Manufacturer will add 27 jobs to Pasco
An Oldsmar manufacturer that works in the aviation industry is relocating to Pasco County. Bay Tech Industries Inc. is building an 11,850-square-foot manufacturing facility on Byrd Drive in Odessa. Company officials say the project will add 27 jobs to Pasco, with an average annual wage of $39,985. The company is currently located at the Tri-County Industrial Park in Oldsmar, where it has leased manufacturing space for the past 22 years. Bay Tech manufactures machines used in the aviation industry and has been recognized as a small supplier of the year by Lockheed Martin. Pasco Economic Development Council Inc. has assisted the company with applying for local incentives and expedited permitting processes. Last week, Pasco commissioners agreed to defer transportation impact fees up to $73,000 over a five-year period. If the company creates the jobs and maintains an average annual wage of at least 125 percent of the current Pasco County average annual wage ($39,004), the transportation impact fees will be forgiven.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Man told deputies he was saving ex
With a gun in hand, 22-year-old Derek Kosina kicked down a door to save his ex-girlfriend — at least that's what he told deputies. She turned out to not need rescuing. Kosina said he got a call from his ex-girlfriend about noon Wednesday. All he could hear were "moaning and other unusual sounds," he told deputies, so he drove around searching for her and found her at a residence on Rankin Drive in New Port Richey. Kosina busted down the locked door and found his ex inside with a man — an ex-boyfriend of the woman's. Deputies said Kosina shoved a .45-caliber semi-automatic gun in the man's face. Kosina denied bringing a gun to the house. No one was injured. Kosina, of Palm Harbor, was arrested and charged with armed burglary and aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony. He was released less than four hours after he was booked into the Pasco County jail on $100,000 bail.
Free programs on plants, herbs
The Pasco Cooperative Extension is offering the following free programs:
• Cold Protection for Your Plants Seminar, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Hudson Library, 8012 Library Road.
• Herbs Gardening Seminar, 9-11 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Topics include choosing herbs, seeds or transplants; when to harvest; and handling insects and other problems in the garden.
Call (352) 521-4288; (727) 847-2411, ext. 4288; or (813) 996-2411, ext. 4288.