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Glades County

Love’s Travel Stop: On the go and already growing in a county driven to succeed.

A strategic location on Highway 27 put Love’s Travel Stop on the map and on the grow since the day the 10,000-sq.-ft. facility opened as the premiere destination for over-the-road drivers staging deliveries to Miami and other key Florida markets.  “Highway 27 is an excellent freight corridor for professional drivers traveling to and from Port Everglades and Port Miami to the rest of the state,” notes Love’s district manager Tim Whipf, who points out that as the inaugural tenant of the new Americas Gateway Logistics Center (AGLC), Love’s will soon find itself in good company with a great place to grow: The master-planned industrial and commercial campus, spreading over more than 770 acres, provides plenty of room for Love’s upcoming service center. And as the County recruits new industry for its high profile, rail-connected acreage at AGLC, existing Glades industry is thriving and expanding, including the manufacturing and distribution operations of Scott’s Miracle Gro, Quikrete concrete and Wedgworth’s, Florida’s largest custom fertilizer dealer.

 

Hardee County

Hardee Commerce Park: The inviting setting where success is secure.

Who says success can’t be a walk in the park? A walk through the Hardee Commerce Park shows a diverse and synergistic mix of tenants in an attractive 264-acre development offering abundant and low-cost utilities and services for non-stop productivity—and even a sheriff’s substation for a 24/7 feeling of security. The Park is a proven location for success, home to leading businesses including: Organics South and Seychelles, subsidiaries of Nutraceutical, a premier manufacturer and one of the country’s largest marketers of nutritional supplements, health care and food products; Howard Fertilizer, a manufacturer and distributor of fertilizers and chemicals for agricultural and recreational uses; Pacer Group, a manufacturer and supplier of electrical supplies for top boat builders and equipment manufacturers, SCOSTA, a steel and wood truss manufacturer; Florikan, a manufacturer, blender and distributor of controlled- release fertilizer;  KeyPlex, a manufacturer and distributor of plant nutrients and biocontrol products for agriculture and institutional uses; and PFMan, a high tech CAD-CAM CNC manufacturer of rotary engine powered generators for institutional use.  Total employment at the park is estimated at 400.

 

Highlands County:

CitraPac®: Healthy profits from healthy snacks in a home-grown success story.

CitraPac® President Greg Harshman has deep family roots in the Highlands County citrus industry dating back nearly a century. But it was a fresh new idea about flash-freezing citrus products that bore fruit with the company’s FruitPearls®, treats made from real oranges and tangerines flash frozen into tiny pearls and mixed with fruit purees, juices and yogurt—without preservatives or artificial additives. The healthy snacks have brought healthy returns, and the company is flourishing, thanks in part to solid County support. Highlands’ sweet deal in incentives, a collaborative state/county package worth $1.2 million, immediately put CitriPac’s new 44,000-sq.-ft facility on the road to rapid ROI. Another critical asset is Highlands’ strategic location, rolling out access without congestion. All together, it’s the perfect combination of place and people, Harshman notes. “The operating costs are low, and the people are great. The local agencies have been extremely supportive through every phase of development, and we have connected with a dedicated team of employees who are helping drive our success.”

 

Okeechobee County

Diversified CPC: Pure performance in every step, a superior supply chain every step of the way.

Strength in every link of the supply chain is essential for Diversified CPC International, a global leader in the production and manufacture of the highest quality aerosol propellants, specialty gases, alternative fuels, NGL refrigerants, physical foam blowing agents and other related products. While superior quality in manufacturing is vital to insure that products leave the processing facility at the highest levels of purity, consistency and stability, a superb logistics network is also a requirement to insure delivery in the same pristine condition. Those are important reasons why the company chose Okeechobee County. In Okeechobee, a high-quality, low-cost workforce was ready to handle precision manufacturing demands, while the county’s ED effort identified and helped secure four prime and adjoining parcels, two whole city blocks, large enough for the $2 million plant and storage facilities—and close enough to CSX’s main line for an internal spur. Every step of the way Diversified CPC controls quality, and in every step of the relocation process Okeechobee County has provided key support. 


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