Columbia County, Florida

Economic Development Department


Manufacturers thrive in Columbia County, Florida!

Here in Columbia County, manufacturers enjoy many advantages, including a large selection of available sites, some as small as an acre for light industrial and assembly operations and others up to 400 acres, offering plenty of space for even the largest manufacturing operations.

Columbia County also boasts an enviable network of federal and interstate highways and railroads connecting area manufacturers here to markets and suppliers worldwide from deep water ports on the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

Operating costs for manufacturers are very competitive here. In addition to abundant and affordable utilities, manufacturers here also have access to a workforce of more than 800,000 within an hour’s drive. With customized training and other services available to manufacturing, combined with fast and easy permitting on the local level, manufacturers here can get up and running very quickly. Local and state incentives, including the elimination of state sales tax on machines and equipment used in manufacturing, makes locating your business here even easier.

Columbia County is particularly well positioned for manufacturers in the automotive industry with its great transportation network and location within the Southern Automotive Corridor – the fastest growing region in the country for automotive and auto parts manufacturing in the country.

Manufacturers in the aviation industry will find Columbia County’s central location between two international airports and its proximity to several regional airports and private airfields very advantageous. With so many airports and HAECO – one of the largest facilities in the region providing aircraft maintenance and repair services at Lake City’s Gateway Airport – manufacturing businesses that support the aviation industry have everything they need to succeed.

No matter what kind of manufacturing you do, you can do it better in Columbia County, Florida. Contact us today to learn more about how we’re helping to make our makers more successful!