Pinellas County Business News
December, 2018
Happy Holidays from Pinellas County Economic Development!
Our best wishes to all for a happy, healthy holiday season! Thanks for helping us make 2018 a terrific year here in Pinellas County, the Ideal Business Climate.
S.S. White Technologies Relocates from
New Jersey to Pinellas County - 125 New Jobs
At a Nov. 13th ribbon cutting ceremony, Rahul Shukla, President and CEO of S.S. White Technologies, the world's leader in flexible shaft technology, announced he has relocated his company's international headquarters from Piscataway, New Jersey to Pinellas County, Florida, bringing 125 jobs to the state. The company will base its headquarters operations, manufacturing, research and development at a 90,000 square foot facility located at 8300 Sheen Drive in Seminole, Florida.
"Moving a manufacturing plant from New Jersey to Seminole was a huge task, but well worth it. We feel very welcome in Pinellas County, shared Shukla "We've hired 80 well-qualified employees in the factory and our offices. We find the weather and the community very hospitable, taxes less painful and the sunsets magical. My only regret is that we didn't move to Florida many years earlier."
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Panama Export Sales Mission:
Mar. 18 - 21, 2019
Join Global Tampa Bay on the upcoming export sales mission to Panama! 
Panama's open trade policies, zero tariffs, and dollar-based economy provide an ideal setting for foreign investment and global transactions. Participants can enjoy commercial briefings, one-on-one Gold Key meetings, a delegate seminar, tours, receptions, and more. For more information, and to see how your business can benefit from the mission, contact Brent Barkway at (727) 464-7411 or, and visit our website at

New in the Data Center...

3rd Quarter Economic Indicators are out now and can be viewed here. Labor force and consumer spending are up, and unemployment is down.

Our Interactive Data Center has been updated with new numbers and graphics! Take a look at changes in the Demographics, Industries, and Occupation pages, as well as fresh content on the main landing page, which features a Manufacturing Overview.

Census 2020 Pinellas Kickoff, Dec. 7
Leaders from our businesses, cities, civic organizations, faith-based groups, nonprofits and neighborhood associations should consider attending this meeting on Friday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Lealman Exchange (former Windsor Charter School) located at 5175 45th St. N., St. Petersburg, 33714.  U.S. Census Bureau representatives will explain how our community can work together to ensure all of our residents are counted in the 2020 Census. This data impacts federal funding for communities, local planning decisions and much more.  Please click here to RSVP today. You can learn more about the census at the 2020 Census Website or find out how communities are getting involved by forming Complete Count Committees.
Dec. 13: Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium Executive Briefing
Join the FMMC for this Executive Briefing featuring guest speaker Don Rosenkoetter, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of KynderMed. The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, Salon D, 950 Lake Carillon Dr., St. Petersburg, FL, 33716. Full details and registration here.
Pinellas News

LumaStream in St. Pete breaks into big data technology with new patent
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

Pinellas Chocolate creates its sweet magic inside Largo factory
(FOX 13 News)

U.S. Manufacturing Is Surging
(Business Facilities)

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Business Workshops
The Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development hosts a number of business workshops each month. Find a full schedule of upcoming workshops at

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