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Jax Daily Record Friday, Jan. 26, 201805:44 AM EST

Greencore renovating Tradeport food plant

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Company makes sandwiches, salads and other entrees sold in supermarkets and convenience stores.

Greencore USA intends to renovate its food preparation plant at 13949 Alvarez Road in Creekside Distribution Center in Jacksonville International Tradeport.

Reeves Insulation Inc. is the contractor for the $1.56 million project to renovate 19,200 square feet for production improvements and a facility update.

Greencore’s total tenant area is more than 62,000 square feet, plans show.

Greencore USA is a subsidiary of Greencore Group, an Ireland-based food preparation company.  In Jacksonville it makes sushi, sandwiches, green-leaf salads and ready-to-cook entrees for clients such as 7-Eleven, Trader Joe’s and Publix Super Markets Inc., according to city documents.

Greencore bought the Jacksonville plant through its purchase in 2012 of Chicago-based H.C. Schau & Son Inc., a third-generation maker and distributor of fresh foods with facilities in Woodridge, Illinois, and Jacksonville.

In 2014, the city approved $296,500 in tax incentives to Greencore for a $10 million expansion. The company had 259 local employees and pledged to add 283 jobs by year-end 2015.

The city Office of Economic Development said the incentives comprised a training grant of $141,500 and a Recapture Enhanced Value grant capped at $155,000 to be paid over seven years.

The training grant has been paid, according to the city.

As of Dec. 31, 2015, the company had 364 jobs over the 259 retained positions and invested more than $13 million. For that year, Greencore’s REV grant was $48,429.

As of Dec. 31, 2016, the number of jobs above the 259 retained positions was reduced to 113 and that year’s REV grant was proportionately reduced. The city said it calculates the amount at $16,146 but has not paid it as it waits for a company report.

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