Tampa Bay Business Journal launched its first Lakeland edition today, focusing on growth and development. Topics include warehouse expansion, why Lakeland matters, LEDC’s Steve Scruggs, banking, Catapult, residential growth and employment. A registration with TBBJ is required to read the articles. | MORE: the cover
Specifics of an Orlando broadband company’s deal with Lakeland to provide high-speed Internet emerged this week as the City Commission prepares to vote on a proposed contract next Tuesday. More
The 16 months since COVID-19 struck have been hard for independent bookstores, but the owners of three Lakeland shops specializing in used books say they are are ready for a new chapter, eager to move forward and working hard to make Lakeland a destination for bibliophiles. More
Aspyre Properties of Lakeland was part of a partnership that sold a 510,272-square-foot spec warehouse on the Hillsborough side of County Line Road for $48.49 million, the Business Observer reports. Lexington Realty Trust bought the County Line Distribution Center, built last year on 34 acres at 3657 Fancy Farms Road, from a partnership involving Wharton Industrial of New York, Red Rock Developments of South Carolina and Aspyre. | ALSO: Tampa Bay Business Journal
A University of Florida experiment in growing hops has benefitted Lakeland’s Swan Brewing, ABC Action News reports. Scientists have successfully grown cascade hops at a Wimauma research center as a possible new crop for Florida, and they are giving the harvest to local breweries, including Swan, which just debuted GPA, or Gator Pale Ale. | Untappd reviews | ALSO: Fox 13 News
Nathaniel Kendrick, a young Lakeland entrepreneur, discusses how his career choices were affected by his father’s sudden passing and how he pivoted from accounting to a digital consulting firm to a new venture with vegan cupcakes.
A Lakeland company that added 300 jobs last year as it ramped up production of N95 respirator masks during the pandemic intends to continue producing the masks for health-care workers, Bay News 9 reports. Advanced Concept Innovations at 4100 Frontage Road has manufactured 90 million N95 masks, and its president says it can compete with Chinese producers on cost. | website
Lovers of books and all things coffee will soon have a new brick-and-mortar storefront in downtown Lakeland at which to peruse and sip. More