TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Danfoss Turbocor Compressors plans to add 120 full-time jobs in a new Tallahassee facility to be constructed by 2019.
The expansion will come in the form of a new facility and a Research and Development Competence Center in Tallahassee, the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality announced Thursday.
The new facility expands Danfoss's existing presence at Innovation Park, which includes engineering and manufacturing operations.
The 120 new jobs are for research and development within advanced manufacturing, the news release said, and will have "high wage salaries at approximately 200% of Leon County's annual wage."
Officials say the full-time jobs will have an average salary of $90,000.
President and CEO Ricardo Schneider says the company's collaboration with FSU, FAMU and the Mag Lab, as well as the local talent for innovation, are the main reasons why Danfoss is invested in Tallahassee.
"Today, we are extremely dependent from the universities and government, and to be able to have help in a well-balanced community, we needed to attract and expand more business that are attracted to our ecosystem -- that is the technology and the research facilities that we have in Tallahassee," said Schneider.
Gov. Rick Scott said that last year Florida made it easier for such businesses to grow in the state by eliminating the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment.
Leon County Commissioner Mary Ann Lindley said the new facility "will attract the brightest in the industry and will help to build Tallahassee-Leon County's science, technology and economic momentum."
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