in St. Lucie
Business attraction and retention is the core mission of the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie
County. The creation of a stronger and more diversified economy benefits every business, every organization
and every resident of our county.
Working with St. Lucie County, the cities of Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie, and the State of Florida, your EDC
helps grow our economy, creating quality jobs for our community.
Here are just a few examples of local initiatives and projects the EDC has assisted with:
A-1 Roof Trusses is a longstanding business in St. Lucie County and a premier manufacturer of roof trusses for the
construction industry in Florida and the Caribbean. The company is expanding manufacturing operations and storage
capacity at their existing 100,000 square foot campus with an additional 60,000 square feet. The master site plan
amendment was recently approved by the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners through an expedited site
planning process in five short weeks. The expedited timeline was necessary to meet the requirements of site clearing
deadlines due to scrub jay mating season. The $11 million project investment will include the creation of 28 new jobs.
Accel International Holdings, a manufacturer of coated wire and cabling, selected Tradition Center for Commerce in
Port St. Lucie as the location for expanding their operations in Florida. The company will construct a 150,000 square
foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility on 10 acres of land with a capital investment of over $55 million and the
creation of 125 jobs. Accel has acquired an additional 28 acres for future development activity.
Aerex Industries is a manufacturer of equipment for the water and wastewater industry located in Fort Pierce. To meet
the company’s growth needs, Aerex is expanding operations with a new 14,000 square foot facility and expanding
their outside storage area. The minor site plan amendment was recently approved by the St. Lucie County Planning
Department in only four weeks.
Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute. Cleveland Clinic Florida assumed control of the former Vaccine and Gene
Therapy Institute (VGTI) building in the Tradition Center for Innovation, Port St. Lucie in late 2019. The facility, now
renamed the Cleveland Clinic Florida Research and Innovation Center, will be home to world renown experts in virology,
immunology, genomics, population health and drug discovery with a focus on advancing patient care and improving
PlusOneAir is a new private air charter service company at the Treasure Coast International Airport. In 2019, the company
acquired two existing 14,000 square foot hangars from APP Jet Center in addition to the sublease of adjacent land for
expansion capacity. PlusOneAir is currently constructing two new 14,000 square foot hangars for expanded operations.
These two new hangars are the first new private investment at the airport since 2006.
Pursuit Boats, a leader in quality boat manufacturing, has called Fort Pierce home for over 35 years. The company
is expanding manufacturing operations with a multi-phase site plan to include three new buildings totaling 536,000
square feet and a new St. Lucie County scrub jay habitat. This project involved an extensive collaboration of local and
state partners including the St. Lucie EDC, St. Lucie County, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Army Corp of Engineers
and Florida Fish and Wildlife. Pursuit Boats donated 32 acres of land to establish a countywide scrub jay habitat. The
first phase of construction will include over 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The $20 million project will
allow for the creation of 200 new jobs.
The Virtual Business Recovery Center (VBRC) is focused on relief and recovery options, assisting businesses impacted
by the Coronavirus pandemic. Consultations and access to resources for getting “back to biz” are at no-cost. To learn
more, visit https://youredc.com.
Leaders on the Links is the EDC’s premier networking event, supporting quality jobs as well as career and technical
education opportunities. Scheduled for November 19 and 20 at the PGA Golf Club, this cocktail party and golf tournament
are not to be missed. Limited sponsorships are still available.
The EDC is proud to play a role in building business in St. Lucie. For more information about how the
EDC can help your business, or to learn more about becoming a part of the EDC, visit www.YourEDC.com