MarBlue, a manufacturer of accessories for mobile devices, is relocating and expanding its headquarters
and R&D facility to 1955 Harrison Street in downtown Hollywood, Florida
. The firm’s $2.9 million expansion into a 13,000 square foot Art Deco style building will create 28 new jobs.
Seeking more space to accommodate its growing inventory of high quality, high value technology products, MarBlue has also leased and renovated a 23,000 square-foot warehouse facility in Dania Beach.
MarBlue’s Vice-President, Maria Martin said, “We are excited to be relocating to an Art Deco style building in downtown Hollywood. MarBlue is very much a South-Florida company and we feel the style and location of the building embodies our ties to South Florida and will help us attract and retain the highest quality employees
. We especially appreciate the combined efforts of the State of Florida, the Hollywood CRA, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and everyone that assisted this project.”
Governor Rick Scott
said, “The expansion of MarBlue in Hollywood is great news for Florida families. Since December 2010, we have created more than 500,000 private-sector jobs and the unemployment rate is down to 5.3 percent here in Broward County. Let’s keep working create an opportunity economy that allows families to live the American Dream.”
This project was made possible with the help of close partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the City of Hollywood, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
“This will bring a new customer base to potentially patronize our local merchants,” said Jorge Camejo, Executive Director of the City of Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency. “It also renovates and updates a signature building on a prominent corner in downtown Hollywood. This adds value to the downtown area and restores an architectural style that is significant to the region. MarBlue is a perfect fit for a unique and elegant building.”
“The impact of this project to the state, county and city of Hollywood is significant because of the concentration on retaining and creating employment opportunities in a high tech industry
very important to Broward County,” said Bob Swindell, President/CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. “This expansion enhances the strong reputation Broward County and South Florida enjoys as a top region for IT related clusters.”
“MarBlue’s expansion in Florida and creation of 28 new jobs is further evidence that sound policy is promoting innovation and economic growth. Florida’s declining unemployment rate, growing job demand, and business-friendly environment help entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses. MarBlue’s expansion is yet another success story for Florida’s businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.