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National roofing company moving to Tampa

CEO Brian Verble called Tampa “the perfect place” to relocate.
CEO Brian Verble called Tampa “the perfect place” to relocate.
Published Sep. 1, 2016

TAMPA — A national commercial and industrial roofing company is moving its corporate headquarters to Tampa, saying it will bring 180 new, high-wage jobs, the area's economic development agency announced Wednesday.

Asheville, N.C.-based North American Roofing Services jilted Sarasota, another suitor for the roofing company's headquarters, in May when the Sarasota County Commission denied the company a $1.6 million economic incentive package. Commissioners there sided with local roofers who challenged the subsidies.

North American Roofing will receive $900,000 in incentives for the move to Tampa: $720,000 from the state and $180,000 from the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County. The money is available under the state's Qualified Target Industry program for companies that create high-wage jobs in targeted high-value industries.

"Tampa is the perfect place for us to relocate our headquarters," North American Roofing CEO Brian Verble said in an announcement of the move by the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. "This city offers the sustainability we need for a very long, successful future."

The company will invest at least $800,000 in construction, renovations, office equipment and furnishings in the headquarters' new facility, which will be at Hidden River Corporate Center Two in Tampa.

The new jobs will pay an average annual wage of $61,316 and include roles such as executive management, accounting, finance, human resources, legal and information technology.

Crystal Sircy, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Enterprise Florida, the state's official economic development organization, noted that Florida's business climate was recently voted the best in the nation by Business Facilities magazine.

"Announcements like this help validate that ranking, and we are thrilled that North American Roofing Services chose to relocate their headquarters to Florida," she said.

Contact Jerome R. Stockfisch at jstockfisch@tampabay.com. Follow @JStockfischTBT.

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