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Airpark to gain manufacturer

Tissco, which makes beer taps, will build a 50, 000-square-foot building and may need to double its work force.

By BARBARA BEHRENDT
Published May 22, 2007


BROOKSVILLE -- A Danish company that makes beverage dispensing equipment has announced plans to expand and relocate its Hernando County operation.

Tissco LLC, which has operated in Hernando County for six years, has contracted with Wagner Construction to build a 50,000-square-foot building on a 6-acre site in the Hernando County Corporate Airpark.

The company will invest $3.4-million in capital improvements, according to chief operating officer Torben Toftegaard, who said the new facility could be operational by August 2008.

Currently, the company employs about 50 people in its Hernando operation and that number could double as the need arises over the next several years, Toftegaard said.

The company is a division of Micro Matic LLC, a leading manufacturer of beverage dispensing equipment such as beer taps and keg valves as well as related services. Founded in 1953, Micro Matic has more than 1,000 employees.

In Hernando County, Micro Matic operates two facilities: a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing site in Brooksville under the Tissco name and a facility about half that size in the airpark under the Micro Matic name. Tissco will change its name to Micro Matic when both offices consolidate into the new structure in mid 2008.

Expanding in Hernando County just made sense, Toftegaard said. "It was because of the availability of labor and we are situated here with a small management team," he said.

The county's Office of Business Development has been working with Tissco for about three years on the expansion plan, director Michael McHugh said Monday.

The new Micro Matic site is in the second phase of the airpark where nearly all spots are already promised to companies, McHugh said. At 50, 000 square feet, it is far from the largest structure, but it is part of a growing trend toward larger industrial buildings in the commerce park.

The new facility will be built using tilt wall construction. The building will also be designed so that it can be expanded in the future, Toftegaard said.

"It's certainly nice to see a 50,000-square-foot building in that neighborhood," McHugh said.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at behrendt@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6117.