A state-of-the-art battery company is expanding its operations in southern Brevard County and creating 1,000 new jobs.
Gov. Rick Scott was at Oakridge Global Energy Solutions, in Palm Bay, as the manufacturer announced Tuesday morning the expansion of its operations to a larger, 230,000-square-foot facility.
The company says the manufacturing jobs will pay an average annual salary of $50,000.
Oakridge uses state-of-the-art technology to develop and build advanced lithium batteries and power systems for all types of motorized vehicles, from golf carts to remote-controlled cars.
The company expects to make some 4 million batteries a year as part of the expansion and needs a specialized workforce to do it.
"They are all high-tech, high-quality engineering, chemistry, electronics and related manufacturing assembly jobs,” said Oakridge CEO Steve Barber.
Company leaders say the hires will be made in the next three years as they try to get a piece of the $70 billion global battery market. The United States currently only owns a 1 percent share.
Nearly 2,000 new jobs have been announced in Brevard County in the last month.