After a color guard ceremony and drill team routine from nearby Admiral Farragut Academy, fast-growing defense contractor Crystal Clear Technologies celebrated the opening Thursday of its newly built headquarters at 5555 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg.
The two-story building more than doubles the space for a company that with 14 employees in 2011 was No. 5 nationwide on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies, with a three-year growth rate in revenues topping 16,000 percent. The IT service provider now employs 31, with the latest hire based in Afghanistan.
On Thursday, both CCT staff and invitees joked about running out of room soon in the 5,500-square-foot building.
Not to worry. The company kept its previous office space on Central Avenue — just in case it needs extra room before its new facility can be expanded. As CCT CEO Crystal Culbertson said Thursday: The company's just getting warmed up.
— Robert Trigaux, Times staff writer