Southwest Florida – Over the past year, Neal Communities has added 59 new jobs to its Lakewood Ranch–based, new home building company. One of the largest privately held, new home building companies in Southwest Florida, Neal Communities includes the divisions of Neal South, John Neal Homes, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Charlene Neal PureStyle, and Neal Signature Homes.
The new hires were in all areas of the company, including purchasing, land development, marketing, customer care, corporate sales, design, drafting, building and land acquisition.
“Our tremendous growth over the past year is the perfect example of how homes equal jobs,” said Michael Storey, president of building for Neal Communities. “We are proud to be a company that continues to grow and positively impact our region’s economic development, and we see this steadily increasing over the next five years,” he said.
Neal opened 10 new communities in 2013, and launched its South Florida Division based in Bonita Springs, with communities in Lee and Collier Counties. The builder’s overall expansion this year includes plans for close to a dozen new neighborhoods from Hillsborough County to Collier County.
The fast paced growth is coupled with positive unemployment numbers statewide, as Florida’s unemployment rate continues to dip. New numbers released Monday show that the state’s unemployment rate in January was 6.1 percent, the lowest the rate has been since June 2008.
Neal Communities was named one of 2012’s “America’s Best Builders” by BUILDER Magazine and voted the “2013 Best Residential Builder in Southwest Florida” in a readers’ poll sponsored by Gulfshore Business Magazine. Neal Communities was also named 2014 “Best Builder” in the Best of Venice, awarded by the Venice Gondolier, and was a finalist in the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards for “Best Builder”. The company is ranked #1 locally by Metrostudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked #64 nationally among homebuilders by BUILDER Magazine. To date, Neal has built over 9,000 homes in Southwest Florida. As the area’s largest and most established, locally owned and operated private builder, Neal Communities is continually striving for excellence in every aspect of the home building and development business. John Neal Homes, Neal Signature Homes, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, and Allegiant Title Professionals all contribute to the firm’s continued, record-setting local success. The company’s honors and accolades include 42 Parade of Homes 2014 awards, 49 Aurora Awards, 5 Best in American Living Awards, and hundreds of local and regional industry awards. For more information, please visit www.nealcommunities.com.