEN REQUIREMENTS: 

A high school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of four (4) years production and construction experience which must include a minimum of one (1) year experience in the checkout, operation, troubleshooting, minor maintenance and preventive maintenance of a wide variety of bulk material handling equipment, and in the pre-operational checkout and operation of various types of mobile heavy equipment, including rubber-tired front end loaders, track-type dozers, track-type excavators, rubber-tired backhoes, and other associated equipment. 

To be considered for employment the applicant will 

Pass the Physical Abilities Test that is representative of the physical demands of the job. 


A valid driver ‘s license is required prior to employment and must be maintained during employment in this classification. 

A valid Class “C” Commercial Driver fs License (CDL) with a Hazardous Material Endorsement may be required upon employment and if required, must be maintained during employment in this classification.

Additional Details 

JEA is an equal opportunity and equal access employer that provides a safe, drug-free environment for its workers. Under F.S. 295, preference in appointment will be given to eligible veterans and eligible spouses. Veterans’ preference in perpetuity: A person eligible for veterans’ preference in appointment (defined by s. 295.07, FS) does not forfeit employment preference eligibility once that veteran or eligible spouse of the veteran has been employed by a state agency or any political subdivision of this state. Effective July 1, 2007, Florida law restores veterans’ preference in employment for all categories of protected individuals previously employed by a state agency or any political subdivision of this state.

How To Apply 

To be considered for this job opportunity, External applicants must apply online at . 

Current JEA/SJRPP employees must apply through Oracle using the JEA iRecruitment Employee Candidate link. 

Note: For consideration, all applicants must provide documents (e.g. high school diploma, GED equivalent, college transcripts, training documents, copies of professional licenses, DD214, etc.) as stated in the job description. You may either attach the stated documents to your online application or send the stated documents via email to . 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all stated documents are received and that all stated qualifications are clearly outlined within the submission. By proceeding with the submission of your application, you acknowledge that you understand that all stated documents and qualifications are submitted in accordance with the job specification requirements and by the job closing date. 

To be considered for this position you must include all relevant work history, education and certification. Please start with your current/last job and list at least ten years of work history, if applicable. 

Note: Internal Applicants must include their current position as part of their application. 

All stated documents must have been received no later than 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 4, 2016 which is the closing date.