BROOKSVILLE — That snake's nest of tangled wires under your desk — technically known as custom data and power cabling products — very well might have been manufactured here in Hernando County. And more of it is on the way.
Interconnect Cable Technologies Corp., established in 1988 at the Airport Industrial Park, is at work on a major expansion, having purchased a vacant 24,000-square-foot building on Flight Path Drive, across the street from its current 30,000-square-foot manufacturing space.
Interconnect plans to add 40 full-time manufacturing jobs to its current roster of 76 full-time workers within the next three years, said the company's chief financial officer, Mary Alice Betts.
An increase in orders has fueled the expansion, Betts said. And she complimented county officials for their interest in helping the company grow.
"The county is easy to work with; they encouraged development," she said. "We got things done here with a working relationship with the county."
Betts singled out for praise Hernando County business development office manager Michael McHugh and airport manager Don Silvernell.
Also, she noted, "We're privately, minority owned, which gives us some opportunities."
Hernando County owns and has developed the industrial park, but most companies own their buildings.
For Interconnect, county commissioners approved a 50-year land lease with renewable options, a grant of $120,000 to assist with building purchase and renovation, and a standard job creation incentive of $3,000 per new worker hired, to be paid over a four- to five-year term after the expansion has been operational for one year.
The endeavor represents a long-term commitment, just getting under way.
"We're in the design phase," Betts said. "We're hoping by the end of summer to begin work."
Completion of renovations is scheduled by the first quarter of 2013.
The company is investing $2.2 million in the building and $500,000 in equipment.
Wagner Construction of Leesburg is designing plans to convert the former roof truss manufacturing space into a state-of-the-art facility for the manufacture of cable products. That will include, Betts said, a clean, dust-free environment for the manufacture of circuit boards. Also, the design will place production and management in close proximity.
"The majority of (new) workers will be in the manufacturing environment," Betts said.
While Interconnect will provide some training, the majority of jobs will be line work, without the need for high-end skills.
"We work with a temp agency," Betts said. "A lot of employees come through that. If they're a good fit, we hire them on.
"We're very happy with the employees we find here, the work ethic," she said. "It's never a situation where we can't find people."
Beth Gray can be reached at [email protected]