Governor Rick Scott and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer cut the ribbon today at thenew headquarters for National Air Cargo. The freight company will bring 105 jobs toOrlando, Fla.
The event was unusual as the 2014 election quickly approaches. Dyer was verycomplimentary of Republican Governor Rick Scott. "Governor, I want to say you've been a great champion for economicdevelopment in our state, and if you're doing as many of these dedications orribbon cuttings, or celebrations around the state as you are doing in Orlando,then the state must be doing pretty good. Because you're here aboutevery week," Dyer said.
The company specializes in carrying freight around the globe. Their Orlandocenter will mostly be backroom operations. Dyer got quite the laugh outof the dozens assembled as he described what they do.
"They are a leader in transporting, and I didn't know this term--largeugly freight," Dyer said laughing. "I guess everybody knew that already."
Carl Austin is relocating from Michigan as a security specialist, and happy todo it. He cares for his elderly parents in Lake Worth. "Living in Michigan I always missed Florida because my entire family liveshere," Austin said.
The company is also promising to hire local residents. National Air Cargo is setto receive more than $860,000 in state and local tax incentives if they hire 200,000 workers from the Quick ActionClosing Fund run by the governor's office, and then 600,000 more inQualified Target Industry money paid by the state and matched by localgovernments.
The company is now the only airline headquartered in Orlando sinceAir Tran and Southwest merged. That should also save 12 jobs. The FAA wasconsidering moving some of its people out of Orlando since there was no longeran airline headquartered here. The FAA will now keep those 12 jobs here.