Drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb on Thursday afternoon celebrated the opening of its 70,000-square-foot North America Capability Center, part of a four-story building at 5104 Eisenhower Blvd. The event included congratulatory speeches, a ribbon cutting, a $50,000 community gift from the company to the biomedical sciences magnet program at Tampa's Middleton High School, and a visit from Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
"I used to be in the hospital business and spent time with Bristol-Myers Squibb," Scott told more than 100 invitees. "They are a great group of people."
Why did the company choose Tampa over a competitive North Carolina site? Said Bristol-Myers Squibb senior vice president Gareth Morgan: "A talented workforce, good schools, a good university, a good business climate, good facilities and a good quality of life."
The company began hiring last fall. By 2017, it plans to employ 579 at the center, which will provide technology, marketing, and business and finance support to the firm's pharmaceutical products.