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September 21, 2018

Business Florida 2018 - The Regions

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CLEWISTON Aluminum recycling and manufacturing firm ATIO USA will open a $26-million manufacturing facility in Hendry County; 39 jobs paying an average yearly wage of $42,000 are expected.

Key Players

Entegra Roof Tile | Okeechobee
Pacer Marine | Bowling Green
UTC Aerospace Systems | Lake Suzy



HIGHLANDS COUNTY CitraPac, maker of Fruit Pearls real-fruit frozen snacks, has completed construction on its 42,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility at Sebring Commerce Park and continues to hire workers. The facility is expected to generate 240 jobs at full production.

Key Players

Mac-Bee Harvesting | Arcadia
The Mosaic Company | Wauchula
United States Sugar | Clewiston

Arcadia Construction broke ground in January 2017 on a new home for the Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo, Florida’s longest-running and largest rodeo event. The $7-million Mosaic Arena will replace the arena built in 1959 and boost capacity to 7,800 seats. Anticipated completion is fall 2017, well ahead of the 90th annual event scheduled for March 2018.


Life Sciences/Health Care

SEBRING Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring was one of four medical centers in the U.S. selected to perform live case transmissions for the annual Complex Cardiovascular Catheter Therapeutics’ Advanced Endovascular and Coronary Intervention Global Summit (C3). Three procedures performed at the hospital’s Heart & Vascular Center were transmitted via satellite in June 2017 to the C3 summit attended by more than 1,500 physicians in Orlando.

WAUCHULA Florida Hospital Wauchula is on track to complete construction of a $32-million state-of-the-art building by December 2017

Key Players

DeSoto Memorial Hospital | Arcadia
Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center | Sebring, Lake Placid
Florida Hospital Wauchula | Wauchula
Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation | Wauchula



MOORE HAVEN Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened in March 2017 at Americas Gateway Logistics Center (AGLC) along U.S. 27 and State Road 78 in Glades County. Love’s 14th travel stop in Florida and the first tenant at AGLC’s master-planned industrial campus, the new facility offers food and fuel for all motorists, plus showers and parking for long-haul truckers. AGLC offers 770+ acres of industrial distribution and manufacturing space, including commercial frontage on U.S. 27 and rail access.

Key Players

Walmart Distribution Center | Arcadia
Walpole | Okeechobee



SEBRING Pictaio Aerospace has relocated from Iowa to Sebring Regional Airport after teaming up with the Spanish gyroplane manufacturer ELA Aviation. Founded in 2012, Pictaio offers gyroplane sales, service and pilot training; CEO Chris Lord has flown more than two dozen types of gyroplanes and is an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.

SEBRING In May 2017, Sebring Airport Authority and the City of Sebring hosted the mayor of Anyang City and delegates from the Aero Sport Association, People’s Republic of China. The purpose of the meeting was to develop a relationship between the cities and strengthen their aviation industries. Widely considered the general aviation capital of China, Anyang has established similar relationships with just 28 cities worldwide.

Key Player

Paradise Aircraft USA | Sebring


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