FORT LAUDERDALE. A GATEWAY TO GLOBAL TRADE.
The Fort Lauderdale Market Office is responsible for South Florida, Fort Pierce, Tampa and Orlando, Florida. Established in 1999, Scott Helms, who has been with the company since it began in 1989, leads the charge. Scott oversees a staff of six.
Fort Lauderdale and Miami have become a large industrial market due to a growing population currently standing at 7 million people. Both cities boast ports that are major contributors to South Florida’s status as a key hub for international trade. Fort Lauderdale International Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the nation, with traffic projected to reach 25 million passengers by 2015. It is conveniently located between two major railroads served by leading freight carriers.
FORT PIERCE. TREASURE COAST TRANSPORTATION HUB.
Fort Pierce is in Saint Lucie County, Florida, in the Port Saint Lucie metro area. It is strategically located in the middle of Florida’s largest business center: 120 miles north of Miami, 60 miles north of West Palm Beach, 120 miles southeast of Orlando and 225 miles south of Jacksonville. The area’s transportation network includes Florida’s Turnpike, I-95, Highway 70, the Saint Lucie County International Airport and the Port of Fort Pierce.
TAMPA. GULF COAST LOGISTICS LEADER.
Three airports, two ocean ports, a friendly tax climate and plentiful sunshine have enticed many industries to put down roots in the Tampa Bay area. Tampa International Airport moved more than 175 million pounds of cargo in 2009; cargo service is also available at the Sarasota-Bradenton and St. Petersburg-Clearwater airports. The Port of Tampa is the largest in Florida, handling half of the state’s cargo. Port Manatee boasts more refrigerated dock space than any other port on the Gulf Coast.
ORLANDO. QUADRA-MODAL TRANSPORTATION CENTER.
Orlando is one of the world’s only quadra-modal transportation centers, providing global shipping opportunities via land, air, sea and space. The city’s superior network of air routes, rail systems and interstate highways, as well as nearby deep water ports and launch facilities at the Kennedy Space Center, are distinct advantages to the manufacturing, warehouse and distribution sectors.
With location and transportation assets placing Orlando near suppliers and customers, the region is becoming increasingly valuable. A strong network of support companies that handle outsourcing of various business needs makes metro Orlando even more attractive to manufacturers. Industry leaders often cite the world-class Orlando International Airport (OIA) as integral to worldwide sales efforts because of its convenient flight routes. OIA features robust air cargo operations, is one of the world’s few airports able to accommodate the new generation Class 6 aircraft and offers an infrastructure designed for optimum cargo processing. Because many major U.S. cities are within overnight trucking distance of OIA, land transportation to warehouses and distribution centers is convenient, fast and economical.
2012 Industrial Developer of the Year – NAIOP South Florida Chapter