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What Leaders are Saying about Doing Business in Greater Pensacola

by FloridaWest News




App River's CEO Murdoch

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Top companies talk about how they have found success in the Greater Pensacola region. 

Michael Murdoch, President & CEO, AppRiver
“Northwest Florida has all the pieces in place to become a hub for cybersecurity and other high-tech, knowledge-based companies. I fully expect that many more business leaders are going to come to the same realization I did many years ago: Technology companies can locate and do business anywhere, so why not choose a region that has rich history, beautiful natural treasures, a high-quality education system, and a strong commitment to creating a great business climate? The future looks bright as FloridaWest, the Santa Rosa County EDO, and chambers of commerce work hand-in-hand with the business community to grow talent, attract capital, assist startups, and recruit companies to move to this incredible area.”

Ronald L. Miller, President & CEO, ARCO Marine Products
“We manufacture starters and alternators for the marine industry and ship worldwide.  We moved to Pensacola from Washington, D.C. because of the arts, culture and climate.  We have never had any trouble finding qualified individuals to hire. Fifty percent of our staff is retired military. The rest come out of the public school system.  FloridaWest helped us meet with the schools, including post-secondary to constantly update their curriculum to keep pace with the needs of local businesses.”

Sean Guidry, Pensacola Plant Manager, Jupiter Group/Bach Composite Industry
“FloridaWest connected us to key leaders in the community to assist us with our recent expansion. They went above and beyond by helping with marketing events to attract more business. In our recent expansion we added more than 150 new jobs and invested more than $1 million in new infrastructure. Escambia County is a unique place to do business with a driven workforce, access to highways, friendly people and a government willing to work with business. The proximity to ports and to our customers makes Escambia County a great place to do business.”

Robin Roberts, President & CEO, Offshore Inland Marine & Oilfield Services
“The decision to move our business from Mobile to Pensacola in December, 2014, was an easy decision to make. FloridaWest, the Port of Pensacola, the business community, state, county and local government entities and the chamber of commerce welcomed our business with open arms.  Every incentive possible was given to make the move as smooth and painless as possible. We continue to enjoy the benefits of this amazing community and look forward to being a part of the future successes of the area.”