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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Dec. 6, 201807:28 AM EST

Bonelli Enterprises to build-out manufacturing plant in Westside Industrial Park

The city issued a permit Wednesday for the window-making company, which matches the “Project Glass” approved for incentives.

Bonelli Enterprises S.E., which matches the code-named Project Glass, earned city approval to build-out a window-making plant at Westside Industrial Park.

The city issued a permit Wednesday for Tenant Contractors Inc. to renovate 72,102 square feet of space at 8291 Forshee Drive at a cost of $413,184.

Bonelli, based in South San Francisco, is a subsidiary of Pella Corp., a privately held company that makes windows and doors.

“Bonelli Enterprises S.E. will use the space as a manufacturing facility for windows,” says the project description, adding that 13,292 square feet will be used for light assembly.

The building plans show Bonelli will lease within the 158,529-square-foot multitenant Building 31. The architect is Atlanta-based Nelson.

Project Glass, whose corporate name was not identified in city legislation adopted Oct. 23 for incentives, proposes a manufacturing plant for home improvement products.

The project would create 135 jobs at an average annual wage of $46,472 by year-end 2023.

It proposes a capital investment of $7 million in manufacturing, equipment, furniture and real estate purchase and improvements.

The city adopted Resolution 2018-662 for a Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund for Project Glass.

The QTI is for $5,000 per job, or up to $675,000, payable over eight years starting in 2020. The city’s 20 percent portion is up to $135,000 and the state’s part is $540,000.

Project Glass was described as an established company looking for a Southeastern U.S. location where it can manufacture and distribute its products.

A legislative fact sheet said the company was considering leasing a 70,000-square-foot space in an existing building.

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