Cantonment is a town in Escambia County, Florida, approximately 20 miles (30 km) north of Pensacola. Most of the people who live in Cantonment commute to either Pensacola or the Pace and Milton areas for employment. The two largest employers are International Paper and Ascend Performance Materials.
In 1814 Andrew Jackson camped his troops in what is now the Cantonment area. This is also how the town received its name; as a cantonment is a temporary quarter for troops. Over the years, however, the pronunciation of the town's name has changed to differ from the pronunciation of the word cantonment. Locals generally refer to the town as "can-tone-ment."
Today, the area is bustling with work for the Navy Federal Credit Union. With 4,500 employees at its 9 Mile Road campus and an additional 700 at leased space in Milton and on Pace Boulevard, the Pensacola location of the world’s largest credit union can’t grow fast enough. The first phase of an almost 1.5 million square foot expansion project is scheduled to open next summer, providing more than 400,000 square feet of space. The offices, parking facilities, energy plant and infrastructure will provide capacity for 2,000 employees at a price tag of $245 million.
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