Archive for October, 2018

Company to relocate, create machine jobs in Tampa

Sunday, 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

Sunday, 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

Sunday, 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