LAKE MARY, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dixon Ticonderoga Co., the world’s leading manufacturer of quality writing and art supplies, including the iconic No. 2 pencil, will expand its headquarters in Lake Mary, Florida with a capital investment of $1.5 million over the next three years. The expansion will create at least 20 new high-skilled and high-wage manufacturing jobs in the region, according to CEO Timothy M. Gomez.
As an international corporation and long-time valued Florida employer, Dixon Ticonderoga Co. received enthusiastic support from state, regional and local government agencies. The legendary education supply company collaborated on the expansion project with Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, CareerSource Florida and CareerSource Central Florida, City of Lake Mary, Seminole County, Seminole State College, and the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission.
”I’m very appreciative that the state of Florida recognized the value that the Dixon Ticonderoga Co. brings to the community and the job possibilities that will be created in the future,” said Gomez. “Florida is the perfect place to set up the headquarters for our upcoming growth.”
“We identify deeply with the state of Florida, going back to our days of creating products from local sources on Cedar Key. I’m excited to expand our headquarters and to bring our National Museum to the Sunshine State for our communities to enjoy starting in the fall of 2015,” he added.
Founded in 1795, Dixon Ticonderoga Co. (www.DixonUSA.com) prides itself on its longtime commitment to the community and to education as a strong supporter of the Kids In Need Foundation, donating millions of school supplies to ensure all students have the tools necessary to succeed in the classroom. Additionally, Dixon works with corporations worldwide to donate backpacks stocked with writing and art supplies for children most in need. Its Prang Power program rewards teachers and parents with free products from all Dixon brands in exchange for UPC codes (www.PrangPower.com). The company’s product line includes Ticonderoga, Prang, Dixon, Oriole, Das and Lyra brands. The company is a subsidiary of Milan-based Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini S.p.A (FILA).