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More manufacturing jobs head for county

The Pasco Economic Development Council announces Gulf Refrigeration Supply Inc. and All Natural Botanicals Inc. are newcomers.

By PHIL DAVIS
Published January 26, 2006


LAND O'LAKES - A few workers at a time, Pasco County continues to sap manufacturing jobs from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

The latest acquisitions were announced Wednesday morning at the monthly meeting of the Pasco Economic Development Council. Among the acquisitions is Gulf Refrigeration Supply Inc., which is building a 36,000-square-foot warehouse building in the Scheer Commerce Center on U.S. 19 in Hudson. The company currently distributes refrigeration equipment to regional customers from a warehouse in Tampa.

Bryan Kamm, a project manager at the Pasco County Economic Development Council, said the company has invested $1.4-million in the Hudson warehouse, which will employ about 12 workers.

Gulf Refrigeration officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

All Natural Botanicals Inc. has moved from Pinellas Park to a 22,000-square-foot shipping facility at the Dade City Business Center on U.S. 301. Kamm said the company invested $170,000 in its move. The company manufactures scented oils and other bath products in China and ships them to retailers from the Dade City location.

Andrew Rizzo, the company's president, said he has already hired 15 people to work in Dade City and intends to hire about 15 more.

Rizzo, who commutes to Dade City from north Tampa, said Pasco County offered his company a better deal than he was getting in Pinellas Park.

"It was just an better economic package," Rizzo said. "The Dade City Business Center was extremely accommodating. It's been a great move for us."