Company to relocate, create machine jobs in Tampa

October 7th, 2018

One company will relocate and create more machine jobs in Tampa.

Automated Industrial Machinery, Inc. (AIM), a CNC wire bending machine supplier serving customers worldwide, today announced that it will relocate its headquarters from Addison, Ill. to Hillsborough County. The company will hire 45 local employees and invest more than $4 million in the building purchase, renovations, equipment and machinery.

Founded in 1992, AIM Inc. has grown to become the premier CNC wire bending machine supplier serving customers worldwide. The latest in technology wire bending equipment manufacturing is coming to Florida: AIM Inc. manufactures two- and three-dimensional CNC wire bending machinery for customers in more than 58 countries. AIM manufactures 48 different models serving the automotive, aerospace, military, medical, point-of-purchase display, refrigeration, food service, agricultural and storage industries.

“After two years of extensive research and the examination of six states, I found that the state of Florida is the best choice to relocate my company,” said Constantine Grapsas, President of AIM. “I fell in love with Tampa from my first visit. Besides a much better quality of life, Tampa offers a significantly friendlier business climate than Chicago, and Tampa’s outstanding international airport makes it easy to travel for our clients around the world. The Tampa EDC and Enterprise Florida have been extremely helpful and accommodating to work with during this process. I wish I had done this research 27 years ago.”

In addition to moving its headquarters to Tampa, AIM is starting a new company that will revolutionize the orthodontic appliance industry: Advanced Orthodontic Solutions, Inc. (AOS). The new company will manufacture micro wire bending machines for the manufacturing of orthodontic appliances and sleep apnea industry, providing equipment with superior accuracy at a fraction of the time of the currently manual operations. New models are set to be released for production in September 2018.

Cost of living affects Tampa jobs

October 7th, 2018

The low cost of living will affect Tampa jobs.

The Tampa metro area scored a cost of living index of 88.3 during the second quarter of 2018 – the lowest score ever since the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation started tracking it in 2000.

The cost of living in Tampa, according to the latest Cost of Living Index (COLI) report, is nearly 12 percent lower than the national average index of 100.

“Not only does the Tampa market provide an excellent quality of life, but once again it proves to be one of the most cost-friendly places to live compared to competing markets throughout Florida and across the country,” said Robin DiSalvo, marketing research analyst for the Tampa Hillsborough EDC and author of the report. “Tampa had the lowest housing index and utility index among Florida metros, which really sets us apart when attracting top talent and outside companies to the area.”

Compared to other major U.S. markets measured in the report, Tampa had the lowest index in housing and the second lowest index in both utilities and miscellaneous goods and services. Raleigh, N.C. and Jacksonville, Fla. tied for the second lowest overall cost of living in the U.S. at 91.7.

The composite index score is based upon individual scores for items including groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services, which are all weighted differently. Tampa’s lowest score was in housing, where the area came in at 71.1.

 

Company expands manufacturing jobs in Tampa

October 7th, 2018

One company is growing and creating more manufacturing jobs in Tampa.

Alternative fuels technology firm MLMC Florida announced that it will open a new facility in Plant City and create more manufacturing jobs in Tampa.

The company will add 45 new jobs and invest more than $10 million in the project. The jobs will fulfill various functions including production, maintenance, sales, logistics, control room operation and administration.

“As we were planning our market entry, we were targeting the Midwest and Southeast, but most importantly, we were looking for a community that was business friendly and had the workforce we needed to succeed,” said Jim LaDue, Chief Operating Officer at MLMC Florida. “Hillsborough County and Plant City stood out to us, and we’re confident we made the right decision.”

MLMC Florida acquires and processes pre-consumer waste materials, such as non-recyclable, coated paper and cardboard, Styrofoam, plastic films, wood materials and other process and packaging materials to manufacture a clean, energy dense fuel product called Enviro-Fuelcubes (EFCs).

The first fuel of its kind to receive a USEPA non-waste designation, EFCs are engineered to either augment or replace traditional fossil fuels like coal in energy intensive industries, offering a more cost-effective, cleaner alternative to traditional fossil fuel sources.

In addition, MLMC has developed proprietary and patented fuel injection technology that is capable of independently delivering EFCs into high efficiency combustion units requiring suspension burn which is common in utility power generation. This technology is also used to independently deliver EFCs into rotary kilns which are used to manufacture cement and lime.

Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “MLMC Florida’s decision to open a new manufacturing facility in our state proves that Florida’s commitment to developing a competitive business environment and a talented workforce, specifically for manufacturers, is working.  W

Manufacturing jobs in Tampa grow

September 9th, 2018

A number of manufacturing jobs in Tampa are growing, according to recent labor statistics.

