JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott kicked off his Building Up Florida Manufacturing Victory Tour by making his first visit Monday morning at the Jacksonville business where he announced his push for the legislation in January: Johnson and Johnson Vision Care.
Scott is celebrating passage of a bill eliminating of the sales tax on manufacturing equipment with a six-stop tour Monday and Tuesday.
He began the tour at Johnson and Johnson at 10:45 a.m. Monday.
Manufacturing companies will no longer have to pay the 6 percent sales tax when buying machinery and equipment.
North Florida manufacturers say they're thrilled that the Legislature passed the bill that will help them make capital investments and add business and jobs.
The governor said these companies can now put those dollars into hiring more people, marketing and research and developing, while at the same time making them more competitive with investments.
There are 17,500 manufacturing companies around the state, which will reap the benefits of the new bill.
The manufacturers' tax break will go into effect from April 30, 2014, to April 30, 2017.
"We have fewer manufacturing jobs per capita than most the states in the country because we've had this economic disadvantage for our manufacturing companies," Scott said.
Scott will also visit Pelican Wire in Naples on Monday and Frito Lay in Orlando on Tuesday.
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