PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA (September 3, 2015)—Over 600 community and business leaders met Thursday evening at Saddlebook Resort in Wesley Chapel for the Pasco Economic Development Council’s 29th Annual Banquet & Industry of the Year Awards. At the event, Pasco EDC honored eight Pasco County companies who demonstrated significant growth over the past year. Awards were bestowed to:
- SAHM Co. — New Business Award
- Big Storm Brewing Co. — Manufacturer of the Year – Category 1 (1-25 employees)
- Preferred Materials — Manufacturer of the Year – Category 2 (26+ employees)
- The Laker/Lutz News — Service/Distribution – Category 1 (1-25 employees)
- Applicant Insight — Service/Distribution – Category 2 (26+ employees)
- Easy Business Software — Technology Award
- Veterans Alternative Therapy — Special Recognition Award
- Florida Hospital Zephyrhills — Special Contribution Award
The Banquet program—emceed by WTSP Tampa Bay 10 News anchor Tammie Fields—also included an update from Pasco EDC Board Chairman, Lex Smith, on the economic successes in Pasco County over the last year. During his address, Smith pointed to 14 job creation projects Pasco EDC completed since October 2014, including the attraction of three Fortune 500 Companies to the County: Leggett & Platt, Ortho Technologies (part of Henry Schein, Inc.) and TRU Simulation and Training (part of Textron). These 14 projects are expected to create almost 900 jobs and $118 million of investment.
The highlight of each year’s Annual Banquet is the Industry of the Year Awards. Local companies are nominated each year in late spring. Throughout June and July, nominees are interviewed by members of the Pasco EDC Awards Committee and are expected to exhibit exemplary growth in job creation, capital investment, technology, innovation, and community service. The Committee uses a specific grading scale to determine winners.
Finalists for this year’s Industry of the Year Awards included:
- Applicant Insight
- Aviation Instrument Technologies, Inc.
- Big Storm Brewing Co.
- Can Can Concealment, LLC
- Covanta Pasco
- Easy Business Software, Inc.
- Electro Tape Specialties
- Fifth Third Bank, New Port Richey Branch
- Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
- Freedom Scooter & Supply, LLC
- Habitat for Humanity of East & Central Pasco
- Manufacturers Distributor, Inc.
- Morton Plant North Bay Hospital
- Oasis Pregnancy Care
- Preferred Materials
- Retail Process Engineering, LLC
- SAHM Co.
- The Laker/Lutz News
- Veterans Alternative Therapy
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About Pasco Economic Development Council
Pasco EDC is a non-profit organization that promotes economic development in Pasco County, Florida. Pasco EDC continues to be a strong partnership funded by corporate and public investors focused on the economic vitality of Pasco County. www.pascoedc.com