Gov. Scott touts new gun plant as good investment

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state's contribution in bringing a new gun manufacturing plant to Kissimmee is a good investment for taxpayers and will help contribute to lowering the state's unemployment rate.

Scott was at the announcement of the planned Colt plant Thursday, along with several local other government officials.

The plant is expected to begin phasing in 63 new jobs for its new regional headquarters and product manufacturing center next year. The jobs will pay an average salary of just over $45,000.

Colt is making a $2.5 million investment, with the state incentives of about $1.6 million, including $250,000 from the governor's Quick Action Closing Fund and funds for workforce training.

Scott says the project will be monitored to make sure it offers a return for taxpayers.