Expansion of GE Energy Management in Pinellas County Projected to Create 250 Jobs
Florida Governor Rick Scott, Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos and GE Energy Management CEO Mark Begor broke ground on a new 190,000 sq. ft. manufacturing Center of Excellence (COE) in Clearwater, Florida. The COE will encompass GE’s existing manufacturing facility for instrument transformers, as well as new manufacturing operations for capacitors. A $50 million investment will build upon GE Energy Management’s manufacturing leadership. GE plans to create 250 new jobs in Clearwater. Read more…
Hydro-Dyne® Engineering, Inc. has announced its purchase of a more than 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Pinellas County, Florida. The new facility will dramatically expand Hydro-Dyne’s manufacturing, service, research and design capacity, and will allow the company to take advantage of the Tampa Bay region’s strong workforce and broad intermodal logistics network. The company has increased its employee base by 70 percent during the past 12 months and plans to hire a number of new employees company-wide in the next 12 to 24 months. Capital investments totaling more than $1 million will be made in manufacturing equipment, computer systems and building renovations.
“We have been fortunate to outpace industry growth year-over-year for more than a decade, which is a testament to the quality of both our people and our products,” said Jay Conroy, President of Hydro-Dyne Engineering. “When fully built-out, our new facility will reflect the quality of our company and will meet and exceed operational capacity to keep us perfectly positioned well into the future.” Click to read more…
Grinder Wear Parts: an Earth-Friendly Approach to Lending a Helping Hand
Grinder Wear Parts, Inc. CEO Lainy Vanderwey talks about how the Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development is helping the company manage its growth and plan for a prosperous future in this Fox Tampa Bay feature video.
Click through to watch, and visit us at www.pced.org/sbdc to learn how we can help your Pinellas business grow!
Aug. 19 – 22 – The 2014 Tampa Bay Minority Enterprise Development Conference, “Connecting Business with Opportunity”, will focus on how to make connections to enhance business opportunities, while strategically developing the necessary tools for future growth. Conference events include a CEO breakfast, educational workshops and seminars, a tradeshow, business match-making, and an awards luncheon. A minority business showcase bus tour will also be featured.
Financial assistance available for employee training
The Employed Worker Training program through CareerSource Pinellas is designed to provide financial assistance to employers seeking to upgrade the skills of their employees. The flexible program provides funding through grants, which are limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Pinellas County Commission Chair Karen Seel opened the event with a warm welcome to the participants and speakers, inviting all to join the Tampa Bay Export Alliance in exploring the “many business opportunities in Chile.”
Isabel Margarita Valenzuela, Sr. Commercial Specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, led attendees through a Chile market briefing and explained that, while smaller than some other Latin American countries, Chile offers some unique and unexpected business opportunities for U.S. companies. The nation boasts trade agreements with 61 countries, 15 years of an average 5% GDP growth, and a stable, democratic government with low rates of corruption. What are the best prospects for U.S. export opportunities in Chile?
Construction machinery & equipment
Energy/ electric power equipment
Water resources equipment
Food processing & packaging
Agricultural machinery & equipment
Safety & security
General consumer goods
For information and details on how the U.S. Commercial Service can help your company do business in Chile, visit www.export.gov/Chile.
Lorrie Belovich, Director of International Business Development with the Tampa EDC, closed the briefing by providing details on the December 1 – 5, 2014, Tampa Bay Export Alliance Trade Mission to Santiago, Chile. This mission will allow local businesses to market their products and services to Chilean trade partners through one-on-one business matchmaking sessions, and will provide opportunities to meet and interact with high-level corporate and government leaders. A number of tools are available to qualified companies to offset costs of the trip and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Learn more and explore sponsorship opportunities at www.pced.org/international. Don’t delay – the deadline for Trade/Gold Key Package applications is Sept. 15, and Delegate applications are due by Oct.15.
Working at FairWarning – Channeling Passion
Meet some of the great talent working for Pinellas company FairWarning in this short video and see why Pinellas boasts the Ideal Business Climate!
Pinellas County seeks project ideas to restore local environment
Pinellas County is currently accepting public input for project ideas to restore the local environment and economy using anticipated federal funds related to the 2010 BP oil spill.
Projects must be within the county or benefit the county and/or its adjacent bay, coastal and Gulf waters and the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. Submitted ideas may be developed into project proposals by county staff. The county also plans to accept project proposals for funding later this year. Submit ideas, review county-held public meeting information and read a summary of the RESTORE Act provided by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection online at www.pinellascounty.org/restore.