Venus Fashion gets solar approval; TRUaire building at NorthPoint

Advanced Roofing is the contractor for the $1.29 million project.

Venus Fashion Inc. is installing rooftop solar panels.
Venus Fashion Inc. is installing rooftop solar panels.
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Venus Fashion Inc., a swimwear-maker and women’s fashion brand, will be installing rooftop solar panels.

President Jim Brewster said previously the panels will provide the majority of the power Venus needs for its operations at the main building at 11711 Marco Beach Drive during the day.

Venus now buys its power from JEA, which will continue to supply power.

Brewster said the panels will be sourced through Advanced Roofing Inc. of Fort Lauderdale and likely will come from North America.

Advanced Roofing is the contractor for the $1.29 million project. The city issued a permit Friday.

Plans show the solar photovoltaic project is approved for connection to JEA’s grid.

Venus is based in the EastPark business center in Southside.

The 128,000-square-foot building, built in 1995, contains administration, customer service, call center, swimwear manufacturing, returns processing, offices and other functions.

Venus Fashion is a company within Germany-based Otto Group, which bought Venus in 2009.

Venus Fashion grew from less than $30 million in annual sales at the time of its purchase by Otto Group to more than $300 million today.

Last year, it added about 250,000 square feet of space at One Imeson in North Jacksonville to the 100,000 square feet it leased there since early 2015.

Brewster said in April that Venus has almost 1,000 employees, split about evenly between Imeson and EastPark.

TRUaire building at NorthPoint

A California-based HVAC distributor will almost double the size of its Jacksonville warehouse now that the city issued a permit for construction in NorthPoint Industrial Park.

The city approved a permit for Dana B. Kenyon Co. to build a 163,615-square-foot shell warehouse at a cost of $5.73 million for TRUaire, which intends to buy the building at 12128 New Berlin Road upon completion.

It will replace the 90,000 square feet TRUaire leases in the park at 3509 Port Jacksonville Parkway. It took occupancy there three years ago.

Pattillo Industrial Real Estate is developing the center for TRUaire.

TRUaire Managing Director Tim McDonald said in July he expects the project to be completed in December or January.  TRUaire employs 23 people now and will scale up as it opens.

Jacksonville is one of four distribution centers that include Houston, Baltimore and at headquarters near Los Angeles.

TRUaire is an HVAC manufacturer that distributes residential and commercial grilles, registers and diffusers that end up with contractors who install them in homes or businesses.

The city previously issued a permit for foundation construction.

 NorthPoint is a master-planned development at Alta Drive and Interstate 295.



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