New or expanding businesses plan to add more than 500 local jobs
companies - three of them international - relocated to or expanded within Miami-Dade
County at the end of 2001 and are expected to generate several hundred jobs
during the next three years, according to the Beacon Council.
Leonard, Beacon Council senior vice president for business development, Tuesday
night announced four new firms: MX Alarms of Canada, Sereca Security Corp. of
Venezuela, Systems Union of New York and Twins Creativos of Argentina.
the four, Sereca's plans by far would have the largest local impact. Opening
its Miami offices in December, the "one-stop shop" for security services
expects to create 400 to 450 jobs within three years, said sales manager Jorge
Giusti, who added that Sereca's Venezuelan operation employs about 1,000. The
15-year-old company's expansion into the Airport West region, as well as plans
to open locations in Broward and Palm Beach counties, signals its first move
into an international market. The new Miami office is at 2624 NW 97th Ave.
plan is to start from the center and grow to expand not only to South Florida
but other markets as well," said Mr. Giusti, who said Sereca started building
its local infrastructure in August 2001.
providing customers with the one-stop shop concept. They don't have to go anywhere
else to find equipment or services."
other three newly announced companies anticipate bringing smaller-scale operations
to Miami-Dade, according to information from the Beacon Council. Software developer
Systems Union, whose products include SunSystems and Pegasus, is relocating
its headquarters from White Plains, NY, to 7300 Corporate Center Drive, an office
that Mr. Leonard said would open in about a week. The move is expected to create
security products company MX Alarms, which is expected to create 20 jobs within
three years, opened its Opa-Locka/Hialeah office late last year.
Twins Creativos, an Argentina-based advertising agency whose clients include
Budweiser and Fortune International Realty, opened its downtown Miami office
in mid-December. The firm, founded in 1990, intends to create 10 jobs locally
during three years.
the economic development agency's December forecast meeting, President and CEO
Frank Nero announced three other companies expanding operations within the county:
computer game manufacturer Alienware, construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar
and printing firm Colonial Press International. The growth at Kendall's Alienware
is expected to add 50 jobs.
a lot of activity," Mr. Leonard said. "It sends a good signal out
that Miami-Dade County continues to be an ideal location for businesses, particularly
some of the multinational firms who continue to see us as a gateway not just
to Latin America but the world.
hope to continue the pace (in 2002)," he added. "We do have substantial
project leads compared to where we were last year. We expect to have a very