A planned three-warehouse logistics center at the Polk Parkway and Pace Road is allowed under the county comprehensive plan, the developer’s lawyer argued today, and the Polk Planning Commission agreed in a 7-0 vote. Auburndale and Polk City officials argued the warehouses will inhibit research-park development compatible with nearby Florida Polytechnic University. The issue goes to the Polk County Commission Jan. 8.
A remodel and rebranding of The Poor Porker at Main Street and Lake Avenue includes upgrades to a former service station that serves as performance venue: a new sound system with outdoor speakers, air conditioning, rustic floor tiles and wall hangings that include a textile tapestry.
A data-driven decision has paid off for a London-based company that built a Lakeland facility devoted to printing scratch-off lottery tickets in 2009. International Game Technology has doubled its local workforce to 300 and added 45,000 square feet to its plant. “Our business is worldwide; we wouldn’t be in Lakeland if it didn’t offer great global access,” said Keith Cash, the IGT veep who runs the Lakeland operation.
Lakeland-based Metrc, whose RFID technology helps regulators in 11 states track the marijuana supply chain, has received $50 million in funding from Tiger Global Management and Snoop Dogg’s cannabis-focused Casa Verde Capital.
LINKS: Metrc | parent company Franwell Inc. | Tiger Global Management | Casa Verde Capital | company background via Cannabis Business Executive
Crothall Healthcare Inc. plans to lay off 70 employees from its plant near I-4 and Kathleen Road Dec. 13, about a year after laying off another 183.
Early in his career, Rob Kincart pioneered in hazmat chemistry and then in regulation compliance. Then he turned that knowledge into a successful business.