BRADENTON – En-Vision America Inc., an advanced manufacturing and technology company from Normal, Illinois, has located sales and administrative functions to Palmetto in Manatee County, according to Sharon Hillstrom, president and chief executive officer of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC).
En-Vision America (www.envisionamerica.com) provides products aimed at solving problems for those with visual impairments. The company offers accessible prescription labels that provide print-impaired patients with important prescription information. In addition, the company sells an “all-in-one” talking bar code scanner that aids visually or print-impaired individuals with the identification of items via the product’s bar code or UPC.
“En-Vision America is another example of an innovative company related to the region’s emerging life sciences sector,” said Hillstrom, whose team connected the company to the City of Palmetto Community Redevelopment Agency and to CareerSource Suncoast. “This growing company creates technologies associated with improving the lives and protecting the health of visually impaired individuals, and manufactures related devices.”
“Our research and development team continues to advance our products, which is driving growth at the company,” said David Raistrick, En-Vision America vice president. “We were attracted by Manatee County’s excellent business climate and desirable quality of life. The City of Palmetto welcomed us, and the Bradenton Area EDC connected us to the resources we needed to establish our facility and develop our local workforce.”
En-Vision America has purchased a 10,000-square-foot facility at 825 4th St. W. in Palmetto. The business qualified for Downtown Commercial Core incentives from the Palmetto Community Redevelopment Agency, including an estimated $7,000 base and $14,750 in bonus incentives if certain targets are met.
“En-Vision America, our newest City of Palmetto corporate partner will help our local economy with new jobs and a growing tax base,” said Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant, “they should help spur even more private investment and encourage our local restaurants and businesses.”
“The EDC has brought another strong business partner to our downtown,” said Jeff Burton, Palmetto CRA director. “With the addition of En-Vision America, Hillstrom and company definitely earn their keep.”
The City of Palmetto Community Redevelopment Agency offers several incentives to businesses wishing to relocate or expand in the community. For more information, visit (www.palmettofl.org).
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.
About En-Vision America Inc.
En-Vision America Inc. provides products aimed at solving problems for those with visual impairments. Co-founders Philip C. and David B. Raistrick began by inventing products to help blind family members. The cornerstone of the company is to provide customers with greater independence through technology. The company offers accessible prescription labels that provide print-impaired patients with important prescription information. In addition, the company sells an “all-in-one” talking bar code scanner that aids visually or print-impaired individuals with the identification of items via the product’s bar code or UPC. Information: www.envisionamerica.com.