GE plant to bring 250 jobs to Clearwater and $50 million in capital investment

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Governor Rick Scott is celebrating another job success.

During a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday in Clearwater, Scott announced a $50 million dollar capital investment by General Electric that will create 250 new jobs in the area.

GE is expanding an existing Clearwater plant into what it’s calling a manufacturing Center of Excellence. It will encompass an already existing instrument transformer and add capacitors.

The expansion is set to open near the end of 2015.

“Florida businesses have already created more than 620,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010, and we will continue to create an opportunity economy where every Floridian can love the American Dream,” Scott wrote in a statement.

The plant is replacing one in upstate New York that will close when this one opens. The Scott administration touts business-friendly regulations for attracting more manufacturing jobs.

GE CEO Mark Begor praised the Governor as well as Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche and Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos for moving swiftly to green light the project.

“From this facility, we’ll serve customers as close as Duke Energy right here in Florida, and as far away as Southeast Asia and South America,” Begor said in a statement.

The plant will manufacture instrument transformers for utilities and other industrial companies.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.