Plans are to test robot drones

An airborne robot drone.

An airborne robot drone.

Bruce McCormack
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM.

A high tech firm is has its sight set on Carrabelle’s Hexaport.

Yesterday, Bruce McCormack, president of Gulf Unmanned Systems Center LLC (GUSC) met with the Carrabelle Economic Development Council to discuss plans to bring cutting edge technology to Franklin County .

McCormack has been pursuing this goal since, at the invitation of J. Ben Watkins, he came to Carrabelle last year to meet city officials and tour Hexaport. The building was constructed with grant money by Carrabelle in 2007 to house the GreenSteel modular home manufacturing center. That project was short-lived, collapsing in the face of a reduced housing market.

McCormack’s scheme is put the unoccupied Hexaport building, which belongs to the city with Centennial Bank holding the lease, to good use and bring much-needed jobs to the county.

In spite of some recent setbacks, McCormack is making progress toward reopening the factory building on John McInnis Road as GUSC headquarters.

McCormack posted ads for 10 jobs at the proposed facility on the Florida Workforce website in September. Now, he said, he has interviewed eight individuals, all willing to relocate to Franklin County , but nobody who lives in the county has applied.

“I would love to hire Franklin County residents,” said McCormack in a telephone interview. “But I can’t hire them if they don’t apply.”

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