New Bristol-Myers Squibb center to bring 579 jobs to Tampa Bay a - WFLA News Channel 8

New Bristol-Myers Squibb center to bring 579 jobs to Tampa Bay area

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Florida Governor Rick Scott participated in the grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday. Florida Governor Rick Scott participated in the grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - A new Bristol-Myers Squibb center in Tampa is expected to create 579 new jobs. Most of the jobs are expected to be filled by people in the Tampa Bay area.

Florida Governor Rick Scott participated in the grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday. 250 employees have already been hired. An additional 329 workers will be hired by 2017.

"With Bristol Myers Squibb’s expansion to Florida, over the next three years, 579 more Florida families will have the opportunity to live their version of the American Dream right here in the Sunshine State," said Scott.

The Bristol-Myers Squibb North America Capability Center occupies about half of a four-story, 130,000-square-foot building in Mainsail Village near Tampa International Airport. 

The company considered several locations in the U.S. before selecting Tampa. Bristol-Myers Squibb picked Hillsborough county for several reasons, including its skilled work force, strong university presence, the Tampa Bay region’s business climate, economy and quality of life, and availability of the necessary logistics and office facilities, according to Gov. Scott's office.

“By selecting Hillsborough County as the location of its North America Capability Center, Bristol-Myers Squibb sent a compelling message about the long-term viability of our community,” said Mark Sharpe, Chairman of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.

“The opening of this facility, and the nearly 600 new jobs it will create, directly reflects the quality of our workforce, our academic and research institutions, our growing life sciences cluster and our commitment to creating a strong, competitive business environment.”

Bristol-Myers Squibb has donated $50,000 to the Hillsborough Education Foundation and Hillsborough Public Schools. The money will be used at Middleton High School’s science laboratories to further develop its STEM curriculum and enhance teacher professional development. Middleton prepares students in grades 9-12 from across Hillsborough County for careers in medicine, health care and scientific research.

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