Resource One Plans Relocation to Sarasota County

SARASOTA (December 8, 2010) Resource One Inc., which manufactures and distributes environmentally friendly cleaning products, plans to relocate from Largo, FL to Sarasota County and add 16 jobs in 2011, according to company President Duncan Yull. Sarasota County Government recently approved a performance-based incentive grant of $50,000 for Resource One, based on the company’s plans to add a total of 36 positions over five years.

“Sarasota County appeals to Resource One because of its available work force, many of whom are cognizant of creating an environmentally sustainable community. This means that we can easily find people to work who share our commitment to the environment,” said Yull. “Sarasota County also offers a good public education system, which will help attract employees, and the region is friendly to business expansion, which appeals to Resource One’s growth aspirations.”

Yull is working with a commercial real estate broker to investigate
potential locations in Sarasota County for the business, which is seeking to upgrade its manufacturing and distribution facilities to improve efficiency and productivity as the company develops more products. Resource One manufactures and distributes cleaning products throughout the southeastern United States, with an emphasis on environmentally friendly products.
Markets served include, education, healthcare, government, industry,
hospitality, foodservice and property management.

The company has 30 employees evenly divided between locations in Largo and Ocala. Yull expects that two or three key employees will relocate with the company from Largo. New employees will be needed in Sarasota County for a wide range of positions including office, distribution, manufacturing, service technicians, sales and marketing.

“We welcome Resource One to Sarasota County’s growing ‘green’ industry,” said Kathy Baylis, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County (EDC). “Resource One recognizes the value of being located in a community that supports environmentally friendly approaches to products and services.”

“The EDC has helped us realize that there is assistance available to help accelerate our relocation and expansion plans,” Yull said. “They also have helped us in identifying potential sites for relocation and made us aware of different programs available to companies our size, such as the Economic Gardening Program.”

“It’s interesting – and encouraging – that a business recognizes value in
being located where the residents are environmentally conscious,” said
Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta. ” We have long believed that having a ‘green’ and sustainable reputation as a community could help recruit jobs to Sarasota County, and now we are seeing a tangible example.”

The EDC of Sarasota County is the private, not-for-profit corporation
leading the community’s economic development strategy to add high-wage jobs and diversify the local economy. The EDC provides business assistance to companies in Sarasota County and helps forge solutions to community challenges that affect quality of life. The EDC works in partnership with chambers of commerce, local governments and other organizations throughout the county and the region. For more information, visit www.edcsarasotacounty.com

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