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Tampa company expands, moves to St. Petersburg

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A Tampa company is shifting and expanding its base of operations to St. Petersburg. Tampa Microwave’s CopaSat is moving to a North St. Pete location from its previous headquarters in West Tampa.

A series of business tracking sites also list a CopaSat location at 4701 Central Ave. in St. Pete with  three employees.

The new facility located at 11200 Martin Luther King Blvd. is 34,000 square feet and will employ 80 people.

According to Tampa Microwave’s website, the company chose to move to expand. The company specializes in satellite communications equipment and obtains defense contracts for its products.

Tampa Microwave was established in 1983.

The company is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility at 10 a.m. Friday with U.S. Rep. David Jolly expected to attend.

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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