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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Sep. 11, 201212:00 PM EST

Advanced Disposal, Jacksonville Lime file for incentives

by: David Chapman

Two companies, Advanced Disposal Services Inc. and Jacksonville Lime LLC, have filed separate legislation for City and state incentives for a combined $1.89 million that would create 107 local full-time jobs.

The Daily Record first reported Advanced Disposal submitted its incentives requests with the City last week, but details were not available. Company officials have said it is considering four locations — Jacksonville, Milwaukee, Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C. — for its headquarters. It is currently in Jacksonville.

The company last week told the Daily Record that it will be the largest privately held environmental services company in the U.S. following two recent acquisitions and consolidation agreements.

According to legislation that will be introduced to City Council tonight, the $695,000 total requested incentives will support the expansion of the company’s Jacksonville headquarters and create 85 jobs.

Of the $695,000, $595,000 would be from the Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund program with a High Impact Sector bonus. The City’s contribution would be $119,000, with the state providing the remaining $476,000.

The QTI program refunds taxes to companies after they pay taxes and meet certain job creation requirements. The 85 jobs Advanced Disposal would create would have an $112,209 average salary, exclusive of benefits, and would be created by Dec. 13, 2013.

The remaining $100,000 request would be in the form of a Recapture Enhanced Value grant, also known as a REV grant, which is an incentive based on increased taxes generated by property improvements and is paid after a company pays its taxes.

Charlie Appleby is Advanced Disposal’s chairman and CEO and said in an Aug. 13 interview the company employs 370 people in Northeast Florida, including 35 people at its current headquarters in Baymeadows.

Jacksonville Lime LLC also has filed for incentives as part of a redevelopment agreement with the City and seeks $1.19 million total for the creation of 22 jobs.

The majority of its request comes from a $1.17 million REV grant, with the other $55,000 coming from the Brownfield Redevelopment Bonus program.

Of the $55,000, the City would contribute $11,000, with the state paying the remaining $44,000.

The proposed 22 full-time jobs would have a $55,000 average salary, exclusive of benefits, and would be created by Dec. 31, 2015.

Jacksonville Lime has a principal address at 1915 Wigmore St. in the Talleyrand area.

The address is also that of Keystone Properties and Keystone Port Terminals, which completed a $100 million port terminal near the Jacksonville Port Authority last year that was projected to create 200 jobs.

Listed managers for Jacksonville Lime are Thomas Buck, Bruce Inglis and Jack Fahler, all of 11 Stanwix St., 21st Floor, in Pittsburgh, Pa., which is the headquarters of Carmeuse North America. It operates under Carmeuse Lime & Stone.

According to the company’s website, Buck is president, Inglis is chief financial officer and Fahler is supply chain vice president.

Calls to Buck seeking comment on the incentives proposal and company were unsuccessful.

Also according to its website, the Carmeuse Lime & Stone has 28 plants that supply and serve most of the U.S. and Eastern Canada with lime and limestone and employs more than 2,000 people.

The Carmeuse Group S.A., the Belgium-based parent company, was founded in 1860 and has operations in 13 countries, more than 90 production facilities, up to 5,000 employees and annual production sales of more than 48 million tons of finished products. It entered the North America market in 1992 and established its corporate office in Pittsburgh and acquired several lime companies.

Both pieces of legislation were proposed at the request of the mayor. David DeCamp, Mayor Alvin Brown’s communications director, commented on the job-creation aspects of each.

“Mayor Brown always looks forward to collaborating with the City Council to help drive investment and job creation in Jacksonville, such as opportunities involving a corporate headquarters and the port,” DeCamp said.

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