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Target Industries

Southwest Florida welcomes business diversification. We support the statewide target clusters/industries, as established by Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI), the public-private partnership devoted to statewide economic development.

  • Cleantech
  • Manufacturing
  • Life Sciences
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Defense & Homeland Security
  • Logistics & Distribution
  • Aviation & Aerospace
  • Information Technology
  • Corporate Headquarters
  • Financial/Professional Services

Information on these targets in Southwest Florida follows.

Florida is a natural contender in the fast-growing clean technologies (cleantech) industry with rich natural resources, diverse R&D assets and focus on commercialization. All around Florida, major cleantech projects are creating thousands of jobs in clean energy generation, energy efficient products, green buildings, water and bioremediation technologies and other areas. Some examples of Cleantech companies or organizations within the Southwest Florida region are:

Company Name City, County Description
Algenol Bonita Springs, Lee County Algenol is a global, industrial biotechnology company that is commercializing its patented algae technology platform for production of ethanol and other biofuels.
Hendry County Sustainable Biofuels Center Immokalee, Hendry County Research center that focuses on the development of a sustainable industry for biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol, and other biofuels.
Seminole Tribe Immokalee, Hendry County Tribe seeks to protect the land through different policies such as: the Clean Water Act, removing underground storage tank facilities, and Everglades restoration.
World Electric Supply Fort Myers, Lee County Focuses on managing and conserving energy through new and more efficient technology.
Babcock Ranch Punta Gorda, Charlotte County Planned green and sustainable community.
After years of aggressive, coordinated effort, Florida has firmly established itself as a true hub for the life sciences. Today, Florida is home to some of the nation’s most-highly regarded research centers, with a large number of biotech, pharmaceutical and medical devices companies, and a foundation of healthcare establishments. Some examples of life sciences companies or organizations within the Southwest Florida region are:

Company Name City, County Description
Arthrex Naples, Collier County (with operations in Lee and Collier counties) A global medical device manufacturing company that focuses on creating new product development and medical education in orthopedics.
Lee Memorial Health System Fort Myers, Lee County Lee Memorial Health System consists of four acute-care hospitals: Lee Memorial Hospital, HealthPark Medical Center, Gulf Coast Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital, and two specialty hospitals: Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and The Rehabilitation Hospital.
Lehigh Regional Medical Center (part of HCA) Lehigh, Lee County Lehigh Regional Medical Center is an accredited hospital serving the five-county area.
NCH Healthcare System Naples, Collier County Has a broad range of services in different medical, surgical, diagnostic, and rehabilitation specialties.
Physicians Regional Healthcare System (Part of HMA system) Naples, Collier County Physicians Regional Healthcare System is comprised of two hospitals, Physicians Regional-Pine Ridge and Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard.
Charlotte Regional Medical Center and Peace River Medical Center (Part of the HMA system). Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, Charlotte County Charlotte Regional is an accredited and award-winning hospital with its stroke, orthopedics, and respiratory care earning national distinction. Peace River Medical Center is a full-service accredited hospital.
Fawcett Memorial Hospital (Part of HCA) Port Charlotte, Charlotte County Fawcett Memorial Hospital and its medical staff represent a broad range of services in many different medical, surgical, diagnostic and rehabilitation specialties.
21st Century Oncology Fort Myers, Florida Headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida, the physician-led company operates in 15 states and 7 countries, with a network of over 300 locations.
Structure Medical Structure Medical Structure Medical is a leading manufacturer of medical implant products that are used by orthopedic surgeons to treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use these medical devices to treat trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, tumor and congenital conditions.

