Around the State- Central- Jan. 1999
Melbourne -- UST Inc. revealed plans for a call center that will employ up to 120 people by mid-year. UST expects to open this month with 60 to 80 workers. The company handles business-to-business telemarketing for the technology industry.
Orlando -- Autonomous Technologies got FDA approval for its next-generation vision correction lasers and has secured the right to market the laser in Canada. Autonomous, which employs about 70 in Orlando, also signed a $90 million deal to merge with Summit Technology of Waltham, Mass.
Florida's first Ferrari dealership outside south Florida opened in the Orlando suburb of Eatonville. Although only a handful of new Ferraris are registered in central Florida each year, investors hope the new showroom will attract buyers from Fort Myers to Georgia with a spare $130,000. The dealership expects to sell 50 new and 75 used Ferraris annually.
John Glenn is down for the count. Not THAT John Glenn. John Glenn Jewelers, a 53-year-old fixture downtown, has closed, victimized by shoppers' preference for chain stores.
Ormond Beach -- Sunglasses maker Capo Inc. purchased 3.9 acres in the Ormond Beach Airport Industrial Park for an 85,000-sq.-ft. expansion. Capo is one of Volusia's largest employers, with 190 workers.
Report shows majority of Florida hospitals are not complying with the federal price transparency law
At some universities, tenure may become a thing of the past. That could have an economic impact.