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Nov 03

October - Rocket Crafters and Coastal Steel Manufacturing

Posted on November 3, 2017 at 3:39 PM by Samantha Senger


In August, Cocoa City Council approved an ordinance requested by long-time Cocoa business Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC to amend the zoning district for the Grissom Industrial Business District to allow for outdoor propulsion testing facilities.  The request was made in support of Rocket Crafters, Inc. to engage in static test firings of its hybrid rocket engine technology at the site owned by Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC.  

A strategic partnership was formed between Rocket Crafters, Inc. and Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC, which provides manufacturing support on the project, necessary to conduct the test fires on this revolutionary new hybrid rocket engine on the property adjacent to the Coastal Steel primary facility.  

Rocket Crafters, Inc. has developed a large-scale hybrid rocket engine that will change the way we access space by making it safe, reliable, and affordable, facilitating the expansion and growth of space commerce. 
Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC specializes in rapid response manufacturing, fabrication and field services to a wide range of space, aerospace, and defense clients across the globe.  “Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC and Coastal Steel, Inc. are extremely pleased with the level of support provided by the City of Cocoa in the successful initiative to bring Rocket Crafters, Inc. and the associated manufacturing opportunities to our community,” said Dale Coxwell, President of Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC.  

By the addition of the proposed use by special exception approval, the City would be able to recruit businesses looking to locate on Florida's Space Coast and would be compatible with Brevard County's historical role in the space industry.   

“I am excited to see the progressive thinking from our businesses and the efforts taken to create our own economy.  The flexibility from staff and Council to diversify the business opportunities and grow the job base within our community is paramount to our success.  This is a real step forward for Cocoa as the Space Coast continues to thrive,” said Cocoa Mayor Henry Parrish.

For more information on Rocket Crafters, Inc., visit and follow on Twitter @Rocket_Crafters and on Facebook @RocketCraftersInc .  For more information on Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC, please visit their Facebook page @CoastalSteelmfg.
Jun 15

July - SeaDek Marine Products

Posted on June 15, 2017 at 10:08 AM by Samantha Senger

SeaDek Marine
After years of growth, and employing roughly 130 people at its headquarters in Rockledge, SeaDek recently acquired property in Cocoa to expand its manufacturing operations.  They anticipate moving approximately 30 or more full-time jobs to the additional location in Cocoa. 

With planning and logistics already underway, the company hopes to begin operations at the new facility as early as Fall 2017. Due to the close proximity to their current factory in Rockledge, the Cocoa facility was an ideal location for SeaDek's expansion, and allowed them to keep all their operations in Brevard County.
SeaDek manufactures a wide range of EVA non-skid products for OEM boat builders, aftermarket customers, and dealers. In addition to custom products, SeaDek offers an extensive line of retail items, including DIY sheet material, anti-fatigue helm station pads, coaming bolsters, and more. As a safe and comfortable alternative to molded-in non-skid, paint-on textures and other marine traction products currently available, SeaDek provides exceptional traction and aesthetically pleasing stylistic options. Made from UV protected non-absorbent EVA foam, SeaDek utilizes an acrylic-based 3M™ pressure sensitive adhesive for a lasting bond and simple peel-and-stick application. 

Founded in 2004, SeaDek is the leading manufacturer of EVA non-skid products for the marine industry, and their innovative products can be seen on the decks of many of the world's leading boat manufacturers.
SeaDek is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, and in 2014, became an employee-owned business with the implementation of an ESOP profit sharing plan. 

Cocoa is proud to welcome this great local company to our community. Visit their website at for more information. 
Jan 23

February - Amazon Metal Fabricators, Inc.

Posted on January 23, 2017 at 11:36 AM by Samia Singleton

February 1, 2017 – Founded in 1996 as a manufacturer of aluminum, stainless steel and wrought iron products for the transportation, construction and residential industry, Amazon Metal Fabricators, Inc. characterizes a company that understands its industry, knows its market and the importance of diversification to long term success.
Originally from South Africa, President and Founder Donald Benson relocated to Cocoa by chance. During a sailing trip around the world, he stopped at Port Canaveral to view a shuttle launch. While docked at Port Canaveral, his boat broke down. Then, he decided to stay in the area.
“We came here with the intent to watch the shuttle take off. Then one thing led to another and we’ve been here ever since,” says Benson, a process engineer by trade.
In 1985, Benson purchased Anchor Burglar Bars and IronCraft Inc., companies specializing in residential security bars and gates. Realizing the demand for residential security bars was decreasing, Benson diversified into manufacturing railing for condominiums. In 1996, he formed Amazon Metal Fabricators, Inc.
“At that time, there was good business for security bars, but…there is not such a demand as there was before,” says Benson.
In its early stages, Amazon Metal Fabricators, Inc. manufactured products for condominiums and high-end residence, specializing in spiral staircases, railings, gates and ornamental ironwork. “We did the railing on the entire 10-story condominium at 21 Riverside Avenue,” says Benson. Due to the recession, condominium and high-end residential development slowed down and Benson knew it was time to diversify the company again.
In 2006 Amazon Metal Fabricators, Inc. shifted gears from manufacturing residential products to manufacturing handrails for bridges and roadways for the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The success of Amazon Metal Fabricator, Inc. led Benson form another company specializing in noise and vibration reducing foam-filled railing named Foam Filled in 2009. “We found when we were doing condominium railings, under some conditions the wind causes loud humming noises on railings. So, we developed a process and built our own machine customized to inject foam into the railings to reduce the noise,” says Benson.

Benson’s business savvy has led Amazon Metal Fabricators, Inc. to become a leading manufacturer of metal products. The employer of six would like to eventually expand its companies into overseas markets.

For more information on Amazon Metal Fabricators, Inc. or Foam Filled, visit, or