Florida’s advanced manufacturing industries are diverse. They include sectors producing a wide array of intermediate and finished products. In total, Florida is home to over 18,200 manufacturers employing more than 317,000 workers, several of which call Southwest Florida home:

Name of Company Location Description
Global Tech LED Bonita Springs, Lee County LED lighting solution manufacturing company specializing in LED retrofit kits and new fixtures for commercial and industrial lighting applications. Major government supplier and key international markets include India and Brazil.
Arthrex Fort Myers, Lee County Polygon Solutions’ Rotary Broaching Tools work on virtually any lathe, mill, or turning machine and are used by a variety of precision machining companies in the Medical, Aerospace, Automotive, Plumbing and Fastener industries.
S4J Manufacturing Services Cape Coral, Lee County Specializes in the production of ultra precision components, reusable Luer Lock connectors, Quick Connects, and miscellaneous adapters for more than 1,000 companies worldwide such as Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) of medical equipment and devices for biomedical and laboratory applications.
Pelican Wire Naples, Collier County Designs and produces custom UL certified insulated appliance, building, fixture, floor and other wires for clients around the world for applications in defense/aerospace, medical and dental devices, plastic cutting machines, special heaters, ceramics, and temperature measurement.
Shaw Development Bonita Springs, Lee County Custom engineering, prototyping and short-run production verification of our customer’s fuel system, hydraulic fluid line component, plastics injection molding and Diesel Emissions Fluid (DEF) challenges.
Thomas Grinding, Inc. Moore Haven, Glades County Manufactures patented rumble strip grinding machines, as well as offer training to paving contractors, municipalities and other end-users in the highway transportation industry.

Southwest Florida is becoming the birthplace for new emerging technologies in the fields of bio-technology, information technology, on-demand printing and wireless data communication. Such fields are opening doors for engineering, industrial and graphic design jobs while pulling Florida toward the forefront of innovation.

Name of Company Location Description
Algenol, Inc. Fort Myers, Lee County Founded in 2006, Algenol is a global, industrial biotechnology company that is commercializing its patented algae technology platform for production of ethanol and other advanced, renewable biofuels.
NeoGenomics Laboratories Fort Myers, Lee County NeoGenomics Laboratories is a specialized oncology reference laboratory providing the latest testing technologies, global/tech-only options, and interactive education to the pathology community.
FGCU Emergent Technical Institute Fort Myers, Lee County Located within the privately owned, 241 acre Innovation Hub research park, the institute is scheduled to open in early 2016 and will house laboratories where FGCU researchers can work, primarily in the field of renewable energy.

The homeland security and defense industry is comprised of innovative companies pursuing the development of products and solutions to protect civilian populations from terrorist attacks and other security threats. Florida’s high tech economy and workforce make Florida a great location for homeland security businesses looking for workers with the expertise needed to compete in this rapidly-evolving industry. An example of a defense and homeland security company within the Southwest Florida region is:

Company Name City, County Description
Azimuth Technology, LLC Naples, Collier County Azimuth Technology, LLC specializes in precision contract manufacturing for various industries including defense, aerospace, oil/gas, and more.

Logistics is big business in Florida, where the broader wholesale trade, transportation and logistics industry employs more than half a million Floridians. Of those, some 85,500 work at companies specifically providing logistics & distribution services. Nearly every major global logistics integrator already has a presence in the state, including the headquarters for Ryder System, Inc., Landstar System Inc., CEVA Logistics U.S., Inc. and other top logistics companies. As the Western Hemisphere’s commercial gateway, Florida’s logistics and distribution industry is poised to grow further with the Panama Canal expansion in 2014 and the numerous infrastructure developments and upgrades underway around the state. Some examples of logistics and distribution companies or organizations within the Southwest Florida region are:

Company Name City, County Description
Paramount Logistics Fort Myers, Lee County Paramount Logistics provides supply chain and transportation management services, utilizing a wide range of warehousing facilities located strategically throughout the country.
Suncoast Records Management Port Charlotte, Charlotte County International moving specialist that uses state-of-the-art technology for security. Also have services for storage, inventory management systems, and full retrieval services.

