Bristol-Myers Squibb plans to locate its North America Capability Center in Tampa, Florida, creating 579 life sciences jobs in Hillsborough County. The 70,000-square-foot facility will open in January with approximately 250 employees. The company will add more than 325 additional jobs supporting scientific and technical activities at the site by 2017.
“We are pleased to locate our North America Capability Center in Hillsborough County,” says Gareth Morgan, senior vice president, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We evaluated many locations and considered many factors before deciding that Florida was the best state for our new facility. We specifically selected Hillsborough County for several reasons, including its talented workforce, strong university presence, the Tampa Bay region’s business climate, economy and quality of life, and availability of the necessary logistics and office facilities.”
Gov. Rick Scott said, “Bristol-Myers Squibb’s decision to open this new facility in Tampa and create 579 jobs is great news for Florida families. Since taking office, my focus has been on job creation and turning Florida’s economy around. We have worked tirelessly to improve the state’s business climate by removing cumbersome regulations and taxes, and strengthening our workforce. Announcements like this from Bristol-Myers Squibb show that companies are taking notice of our economic turnaround and that it’s working in Florida.”
“We are thrilled that Bristol-Myers Squibb has chosen to open their new center in Florida,” said Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Gray Swoope. “This announcement signals that Florida has the resources necessary to support the operations of the biggest companies in the world. Our state is a perfect fit for Bristol-Myers Squibb, thanks to our exceptional life sciences industry, growing workforce and modern infrastructure.”
“The Tampa Bay Partnership is pleased to welcome Bristol-Myers Squibb to our region,” said Stuart Rogel, President and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership. “Their choice of Tampa Bay is a testament to the steadfast collaboration of our eight-county region to attract global companies in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors. Furthermore, it is proof that Tampa Bay has the regional assets necessary to support the operations of these global industry leaders.”
“Bristol-Myers Squibb is one of the strongest, most innovative biopharmaceutical companies in the world,” said David Pizzo, Chair of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and Market President, West Florida Region for Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company. “With the creation of high-wage jobs and the attraction of high-value professionals in the life sciences industry, a project of this magnitude has the ability to impact economic growth in Hillsborough County for years to come.”
The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, Tampa Bay Partnership, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Workforce Florida, Inc. and Department of Economic Opportunity.