Saturday, January 20, 2018
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With incentive, RF Micro Devices will bring jobs to Hernando County from China

BROOKSVILLE — George Simpson says he saw the value in bucking the trend.

While other companies have been farming portions of their operations out to foreign countries, Simpson believed that bringing jobs back from his company's manufacturing facility in Beijing would be good for the company and good for Hernando County.

This week, it turned out to be good for his company's bottom line as well.

Simpson, the operating manager of RF Micro Devices, was awarded a job creation incentive of $30,000, to be paid over the next five years, by the Hernando County Commission. The incentive is tied to Simpson's plan to hire an additional 15 employees over the next 12 months to do jobs previously done by company workers in China.

RF Micro Devices is a global designer and manufacturer of semiconductor components and currently employs 68 workers in Hernando. Based in Greensboro, N.C., the company bought out Universal Microwave Corp. in 2008 and has since invested $6 million in the local operation, Simpson told commissioners.

The company occupies a 20,000-square-foot facility near the intersection of State Road 50 and Interstate 75 in Ridge Manor West and plans a 2,000-square-foot expansion to accommodate the reshoring of the additional workers.

Simpson said he already has brought 25 temporary employees on board and that some of those would be moving into the permanent jobs.

He thanked commissioners for approving the incentive and called it "another bullet in my gun'' to show the value of reshoring manufacturing jobs.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1434.

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