Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

International Parts to Add Jobs as It Beefs Up Internet Site

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

International Parts to Add Jobs as It Beefs Up Internet Site

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In yet another sign that e-business is boosting jobs in Jacksonville, International Parts Locators intends to just about double in size -- both its employment and its plant -- to take on more Web business.

The Jacksonville-based company employs about 90 people at its Southside center, which finds automotive parts for customers, including individuals and repair shops.

International Parts, with about 3,500 parts suppliers in its database, runs a call center and within a month will unveil a restructured Web site to handle more business online.

"We are just getting ready to launch our e-commerce Internet site," said company founder and President Lonnie Margol.

As a result, the company expects to hire another 100 employees over the next three years as it expands.

International Parts operates along Davis Creek Court off Philips Highway, south of The Avenues mall. It now works from an 11,828-square-foot center and filed plans with the city to add 11,000 square feet.

While the estimated cost is listed at $500,000, Margol anticipates it will run a bit more. PQH Architects Inc. and contractor Schultz/Angelo Group designed and built the original structure and will handle the addition as well.

Margol said the company's business is focused on the U.S. markets and into Canada, although it ships parts worldwide. The Web site will take International Parts into the global marketplace.

The company will hire staff to handle growth of the existing business, to increase outside sales and to maintain the Internet site as well as continue operating the call center.

International Parts runs about 2,000 Yellow Pages ads throughout the country, he said, and company employees field calls and help customers find and sell parts. International Parts contacts suppliers, which then ship directly to customers.

Including the expansion as well as advertising, marketing and other development, Margol said the corporate investment "could easily exceed $20 million over the next three years."

Margol founded the privately owned company seven years ago and does not reveal sales figures.

International Parts started along Philips Highway near Emerson Street and built its current structure about three years ago, with expansion in mind. …

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