BRADENTON, Fla. – Robotics equipment manufacturer RND Automation & Engineering will double its footprint with a planned relocation to South Manatee County from a Sarasota business park – the company’s second expansion in the region. RND, which designs and builds equipment used in manufacturing, plans to add eight quality jobs over the next five years, according to Sharon Hillstrom, president and chief executive officer of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC).
“RND Automation has been growing rapidly in the Bradenton-Sarasota region, and needs to expand and upgrade its facility to accommodate additional high-tech equipment,” Hillstrom said. “The EDCs in the two counties worked with the company to help RND find a larger home in our region to retain the technical expertise that local manufacturers need, as well as the quality jobs RND provides.”
RND began in a facility in South Manatee County, then moved to a larger building in Sarasota County in 2010, and has outgrown that space. The Bradenton Area EDC assisted RND in identifying the 12,000-square-foot building at 7910 25th Court E in SRQ Tech Park in South Manatee County. The facility is double the size of RND’s current location and will allow the company to add equipment necessary to facilitate growth.
The EDC also helped the company apply for performance-based economic development incentives through Manatee County Government. To accelerate RND’s relocation and hiring, the Manatee Board of County Commissioners qualified the company to receive up to $8,000 in performance-based incentives as RND adds eight quality jobs over the next five years.
The company currently employs 12 in engineering, designing and manufacturing custom automation equipment, such as complex conveyor systems, and robotic work cells.
“The demand for automation in manufacturing has grown exponentially in the last several years,” said RND President Sean Dotson. “RND is one of only two automation companies in Florida. Many of our customers are located in west central Florida, which is a hub for industrial machinery and ‘clean manufacturing.’ A Bradenton area location places us near the many purchasers of automation who see local support as a major benefit. We believe being located in the Bradenton-Sarasota-Tampa Bay region is one reason our business has seen double-digit growth for the last few years.”
“The manufacturing sector provides high-quality jobs that we want to retain and grow in our community,” said Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker. “By helping to accelerate the expansion and hiring of businesses like RND Automation & Engineering, we can support the health of local manufacturing while increasing employment opportunities for local residents.”
Manatee County offers several incentives to businesses wishing to relocate or expand in the community. A list of Manatee County’s economic development incentives is available at http://www.mymanatee.org/econ_dev.
About the Bradenton Area EDC
The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC) is the lead economic development organization for the Bradenton area’s nine communities located on the south side of Tampa Bay. The EDC works to diversify the local economy by attracting and retaining high-wage jobs for area residents, and connecting existing businesses to the resources they need to succeed. Information: www.ThinkBradentonArea.com.