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A Florida company is expanding to create a total of 108 new jobs in the state. Tampa Tank, Inc. and Florida Structural Steel will add 24 jobs to its Ybor City headquarters and another 84 to a manufacturing facility in Gibsonton.

“Manufacturing companies like Tampa Tank provide great jobs for Florida families, which is why we eliminated the sales tax on manufacturing equipment to create more opportunities for manufacturers to succeed in our state. We look forward to Tampa Tank’s continued growth in Tampa Bay,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement.

The company will invest a combined $18 million in the two expansion projects. Those investments include retrofitting an existing facility and building a brand new, 120,000-square-foot facility in Gibsonton.

“Today’s announcement signifies Tampa Tank’s strong commitment to our community, and the remarkable success our company is enjoying nationally and globally,” said David Hale, CEO of Tampa Tank, Inc. & Florida Structural Steel. “We appreciate the strong support we’ve received from our public and private partners, particularly Port Tampa Bay.”

Tampa Tank launched in 1993. They acquired Florida Structural Steel in 1984. The company currently employs 194 people. They provide custom design, repair and fabrication of welded steel products across the globe.

“Our cost-competitive environment, favorable overall tax structure, and strong workforce make it easy for companies to succeed in Florida. Being ideally positioned to be the global hub for business makes Florida’s manufacturing industry highly integrated with the global economy,” said Bill Johnson, Enterprise Florida president.

According to Scott’s office, Florida ranks among the top 10 in the nation in manufacturing. More than 18,600 manufacturing companies call Florida home and employ more than 321,000 Floridians.

“We faced some tough competition from other locations and worked very hard to help secure this deal for Tampa and Hillsborough County,” said Dr. Ronald Vaughn, chair of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. and president of the University of Tampa. “Tampa Tank’s expansion proves that we have what takes as a region to work collaboratively to transform Port Redwing into a powerful economic engine and ensure that the company can grow its investments and jobs here.”

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 [email protected]

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