Locals Welcome Crown Linen (FL) Expansion
The news that Crown Linen, Miami, is building a new 40,000-square-foot plant in a low-income area of Ft. Myers, FL, has drawn praise from local officials, who are eager to support a new business that will employ 130-140 people once it’s fully operational.
Crown expects to open the plant this December in the Dunbar area of the city on a seven-acre tract of land. The offer of employment has enabled Crown to take advantage of an enterprise zone that’s in effect there, according to a news report – provided the work continues as scheduled.
“If Crown wants to take advantage of the enterprise zone, they’ll have to be in by the end of the year,” said Jim Wall, spokesman for CareerSource Southwest Florida, the jobs service organization run by the Workforce Development Board of Southwest Florida.
Businesses that open in the zone are eligible for tax breaks for each employee that they hire.
“This is a prime example of a company using the enterprise zone to move into a financially disadvantaged area,” Wall said. “I think this is great news for the Dunbar area because jobs will be available where people can live and work in the community.”
Crown intends to provide linen services to hotels in the Ft. Myers area. “We have some customers already in the area, and they are doing very well,” said Managing Partner Pablo Lucchesi. “Occupancy has been higher and it has been more stable.” This positive trend continues even during the summer months, he added. Click here to learn more.