Automated Industrial Machinery, Inc. (AIM), a CNC wire bending machine supplier serving customers worldwide, announced that it will relocate its headquarters from Addison, Ill. to Hillsborough County.

The company will hire 45 local employees and invest more than $4 million in the building purchase, renovations, equipment and machinery.

“After two years of extensive research and the examination of six states, I found that the state of Florida is the best choice to relocate my company,” said Constantine Grapas, President of AIM. “I fell in love with Tampa from my first visit. Besides a much better quality of life, Tampa offers a significantly friendlier business climate than Chicago, and Tampa’s outstanding international airport makes it easy to travel for our clients around the world. The Tampa EDC and Enterprise Florida have been extremely helpful and accommodating to work with during this process. I wish I had done this research 27 years ago.”

In addition to moving its headquarters to Tampa, AIM is starting a new company that will revolutionize the orthodontic appliance industry: Advanced Orthodontic Solutions, Inc. (AOS).

The new company will manufacture micro wire bending machines for the manufacturing of orthodontic appliances and sleep apnea industry, providing equipment with superior accuracy at a fraction of the time of the currently manual operations. New models are set to be released for production in September 2018.

AIM purchased a 52,900-square-foot building located at 14101 McCormick Drive in Tampa. The two companies plan to hire 45 local employees for a variety of positions ranging from engineering, sales, marketing, administration, component manufacturing, and assembly with an average salary of $58,000.

The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Hillsborough County and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Finance jobs in Tampa

September 9th, 2018

Finance jobs in Tampa are growing, according to recent labor statistics.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in July 2018, down 0.1 percentage point from the June 2018 rate, and down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. There were 383,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,246,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in July.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,800,700 in July 2018, up 210,600 jobs compared to a year ago. The industry gaining the most jobs was leisure and hospitality (+50,400, +4.2 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included construction (+38,200 jobs, +7.5 percent); education and health services (+33,700 jobs, +2.6 percent); professional and business services (+28,500 jobs, +2.1 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+21,700 jobs, +1.2 percent); financial activities (+16,300 jobs, +2.9 percent); manufacturing (+15,000 jobs, +4.1 percent); and other services (+8,700 jobs, +2.5 percent).

In July 2018, Okaloosa and St. Johns counties had the state’s lowest unemployment rate (3.0 percent each); followed by Walton County (3.1 percent); and Monroe County (3.2 percent).

Hendry County had the highest unemployment rate (8.7 percent) in Florida in July 2018, followed by Hardee County (6.8 percent); and Highlands County (5.8 percent).

Construction jobs in Tampa grow

September 4th, 2018

A number of construction jobs in Tampa have grown, according to recent labor statistics.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in July 2018, down 0.1 percentage point from the June 2018 rate, and down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. There were 383,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,246,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in July.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 8,800,700 in July 2018, an increase of 27,400 jobs (+0.3 percent) over the month. The state gained 210,600 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.5 percent. Nationally, the number of jobs rose 1.6 percent over the year. Prior to September 2017, Florida’s over-the-year job growth rate had exceeded the nation’s rate since May 2012.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,800,700 in July 2018, up 210,600 jobs compared to a year ago. The industry gaining the most jobs was leisure and hospitality (+50,400, +4.2 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included construction (+38,200 jobs, +7.5 percent); education and health services (+33,700 jobs, +2.6 percent); professional and business services (+28,500 jobs, +2.1 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+21,700 jobs, +1.2 percent); financial activities (+16,300 jobs, +2.9 percent); manufacturing (+15,000 jobs, +4.1 percent); and other services (+8,700 jobs, +2.5 percent).

The two industries losing jobs were information (-1,200 jobs, -0.9 percent) and government (-800 jobs, -0.1 percent).

Company creates operations jobs in Tampa

July 25th, 2018

One brewing company is expanding and creating more operating jobs in Tampa.

Tampa Bay Brewing Company, one of the longest operating and largest volume breweries in Florida, announced plans to expand its brewery operation to meet increased demand. The expansion will take place at its production brewery in Westchase and include the hiring of 12 new positions over the next two-to-three years and a capital investment of $700,000 in new production and manufacturing equipment.

The popularity of Tampa Bay Brewing’s award-winning Reef Donkey APA and seasonal offerings has significantly fueled the brewing company’s growth. By June 28, Reef Donkey APA will be available in every Publix Supermarket across the state of Florida. To meet this increase in demand, the owners of Tampa Bay Brewing decided it needed to invest in faster processes and additional equipment, so it’s adding two additional fermenters, a centrifuge, a grain handling system, a new high-speed canning line and an additional keg washer.

Tampa Bay Brewing was founded in 1995 and opened its doors in February 1997, making it one of the Tampa Bay area’s first craft breweries. It produces hop-centric beers such as Reef Donkey APA, Old Elephant Foot IPA, and the newly released Hop Silo Collaborative Series. When the brewers are not focused on hops, they are creating hundreds of fun brews to include fruited sours, Florida weises, and some experimental treatments available the two Tampa Bay Brewing locations.

