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Seven Companies Plan $26.12 Million Investment in South Florida Production Facilities

Area Development Online News Desk (11/26/2013)
Seven companies plan to invest $26.12 million in capital investment within the Miami-Dade County, Florida region, with estimates of creating 401 jobs.

"Today's announcement is more evidence that companies are responding to our strategic investments made toward improving and expanding the economic climate of Miami-Dade County," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said. "We welcome this news and continue seeking ways to ensure that businesses will take advantage of our unparalleled access to markets in this hemisphere and our world class quality of life."

Larry K. Williams, President and CEO of The Beacon Council said, "This is a great start to our fiscal year. We will continue to help current companies grow and expand while working to attract new businesses to our county. These companies are creating jobs for Miami-Dade County residents."

Firms investing in South Florida manufacturing, office and production centers include;

Trade printer 4over Inc. which plans a $4.6 million expansion by nearly doubling its 38,000 square-foot facility in Miami Gardens, adding 39 jobs within three years. The Beacon Council, along with Enterprise Florida, assisted the California-based company with manufacturing incentives, Enterprise/Empowerment zones and business contacts and referrals.

"Having a larger facility enables us to increase capacity to serve the needs of our loyal and growing customer base in the Miami area," said Zarik Megerdichian, CEO of 4over, Inc.

Skyscanner, one of the world's fastest growing international travel-search companies, opened a new location in Miami to support the company's expansion into the Americas, with plans to add 50 jobs and make $70,000 in capital investment within three years. The new Brickell location will house sales, business development and marketing experts. Along with Miami, Skyscanner has offices in Barcelona, Beijing, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

The Beacon Council assisted the company based in Scotland with site selection, research and marketing analysis, and business contacts and referrals.

"We look forward to building the Skyscanner travel brand across the Americas, and we are excited to be doing it in the culturally rich and global business hub of Miami," said Alex Rahe, Skyscanner's General Manager, Americas. "The Beacon Council has welcomed Skyscanner with open arms and has been a tremendous resource in introducing us to the community."

Vioearth, a United Kingdom-based company that designs and manufactures products that track and minimize office or home computer's energy usage, is establishing its U.S. headquarters in Brickell Key. Vioearth, Inc. is a subsidiary of Vioearth Holdings. Vioearth is planning to expand its operations in North and South America. The new facility will add 45 jobs and make a $300,000 in capital investment over the next three years. The Beacon Council assisted the company with site selection, labor/training and business contacts and referrals.

"We chose Miami because it is a great location, ideally positioned to give us access to both the North and South American markets," said Duncan McNeill-McCallum, CEO of Vioearth.

GS Inima USA, a Spain-based construction and engineering group in the water sector, is expanding operations in its U.S. headquarters in downtown Miami, adding 30 jobs and making a $10 million capital investment within three years. The Miami office is located in both an Enterprise and Empowerment Zone, areas in which policies to encourage economic growth and development are implemented. The company recently designed and constructed the City of Hialeah's new Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Center.

Enterprise Florida referred the company to The Beacon Council through its offices in Madrid. The Beacon Council assisted the company with research and marketing analysis, business contacts and referrals, and general community information.

"Miami has the skilled workforce that is necessary in our industry," said Alfredo Andres, Senior Project Manager at GS Inima USA. "We have been able to develop strong business relationships in Miami because of the culture here."

COW, also known as, Container on Wheels, a manufacturer of mobile storage containers used through a network of dealers across the United States, is expanding its current manufacturing and sales operations in Miami-Dade County and moving its facility to South Dade. The firm plans to add 200 jobs and make a $2 million in new capital investment within three years. The new facility is located in an Enterprise Zone.

The Beacon Council assisted the company with permitting/licenses, Enterprise and Empowerment zones and business contacts and referrals.

"This new location provides us with the physical space we need along with access to the workforce that we need to hire," said Mike Frank, President of COWs Mobile Storage. "We see it as a win-win for COWs and the community."

Caribbean Radiation Oncology Center, a cancer treatment company from Puerto Rico, is planning to build a new state-of-the-art radiation oncology facility in Doral, adding 22 jobs and making a $8.35 million in capital investment within three years.

Enterprise Florida referred the company to The Beacon Council. The Beacon Council assisted the company with permitting/licenses, research and marketing analysis and business contacts and referrals.

"Miami-Dade County is a great place for growth," said Carmen I. Bigles, Administrator and CFO for Caribbean Radiation Oncology Center. "The synergy and current environment is prime for us to establish a new standard in cancer treatment."

Cotral Lab., a France-based manufacturer of customized hearing protection devices, opened a new location in Miami Lakes, adding 15 jobs with plans to make a $800,000 in capital investment within three years. The company makes molded hearing protection to prevent potential hearing loss caused by working in industrial plants.

Enterprise Florida referred the company to The Beacon Council. The Beacon Council assisted the company with site selection, research and marketing analysis, and business contacts and referrals.

"With the implementation of the headquarter in Miami Lakes, Cotral Lab makes the first steps to conquer the ear issues of American workers with a solution that is comfortable, easy to use, hypoallergenic, economic and ensures a 100 percent wear during the time exposed to noise," said Laurent Capellari, CEO of Cotral Lab. "What could be a more noble and honorable cause than working to ensure the hearing health of employees working in a noisy environment."


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