Aero Simulation, McManis & Monsalve announce Hillsborough County expansions


August 21, 2016



Two companies announced expansions in Hillsborough County this month, promising to create more than 50 jobs and invest $8.2 million in our community.

On Friday, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Cissy Proctor was in town on behalf of Governor Scott to announce Aero Simulation, Inc.’s expansion in Hillsborough County.

The innovative designer and manufacturer of simulation products and training programs for the military and commercial aviation customers will create 40 new, high wage jobs and invest $7.5 million in the community. Paying an average annual wage of $85,000, the new positions will include aviation simulation developers, hardware integration engineers, and other highly skilled rolls.

Aero Simulation, Inc. (ASI) will move northeast from its current location on Adamo Drive to a brand new, 60,000 square-foot facility to be built on U.S. Highway 301 and East Sligh Avenue in unincorporated Hillsborough County.

“Aero Simulation’s decision to invest and expand in Hillsborough County is a statement of confidence in our community, and a strong indicator of our economic vitality and momentum,” said the Hon. Lesley “Les” Miller, Jr., Chair of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. “This announcement also illustrates our support for their future growth and the commitment that we share with our public and private partners to their success.”

Earlier this month, McManis & Monsalve Associates announced it would be expanding its current operations in Tampa. The company’s subsidiary, Monsalve Tool & Design (MTD), a provider of varied machining services, will move in with McManis & Monsalve Associates in their offices in Northwest Tampa, creating up to 12 new positions and $700,000 in capital investment.

McManis & Monsalve Associates provides risk and intelligence analysis, risk & threat mitigation and organizational design services to clients including the U.S. Government, Fortune 100 firms, and colleges and universities, while MTD provides precision machining, conventional machining, welding, CAD, design/build, and engineering services.

“Tampa’s proximity to MacDill Air Force Base, the availability of a skilled workforce, and supply of HUBZone available properties made it the perfect location in which to grow our businesses,” said Marco Monsalve, CEO of McManis & Monsalve Associates. “We are excited about realizing our expansion plans in this market and enjoying the great quality of life this region offers.”

The EDC assisted the company with a custom property search, connections to the City of Tampa for Community Redevelopment Area grant opportunities, and introductions to CareerSource Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough County Manufacturing Alliance for workforce support.

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