Sanford, once the celery city, looks to become hub for high-tech and manufacturing jobs

SANFORD — This city has been known for a lot of things over the years. First celery, then breweries and now, city leaders hope, advanced manufacturing and high-tech industry.

In the past five years, nine companies have moved into or expanded in Sanford through state and local incentive programs, from aluminum and pump manufacturers to major airlines and aircraft maintenance companies. They’re the kind of companies that Bob Turk, economic development director for Sanford, wants for the city.

“They’re good-paying jobs for the community,” Turk said. “It’s the great blue collar-type jobs we’re all wanting.”

Altogether, the companies have been awarded $666,360 in incentives or tax abatements and are expected to create 272 jobs. Across all sectors, Turk is projecting the creation of 1,500 new jobs in the next year.

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