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Two companies plan Pasco expansions

(ran PW, PS editions)

The sluggish economy and erratic stock market might be slowing business expansion and moving plans, but a few companies still are investing in Pasco County.

Hi-Way Star, which manufactures utility trailers, is building a 12,000-square-foot facility in the West Pasco Industrial Park, according to the Economic Development Council. The company now leases property in the park and employs a staff of 18. It plans to hire 10 more employees, according to the EDC.

Tampa-based Landmark Engineering plans to open an office in Land O'Lakes, just off of State Road 54. Owner David Hurley said Wednesday that he initially plans to hire six people for that office.

"We do quite a bit of work in Pasco already, and we need to establish a presence there," Hurley said.

The 18-year-old firm has 60 employees and does private commercial and residential work.