Over 90 new jobs and $7.6 million will come to Hernando County following approval for three local manufacturing companies’ arrival, including incentives from local government, at a recent Board of County Commission (BOCC) meeting.
Outdoor living products, pharmaceutical facilities and electronics specialty products will bolster the region’s economic profile via agreements with Barrette Outdoor Living, Premier Pharmacy Labs and Surge Suppression Inc.
“Existing industry retention and expansion is a key goal for economic development,” County Administrator Leonard Sossamon stated. “In this competitive landscape each of these businesses had a choice where to expand and they chose Hernando County. When the county government is business-friendly like ours is, there’s more investment and more jobs, and everyone wins.”
Barrette Outdoor Living is known as Alumi-Guard and markets fencing, railing and outdoor buildings. In the next year the company will hire 60 new workers and expand by three acres for extra parking. Alumi-Guard previously received local job creation incentives under an agreement with the county. With this amendment, the company is committed to employ a total of 247 full-time workers in Brooksville by July 2017.
Premier Pharmacy Labs serves hospitals, surgery centers, and physician clinics nationwide with a sterile supply chain. In need of expansion, the company considered several sites and settled on Florida, working with Enterprise Florida and the Office of Business Development with plans to renovate a facility at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport & Technology Center. The company will continue to oversee a job creation award received in 2014 for 18 new positions over a three-year period.
Surge Suppression Inc. (SSI) manufactures surge protection items for AC/DC power, data and telecommunication systems, serving industrial, commercial and government sectors. Also located at the regional airport complex, SSI plans to hire 10 more employees by the end of 2017.
The Office of Business Development’s mission is to attract, retain and expand businesses that will allow Hernando County to prosper, offering economic development incentives and properties to prospective businesses.