Facility expected to generate $5.5 million annually
By Chris Fish
TITUSVILLE -- A world-renowned provider of restoration parts for classic automobiles will build a new home in Titusville, officials said.
Eckler Industries, Inc., a provider of restoration parts and accessories for classic and enthusiast automobiles, relocated to Titusville in 1972.
The company will now build its international headquarters and parts distribution facility on a site along Grissom Parkway in Titusville, the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast announced in a press release on Wednesday, June 12.
The $9.5 million project is expected to create 65 new jobs during the next four years.
"We like the business climate here," said Matt Jordan, Eckler's CEO, in a press release. "We're delighted that we were able to work with Brevard County, others in local government and key community economic development organizations to ensure we were able to find a good location and retain the staff we rely on so much."
Officials said the new facility will be home to Eckler's business office and warehouse operations, as well as a call center. The company expects the new facility to double sales by 2018.
When fully operational, officials said the project is expected to generate nearly $5.5 million annually.
EDC officials said the company had identified a site for its expansion in a different county, but was recruited to the Grissom Parkway location by the city of Titusville, the Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority, the EDC, the Brevard County Manager's Office, the City of Titusville Planning and Zoning Office, Titusville-based Space Coast Economic Development Commissions and Brevard Planning and Development.
"When former Brevard County Commissioner Jackie Colon called and told me that Eckler was considering relocating out of Brevard because they had identified a property in Orlando that met their need to quickly expand, I was happy to facilitate several meetings with the team at Eckler," said Robin Fisher, District I Brevard County Commissioner, in a press release. "Representing the North Brevard Economic Development Zone, I met with our community's key stakeholders, and we all worked to make the necessary connections and convinced Eckler to stay."
Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the EDC, said the company's expansion will help the Brevard economy in the future.
"With its four-decade presence on the Space Coast, Eckler's has adapted strongly to our evolving economy even as it has lent stability to North Brevard through those changes," she said. "With this expansion, the company is committing to a continued role in strengthening our economy for decades to come, and, for that, we are thankful and excited."
Officials said the Brevard County Commission and Titusville City Council both approved ad valorem tax abatements for the expansion.