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Höegh Autoliners Reviewing Sites for New Jacksonville Headquarters

Representatives from Höegh Autoliners, Inc. returned to Northeast Florida this week and met with leaders from JAXUSA Partnership, a division of the JAX Chamber, and JAXPORT to review potential sites for the company’s new U.S. headquarters.

Last week, Höegh announced it is moving its U.S. headquarters to Jacksonville from Jericho, N.Y. The company’s decision to consolidate and move its headquarters to the region was to be closer to the Port of Jacksonville.

“Höegh’s decision to relocate its U.S. headquarters to Jacksonville underscores the company’s commitment to our region and the port,” said JAXPORT Interim Chief Executive Officer Roy Schleicher.  “It is the superior work being performed by our tenants, partners and employees that has solidified JAXPORT’s position as the nation’s number one port for vehicle exports.”

Representatives of the global provider of vehicle transportation services said they are looking for approximately 15,000 square feet of space near the JAXPORT facilities or on the Southside for their new operations.

“Our new U.S. headquarters in Jacksonville will enable us to be close to cargo, ships and customers, and to consolidate our activities in one office location,” said Steinar Lovdal, head of Regions America for Höegh.  “Jacksonville is one of the world’s largest automotive ports, and a natural place for us to be located. We also view Jacksonville as an attractive location from a cost perspective.”

The company will add about 15 employees to its Jacksonville office, which currently has approximately 20 employees.  The move will bring top-level and mid-level executive management positions to Jacksonville.

“We are thrilled by Höegh’s decision to expand in our region and excited to welcome additional jobs and investment to our community,” said JAX Chamber Interim President and CEO and JAXUSA Partnership President Jerry Mallot.  “We look forward to Höegh’s continued growth and success in our region.”

Höegh is moving quickly on this project and looking to complete the headquarters move by June.  The company’s international headquarters are in Norway.

 

About Höegh Autoliners

Höegh Autoliners is a leading global provider of Ro/Ro vehicle transportation services. The company operates around 60 PCTCs (Pure Car and Truck Carriers) in global trade systems which are managed from a worldwide network of 30 offices in four regions. Customers include global manufacturers of new cars, heavy machinery and rolling goods. In 2012, Höegh Autoliners carried about 2.45 million car equivalent units (ceu) and made more than 4,000 port calls.

About JAXPORT

JAXPORT is an independent agency responsible for the development of public seaport facilities in Jacksonville. JAXPORT owns three cargo facilities and a cruise terminal. According to a 2009 study, Jacksonville’s port generates 65 thousand jobs and more than $19 billion in annual economic impact for the North Florida region.

About JAX Chamber

The JAX Chamber is the business membership organization dedicated to driving quality economic growth in Northeast Florida to make this region the best place to work, live and play. Membership provides the opportunity to connect with and buy from other Chamber members. The connections result in business growth and a more prosperous economy.

About JAXUSA Partnership

JAXUSA Partnership is the regional economic development organization comprised of almost 200 top private sector investors in Northeast Florida, including the Jacksonville Office of Economic Development, JEA, JAXPORT, JAA, JTA, WorkSource and the regional county partners – Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties. A division of the JAX Chamber, its purpose is to facilitate the creation and retention of quality jobs and significant capital investment, resulting in a higher standard of living and better quality of life in Northeast Florida.


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