STEDF Announces Florida Marine Expansion In Mandeville, Harvey
MANDEVILLE, LA – The St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation (STEDF) announced the expansion of Florida Marine, LLC in Mandeville.
Today, Florida Marine broke ground for a major expansion to its Mandeville offices, creating space for an additional 40 positions.
The event took place at 9:30 a.m. at 2360 5th St. in Mandeville.
The expansion will add 27,500 square feet to the company’s current operations, bringing the total office space to more than 55,000 square feet.
Dennis A. Pasentine, the owner and CEO of Florida Marine, LLC, said, “Florida Marine relocated its corporate headquarters to Mandeville in 2001 and then purchased its present office building in 2004. We have been very happy in St. Tammany Parish and are pleased to be expanding our offices. We appreciate how well the Parish of St. Tammany and the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation have worked with us and we look forward to continuing to operate and expand in St. Tammany.”
STEDF has worked with Florida Marine, LLC for years through the nonprofit’s business retention program.
Brenda Bertus, CEO of STEDF, said, “Our mission is to promote a growing and vibrant economy in St. Tammany. By identifying the economic drivers in our community like Florida Marine, we can create a nurturing climate for the locally-based businesses that provide jobs for our residents. Whenever a company like Florida Marine chooses to expand their operations, it highlights the success corporate offices enjoy here.”
“We congratulate Florida Marine on their expansion,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “The maritime industry is woven into the fabric of our community, and this growth will provide job opportunities and positive economic impact. We wish them every success.”
The expansion will create a campus style environment with landscape architecture by Kyle and Associates and will include a courtyard and outdoor cooking space for employee and customer events. Each building will be equipped with a backup power supply in case of emergency.
The project has been designed by Greenleaf Architects and is being constructed by Kent Design Build. The new construction will include a glass atrium lobby connecting the expansion space to the existing building. Located inside the atrium lobby will be a glass lined catwalk connecting the second floors of the respective buildings. The completed project will include a total of three conference rooms and four breakout spaces.
Extensive updates to the current building will include renovating the exterior to match the new building and installing matching high performance glass. The offices will include a geothermal HVAC system and LED lighting to reduce operating costs.
The construction will create 180 temporary jobs and cost an estimated $7.2 million.
Florida Marine is also expanding its shipyard in Harvey, LA, where it expects to create an additional 200 jobs.