"Project Gorrie", also known as a company called Airtemp Mexico, set to bring 50 or more jobs to Bay County

Published: May. 9, 2018 at 5:26 PM CDT
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We first told you about "Project Gorrie" last year, when Bay County commissioners were looking at incentive packages to bring the project to Northwest Florida.

We now know Gorrie is actually a company called Airtemp Mexico that builds heating and cooling parts for the automotive industry.

"They have key customers like Volkswagen and Nissan that are located in the U.S. that needed them to be in the U.K. and the U.S. as well, so that's the reason they are coming to Panama City, Florida, to help serve those existing customer contracts," EDA President Becca Hardin said.

Hardin also said the company is set to provide 50 or more jobs with an average salary of $42,000 a year.

"This company has more than a thousand employees in Mexico and as they continue to have success in the U.S., we understand and we know that they're going to continue to grow in the Panama City location as well," she said.

However, bringing Airtemp Mexico to Panama City was a competitive project. The company was looking at building in other locations, but negotiations and relationships swayed the business to choose Bay County.

"The shipping line that serves that region from Port Panama City, they introduced us to that company a long time ago and then once we learned that they might one day want to have manufacturing in the U.S., then we pursued that idea relentlessly for about ten years," Port Panama City Executive Director Wayne Stubbs said.

The new facility will be located on 15th Street in Panama City and will be the first of its kind in the U.S.

The company has already closed on the property and construction is underway. They hope to be fully operational by June of next year.