Local manufacturer shipping $6M order to Peru

Author: Kristen Cosby, General assignment reporter, kcosby@wjxt.com
Christopher Yazbec, News editor, News4Jax.com, cyazbec@wjxt.com
Published On: Dec 16 2013 04:18:17 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 16 2013 04:20:42 PM EST
Vac-Con trucks
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -

A Clay County manufacturer is preparing to ship a $6 million order to Lima, Peru, a shipment that means a big economic boost for northeast Florida.

Vac-Con has one of its largest shipments -- 18 trucks -- headed from the Jacksonville Port to Lima.

"The fact that these trucks are actually manufactured right here in northeast Florida, creating jobs and opportunity for people well beyond just what we do for people here at the port," said Tom Jodi, of Vac-Con.

The company makes truck-mounted vacuum equipment and excavating machines for sewer systems. Think of them like giant shop vacs on wheels.

"These Vac-Con trucks are made in Green Cove Springs and have quickly become an industry leader," said Brian Taylor, JaxPort CEO. "They make about 300 new trucks every year."

Vac-Con employs nearly 300 people, making it the second largest employer in Clay County. Its trucks are across the U.S. and the world in countries from Canada to Egypt.

Vac-Con credits much of its success to the northeast Florida area.

"This area is conducive to manufacturing, to growth of business on the First Coast," Green Cove Springs Mayor Mitch Timberlake said. "I think that's really important and it's important to me that we're creating volume and manufacturing something in America."

The trucks head to Peru next week.