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Brazil-Based Bauducco Foods Plans Zephyrhills, Florida, Production Operations

Brazil-based Bauducco Foods, a baked products manufacturer, plans to establish production operations in Zephyrhills, Florida. The more than $200 million project is expected to create approximately 600 jobs.

The new 403,000-square-foot production center, located on 72.52-acres at the Zephyrhills Airport Industrial Park Ready Site, will produce and distribute product across the U.S.

“Bauducco chose Pasco County after a long and very detailed analysis in which more than seven states and over ten counties around the country were reviewed and studied,” said Stefano Mozzi, CEO, Bauducco USA. “Due to the business-friendly environment and the support and professionalism we received from the business development teams in the State, County and the City; as well as the great location, we decided to make Zephyrhills our new and main production hub for the U.S.A. market.”

The City of Zephyrhills approved incentives totaling $8.27 million. The incentive package is based on the company creating 120 new full-time positions which will have average annual wages of at least 80 percent of the median one-person income in the Tampa Bay Metropolitan Area. The city’s approved incentive package includes waiving or reimbursing transportation impact fees up to $331,000 and permit fees up to $660,750. Additionally, they will provide a job creation incentive cash grant equal to the amount of 50 percent of ad valorem city property taxes paid for the first 10-year period.

“Creating a site readiness program isn’t new in the economic development world, however what is crucial to making the program successful is having all of your partners and property owners working together with the same mission of creating new opportunities for our community,” noted Bill Cronin, President and CEO, Pasco Economic Development Corporation. “The Ready Sites Program has become successful thanks to those public/private partnerships and the commitment and trust of the property owners to market their land for industrial development. We look forward to continuing to grow our relationship with Bauducco and welcome them home to Pasco County, Florida.”

In addition, the Pasco Board of County Commissioners approved an Economic Incentive Agreement for a 25 percent ad valorem tax reimbursement and a $100,000 workforce training grant. This project was also made possible through Pasco’s partnership with the City of Zephyrhills. Pasco County and Zephyrhills entered an Interlocal Agreement in 2016 to build a sanitary sewer force main to serve the future industrial area near the Zephyrhills Airport.

Bauducco Foods manufactures baked food products, including biscuits, wafers and breads. The company currently has five manufacturing plants in Brazil and a manufacturing plant and warehouse in Miami, Florida.

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