Project Announcement Roundup: Plant City’s Building Boom; Hillsborough Manufacturing and IT Sectors Thriving

February 18, 2015

Plant City is on a roll.
On the heels of an announcement last month about Cody Talbert Distribution’s headquarters relocation to Plant City, Central Florida Development announced plans for the construction of County Line Commerce Center. The brand new, 28 acre development promises to fuel industrial, retail, and restaurant business expansion along County Line Road just south of I-4. It will feature a 100,000 square foot spec building, three other buildings totaling 165,000 square feet, and two parcels suitable for retail or restaurant use. The spec building could be developed for warehouse, manufacturing, or office use, making it a great fit for Plant City’s growing manufacturing, distribution, and logistics sectors.
Tampa Tank to expand, build new facility at the Port
Among the exciting news shared by Port Tampa Bay leaders at their State of the Port meeting on January 27 was Tampa Tank & Florida Structural Steel’s expansion.  The company announced that it will be adding 108 new jobs and investing $18.3 million in the expansion, which includes a retrofit of an existing 40,000 square foot facility and a brand new 120,000 square foot building at Port Redwing. The new jobs will pay nearly 150% of the state’s average wage and contribute a significant economic boost to Port Tampa Bay and the local manufacturing sector.
“Manufacturing jobs are vitally important to Hillsborough County, so the announcement of Tampa Tank’s expansion is an exciting and important milestone for our community,” said the Honorable Sandy Murman, Chair of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. “We’ve proven once again that we can provide the leadership, business assistance, and workforce that growing firms like Tampa Tank need to prosper here.”
Cybersecurity threats spur growth of Tampa information security firm
Given all the recent cybercrime and data breaches reported in the news, it comes as no surprise that Tampa’s information security industry is ramping up to help companies manage these threats.
Sunera, LLC, a leading IT and data risk consulting firm founded in Tampa in 2005, announced plans to add more than 40 positions that will complement and support the growth of the firm’s rapidly growing cybersecurity practice.  The company already has more than 100 employees in Florida and more than 200 across North America. CEO Joel Schleicher said his team is looking forward to filling these new jobs with the top IT and security professionals from the region. “As we work to meet the growing demand for our services, we will look both to experienced professionals in Tampa and the top graduates at our local universities,” Schleicher said. “We are thankful for the support of the city, the county, and the State of Florida, and look forward to contributing to the growing high tech industry in the Tampa Bay area.”
Congratulations to these exciting organizations for getting 2015 off to a great start!
There is exciting news to share about the prospect of financial services giant Citigroup’s expansion here as well.  The articles below provide all the details:
Murman: Hillsborough commissioners send message with incentive vote
Hillsborough OKs $3.4M to lure Citigroup jobs
Editorial: Citigroup’s jobs worth Hillsborough’s investment

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