SUCCESS STORIES FROM NAME BRANDS
Publix Super Markets recently opened their Corporate Headquarters expansion, a $60 million capital investment. They added an additional 190,000 square feet of office and hired 700 new High-Skill, High-Wage jobs bringing their total employment in Lakeland to over 8,000.
GEICO recently expanded their regional office by 50,000 square feet. The new building will accommodate more offices and training rooms. This expansion resulted in a $12 million capital investment 500 new High-Skill, High-Wage jobs, bringing their Lakeland employment to 3,800.
Founded in Lakeland in 1977, Summit opened their new corporate headquarters in May 2022 in downtown Lakeland. The new 135,000 square-foot office houses over 400 employees with a capital investment upwards of $50,000,000. Summit is the leading provider of workers’ comp in its 14-state operating territory.
Treatt is an English-based flavors & essences company. Their Lakeland manufacturing facility is their only US location. They are currently (in 2018) doubling their facility in size by 65,000 SF and adding 35 new HSHW jobs, with $16 million in capital investment.
IGT is a global manufacturer of lottery tickets. They planted roots in Lakeland in 2009 and recently completed a $16 million expansion. They house the largest printing press in the world and have 300 advanced manufacturing jobs.
Frinsa, one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of high-quality canned tuna and shellfish, signed a lease on a 180,000 SF Lakeland facility to establish their first U.S. operations. Opening in 2023, Frinsa’s capital investment will be upwards of $21,000,000 and will create 115 new jobs.
ROOMS TO GO
Rooms To Go currently houses over 2,300,000 square feet of distribution at their two locations on Airport Road. They are planning to expand by another 400,000 square feet. RTG has 226 retail stores and operates in 10 states. They are the 3rd largest furniture retailer in the United States.
In 2016, Brennan Investment Group constructed a speculative development on State Road 33. They delivered the building in 2017 and PepsiCo now occupies the entire building at 1,000,000+ square feet. PepsiCo currently runs their Gatorade and Quaker Oats distribution operations out of this location.
In 2020, Amazon Air opened their 283,000 SF Lakeland regional air hub which employs more than 1,000 people and had an initial capital investment of $150,000,000. In 2023, they are expanding their footprint to include 2 new plane parking stalls and a taxiway.
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