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Manufacturer to Expand and Bring New Jobs, Thanks to BOCC Incentive Approval

HERNANDO – Great news for job seekers and economic development in Hernando County, after the Board of County Commissioners announced the approval of an incentive package to draw a major expansion to a local manufacturer.

According to County Officials, Barrette Outdoor Living, a North American manufacturer and leader in wood, vinyl and aluminum fencing products, will expand their facility located in the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Industrial Park.

The package will include a $239,620 incentive to build a $6.5 million, 100,000 square-foot distributing plant adjacent to their current 210,000 square-foot plat located at 2401 Corporate Blvd in Brooksville.

Barrette intends to hire an additional 43 employees to its already 247, at an average annual wage of $37,506.

Part of the incentive the County would partner with Barrette to construct the new 4.6 acre facility to improve drainage along Corporate Boulevard.

“Existing business expansions are just as important for economic development as new companies

moving in,” County Administrator Leonard Sossamon said. “Barrette’s expansion

will increase the ad valorem tax base by $60,000 and bring new jobs to

our community.”

The project is expected to be complete by December of 2019.


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  • OH the humanity! these evil capitalists are bringing jobs and revenue to the county. oh the horror

    Saturday, 14 April 2018, 10:16 am
  • Company uses a lot of temp employees

    Saturday, 14 April 2018, 9:31 am
  • All 5 of those guys need to be voted out next term we need new and young blood i known we will not be voting for them

    Thursday, 12 April 2018, 10:10 pm
  • Barrette is a excellent company to work for, it originally was a local company, Alumiguard. Most of the 240+ employees are from the area. Also, many jobs will be created for the construction of the new facility.

    Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:49 pm
  • Yes, your government is better qualified to spend your money than you are. At the same time they are spending $240K here, they are still refusing to reinstitute environmental impact fees that would give each home owner $8000 increase in the value of their home without costing the tax payers a dime. How many jobs would be created with every home owner getting a gift of $8000?

    Thursday, 12 April 2018, 9:28 am
  • Our county commissioners work for our sheriff and this is an example of politics that don’t work in Hernando county. Until the voters get serious about voting these over paid idiots out, it will continue practices as reported.

    Thursday, 12 April 2018, 4:25 am
  • Thank you BOCC for working hard to bring jobs to the Hernando county communities. My only concern is that how many of these new positions will actually go to the citizens of Hernando county? Is there any commitment from this company or others attracted to this area by “incentives” in regards to percentage of new hires that come from Hernando County? or are we just giving away”incentives” to sound good come election time? It does our communities no good to watch our jobs going to non-residents. So I ask, how many of the new 43 positions being created are committed to be filled by Hernando County residents? That is the only thing that matters.

    Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 11:47 pm
  • Hey there’s a nice picture of the good ‘ole boys. The only one worth half a damn is the guy in the center, Mr. Champion. The rest can go tale a long walk off a short bridge……

    Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 11:37 pm
  • That’s it??? I could open a hot dog stand and bring in 43 more jobs… And the county would not have to pay or improve any property’s for .$239,620 … WHAT A JOKE Headline “Great news for job seekers”

    I bet when you do all the adding, Coney Island Drive Inn Employs 43 people, what break did they get!!!
    And so the “Ad valorem tax. base” ( for all that don’t know)’ means that their property value goes up about 60,000 Bucks​ ​in vaule, so that may add another $1,000 bucks to their property tax??/ and that is supposed to pay for us ​for ​shelling out the money?​ Aat that rate, it will take us 239 years to recoup our money…DO THE MATH PEOPLE>>>

    Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 10:12 pm
    • Pretty sure you’re the one that needs to take a refresher math class…

      Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 10:38 pm
  • This is good news!

    Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 8:25 pm
  • So the real question is they are talking 43 jobs at 37,506 which is what$ 1,612,758 in money the county will tax. Its a win ein for the county that’s all. Give up some land the contract them to do work. It doesnt help the people just the county. Typical b.s. only reason a story is cause Steve is in the center of the pic.

    Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 8:03 pm
    • The earnings will be taxed on just what theses earners spend at the local businesses. Now…if Hernando had a mall, that would be a different story. But we don’t. There’s also the marginal propensity to consume (multiplier effect). If earners spend 80 percent and save 20 percent of every dollar,the multiplier factor is 5. Thus, that $1,612,758 turns into $8,063,790 as money changes hands over and over again. Get it? If we had a mall, more of that eight million would remain here in the form of local sales taxes. Even better to spend locally,with locally owned businesses.

      Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 10:32 pm
    • Fact … is 10.00 to 14.00 per hour

      Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 11:39 pm
  • Wow a whole 43 people……

    Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 5:33 pm
    • You just do not get it. 43 new jobs at $37K a year is big for this area.Hernando will not get the big name companies or tech outfits but can get the 3rd tier companies. It takes Billions to attract the big guns. Economics 096!

      Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 7:51 pm
      • Its not anything super wow way to be happy for what you say is 3rd. ( o by they way it’s not 3rd) it’s not even in the top 100 company’s .So stop the b.s. of you really knew anything about tiers you wouldn’t say 3rd.

        Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 9:10 pm
      • They add in executive pay and devide it by number of employees to get that 37 grand figure…90% are at minimum or a little above
        Thats true..the avg pay is no where near that

        Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 11:44 pm
  • Great place to work!

    Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 5:27 pm

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