Locations: Montreal and Toronto
Dates: June 6-10, 2011
Attendance: 27


Governor Scott led a delegation of Florida business leaders to Canada, Florida’s number one economic partner. While there, the delegation met with more than 120 companies interesting in investing in Florida.

Florida trade with Canada topped $7.1 billion in 2010. Nearly 300 Canadian companies have operations in Florida, with 24,300 high-wage jobs. In 2009, 2.7 million Canadians visited the Sunshine State and spent more than $2.8 billion.

During the trip, the Governor announced Canadian company GardaWorld is relocating its U.S. headquarters to Boca Raton from California. GardaWorld is one of the largest security and cash logistics companies in the world. Their investment in Florida will create approximately 100 professional jobs, with an average wage of more than $65,000. Learn more about GardaWorld’s progress to date.

Additional Florida projects underway as a result of the mission to Canada include:

  • Toronto Sky Aviation (TSA) – TSA is launching a new aircraft repair company, Aircraft Armature Inc., in Opa-locka, creating 100 skilled jobs in less than three years. TSA presently performs over $3 million of sales in the U.S. All of these U.S. customers will be transferred and supported from the Opa-locka operation. The 30,000 square-foot facility will be located in one of the state’s areas hardest hit by unemployment.
  • UCC Industries International Inc., a distributor of steel and concrete construction products, opened its U.S. headquarters and North American distribution center on April 1 in Tampa. The U.S. headquarters will operate as UCC Steelwork Connections Inc. and will add about 10 jobs at an average wage of $44,000.

Business Development Results:

  • Total number of meetings with Governor Scott and EDOs: 155

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