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Are new jobs in Zephyrhills' future?

Published August 11, 2006

A manufacturing company is considering expanding into Zephyrhills and could create 75 jobs within its first year and 150 to 200 jobs in following years, a city official said.

Dean Johnson of Johnson Tube Co., which has an office in Palm Harbor, met with city planner Todd Vande Berg Wednesday to look at sites to build two 50,000-square-foot industrial buildings. The company is seeking to make a $20-million investment, Vande Berg said.

Johnson said it was premature to talk about the project and said the company is considering other sites throughout Florida and other states.

If the company did settle in Zephyrhills, it would bring manufacturing jobs creating metal piping and tubing, Vande Berg said.

"It's a win-win for the city," he said. "We're looking for quality industrial jobs in Zephyrhills, and industrial use creates more of a substantial tax base with fewer service requirements."


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