PODS announces $2.1 million expansion to Feather Sound

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A company known for moving and storage decided to keep their roots in Pinellas County.

Clearwater-based PODS Enterprises, a leader in the moving and storage industry, announced a $2.1 million expansion of its corporate headquarters to the Feather Sound area of Pinellas County.  

After a year of “tremendous growth,” PODS decided it needed space to accommodate 40 new employees, and chose the third and fourth floors of a six story building in the eastern part of the city of Clearwater.

“Our growth and our desire to provide a great place to work for our associates has driven our need for expansion,” said John B. Koch, President and CEO, PODS Enterprises, Inc. “Moving our corporate headquarters into the larger location in Feather Sound also allows us to expand the size of our National Sales and Service Center at our current location. We are very excited about our relocation and are happy to be staying in Pinellas County.”

To help keep the project in Pinellas County, PODS executives partnered with Enterprise Florida, Pinellas County, Pinellas County Economic Development and the Department of Economic Opportunity.

“PODS considered other locations like Georgia,” said Gov. Rick Scott in announcing the move, “but realized that Florida’s business climate is one of the best in the nation.”

The Feather Sound PODS project is not the only decent news for the Pinellas economy. So far this year, PODS has hired 324 new associates and will be upgrading the existing Rio Vista Drive location for the National Sales and Service Center. Improvements will include additional training facilities and space for further growth.

“Thanks to Florida’s low corporate tax burden and no personal income tax, high-quality workforce and modern infrastructure, industry-leaders like PODS can be successful in Florida,” said Secretary of Commerce and President  & CEO of Enterprise Florida Gray Swoope.

 

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.