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Company creates more facility jobs in Tampa

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

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

Alternative fuels technology firm MLMC Florida (“MLMC”) announced that it will open a new facility in Plant City. 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.

“Every new job is an opportunity for Florida families,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott. “I’m proud to announce more job growth in Plant City and I will never stop fighting to make sure that Florida continues to outpace the nation for job creation. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created nearly 1.6 million jobs and our unemployment rate is the lowest since April 2007.”

“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.  We are proud to have companies like MLMC Florida move to our state and create jobs for hardworking Florida families.”

Company to create legal jobs in Tampa

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

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

Global law firm Baker McKenzie announced plans for a new center in Tampa, which will create more than 300 new jobs.

The Tampa Center will provide support to Baker McKenzie and its global clients — for example, in Legal Services, Finance, IT, Knowledge Management, Operations, Business Development, Marketing and Communications, and Talent.

Baker McKenzie will be the largest global law firm to establish operations in Tampa. The project was made possible through strong partnerships with Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

“This announcement is a huge win for Tampa and further evidence that our city has what it takes to compete and attract major global operations,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa. “Tampa has earned a reputation as a top business destination with the exceptional talent and quality of life that the world’s most competitive employers demand. The addition of Baker McKenzie will bring great prestige to Tampa and help fuel our increasing momentum.”

Financial and professional services is the fastest growing industry sector in the Tampa metro area, with year-over-year employment gains and a workforce of around 1.5 million in the vicinity. Tampa and Hillsborough County offer a competitive alternative to the traditional financial centers of the US Northeast.

“Tampa and Hillsborough County are hugely attractive to global investment, as today’s announcement demonstrates — and in particular because of the exceptional talent available here for the information technology and financial and professional services sectors,” said Judy Genshaft, Ph.D., chair of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and president of the University of South Florida System. “We know that Baker McKenzie will enjoy the success other multinational companies have had in this market. The EDC is committed to supporting them as they establish and grow their operations here.”

Cost of living and Tampa jobs

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

The cost of living for Tampa jobs is fairly low, according to a recent survey.

The Tampa metro area scored a cost of living index of 89.6 during the third quarter of 2018 – 2.1 percent lower than the same quarter of the previous year. The cost of living in Tampa, according to the latest Cost of Living Index (COLI) report, is 10.4 percent lower than the national average index of 100.

“Once again Tampa’s Cost of Living is well below the national average,” said Robin DiSalvo, marketing research analyst for the Tampa Hillsborough EDC and author of the report. “Most notably, the Tampa area ranks lowest in the state in both housing and utilities, arguably the biggest contributors to one’s living expenses. These favorable rankings bode well for our market as we compete for top talent and high-wage jobs.”

Tampa’s housing index came in lower than both the major metro areas and the Florida metro areas at 71.5. Tampa also had the lowest index in Utilities at 85.7 among the Florida metros. Jacksonville, Fla. at 91.1 and Raleigh, N.C. at 91.8, had the second and third lowest overall cost of living in the U.S., respectively.

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.

The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation is the lead designated economic development agency for Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace.  A partnership between the public sector and private corporate investors, the EDC works to develop and sustain a thriving local economy.

Construction jobs in Long Island grow

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

The number of construction jobs in Long Island are growing, according to recent labor statistics.

Health care added 36,000 jobs in October. Within the industry, employment growth occurred in hospitals (+13,000) and in nursing and residential care facilities (+8,000). Employment in ambulatory health care services continued to trend up (+14,000).

Over the past 12 months, health care employment grew by 323,000. In October, employment in manufacturing increased by 32,000. Most of the increase occurred in durable goods manufacturing, with a gain in transportation equipment (+10,000). Manufacturing has added 296,000 jobs over the year, largely in durable goods industries.

Construction employment rose by 30,000 in October, with nearly half of the gain occurring among residential specialty trade contractors (+14,000). Over the year, construction has added 330,000 jobs.

Transportation and warehousing added 25,000 jobs in October. Within the industry, employment growth occurred in couriers and messengers (+8,000) and in warehousing and storage (+8,000). Over the year, employment in transportation and warehousing has increased by 184,000.

Employment in leisure and hospitality edged up in October (+42,000). Employment was unchanged in September, likely reflecting the impact of Hurricane Florence.

The average gain for the 2 months combined (+21,000) was the same as the average monthly gain in the industry for the 12-month period prior to September. In October, employment in professional and business services continued to trend up (+35,000). Over the year, the industry has added 516,000 jobs.

Company creates legal jobs in Tampa

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

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

Law firm Baker McKenzie announced plans for a new Center in Tampa, Florida in the United States, which will create more than 300 new high-quality jobs.

An innovative hub, connected with the Firm’s offices globally, the Tampa Center will provide expert support to Baker McKenzie and its global clients — for example, in Legal Services, Finance, IT, Knowledge Management, Operations, Business Development, Marketing and Communications, and Talent.

