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Money in the bank: Navy Federal keeps growing
Two phases of expansion will boost Navy Federal's workforce from fewer than 4,000 to about 10,000.

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Money in the bank: Navy Federal keeps growing

Navy Federal enters the second phase of its expansion.

Carlton Proctor | 12/26/2014

Weeks after breaking ground on a $200-million, 400,000-sq.- ft. Expansion in Pensacola, Navy Federal CEO Cutler Dawson announced even bigger plans.

The Virginia-based credit union, which boasts assets of $62.5 billion, approved a $350-million second phase of the expansion and the creation of 5,000 more jobs.

"Pensacola is a great place to grow your business and a wellspring of talented people to employ," said Dawson in making the announcement.

Dawson, a retired Navy vice admiral, says construction of phase two likely will overlap with phase one construction, scheduled for completion in mid-2016.

Together, the credit union's two expansions will push the company's Pensacola workforce — now 3,850 — to just below 10,000 and its annual payroll in the range of $450 million.

Dawson says the credit union's board is also considering a third expansion.

When fully built out on the sprawling 300-acre campus in Beulah, an unincorporated community about eight miles west of Pensacola, Navy Federal's investment will exceed $1 billion.

"Navy Federal's commitment of 5,000 new jobs and $350 million in capital improvements in its phase two expansion is huge by any standard," says Scott Luth, CEO of the newly formed Pensacola- based Community Economic Development Association. "Their average annual salary and benefits for these jobs is $49,000."

The company will get state and local cash and tax abatement incentives totaling some $30 million.

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