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Rick Scott touts Orlando lighting company expansion to create 35 new jobs

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Orlando is next on the list of cities Gov. Rick Scott is touting for job creation. The company Industrial Lighting Products is expanding its operations in the Central Florida city to include 35 additional jobs.

The company currently employs 160 people.

“The Orlando metro area is leading the state in job creation because of job creators like ILP. ILP is one of the many great companies that have found success in Florida, and I am proud to join ILP’s hardworking team to celebrate more than 160 jobs for Central Florida families,” Scott said. “Florida has added over 879,000 jobs in four and a half years and we will keep working so we are the best place in the world to get a great job.”

Industrial Lighting Products provides high-efficiency commercial lighting.

“Florida supports a business-friendly environment that allows job creators to expand and continue to grow,” said Industrial Lighting Products President and Founder Jason Hendren. “We applaud Governor Scott’s leadership in paving the way for businesses in our state and look forward to Industrial Lighting Products’ continued success in Central Florida.”

Gov. Scott has continued to tackle jobs as his number one priority in the state and attributes success in the private sector to creating a business-friendly climate for companies including lower business taxes than many other states.

“Industrial Lighting Products’ expansion is another bright spot in Orlando’s booming economy,” said Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio. “The Scott administration’s policies are working to help businesses expand and provide job opportunities for Floridians.”

Industrial Lighting Products is headquartered in Sanford. The company produces energy-efficient lighting fixtures for companies like Chrysler, Duracell, Black and Decker, 3M, Dannon and Walt Disney World. ILP is on track to expand from 40,000 square feet to 70,000 square feet by 2016.

The company operates all over the United States and in Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Samoa.

According to the Scott administration, Florida’s manufacturing sector ranks among the top 10 nationwide with more than 18,200 companies employing some 317,000 people statewide.

Scott’s staff wrote in a press release that “Florida offers a competitive environment with no sales tax on manufacturing equipment as well as a highly educated workforce that all helps businesses grow.”

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.

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