Two firms expected to bring 362 jobs to Miami
By Scott Blake
Two companies — one that's moving to Miami and another that's expanding in Coral Gables — are expected to add 362 jobs in coming years, the Beacon Council, Miami-Dade's economic development agency, announced this week.
Lyoness Management Americas, an international shopping community and loyalty program for regional and international businesses, has leased 15,000 square feet of offices at 1450 Brickell Avenue in Miami's financial district.
The office is to serve as a management center providing support to all Lyoness offices in the US and Canada as well as future locations in Latin America.
Lyoness Management Americas, a subsidiary of New York-based Lyoness America Inc., is part of parent company Lyoness International, headquartered in Austria.
In Miami, Lyoness is expected to add 287 jobs within three years and make a $4.5 million capital investment.
"Miami is an incredible cosmopolitan city," Lyoness Americas CEO Mario Hoffmann said in a statement. "Its ongoing development as an international gateway is ideal in meeting the needs of Lyoness as we continue our expansion in North, South and Central America.
"Our Austrian headquarters serves as a diverse global community, and so will Miami," Mr. Hoffmann added. "As we searched for a location to handle this part of the world, selecting the "Magic City' was an obvious decision."
Lyoness Americas Chief Operating Officer Angela Schadl said she was pleased by the decision "to make Miami our international headquarters for the Americas."
The Beacon Council assisted Lyoness with state and local incentives and other information. Lyoness declined the state Qualified Targeted Industry tax refund because the timing for the approval did not match the company's timeline for the decision. However, the firm is in the process of applying for a Quick Response Training Program state grant, the council said.
"More and more companies are viewing Miami-Dade County as a global business destination," said Beacon Council CEO and President Frank Nero.
Meanwhile, HControl Holdings, a company that provides digital television, high-speed Internet and telephone services, is expanding its Coral Gables location. The company is expected to add 75 jobs within three years.
HControl Holdings has committed $25 million in capital investment to develop a 12,000-square-foot network operations center. The company had considered relocating to Dallas but decided to stay in Miami-Dade.
"We are very pleased to have the support of the state of Florida, Miami-Dade County and the City of Coral Gables as we grow and expand the company," Luis Rodriguez, president and chief operating officer of HControl Holdings, said in a statement.
"We look forward to creating a lasting partnership with the University of Miami, Florida International University and others in the creation of many jobs in the telecommunications industry," Mr. Rodriguez added.
Officials said high-tech jobs like those at HControl Holdings are valued.
"It's important that Florida remains a business base for HControl Holdings because of its value to our IT sector, which is a target for economic growth statewide," said Florida Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, also CEO and president of Enterprise Florida, the state's economic development agency.
"The company's choice to remain in Florida shows that we have the workforce and business climate needed to help progressive organizations grow," Mr. Swoope added.
The Beacon Council also assisted HControl with state and local incentives. The council secured for the company a Qualified Targeted Industry tax refund totaling $450,000 of which the county will contribute 20%, or $90,000, in matching funds, the council said.
"Miami-Dade County is one of the most important data transmission hubs in the world," Mr. Nero said. "HControl joins a series of hi-tech telecommunication companies that have relocated or expanded in Miami-Dade County in the past 18 months."
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