Incofilt, a Colombia-based manufacturer of industrial filters, will launch its first U.S. operations, Delasierra Filters Technology, in Tampa, Florida.
The company, which will initially invest $1.5 million, signed a lease to operate out of Regus in Corporate Center One, located at 2202 N. Westshore Blvd. Delasierra will start its operations with a team of commercial advisers and then plans to hire 10 support engineers in its first year.
According to Tampa Bay Economic Development Council, after several years of market research and strategic planning, Tampa was selected for its commercial office in the U.S. for several reasons; convenient port access, open-market trade agreements, a diverse pool of highly qualified talent, a strong university system, and a thriving industrial market.
“Tampa provides all of the business advantages we need from a strategic and logistical point of view, but the supportive business environment we found here was an added benefit,” said Jose Luis Sierra, director of engineering, Incofilt. “From the very beginning of our research and prospecting, Tampa has opened its doors to us in an exceptional way. We are convinced that with this great support, we will quickly meet all of our objectives.”
“The current pandemic has no doubt brought on many challenges for companies, but due to the strategic planning we began five years ago, our company has been able to successfully move forward with our U.S. operations, and I am convinced more companies will follow,” said Sierra. “Disruptions to production and supply chains have occurred, so I encourage companies to find new strategic markets where there are opportunities for growth. It’s one of the most important long-term strategies a company can have to ensure sustainable growth.”
The Tampa Bay EDC said it connected Delasierra to several business resources to help set up its U.S. operations and introduced the company to CareerSource Tampa Bay for recruitment assistance.
“The Tampa Bay area continues to attract international companies, offering many business advantages including our pro-business climate, accessibility to global markets, and diverse talent pool,” said Marie Chinnici-Everitt, chair of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council and managing director of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC). “Our region’s growing industrial market and strong manufacturing sector will serve Delasierra well, and our team is committed to helping the company succeed.”
Delasierra joins a growing list of international companies that have announced plans to expand in the United States and set up operations in Hillsborough County. Prati Donaduzzi, a Brazilian medicine supplier, plans to set up a small research and development center in Tampa. Last year, Cicopal Group, a leading manufacturer of popular snacks in Brazil, chose to launch its first U.S. products here. In 2018, UK-based recruitment firm Frank Recruitment Group opened an office in downtown Tampa, and Danish accessibility products manufacturer LiftUp established its U.S. subsidiary here.