Site Selection Benefits in Hendry County
Hendry County has been the talk of southwest Florida’s region lately. Although it’s long been known for being the home of U.S. Sugar Corporation, citrus, and other crops, there is a lot more to this rural county that is appealing to site selectors across the United States. Whispers of growth have been stirring in the “sleepy” part of southwest Florida. Centrally located between popular coastal cities such as Miami, Fort Myers, and Orlando, manufacturing and logistics businesses are seeing the high potential of the cities within Hendry’s borders.
Signs of Future Growth in Hendry County
Amidst peaceful landscapes, rolling green fields and farmland, shovel-ready real estate is attracting new companies and job opportunities. Direct Industrial Products in LaBelle opened a new facility and seems to appeal to the local, younger demographic. They claim to have great employees—all of which are under the age of 30, and have encouraged educational growth through various company benefits. Other businesses that have purchased land, expanded, and/or opened new job opportunities in the county include Garden Street Iron & Metal, C&H Precision Weapons, Henkay Precast, Recypoly, Altair Training Solutions, and several others.
In addition, there is a clear plan for expansion as well. LaBelle Airport (FAA LID: X14) received a $3.5 million dollar grant to add a terminal and what may be a large meeting space, expanding their facility. Airglades Airport (FAA LID: 2IS) in Clewiston is also seeing new growth with a $12 million dollar investment to equip it with the necessary enhancements to handle perishable cargo.
Hendry County: Home of the Young and Active
Unlike the more populated areas of Florida, Hendry County’s entertainment isn’t centered around dining and shopping. Its rural atmosphere attracts the young and adventurous. Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River have been luring fishing and boating enthusiasts who enjoy the quiet outdoors. In fact, Lake Okeechobee is considered the most famous big bass lake in the United States. Other attractions include golfing, skydiving, hang gliding, airboating, rodeo sports and the southernmost dirt track in the U.S. for motorsport activities.
In 2013, Hendry County was reported to have a “younger than average” age of residents, ranging between the ages of 25 and 44, which is substantially lower than Florida’s average of 45-64. Approximately 37% of the population is under the age of 25, with significantly more men than women.
Bring Your Business to Hendry County
Looking to take advantage of the centrality, industrial, and logistic benefits of Hendry County? Contact Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance’s well connected staff today for a confidential consultation about shovel-ready sites in Hendry County. We will help you access the most advantageous business incentives for your industry so you can hit the ground running.