Fish On The Net
Fish Co. has been around a long time in the Bay area, but
this year, it can look forward to some of its customers ordering
by computer. Dunedin Fish processes and distributes fresh
fish to many restaurants across the state. Going high tech
is a milestone, one that it reached thanks to a Tampa high
tech company, Bayshore Solutions, which predicts more of the
same as small companies reconsider their online market potentials.We
are definitely not a technology company, says Steve
Germann, operations manager at Dunedin Fish.
Bayshore Solutions supplied the fish distributor with a solution,
a combination of software and hardware that will allow Dunedin
Fish to take some orders over the Internet. Its all
part of bringing traditional companies into a new day and
age, streamlining part of a process that has been hands-on
since its beginning, at Dunedin Fish. Bayshore Solutions is
considered an information technology company that has done
similar jobs for some large clients for seven years. Its president,
Kevin V. Hourigan, says that not only are smaller companies
coming online with their business, but the entire Bay area
is accepting high tech as a future. That bodes well for the
work force, as well for the many companies such as Bayshore
Solutions, Hourigan says. It points to a degree of success
of some organizations that have been trying to bring the workforce
in line with high tech directions, he says.
the past seven years, we have been asked more than once why
we headquartered a technology company such as ours in Tampa
Bay, and not Boston, Austin or California, Hourigan
says. But Hourigan says he supports the efforts of the university
system and development organizations in training the local
work force. Today, finding workers fit to hire is easier than
it was. And you cant beat the general lower cost-of-living
and the quality-of-life aspects, he adds.
Smashing at UCF
University of Central Florida in Orlando, a laser scientist
smashed the world record for laser data transmission by sending
more than one trillion bits of data per second from a single
device. The development paves the way for lasers to transmit
information through telephone lines as fast as it travels
within a computer, according to Peter Delfyett, professor
of optics, electrical and computer engineering and physics.
record for data transmission from one laser diode was 300
gigabits (or 300 billion bits of data) per second, set in
In Your Knees
Liquidmetal Technologies in Tampa says it will enter the $2.4
billion new replacement market by helping to develop orthopedic
implants and instruments along with DePuy
Orthopedics Inc. The pair of companies signed a multi-year
agreement in December that calls for alloys made by Liquidmetal
to be used in the manufacture of the medical
is likely to lead to better knee replacement parts, according
to John Kang, Liquidmetal Technologies chief executive
officer. By combining the high-quality material developed
by Liquidmetal with the engineering and development expertise
DePuy, the merger can be a potent force in driving the
creation of higher performance components and knee replacement
devices. We look forward to working with them in this exciting
and highly visible product area.
Corridors Medical Muscle
Florida has a high concentration of medical manufacturers,
second only to California. The Sunshine States medical
manufacturing cluster, which boasts higher-than-average annual
salaries, in the past year has formed the Florida Medical
Manufacturers Consortium (www.FlaMedMfg.org). Now it has clout.
with a membership of 100 companies, provides clout with regard
to access, advocacy and education. It meets every other month
in locations around the state featuring speakers on current
industry news and providing an opportunity for manufacturers
to network and dialogue on issues. We bring in speakers
key people in the Food & Drug Administration or
other government personnel who we might otherwise not
have access to, says Geary Havran, the consortiums
chairman. We work with elected officials to make sure
that state policies relating to the business climate, and
health care in general, are the best they can possibly be.
And were working with local economic development organizations
to help grow our existing businesses and attract other companies
in medical manufacturing or suppliers to those businesses.
On a broader perspective, we want to use our base as a steppingstone
into the future.
says the consortium is working with the University of South
Florida and supports the states emergent technologies
initiative. Were very excited about USFs
proposal for the Center of Excellence in Bioengineering Life
Sciences. This will provide a facility where we can get together
as an industry and interact with people in academia.
Lures Med Tech
Its pretty well known along the Florida High Tech Corridor
that Tampa Bay leads in the number of medical technology firms
located within its boundaries. Studies done by the University
of South Florida show that medical manufacturers medical
device, pharmaceutical and biotech companies provide
more than 10,000 direct jobs and generate more than $2 billion
a year in output, supporting more than 50,000 jobs and $5
billion a year in revenue in the seven-county region. And,
the industrys average annual wage here is $51,000
40 percent higher
than Floridas average annual wage.
years, Volusia County has made an effort to lure medtech companies.
Led by the successes of local expansions such as Gambro Renal
Products, Command Medical, andTyco/Healthcare/Kendall, medical
products and related components manufacturing
is now on the rise in Volusia. With a workforce in excess
of 175,000 workers, local manufacturing employment attracts
nearly 13,000 technical and skilled individuals. This ratio
of manufacturing workers is consistent with most healthy communities
with the exception that upwards to 3,000 or nearly 25 percent
of the technical and skilled workers are employed in the manufacturing
of medical and medical related products.
focus on medical technologies has and continues to attract
the interest of a growing number of small to medium-sized
medical product companies seeking a cost effective and competitive
location in Central Florida.
director of the Volusia County Department of Economic Development,
says Tyco/Healthcare/ Kendalls recently completed a
$93 million expansion in DeLand. The 500,000-square-foot Tyco
plant is part of an $8.8 billion health care business for
its parent corporation, a whopping increase from a mere $50
million in the early 1990s. In Volusia, the companys
key product is syringes for dental and veterinarian use. But
it will also make other devices associated with syringes and
Longbow LLC of Orlando has won a contract worth more than
$8.7 million from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command
in Redstone Arsenal, Ala. It calls for Longbow to make 96
more Longbow missiles. The contract is expected to be completed
by September 2005.
An engineering physics senior design project team from Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University was selected as one of three teams
to win an aerospace design competition from NASAs Langley
Research Center. The other winning teams are from Princeton
University and the University of California at Berkeley.
project, called Plasma Accelerated Reusable Transport
System (PARTS), is an unmanned cargo shuttle intended
to ferry large payloads to and from Mars orbits, using a rocket
known in aeronautical circles as variable specific impulse
magnetoplasma. The design of PARTS aims at balancing cost
and minimizing transit
time for a payload of vehicles, satellites, and other
objective of RASCAL is to encourage universities to develop
systems concepts and technologies to assist NASA in planning
missions and achieving goals in science, exploration and commercialization.
Embry-Riddle is considered the worlds largest, fully
accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace.
It annually educates more than 25,000 students through the
masters level at campuses in Daytona Beach and Prescott,
Ariz. The curriculum at Embry-Riddle covers the operation,
engineering, research, manufacturing, marketing, and management
of modern aircraft and the systems that support them. Tyco-Kendall
manufacturing is on the rise in Volusia County.
© Maddux Report L.C. 2003