Archive for May, 2013

Restaurant creates food service jobs in Jacksonville

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The opening of a new restaurant is creating buzz and also more food service jobs in Jacksonville.

Logan’s Roadhouse will open in September. The restaurant has steaks and cold beer on the menu.

Nashville-based Logan’s, “The Real American Roadhouse,” is a restaurant that revisits the classic roadhouse from days past and brings it to life .

The restaurant will be located at 13130 City Station Drive.

It will employ about 130 people, including servers, hosts, managers, barbacks, and bartenders.

The menu features more than 30 entrees including aged steaks hand-cut fresh on the premises, grilled chicken, fresh ground steakburgers, baby-back ribs, seafood, and specialty salads.

The 6,500-square-foot restaurant in Jacksonville will seat 237 guests and is reminiscent of American roadhouses of the past, complete with neon signs and an interactive jukebox. The restaurant will be the company’s first in the Jacksonville area.

“Our team searches the country for the best restaurant sites, and we’re excited about opening our first location in the Jacksonville area,” said Tom Vogel, president and chief executive officer of Logan’s Roadhouse. “We see a lot of opportunity in this neighborhood. We plan to be a valuable part of the community by bringing to Jacksonville a place where guests will feel comfortable and enjoy high quality steaks in a kickin’, upbeat atmosphere, all at a great price.”

Growing firm creates more sales jobs in Jacksonville

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

With more profits comes more growth, and one firm is creating several more sales jobs in Jacksonville.

W&O, a supplier of marine valves, pipe, fittings, engineered products, valve automation and data management systems has created six regional management positions for a more strategic approach to the marketplace. These positions will provide more direct senior-level leadership in working with its customer base and local management teams.

Scott Hendrickson, Northeast Regional Manager
Scott leads the Linden, N.J. and Philadelphia, Pa. branches, which service the entire New England and northern Midwest regions, extending from Nova Scotia to the Great Lakes to Baltimore. Having started his career as an officer on commercial vessels, Scott has been with W&O for more than 15 years, all of which have been spent servicing the northeastern region. Scott is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.

Carl Herman, Southeast Regional Manager
Carl Herman will lead the Norfolk, Va.; Charleston, S.C.; and Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa, Fla. branches. Carl has been with W&O for more than 20 years, most recently as Director of Materials Management, and has worked in nearly every function within W&O.

Debbie Garner, Gulf of Mexico Regional Manager
Debbie Garner will lead W&O’s Gulf branches, which include Houston, Texas; Mobile, Ala.; and Houma and New Orleans, La. Debbie has been overseeing W&O’s New Orleans and Mobile branches for nearly a decade and recently took over the Houston branch as well. In 2008, Debbie opened the Houma branch to serve W&O’s growing customer base in southern Louisiana and is now overseeing all Gulf of Mexico branch operations for W&O. Debbie started her career on the shipyard side of the business and has been with W&O for 20 years.

Jim Reynolds, Pacific Southwest Regional Manager
Jim Reynolds has been with Valve Automation and Controls (VAC) in San Diego, Calif., since 1993. VAC was acquired by W&O in 2000. Jim now serves as President & CEO of VAC as well as Pacific Southwest Regional Manager, overseeing both VAC and W&O’s Long Beach, Calif. branch. During his tenure with W&O and VAC, Jim has been instrumental in introducing successful valve automation packages to commercial marine, naval and wastewater projects throughout the region.

Bruce McLachlin, Pacific Northwest Regional Manager
Bruce McLachlin oversees W&O’s Pacific Northwest branches, which include Seattle, Wash., and Vancouver, British Columbia, that service from Alaska to Alameda, Calif., and around the Pacific Rim. Having been with W&O for the past five years, Bruce served as Branch Manager of Seattle before opening the Vancouver branch in 2010. Revenues from the Pacific Northwest sales territory have consistently grown year-over-year under Bruce’s leadership. Bruce joined W&O from a hands on family business and has transitioned to the marine business seamlessly.

Kristof Adam, European Regional Manager
Kristof Adam, who joined W&O in March of this year, oversees W&O’s European branches in Antwerp, Belgium and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Kristof came to W&O from Hydrex/Ecospeed, where he spent nine years developing and implementing their global strategy as COO to the founder. Kristof has strong ties to the maritime community in Europe and will take his aggressive approach in expanding W&O’s successes.

Businesses create retail jobs in Jacksonville

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

With the new labor statistics comes the news that businesses have created many retail jobs in Jacksonville.

Employment increased by 165,000 in April, with job gains in professional and business services, food services and drinking places, retail trade, and health care. Over the prior 12 months, employment growth averaged 169,000 per month.

Professional and business services added 73,000 jobs in April a nd has added 587,000 jobs over the past year. In April, employment rose in temporary help services (+31,000), professional and technical services (+23,000), and management of companies (+7,000).

Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places rose by 38,000 over the month. Job growth in the food services industry averaged 25,000 per month over the prior 12 months.

Retail trade employment increased by 29,000 in April. The industry added an average of 21,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months. In April, job growth occurred in general merchandise stores (+15,000) and in health and personal care stores (+5,000).

Health care added 19,000 jobs in April. Within the industry, employment rose in ambulatory health care services (+14,000). Over the prior 12 months, job
growth in health care averaged 24,000 per month.

In April, employment also continued its upward trend in social assistance
(+7,000). Employment changed little over the month in
construction, with small offsetting movements in the residential and nonresidential components. Construction gained an average of 27,000 jobs per month over the prior 6 months. Manufacturing employment was unchanged in April.

Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, and
government, showed little change over the month.

Employment increased in professional and business services, food services and drinking places, retail trade, and health care.