TUUCI Plans $1.25 Million Expansion At Its Miami, Florida, Manufacturing Center
“Building quality, marine-engineered shade structures right here in South Florida has been our mission for the past 17 years,’ said Tom Parker, TUUCI President. ‘The shores of Miami inspired the birth of TUUCI so it’s only fitting to be expanding what we started in this city”.
Founded in Miami-Dade County more than 17 years ago, The Ultimate Umbrella Company or TUUCI has grown to become a global leader in outdoor parasol, pavilion and lounge design and quality manufacturing. Headquartered in Unincorporated Northwest Miami-Dade, TUCCI manufactures its products in Florida and sells them throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.
“While we considered relocating to North Carolina, the company’s roots in Miami ran too deep. It was the breathtaking shores of South Florida that inspired us to create the world’s best shade systems.” said Dougan Clarke, CEO/Chief Product Architect of TUUCI. “The opportunity to expand the operation and add jobs to the community was exactly the right incentive to continue what we started here in Miami.”
The Beacon Council assisted the company with site selection, and state and local incentives (QTI), a performance-based tax rebate incentive. The Beacon Council’s economic development specialists helped the company determine eligibility, apply for and secure incentives for each new full time job created over the next three years. The company is also located in an enterprise zone and empowerment zone, which makes it eligible for tax incentives.
The Governor’s Office said TUUCI expansion was made possible through partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, The Beacon Council, the official economic development organization in Miami-Dade County, and Miami-Dade County.
“This is a great example of a company that has benefited from Miami’s connectivity to the Americas, Europe and Asia,” The Beacon Council President/CEO Larry K. Williams said. “And their products are on display in Miami and all over the world.”
“I am excited to announce TUUCI’s expansion and the creation of 21 new jobs in Florida. While they considered other locations like North Carolina, I am glad TUUCI chose Florida for their continued growth”, said Governor Rick Scott.
Bill Johnson, Enterprise Florida president and CEO said, “It’s easy to be successful in Florida, thanks to Governor Scott’s pro-business policies. Florida is the strategic and economic center of the Americas, and offers world-class business amenities and infrastructure. We congratulate TUUCI on their expansion and thank them for their continued commitment to Florida.”
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said, “I am pleased that a home-grown company that has been able to expand and prosper will stay in our community, retain hundreds of jobs, create an additional 21 jobs and generate more than $1 million in new capital investment. It speaks to Miami-Dade’s growth as a global business locale and the role of The Beacon Council. I hope TUUCI continues to grow and remains in Miami-Dade for decades to come.”
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