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MIAMI-DADE DB Schenker is consolidating and relocating its Americas headquarters to a site near Miami International Airport. With more than 10,000 employees and operations in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Venezuela and the U.S., DB Schenker is one of the largest integrated logistics service providers in the Americas.

MIAMI Seaboard Marine completed construction in spring 2017 on an 11,000-cubic-ft., temperature-controlled cold chamber at PortMiami to provide a safe environment for storing delicate cargo as it undergoes customs inspection and transfer procedures.

FORT LAUDERDALE At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport — Florida’s third busiest — passenger traffic for 2016 was 29.2 million, up 8.4% from 2015. For a third consecutive year, international travel alone grew by 10%, helped by the addition of 12 international cities and two new carriers, Emirates Airlines and British Airways.

BROWARD COUNTY Port Everglades is moving forward with plans to build the PortEverglades International Logistics Center on 17 acres of port property west of McIntosh Road. Plans call for the center to include approximately 240,000 square feet of warehouse facilities with an attached 45,000-sq.-ft. office building; completion is anticipated by April 2019. Also in the works: the purchase of three low-profile Super Post Panamax gantry cranes capable of handling containers stacked eight units high as well as rail infrastructure to accommodate them, and the addition of five new berths for larger cargo ships.

HOLLYWOOD Online pet products retailer is bringing a customer service center and 1,100 jobs — an undisclosed amount of which will be new hires — to Hollywood before the end of 2017. The firm, which maintains a ready-to-ship stock of more than 18,000 items, was founded in south Florida in 2011 by millennial entrepreneurs who met in a computer chat room. Earlier in the year, Chewy announced plans to create 600 jobs at an e-commerce fulfillment center at Ocala in Florida’s north central region. The firm’s headquarters will remain in Dania Beach.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ MOL Majesty was the first ship to call at PortMiami after passing through the Panama Canal’s new, larger locks. In preparation for the arrival of post-Panamax ships, PortMiami spent $1.3 billion dredging its shipping channel to a depth of 52 feet, buying larger cranes and building a tunnel that provides direct access between marine terminals and interstate highways

MIAMI-DADE Amazon broke ground in June 2017 on an 800,000-sq.ft. fulfillment center, its 10th Florida location and first mega warehouse in the southeast region. The new facility, located at the Carrie Meek International Business Park adjacent to Opa-Locka Executive Airport, is expected to open in 2018 and create 1,000 jobs. At the same time, Amazon Prime Now opened a hub in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood aimed at south Florida’s Hispanic population.

MEDLEY San Diego, Ca.-based PriceSmart opened a 325,000-sq.ft. distribution center in May 2017 that will serve 75 warehouse clubs across Latin America. The largest operator of membership warehouse clubs in Central America, Colombia and the Caribbean, PriceSmart has no storefronts in the U.S., but sells more than $1 billion worth of U.S.-sourced merchandise annually and maintains a workforce of more than 200 at its Miami facilities.

Key Players

DHL Solutions Americas | Plantation
FedEx Express Latin America | Miami
Ryder System | Miami
Seaboard Marine | Miami

Home to 106 airlines — the most of any U.S. airport — Miami International continues to be Florida’s busiest. In 2016, MIA welcomed 44.6 million passengers and 2.2 million tons of cargo. Since 2012, MIA has added 43 destinations, 36 of which are international. In April 2017, Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW began non-stop service to Reykjavik; El Al will begin non-stop flights to Tel Aviv in November 2017


Life Sciences / Health Care

MIRAMAR As part of a $184-million expansion, the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical company — Apotex — is constructing an R&D center and advanced manufacturing and packaging facility in Miramar that will serve as its U.S. headquarters and offices for Apobiologix, which is currently located in Weston; 150 full-time jobs are expected. Apotex produces more than 300 generic pharmaceuticals with an annual $2 billion in worldwide sales.

BOCA RATON Health care IT firm Modernizing Medicine plans to expand operations in the historic Boca Raton Innovation Center in Palm Beach County and add a total of 838 jobs by 2022. Founded in 2010, Modernizing Medicine works with physicians to develop specialty-specific systems for more efficient management of their electronic health records. The company’s many touch- and cloud-based products and services are programmed by a team that includes practicing physicians representing a variety of specialties, including dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pain management and plastic surgery.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, where even the CAT scan machine is designed with children in mind, is ranked among the top 50 “Best Children’s Hospitals 2017-18” in eight specialties — the most of any pediatric hospital in Florida — including neurology, neonatology, urology, orthopedics and cardiology.

CORAL SPRINGS Cleveland Clinic Florida began work in April 2017 on a family health and ambulatory surgery center in Broward County. Scheduled to open in 2018, the center will include six operating rooms, 34 prep and recovery bays, two endoscopy suites, 40 exam rooms and imaging services.

JUPITER Pharmaceutical products firm CTD Holdings is growing its footprint in Florida with a corporate headquarters in Jupiter and 51 new jobs.

MIAMI For the 14th straight year, Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute-Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital was named the nation’s No. 1 hospital for ophthalmology
by U.S. News & World Report.

Key Players

Baptist Health South Florida | Miami
University of Miami Health System | Miami
Cancer Treatment Centers of America | Boca Raton

Baptist Health South Florida opened its $430-million Miami Cancer Institute in January 2017. A member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance (the only Florida institution so designated), the new interdisciplinary facility houses south Florida’s first proton radiation therapy center. Proton therapy enables oncologists to target tumors with precisely aimed radiation in order to avoid damaging healthy cells.


Corporate/Regional Headquarters

FORT LAUDERDALE Fiber optics telecommunications provider Hotwire Communications has relocated its headquarters from Pennsylvania. Hotwire employs 300 Floridians, and with the opening of its new Hotwire Technology Center in Fort Lauderdale, expects to create 375 jobs.

CORAL GABLES Cosentino Group, a global leader in natural stone, quartz and recycled surfacing, is relocating its Americas headquarters from Texas and adding 85 jobs. The family-owned, Spain-based firm employs 60 Floridians at distribution centers in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Lauderhill and plans to open a design center in Miami’s Design District.

SUNRISE After nearly two years of construction, American Express has moved into its $200-million, 400,000-sq.-ft. regional headquarters. The third largest employer in Broward County, American Express will house 3,000 customer service, marketing, HR and legal services employees in the new space.

MIAMI Norfolk, Va.-based Boats Group, a leading online marketplace for buying and selling boats, has moved its corporate headquarters to Florida, where approximately a quarter of its customers are already located, and has begun filling an anticipated 80 jobs.

PALM BEACH GARDENS Construction continues at United Technologies’ headquarters and product showcase for its Climate Controls and Security division at I-95 and Donald Ross Road. The $115-million development is expected to create 380 jobs.

Key Players

AutoNation | Fort Lauderdale
NextEra Energy | Juno Beach
World Fuel Services | Miami

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