Tampa Bay Brewing’s original brewpub in Tampa’s historic Ybor City neighborhood, which it still operates, opened long before the craft beer scene was the mainstream industry it is today. In 2015, the company expanded its operation with a second brewpub and production facility in the Westchase area of North Hillsborough County. Tampa Bay Brewing’s beers can also be found at thousands of retailers and establishments throughout Florida.

The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation assisted Tampa Bay Brewing with wet zoning for its new property that hosts beer festivals, permitting for its brewery expansion, workforce assistance, and is helping to facilitate connections within areas experiencing population and business growth.

“Tampa Bay Brewing is a flagship brewer of Tampa’s vibrant craft beer scene, and we’re proud of homegrown companies like them,” said Alan F. List, MD, chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and president and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center. “Tampa Bay Brewing’s commitment to produce handcrafted beers that complement our climate and honors our lifestyle is commendable, and we are committed to supporting their continued growth.”

IT jobs in Tampa grow

July 25th, 2018

One company is expanding and creating more IT jobs in Tampa.

Newgentek, an information technology company that designs, installs and supports technology infrastructure and workspaces, announced that it has expanded its North American headquarters in Tampa. The homegrown company will hire 20 new local employees and invest $500,000 in the project.

Newgentek was founded in 2017 by a group of IT entrepreneurs and professionals to provide end-to-end, turnkey technology solutions for multi-unit operators, hospitality and enterprise clients.

For multi-unit operators like restaurants and retailers, Newgentek sets up uniform IT standards that can be deployed across all locations. In the corporate space, the company builds user-friendly, functional workspaces that promote productivity with tools such as wireless technology, huddle spaces, and sound masking.

The Tampa Hillsborough EDC assisted Newgentek with property searches and connections to workforce resources like training grants. The company’s 6,400 square-foot facility located at 5555 W. Waters Ave., Suite 610 in Tampa is home base for its design, engineering and help desk services.

Newgentek joins a growing number of technology companies that have recently chosen to expand their operations in Tampa and Hillsborough County, including TransferWise, Revature, and Vendita.

“Newgentek is a great success story illustrating how a young company can grow quickly when it has access to highly-skilled talent and a pro-business climate,” said Alan F. List, MD, chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and president and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center. “We’re proud of our homegrown technology companies, and the EDC team is committed to supporting Newgentek’s continued growth in Tampa.”

Company expands, creates data jobs in Tampa

July 25th, 2018

One company is expanding and creating more data jobs in Tampa.

Validity, Inc., a global provider of data quality and compliance, announced that it has opened a new hub in Tampa because of the city’s commitment to cultivate a spirit of technology and innovation for tech-based businesses. The company will hire 75 local employees for sales and marketing positions with a significant investment through 2018.

The Tampa Hillsborough EDC connected Validity to resources for workforce training grants.

With offices in Boston, Tampa, London, and Toronto, the Validity team and its leading data integrity platform enables tens of thousands of business executives across the world to trust their data through quality certification solutions, compliance driven offerings, and data tools and services that support IT professionals in resolving the complexities of data management.

Validity, Inc. joins a growing number of technology solutions companies that have recently chosen to expand their operations in Tampa and Hillsborough County, including Revature, Vendita, and Frank Recruitment Group.

“We welcome Validity to our growing technology ecosystem here in Tampa,” said Alan F. List, MD, chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and president and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center. “Validity recognizes that Tampa has the highly-skilled talent it needs to succeed, and our EDC team is committed to supporting its operations here.”

Company expands, creates sales jobs in Tampa

July 8th, 2018

One company is expanding and creating more sales jobs in Tampa.

Validity, Inc., a global provider of data quality and compliance, announced that it has opened a new hub in Tampa. The company will hire 75 local employees for sales and marketing positions with a significant investment through 2018.

The Tampa Hillsborough EDC connected Validity to resources for workforce training grants.

With offices in Boston, Tampa, London, and Toronto, the Validity team and its leading data integrity platform enables tens of thousands of business executives across the world to trust their data through quality certification solutions, compliance driven offerings, and data tools and services that support IT professionals in resolving the complexities of data management.

Validity, Inc. joins a growing number of technology solutions companies that have recently chosen to expand their operations in Tampa and Hillsborough County, including Revature, Vendita, and Frank Recruitment Group.

“We welcome Validity to our growing technology ecosystem here in Tampa,” said Alan F. List, MD, chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and president and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center. “Validity recognizes that Tampa has the highly-skilled talent it needs to succeed, and our EDC team is committed to supporting its operations here.”