Florida Governor Rick Scott showed his support and celebrated the growth of window manufacturer and installer, NewSouth Window Solutions, at the site of their new manufacturing facility and headquarters last week. NewSouth Window's success and expansion to the new 234,500-square-foot building, is a signal that local manufacturing is bringing jobs to Tampa and to the state of Florida.
Standing with the group of NewSouth Window employees, Governor Scott spoke of job creation, and strategies to attract people to the state to continue to build the economy.
He acknowledged co-founders Dan Ochstein CEO, and Earl Rahn, President as he addressed the crowd:
"I'd like to recognize everyone at NewSouth Window. NewSouth started here in Tampa with one location the year I was elected, 2010, and since then they've opened in Orlando, Sarasota, West Palm Beach and soon be Ft. Lauderdale."
NewSouth Window Solutions set up their Tampa manufacturing facility when the economic downturn was in full force in Florida, particularly for the building and construction business. Since that time, they have added 165 jobs in Florida, with a plan to add 50 more with this expansion.
As Scott looked over the impressive 13-acre portion of the 73-acre development, he commented on the scale of the concrete building footprint, stating,
"There's not many places this big, this is outstanding. You better sell a lot of windows."
NewSouth has made and sold hundreds of thousands of high performance window and door units, and plans to continue to climb as a leading provider of energy efficient windows in a state where the inefficiencies of the single pane aluminum still dominate. Ochstein spoke of his vision of the factory direct window company and the decision to build out of need for more space to accommodate the growth.
NewSouth products are designed specifically for the Florida climate, with a special focus on blending energy efficiency with impact resistant strength to defend against the unrelenting Florida sun and storms. NewSouth calls this the Ultimate Florida Window. Rahn stated, "Our products are made in Florida, for Florida homes, by Florida workers…and we are supported by the Florida Governor".
Ochstein and Rahn received the Governor's Business Ambassador's Award to recognize their accomplishment and job creation for the state. Pro-business officials, Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Sandra Murman, Hillsborough County Commissioner, addressed the crowd in support of NewSouth Window and job creation. Murman has been an advocate for the NewSouth expansion, and her support has been key for NewSouth Window in Hillsborough County. Murman states, "We are proud to be celebrating the expansion of NewSouth Windows, which is a testament to our strong manufacturing sector and workforce in Hillsborough County."
Howard Bayless and Austin Jones of Marcobay Construction hosted the event as construction briefly halted on the site. Marcobay is the builder and developer of the 73-acre Crossroads Commerce Center in Tampa. NewSouth is planning on moving into the new facility in January of 2018.