Florida ranks second among states for aviation, aerospace, and space establishments, with more than 2,000 aviation and aerospace companies employing some 87,000 workers. Florida’s industry leadership is driven and supported by the presence of virtually every major defense contractor, a 50-year legacy of space launch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Spaceport, Florida’s many U.S. military installations, its incredible air transport infrastructure, and its high-quality workforce. Some examples of aviation/aerospace companies or organizations within the Southwest Florida region are:

Company Name City, County Description
Intrepid Aerospace Fort Myers, Lee County FAA-approved repair station with a limited Airframe and Accessories ratings, specializing in maintenance, repair, overhaul and many other services.
Arcadia Aerospace Industries (AAI) Punta Gorda, Charlotte County AAI is a multi-faceted aerospace company serving the Nadcap Special Process needs of aerospace component manufacturers and suppliers around the world.
Naples Air Center Naples, Collier County Premier Flight Training School offering professional and private/recreational flight training under EASA and FAA licensing authorities.
Shaw Development Bonita Springs, Lee County Custom engineering, prototyping and short-run production verification of our customer’s fuel system, hydraulic fluid line component, plastics injection molding and Diesel Emissions Fluid (DEF) challenges.
Parker Hannifin Naples, Collier County Aerospace, Hydraulic Equipment & Supplies, Pumps, Instruments & Equipment, Search, Detection, Navigation and Guidance.

Florida has remained at the forefront of information technology innovation since the birth of the IBM PC in Boca Raton. The state’s IT strengths include diverse sectors such as digital media, modeling, simulation and training, photonics/optics and mobile technologies. Some 25,000 information technology companies employ nearly 245,000 people in Florida. Some examples of information technology companies or organizations within the Southwest Florida region are:

Company Name City, County Description
Gartner, Inc. Fort Myers, Lee County World leading information technology research and advisory company that delivers technology-related insight for consumers.
Exclusive Consulting Naples, Collier County Full-service business that specializes in IT consulting and business technology solutions.
Allen Systems Group, Inc. Naples, Collier County Worldwide headquarters, applications, content, cloud, data protection, IT infrastructure and operations management.
Position Logic Naples, Collier County Providing business solutions that address the areas of enterprise asset management, in-house asset tracking solution, GPS asset tracking, advanced security control platform and professional consulting services.
Argo Trac Naples, Collier County GPS tracking, monitoring, and software
Value Centric Naples, Collier County VCIQ platform, which features pharmaceutical industry news, as well as insightful supply chain, search, and social media data.

Numerous corporate headquarters have been expanding or moving to Southwest Florida. Several are coming from other states; others are moving in from outside countries.With their arrival, they are bringing high-paying job opportunities and increased consumer spending. Some of these corporate headquarters include:

Name of Company Location Description
The Hertz Corporation Estero, Lee County A subsidiary of Hertz Global Holdings Inc., The Hertz Corporation is the largest U.S. car rental company by sales. It has international locations in 145 countries across the world.
Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation Bonita Springs, Lee County Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation provides daily, weekly, monthly, and long-term industrial and construction rental services.
Chico’s FAS Fort Myers, Lee County Established in 1983, Chico’s FAS Inc. is a chain of women’s clothing located in the U.S. The own several brands including Chico’s, White House/Black Market, Soma Intimates, and Boston Proper.
Arthrex, Inc. Naples. Collier County Naples Global medical device developer, Arthrex, Inc., has over 1,300 employees and is also headquartered in Naples.

Florida’s more than 122,000 Financial and Professional Services companies employ some 850,000 workers at locations around the state, and the industry’s designation as a “high impact” sector, further signifies its importance to the Florida economy.

Global Industry Reach: The state’s diversified economic structure has enabled it to be a global player in the provision of high value-added services, such as Financial Services (banking, insurance) and Professional Services (engineering, legal, accounting, and consulting). Some examples of financial and professional service companies or organizations within the Southwest Florida region are:

Name of Company Location Description
Lynx Services Fort Myers, Lee County Has been revolutionizing connections for organizations since 1994. Offers a variety of market segments and program types, and also has Auto Physical Damage claims with management solutions.
Johnson Engineering Fort Myers, Lee County Johnson Engineering has a team of nearly 100 professional engineers, ecologists, scientists, geologists, surveyors and mappers, certified land planners and landscape architects throughout Florida.
Gartner, Inc. Fort Myers, Lee County World-leading information technology research and advisory company that delivers technology-related insight for consumers.
Stantec Offices in Collier and Lee Counties Professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects.