AUDIO: Gov. Scott: Manufacturing project creates 250 jobs in Bay area

Posted Thursday, January 9th 2014 @ 1pm

PALMETTO, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Governor Rick Scott announced that Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., a world leader in liquefied natural gas (lng), opened a new manufacturing facility in Manatee County, creating 250 new jobs and injecting $56.8 million in capital investment into the community, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

“Air Products' expansion to the Bradenton area is great news for Florida families. Last year we worked hard to remove the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment so that companies like air products could invest in their business and create more jobs for Florida families. In three years we have created 440,000 private-sector jobs and our unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent. we are committed to creating an opportunity economy in Florida that will create jobs for generations to come, and today's announcement that air products is creating 250 new jobs for Florida families is a great step in that direction," Scott said.

This new facility will be used to manufacture large custom-made chemical process equipment for oversees customers, and the company will benefit from its close proximity to Port Manatee, the news release stated.

"This plant will meet a defined ‘lng’ production market need around the globe.  At Port Manatee, air products will be able to supply the additional capacity required to stay ahead of increasing customer demand, and specifically for the manufacture of larger lng heat exchangers. This technology is a world leading position air products has established over several decades, and it's one that we intend to work hard to be sure to maintain. This site has the readily available port access that removes any shipping constraints we had previously faced with this larger equipment. We truly appreciate the efforts of state and local government officials, the Manatee County Economic Development Corporation, and others in finding the port manatee location and for offering a number of programs to assist air products with its site decision," said John McGlade, Air Products' Chairman, President and CEO.

More from the governor’s office on Air Products and Chemicals:

For over 70 years, Air Products and Chemicals has enabled customers to become more energy efficient and sustainable. More than 20,000 employees in over 50 countries supply innovative solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives.


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