Governor Rick Scott announced that ecommerce restaurant supply company WebstaurantStore, Inc. has chosen to expand in Tampa with a new office that will create more than 300 new jobs and include $1 million in capital investment. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created nearly 1.6 million private sector jobs, and Florida’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point since April 2007.
Governor Scott said, “Florida continues to outpace the nation in job growth because businesses are able to grow in Florida. In fact, Florida’s private sector has created nearly 1.6 million jobs since December 2010, and our unemployment rate is the lowest its been in over a decade. I’m proud of the work we’ve done over the past seven-and-a-half years to cut taxes and create an environment that supports economic success. These 300 new jobs will give Florida families more opportunities to find a great job.”
Dave Groff, president of WebstaurantStore said, “We are very excited to open our new location in Tampa. As the largest and fastest growing e-commerce company in our industry, we will have a lot of opportunities for new team members in the next few years. We look forward to finding those people in the Tampa Bay area.”
Sandra Murman, chair of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners said, “Hillsborough County offers Webstaurant the highly-skilled IT talent it needs for its next market expansion. We’re thrilled Webstaurant chose our community and look forward to supporting them as they establish their new office in Hillsborough County.”
Webstaurant Store joins a growing list of companies that have chosen to expand in Hillsborough County recently, including Liftup, Validity, and Frank Recruitment Group.
Alan F. List, MD, chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, and president and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center said, “Webstaurant was in search of a new pool of talent, and as a longstanding leader in IT services, Tampa was able to deliver. We thank Webstaurant for bringing hundreds of high wage jobs to Tampa and we look forward to helping them connect with the talented workforce they need to thrive here.”
The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Hillsborough County and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
Joe York, vice-chairman of Enterprise Florida’s Board of Directors said, “Today’s exciting announcement proves that Florida’s strong workforce talent is a perfect fit for job creators. This is a big win for Hillsborough County families.”
Cissy Proctor, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said, “We are proud to see WebstaurantStore expand in Tampa and add more than 300 new jobs for hardworking Floridians. Their commitment to the state of Florida illustrates that our business-friendly policies are working and is a win for the families of Hillsborough County.”