BROOKSVILLE - It was just about a year ago when Gov. Rick Scott flew here to help celebrate the announcement that Accuform Signs was planning to expand at the Corporate Airpark and bring almost 300 new jobs.
In November, Scott will again be making the trip, this time to celebrate the official grand opening of yet another airport tenant: Interconnect Cable Technologies Corporation.
Business Development Director Mike McHugh confirmed Thursday that the governor will be on-site at ICTC's new facility at 10 a.m. Nov. 15.
The company, with 76 full-time employees, announced last year that rapid growth made it necessary to move to a larger site building at 16090 Flight Path Drive.
"ICTC is an example of the economic growth opportunities that are present within our existing businesses," McHugh said. "They have grown rapidly and this state-of-the-art facility represents over 100 percent growth in facility size and will accommodate over 40 new jobs."
Crews Thursday were putting finishing touches on that building, which will open in advance of the governor's visit. The expansion coincides with ICTC's 25th year in business as an electronics manufacturer.
"It is truly remarkable that even with the recent economic recession, this has not affected ICTC nor interrupted the company's plans for growth," ICTC's Sales Director Paul Sochacki said in an email.
Sochacki added that the company in the last four years has doubled its work force and sales revenue.
The new ICTC facility will house the latest technology in electronics manufacturing equipment and is projected to improve efficiencies by more than 20 percent, he said,
ICTC has operated in two buildings at the airport industrial park Hernando County Airport since 1988 in a 24,000-square-foot building.
But the company, with 76 full-time employees, announced last year that rapid growth made it necessary to move to a larger site, a 43,000-square-foot building on Flight Path Drive.
The new company location commands a good view of the airport's new control tower and is just east of the Office of Business Development, near Sam Pearson Way.
The airport owned a building on the four-acre site in the industrial park. Originally designed for the manufacturing of roofing trusses, the building was vacant.
The owners of ICTC bought it "as is" and set out to renovate it, creating 43,000 square feet of work space.
The company is investing about $2.2 million and $500,000 of capital equipment in the expansion. When completed, ICTC will add 40 new full-time positions during four years.
ICTC is a global manufacturer that provides cable assemblies and other electronic equipment to various high-tech industries in the aerospace, automotive, gaming, medical, military and other areas.
Meanwhile, engineering work is continuing at the 40-acre site to be occupied by Accuform Signs. A summer 2014 opening is expected, McHugh said.
The company plans to open a new 305,000- square-foot building in the corporate park section of the airport, near the Corporate Boulevard and Aerial Way intersection.
McHugh said Accuform will enhance the corporate airpark, which is now known as the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport and Technology Center.