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North Pinellas business digest for Sept. 8

On Oct. 1, FreightCenter, a freight and logistics service company, is moving from its 8,900-square-foot Trinity offices in Pasco County to about 16,000 square feet at 34125 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor.

Pinellas County Commissioners Susan Latvala and Charlie Justice, plus officials from the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce, will be on hand for the grand opening ceremonies, which will include a ribbon-cutting, cookout, games and giveaways.

"Our new Palm Harbor headquarters will allow FreightCenter to continue expanding our share of the shipping and logistics market," chief executive officer Matthew Brosious said. "We're excited to get our employees in and begin the important transition process."

The new offices further the company's aim to provide employees with the best atmosphere possible. There will be Friday breakfasts, unlimited soda fountain drinks, snacks, flat screen TVs in the lunch room and window views.

"Our employees, and the service they provide to our customers, are critical to the success of FreightCenter," Brosious said. "We've configured the new headquarters to make it a fun place to work."

Using proprietary software and Web tools to offer online shipping services at discounted rates to individuals and companies, FreightCenter gives customers the ability to compare real-time freight quotes and book carrier services. The business is also expanding its mission to increase outbound sales and software development.

The company plans to add another 50 employees to its current staff of about 150 by January. Because of its rapid growth, FreightCenter made the Tampa Bay Business Journal's Fast 50 list in 2012 and the Inc. 5000 list for the last three years.

Business hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. To reach FreightCenter, call (727) 450-7800, fax (727) 450-7808 or visit freightcenter.com.

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The Palm Harbor Museum, 2043 Curlew Road, was awarded a $6,000 grant from the Florida Humanities Council to host "The Way We Worked," a product of the Smithsonian Institution's Traveling Exhibition Service. Now the museum needs partners and sponsors to help offset the cost of mounting this national retrospective and to match the Humanities Council's grant.

The exhibit will feature large-scale images, audio-video recordings, and artifacts that explore the history and meaning of work in American society through the past 150 years, augmented with photographs and artifacts of North Pinellas laborers, including boat builders, fruit packing plant workers and citrus pickers provided by the Palm Harbor Museum.

The show will be made available to the public free of charge in January and February 2015, allowing the management of the Palm Harbor Museum the necessary time to create relationships with its partners and encourage associations with other community partners.

For sponsorship information, call Colin Bissett at (727) 599-5688.

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North Pinellas business digest for Sept. 8 09/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 6, 2013 3:28pm]

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