Gov. Rick Scott shows off his boots to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Thursday. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/Toronto Sun)
Gov. Rick Scott announced today that two more Canadian companies have established business in Florida.
UCC Steelwork Connections signed a lease in March and plans to create 10 jobs in Tampa at an average wage of $44,000. The company, a distributor of steel and concrete products, did not receive any state or local incentives, said Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. CEO Keith Norden.
Meanwhile, Toronto Sky Aviation decided in April to open a new aircraft repair company, Aircraft Armature, Inc. in Opa-Locka. The city has an unemployment rate of roughly double the state's 10 percent, said Jose A. Martinez of The Beacon Council, a Miami-Dade business development group.
TSA received no incentives. It contacted Enterprise Florida, Inc. in March about relocating to Florida and received business references and help with permits from Beacon, Martinez said.. Armature, which bought its name from a former Miami company, plans to create 100 jobs within three years.
Scott made his announcement from Canada, where he finished up a week-long trade mission. Scott met with executive from both companies plus another 14 that have had contact with Enterprise Florida. Scott said the delegation met with a total of 120 companies. "I thrilled these two businesses are expanding in Florida," Scott said in a statement.