April 22, 2019
Friday, February 28, 2014
U.S. Ambulance Corporation acquires brands and expands Central Florida facility
On February 13, Governor Rick Scott visited U.S. Ambulance Corporation in Winter Park to meet employees and celebrate the expansion of the facility. In addition to the 473 employees already in place, the expansion will add 126 new jobs and infuse $2 million in capital to the Central Florida region.
“I’d like to thank Governor Scott for creating an atmosphere in the state of Florida that allows this kind of growth,” said U.S. Ambulance Corporation President and CEO Bob Collins. “We’ve been able to assemble the best, most qualified team, not only in our industry, but in vehicle manufacturing. We couldn’t have done that without the state, the Governor’s office, Orange County and the City of Winter Park and we greatly appreciate that.”
The expansion of the Winter Park facility will solidify U.S. Ambulance Corporation as the largest single site manufacturer of ambulances and rescue vehicles in the world. Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), the parent company of U.S. Ambulance, began expanding the Winter Park facility in 2011, and U. S. Ambulance has since acquired several key brands including Road Rescue of South Carolina, and McCoy Miller and Marque of Indiana. ASV is also the parent company of E-One, a fire truck manufacturer located in Ocala. When the growth is complete, ASV will employ almost 1,300 team members statewide and report a payroll in excess of $55 million.
U.S. Ambulance now manufactures under the names Wheeled Coach, McCoy Miller, Marque, and Road Rescue. The expansion will allow U.S. Ambulance to extend their product offerings throughout the U.S. as well as the Caribbean, South America, Middle East and Asia.
Florida manufacturers will benefit from the removal of the sales tax on manufacturing equipment and machinery, which begins on April 30, 2014. The sales tax elimination, initiated by Governor Scott and the Florida legislature, will increase capital investments and job creation throughout the state.
“We buy over a billion dollars in materials across the country and those decisions are based here in Florida and give access to manufacturers, suppliers and service providers for all of our companies in one location,” said Peter Guile, President of Allied Specialty Vehicles. “We want to thank everyone that supports manufacturing. Every job creates four more in our communities and our surrounding communities and we are proud to be such an important part of the economic engine within Orlando and Central Florida.”
In the past three years, the unemployment rate in Orlando has dropped from 10.9 percent to 5.5 percent, largely due to partnerships with assistance provided by local organizations such as Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC), Orange County Government and CareerSource Central Florida. The valued efforts of these organizations have helped the Orlando area transcend past being just a tourist destination by positioning the region as a key location for businesses.
Holly Wiedman, Vice President of Economic Development, Metro Orlando EDC said, “As I hear about all the jobs that are coming to our region, I have to thank the Governor for creating a business friendly state. The things the state has done to make businesses grow have been phenomenal. When businesses look to expand, they can choose any other city in any other state but because of all our efforts in Florida and all of our partners here in Orlando, they’re picking Orlando.”
Florida continues to be a competitive state for job creation, as evidenced by recent economic development announcements from companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Aeroturbine, Air Products, Brinks, Hertz, and USAA. In 2013, Enterprise Florida announced 172 economic development projects that are contracted to create nearly 25,400 new jobs and more than $1.96 billion in capital investment. Learn more about recent economic development announcements and initiatives on EFI’s newsroom.
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Enterprise Florida, Inc. is a partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida. EFI facilitates job growth for Florida businesses through recruitment and retention, international trade and exporting, promotion of sporting events, and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses.