Three local startups add more than 500 new jobs


December 14, 2016



Startups across industry categories are thriving in Tampa, with three young companies announcing expansions that will result in more than 500 new jobs by the end of next year.

On Wednesday, CareSync CEO Travis Bond and Mayor Bob Buckhorn cut the ribbon to celebrate the official unveiling of the company’s beautiful new offices in Hidden River Corporate Park. Bond also announced that CareSync would be creating up to 500 new jobs in Hillsborough County by the end of 2017.The care coordination software and services  company will be hiring various positions including clinical care coordinators, IT specialists, and product developers.

“As a company that believes Tampa Bay is a growing hub for healthcare and technology services and an ideal place to live, work, and play, the decision to continue our expansion plans in beautiful Hidden River Corporate Park was an easy one,” said Travis Bond, CEO and founder of CareSync. “Over the years, we have been very fortunate, growing to become the largest national provider of care coordination for Medicare’s chronic care management program. We are excited to share the next chapter of our success with current and future employees of CareSync.”

Earlier this week, Lukos, LLC announced plans to expand its headquarters in downtown Tampa, adding 10 new positions that will pay an average annual wage of at least $72,000. Lukos specializes in supporting federal government acquisition programs, delivering technical, engineering, and health care advice, training and operations support, logistics planning, and maximizing human performance.

The expansion was spurred by a new project that will deliver a mobile application for combat trauma care training to Defense Health Agencies and military users worldwide.

“Tampa has the access we need to the military and technology communities,” said Garth Arevalo, Lukos CEO. “We started our business in Tampa and thanks to connections to MacDill Air Force Base and the growing technology ecosystem, we have even more opportunities to expand here.”

Late last month, Fresco Foods, Inc. made plans to build a new commercial kitchen and food service production facility public. The expansion will bring up to 50 new jobs, including positions in sales and marketing, quality assurance, operations, customer service, and food production. The provider of healthy prepared meals will invest roughly $1.5 million in the expansion and the new 12,000 square foot facility in eastern Hillsborough County.

“Since our launch in February 2015, Eat Fresco has experienced tremendous demand in Florida,” said Robert Povolny, president of Fresco Foods, Inc. “Working with CBRE and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (EDC), we found an ideal location for a large scale production kitchen in Hillsborough County with access to the major interstates. The EDC also provided us with valuable support for our expansion, helping us to expedite our plans for growth.”

The new year is looking happy indeed for CareSync, Lukos, and Fresco Foods. We wish them all great success in 2017!

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