Feld Entertainment Relocates Motor Sports Division to Manatee County, Florida
Governor Scott said, “We are excited to announce that Feld Entertainment is once again expanding in Florida and creating another 200 new job opportunities for Florida families. This great news today follows the company’s recent move of their global headquarters to Florida from Virginia in 2013. We look forward to Feld Entertainment’s continued growth in Florida.”
Feld Entertainment, which currently employs more than 400 Floridians, produces well-known, global brands in live family entertainment, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Feld Motor Sports. The company’s Ellenton facility includes more than 600,000 square feet of production space and corporate offices.
Casey Rodgers, Feld’s vice president of finance and strategic planning, said, “Although we have a custom-designed facility with room to grow at our Aurora, Illinois facility, teamwork and support from the State of Florida, Manatee County and the Bradenton Area EDC encouraged us to take a harder look at locating the Motor Sports Division with other productions in Ellenton. The business-friendly climate and talented workforce in the Bradenton area make the location attractive for consolidating more of our operations here.”
Bill Johnson, President/ CEO of Enterprise Florida said, “Florida offers world-class business amenities and an expansive infrastructure, not to mention a diverse and highly-skilled workforce of more than 9.5 million. The state makes a very compelling case for industry leaders like Feld Entertainment to grow here and we’re thrilled to announce their most recent expansion.”
The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, CareerSource Florida, Bradenton Area EDC, Manatee County and Enterprise Florida. As part of the project, CareerSource Florida has offered Feld performance-based grants for employee training through the Quick Response Training program.
Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Jesse Panuccio said, “Florida has become a magnet for business relocations because of our low-tax, pro-growth policies. Feld Entertainment’s continued growth is great news for families in Manatee County.”
Chris Hart IV, CareerSource Florida President/CEO, said, “We love to see businesses that have established a presence in Florida continue to flourish and grow here, helping our families and our state prosper. With Florida’s diverse, talented workforce and training grants to enhance global competitiveness, companies like Feld Entertainment have a bright future in Florida.”
Sharon Hillstrom, President/CEO of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp., said, “Feld Entertainment has already exceeded its original job creation commitment two years ahead of schedule. With the addition of the Motor Sports Division, the Bradenton area will benefit further from the company’s growth. As a global brand, Feld’s continued expansion here further validates the Bradenton area’s viability as a location for businesses with international scope.”
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