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Oct 08

October - Cutting Edge Machine & Fabrication, LLC

Posted on October 8, 2018 at 9:21 AM by Samantha Senger

Business Spotlight - Cutting Edge Machine & Fabrication, LLC
The City of Cocoa is proud to welcome a new small manufacturing business, Cutting Edge Machine & Fabrication, LLC.  Cutting Edge is a new startup founded by Martin Van Buren, a 2002 University of Florida Mechanical Engineering graduate.  

Cutting Edge Machine & Fabrication offers a full line of machining and fabrication services including, mechanical design, part design services, rapid prototyping abilities, machining, welding, sheet metal fabrication, CNC plasma cutting, finishing, product assembly and knitting, and has a Mechanical Engineer on staff.

Cutting Edge offers a commitment to quality that is designed to comply with their customers requirements.  They are consistently able to provide quality through the use of first article inspections of every manufacturing process and in-process inspections using calibrated measuring equipment.

“Engineering and Manufacturing have always been passions of mine, which is why I created Cutting Edge Machine & Fabrication.  I promise to carry that same passion and excitement through to our customer’s projects every day,” stated Van Buren.   

Van Buren selected the City of Cocoa for his business operations due to Cocoa’s ease of access to major transportation routes, availability of skilled labor, and proximity to regional industries in need of his services.  

Cutting Edge Machine & Fabrication, LLC is located at 534 St. Johns Street, Bldg. C, the site of the former Paragon Plastics operation.  

For more information on this new business, visit their website at www.cuttingedgemnf.com or call (321) 626-0588.    

We are excited to welcome Cutting Edge Machine & Fabrication, LLC to Cocoa!  
Jul 11

July - Mike Erdman Nissan & Toyota

Posted on July 11, 2018 at 10:46 AM by Samantha Senger

Councilman Don Boisvert, Assistant City Manager Matthew Fuhrer and Economic Development Manager Larr
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2017 by Erdman Automotive Group, on the 35 acre site west of I-95 off State Road 520 in Cocoa, which will be the new home of Mike Erdman Nissan, Mike Erdman Toyota, and Erdman Pre-Owned.  District 3 Councilman, Don Boisvert, Assistant City Manager, Matt Fuhrer, and Economic Development Manager, Larry Lallo were in attendance for this ceremonial event.  
The expansion to the new location includes 160,000 SF of buildings and an investment of nearly $30 million in new construction, machinery, and equipment.  It is also expected to create over 100 new jobs in the Cocoa community.
The new facility is expected to open very soon with the Nissan dealership being completed first and then an opening of the Toyota dealership and the Pre-Owned dealership.  
On July 4, 2018, Mike Erdman Nissan & Toyota held a Flag Raising Ceremony at their new Cocoa location, which the Mayor and Members of Council were able to attend and help welcome the organization to Cocoa.  
The new facilities will be state-of-the-art with new enhanced computer systems, equipment, machinery, and other amenities to enhance the customer experience.  The equipment and software will facilitate and enhance the tracking of customer flow through the service lanes and other shops.  Other efficiencies will include the diagnostic aspect of the vehicles, the monitoring of the sales process and time it takes to purchase a vehicle.  In addition, the on-site computer systems will be upgraded and enhanced and will utilize cloud technology for both technicians, staff, and customers.  These upgrades will allow a more efficient handling of the customers from the sale of the vehicle to the service of the vehicle.  
We are excited to welcome Erdman Automotive to Cocoa! 
Apr 20

April - Flying J Travel Center

Posted on April 20, 2018 at 5:01 PM by Samantha Senger

Flying J Opening
In August 2017, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new 13,600sf Cocoa Pilot Flying J Travel Center, its first Brevard County location just off Interstate 95, along State Road 524. 

The new travel center includes a convenience store and an attached Wendy’s, a PJ Fresh Eatery, and a Cinnabon.  The center has eight truck fueling lanes and fourteen car fueling positions.  

The Flying J Travel Center, which employs more than 100 people, is far exceeding expectations and is projected to contribute $3.9 million annually in state and local tax revenues.  

“The Flying J Travel Center is a great addition to District 3 residents along SR 524.  It also adds the needed facilities for trucks that come through our area.  Truck drivers now have a safe and convenient location to fuel up and rest in the Cocoa area,” said District 3 Councilman Don Boisvert who meets and has coffee with constituents at the Flying J nearly every weekday. 

“We’re thrilled to serve the Cocoa community and contribute to the local economy with our new travel center,” Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J said in a statement to Florida Today in August 2017. “Both local residents and those traveling through the Brevard County area and along Interstate 95 will soon be able enjoy the convenience and amenities of our new Flying J Travel Center.”

Flying J Travel Centers across the country serve more than 1.3 million customers daily and the one in Cocoa is now one of 29 locations in Florida.  

This new business will be a great asset for the Walmart Distribution Center that is currently being constructed along SR 524 as well.  It is also part of a recent flurry of development along the SR 524 and I95 corridor in the Cocoa area.  With the amount of available property and central location, this area is prime for development.