Governor Rick Scott was in Winter Park to announce 126 new jobs at US Ambulance, but he would not say how much in incentives the company will receive for the expansion.
US Ambulance is the number one facility in the world for manufacturing and selling ambulances. They already have nearly 400 employees. The recent deal they have reached with the state will allow them to add 126 more.
Gov. Scott was overjoyed when he talked to the employees at the plant about how important it is to have a job for personal dignity and family security. He applauded the company's ownership and sales force.
"This new facility will be the largest single site for manufacturing ambulances in the world. Number one, so congratulations."
The company is tucked away in an industrial strip off Forsyth Road in Winter Park. They build and ship ambulances to 42 countries around the world. Part of their incentive package is to retain the jobs that are already here, but when we talked to company President and CEO Robert Collins, he told us he never planned on moving the company anywhere.
"I'm a native of Orlando, so I had no intentions of going anywhere. I've been in this area all my life. certainly this business was created and developed here in the area."
So how much will the company get and which part of the state coffers will the money come from? We can not get answers to those questions.
Enterprise Florida told us that, because of Florida Statute 288.075, the terms of the incentive deal with US Ambulance would remain a secret until 180 days after the contracts were signed, and your tax dollars were handed over to the company.
The state has a confidentiality agreement with that company. Once that 180 days passes, the Department of Economic Opportunity will post the details of the incentives on its website.