Gov. Scott announces 100 new jobs in Central Florida

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In his latest pro-jobs campaign push, Governor Rick announced Wednesday Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems will be bringing 100 new jobs to Florida over the next five years.

Scott made the announcement in the Central Florida town of Lake Mary where the company plans to open its North American headquarters. The new headquarters is the result of a merger between Hitachi and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries last year.

“We worked hard to win this new headquarters for Florida, and while Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems could have chosen any other state in the nation they picked Florida because of our growing opportunity economy that will create jobs for generations to come,” Governor Scott said. The establishment of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems’ North American headquarters is great news for Orlando families.”

The newly merged company will generate thermal power. The merger combines 150 years of technology leadership in power generation solutions.

“Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems provides the most efficient electric energy producing equipment and services to major power producers and their millions of electricity customers throughout the Western Hemisphere,” Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems President & CEO David Walsh said. “ This new world-class headquarters facility is essential to meeting our growth initiatives. As we move into 2015 and 2016, we will add positions in management, engineering, sales & marketing, and necessary administrative functions to support our operations, subsidiaries and customers throughout the Americas.”

According to a press release from the governor’s office Florida is the 4th largest state based on GDP in the U.S. and the eighteenth largest economy in the world. The state’s low corporate tax burden and no personal income tax, high-quality workforce, and modern infrastructure provide the perfect climate for business.

“The quality of life in the Orlando area, the pro-business Florida environment, the highly developed Orlando transportation hub, and the high quality of the regional talent base, are key reasons why we are affirming our commitment to locate here, and call Florida home,” Walsh said.

MHPSA has had a continuous, strong partnership with Enterprise Florida, CareerSource Florida, the City of Lake Mary, Seminole County and Orange County.

“Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems’ joins our growing base of company headquarters. The strong workforce in Florida and great tax benefits will help companies like Mitsubishi Hitachi continue growing and I look forward to seeing their future accomplishments,” MHPSA has had a continuous, strong partnership with Enterprise Florida, CareerSource Florida, the City of Lake Mary, Seminole County and Orange County.

“Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems’ decision to expand operations in Seminole County validates our business friendly environment, and our commitment to job creation. We are excited to have them here and look forward to a successful partnership,” said Seminole County Commissioner Brenda Carey.

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.