Taking part in a trade mission to Ireland and the United Kingdom spearheaded by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) announced on Wednesday that four Irish companies will be doing more business in the Sunshine State and adding 150 new jobs.

Capstone, a software company, will launch a Southeast office and add 25 jobs in the Tampa Bay area. Engineering firm SL Controls will have its North American headquarters in Jacksonville and create 20 new jobs on the First Coast. Modular Automation, which makes automated equipment for the medical device industry, its expanding its North American headquarters in Jacksonville and creating 7 jobs. Over in Southwest Florida, around Ft. Myers, UrbanVolt, an energy efficiency technology service, is launching its North American headquarters and creating 100 jobs.

Joe York, the vice chairman of the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors, cheered the news on Wednesday.

“We are excited that these four companies have chosen to further invest in Florida and create new opportunities for families here. Florida is an ideal location for foreign direct investment, and missions like this one with the Florida Chamber allow us to tell the state’s business story. I wish each of these companies great success as they grow their businesses in Florida,” said York.

“The Florida Chamber has a long history of supporting the expansion of international trade and foreign direct investment opportunities as an important way to grow and diversify Florida’s economy,” said David Hart, the executive vice president of the Florida Chamber. “It was exciting to be in Dublin to meet with leaders from these great Irish companies and congratulate them on their decision to bring their companies to Florida and welcome them to our great state.”

“As a growing and innovative communications technology systems integrator, opening operations in Florida made sense for Capstone. The business friendly environment, the talent of the people and the growing base of businesses to work with made it a logical location for our continued expansion in the USA,” said Fergus Kelly, the CEO of Capstone.

“Florida affords a favourable business environment for business growth, a large pool of college graduates and a robust infrastructure for technology-enabled businesses,” said Kevin Maughan, the CEO of UrbanVolt. “It is also one of the core industrial building markets for UrbanVolt, with about 20 percent of all U.S. warehouses based in Florida. With multiple direct flights to and from Europe and its location on the East Coast of America, Florida is also readily accessible for international management teams.”


Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com.

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