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Adecco Group moving North American HQ to Florida

Adecco S.A. will relocate its North American headquarters from Melville, N.Y., to Jacksonville, Florida adding 185 jobs to the 364 already in the city, the company said Friday. The average pay of the new jobs is $64,000. The company,  which is expected to stay in its Deerwood Park campus, said it would invest $3.4 million in capital projects.

“We appreciate the efforts of city and state economic development officials, including Mayor Alvin Brown and Governor Rick Scott,” said Bob Crouch, CEO of Adecco Group North America. “They’ve made this project possible. We look forward to coordinating with local officials in the coming weeks to work through the final steps of this process.”

The mayor's office is working on legislation regarding incentives from the city details on what may be offered has not been disclosed.

In 2010, Adecco purchased Jacksonville-headquartered MPS Group, which operates Modis. Months after making the acquisition, it asked Jacksonville for incentives  as part of creating 100 jobs.

The 2009 announcement of that deal came as a shock to the local business community but fit in well with Adecco's strategy of going after higher-margin businesses such as that done by MPS.

Written by: Timothy Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal

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