Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hernando commission approves job-creation incentives for three companies

BROOKSVILLE — When Richard Smith decided to move his company from South Florida to Central Florida earlier this year, he starting hunting in Hillsborough and Pasco counties.

Then he got snagged by the Hernando County economic development team.

Last year, he already had purchased a home and some acreage in Hernando, where he says he has numerous relatives. Finding a new business site near his home simply meant he could be close to his work. This week, Smith told county commissioners he loves his new arrangement.

"I came to Brooksville because I wanted to live in Brooksville,'' he said. "I enjoy small-town living.''

Receiving cash incentives for making that choice mattered, too, Smith said.

Smith spoke before commissioners along with two other companies that were seeking approval for job creation incentives. About 70 new jobs are coming, and all of them are offering average annual wages of about $35,000.

Valerie Pianta, the county's economic development supervisor, introduced Smith, president of Tradesmith LLC, to the commission. His company, which develops Web-based services, offers software for financial portfolio tracking and creates financial newsletters, recently purchased and is renovating a 42,000-square-foot building at 290 E Fort Dade Ave. in downtown Brooksville. Tradesmith is expected to create 15 new jobs and could earn as much as $45,000 in incentives over the next five years if it follows through with that plan, Pianta said.

Barrette Outdoor Living, the company that recently acquired Alumi-Guard Inc., was also approved for job-creation incentives. The company currently has 131 full-time workers and is planning to hire 40 more over the next year. Barrette occupies a 210,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport.

The acquisition has meant an expansion of the product line at the Hernando facility. Barrette manufactures wood, vinyl and aluminum fencing; railing material; outdoor storage buildings, and plastic lattice, among numerous other products.

The total cost for the incentives for Barrette is $120,000 over five years.

Commissioners also approved incentives for Premier Pharmacy Labs LLC, a pharmaceutical research and compounding laboratory that has been located in Weeki Wachee since 1999. The company's 7,000-square-foot facility includes a pharmaceutical clean room, labs and offices. Recently recognized by the Food and Drug Administration, the company is adding a second shift to increase efficiency and plans to invest $500,000 in manufacturing equipment in the next year, Pianta told commissioners.

Currently, there are 12 employees; the plan is to add 18 more over the next three years. The maximum cost of the incentives would be $54,000.

All of the job-creation incentives — funded with local tax dollars — are performance based and paid only upon documentation of jobs and wages.

Contact Barbara Behrendt at behrendt@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1434.

incentives, by the numbers

3 Companies approved to receive cash incentives for bringing their businesses

to, or expanding in, Hernando County.

73 Number of new jobs coming

from those three businesses.

$35,000 Average annual

wage of the jobs.

Hernando commission approves job-creation incentives for three companies 07/24/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 24, 2014 4:40pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lightning announce events for 25th anniversary season

    Blogs

    The Lightning revealed some of its plans for its 25th anniversary season, including a ceremony to honor the 2004 Stanley Cup team.

    The Lightning's 2017-18 road jersey
  2. Legalized medical marijuana signed into law by Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a broader medical marijuana system for the state, following through on a promise he made earlier this month.

    Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation on Friday that legalizes medical marijuana in Florida.
  3. Lego T-rex and scores of other brick sculptures free to see in Tampa

    News

    TAMPA — Envision the effort that went into building a basic Lego model with your kids. Now imagine arranging the same toys to look like the Mona Lisa or an 80,020-piece Tyrannosaurus rex.

    Eliana Goldberg, 5, of Wesley Chapel looks at a Lego sculpture called "Everlasting" at The Art of the Brick exhibit, which opened Friday in Tampa and runs through Sept. 4. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  4. Rick Scott signs medical marijuana, 37 other bills into law

    Blogs

    Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a broader medical marijuana system for the state, following through on a promise he made earlier this month.

    Gov. Rick Scott
  5. St. Pete qualifying ends. Seven for mayor. Eight for District 6 on primary ballot

    Blogs

    The smiles of the faces of the workers in the City Clerk’s office said it all. The qualifying period for city elections was almost over.

    City Clerk Chan Srinivasa (2nd left) and Senior Deputy City Clerk  Cathy Davis (1st left) celebrate the end of qualifying period with colleagues on Friday afternoon