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United Technologies Invests $115 Million In Center For Intelligent Buildings In Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

07/06/2015
United Technologies will invest $115 million to develop a new world-class UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The company plans to bring 380 jobs to Palm Beach County.

UTC Building & Industrial Systems is the world’s largest provider of building technologies. Through innovation and integration, UTC Building & Industrial Systems brings together technologies from across its industry-leading brands to improve building efficiency and occupant experience. The organization combines cutting-edge HVAC with intuitive software, pairs breakthrough elevator technology with advanced security solutions, and merges entry control solutions with building automation systems to maximize comfort and enhance productivity – while minimizing energy consumption.

Geraud Darnis, President/CEO of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, said, “We are excited to announce the development of a first-of-its-kind, intelligent and sustainable customer center. This living showplace will serve as a destination for the global building community, offering truly integrated, whole-building solutions. We chose Florida among other potential locations in the Southeast for its ideal climate for year-round demonstration of advanced, energy efficient cooling technologies, as well as its proximity to existing UTC facilities and neighboring international airports.”

Governor Rick Scott said, “I am proud to announce that UTC Building & Industrial Systems has picked Florida for their new Center for Intelligent Buildings, which will add 380 jobs in the Palm Beach community. We know UTC picked Florida over other locations in the Southeast and we look forward to their continued success in the Sunshine State.”

Bill Johnson, Enterprise Florida President/CEO said, “Thanks to the leadership of Governor Scott, Florida is known more and more as one of the best states in the nation for business. Enterprise Florida continues to work aggressively to tell the state’s business story to companies across the nation, and today more than 2,600 companies are headquartered in Florida. We look forward to watching UTC Building & Industrial Systems grow and we thank them for their investment in the state.”

This project was made possible by the close partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, the city of Palm Beach Gardens and Palm Beach County.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio said, “This is more great news for Palm Beach County. UTC’s growing presence means more high-wage, high-skills jobs in the region. We’ve worked hard to ensure Florida has the perfect climate for business, and UTC’s growth is further proof that we do.”

‘We are very excited that United Technologies has selected Palm Beach County as the location for its innovative UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings. This game-changing project is truly unique – there is no other facility like this in the U.S. and its proximity to Scripps Florida and Max Planck will solidify a true innovation and research corridor in this county,” said Kelly Smallridge, President/CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County.

“We proudly welcome United Technologies as the newest partner in the Palm Beach Gardens business community,” said Mayor Eric Jablin, Palm Beach Gardens. “The addition of United Technologies is significant to the Gardens and serves as an example of intelligent growth. We are grateful to United Technologies for placing its confidence in the solid business climate we have worked to establish and for the many job opportunities they will be creating. This will be to the benefit of our local economy for many years to come.”
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