The Center is expected to be fully operational in the beginning of 2020. Its development builds upon the success of Baker McKenzie’s operations in Manila (Philippines) and Belfast (Northern Ireland) and is part of a major program across the Firm to enhance quality and provide the best possible “follow the sun” support to clients around the world.

Jamie Lawless will be the new Executive Director for the Tampa Center. Jamie previously served as Director of Implementation and Chief Operating Officer of  Baker McKenzie’s Washington, D.C. and New York offices. Earlier in her career Jamie held several Vice President roles at Swiss Post Solutions and worked as a consultant for Accenture. Jamie is passionate about serving the community, and the legal industry at large. She has served as the Advisory Council Chair for Dress for Success Worldwide, and is a Founding & Advisory Board Member for Women to Know aimed at elevating and accelerating the careers and leadership of women in the legal industry.

Jamie comments: “We were looking for an exceptional pool of talent, a meaningful cultural fit and a global outlook that will work well with our business needs — Tampa ticked all those boxes. But we have found much more, including a really warm welcome! We have been encouraged by the hospitality of the local economic development team and local government – in fact, by everyone in the business community we’ve met so far and who has extended open arms to us.

“We want our relationship with Tampa to be truly reciprocal – so that means in addition to building a talented team that will provide high-quality legal and business support to clients around the world, we’ll also work hard to make sure we contribute to the continued success and growth of our new home.

Talent is the biggest asset to any global professional services firm and we intend our Tampa Center to be a great place to work for the best and brightest in the area. Solid, collaborative and trusted relationships with the local community will make us more effective in delivering on that promise.”

Company creates e-commerce jobs in Tampa

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

One company is expanding and creating more e-commerce jobs in Tampa.

E-commerce restaurant supply company WebstaurantStore, Inc. has chosen to expand in Tampa with a new office that will create more than 300 new jobs and include $1 million in capital investment. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created nearly 1.6 million private sector jobs, and Florida’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point since April 2007.

Governor Scott said, “Florida continues to outpace the nation in job growth because businesses are able to grow in Florida. In fact, Florida’s private sector has created nearly 1.6 million jobs since December 2010, and our unemployment rate is the lowest its been in over a decade. I’m proud of the work we’ve done over the past seven-and-a-half years to cut taxes and create an environment that supports economic success. These 300 new jobs will give Florida families more opportunities to find a great job.”

Dave Groff, President of WebstaurantStore said, “We are very excited to open our new location in Tampa. As the largest and fastest growing e-commerce company in our industry, we will have a lot of opportunities for new team members in the next few years. We look forward to finding those people in the Tampa Bay area.”

Sandra Murman, Chair of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners said, “Hillsborough County offers Webstaurant the highly-skilled IT talent it needs for its next market expansion. We’re thrilled Webstaurant chose our community and look forward to supporting them as they establish their new office in Hillsborough County.”

Webstaurant Store joins a growing list of companies that have chosen to expand in Hillsborough County recently, including Liftup, Validity, and Frank Recruitment Group.

Alan F. List, MD, Chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, and President and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center said, “Webstaurant was in search of a new pool of talent, and as a longstanding leader in IT services, Tampa was able to deliver. We thank Webstaurant for bringing hundreds of high wage jobs to Tampa and we look forward to helping them connect with the talented workforce they need to thrive here.”

Retail giant hiring for customer service jobs in Tampa

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Retail giant Amazon is hiring for seasonal jobs and customer service jobs in Tampa, among other areas across the U.S.

Amazon is currently filling more than 100,000 seasonal jobs across its network of customer fulfillment and delivery facilities this year complete with new employment perks.

Newly hired applicants will benefit from the new Amazon$15 minimum hourly wage, weekly paychecks for seasonal roles, flexible shift opportunities to fit within busy schedules, the option of receiving job information via text messaging, and a new application process that helps fit job seekers to the right building and the right role.

In response to the $15 minimum wage announcement issued on October 2nd;

  • More than 70,000 applications were received in the first 48 hours post announcement
  • More applications were received in the week after the announcement than in the entire month of August
  • Traffic to AmazonDelivers.Jobs was up 180%
  • Tens of thousands of interested job applicants have already picked their preferred shift and attended hiring events across the US

Amazon hiring teams across the country are continuing to hold job fairs, especially in California, Illinois, Washington, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Florida, where the hiring need is greatest for fulfillment centers, sortation centers, and delivery stations. For more information on Amazon’s job creation impact, visit here. Seasonal team members help fulfill customer orders, sort packages, load trucks, and the hundreds of other tasks needed to make the holidays happen for customers. Employees will be part of a fun and peculiar culture that keep people coming back year after year, particularly family and friends of current employees who are the company’s biggest source of seasonal candidates.

Throughout the year, on average 90 percent of fulfillment center associates are regular, full-time employees. On top of Amazon’s $15 minimum wage, the company also offers full-time employees industry-leading benefits which include comprehensive healthcare on Day 1, up to 20 weeks paid maternity and parental leave, and Amazon’s innovative Career Choice program, which pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in high-demand fields.

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