JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The job outlook on the First Coast is getting a little clearer. An eye care company is looking to expand and that could mean hundreds of new jobs.
Two companies are now considering the city for major expansion projects.VISTAKON, a division of Johnson and Johnson Vision Care, and ETC Logistics USA, which provides international trade and freight logistics.
This comes as welcomed news for the unemployed in Jacksonville. Thomas Hancock is among the nearly 300 people who walk through the doors at WorkSource on the Southside daily. He wakes up early in the morning, hoping it will be a good day.
"When you get something and they say we saw your resume, it's a relief. You feel like OK, I'm in the right direction," said Hancock.
Jerry Mallot, President of the JAX USA Partnership with the Chamber, believes the city is headed in the right direction with more companies eyeing Jacksonville for expansion. Both VISTAKON and ETC Logistics USA could potentially employ 200 people, and have an estimated capital investment of more than $250 million.
"I think that's exactly what our Mayor and city council want," said Mallot. "So I am confident they will approve the project."
Hancock, on the other hand, is not so confident these days. He's been on the hunt for more than 5 months.
"There's a lot of jobs that you've already applied for and you apply again," said Hancock.
He remains optimistic, hoping that the expansion really happens, and he'll actually be one of the lucky few to nab a job.
The expansion projects still have a few hurdles to cross, including getting the approval of the city council.