BDB ASSISTS BELCAN TO EXPAND OPERATIONS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County / August 11, 2017
West Palm Beach, FLA –The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB), in cooperation with Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, and the City of West Palm Beach, is pleased to announce that Belcan, a global supplier of engineering, technical recruiting, and IT services, will expand operations in Palm Beach County, creating 200 new jobs. The company currently employs approximately 600 Floridians throughout the state. This expansion will be an investment of over $3 million in the Palm Beach County community.
Belcan has over 8,000 employees in more than 55 locations around the world and provides engineering, technical recruiting, scientific and IT services to some of the world’s largest organizations in the aerospace, defense, industrial, and government sectors. Belcan’s office in Florida was launched in 2001 and has experienced 300 percent employment growth in the past 5 years.
Lance Kwasniewski, Chief Executive Officer of Belcan said, “Belcan is extremely pleased to be expanding our regional presence and extending our long-term commitment to the great state of Florida. The thriving business climate created by the state and local governments, along with the outstanding universities and excellent infrastructure, are among the key factors contributing to the success of this area. We look forward to continuing Belcan’s rapid growth while creating an enjoyable environment for our employees and further enhancing the region’s economic development.”
Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “I am proud that Belcan is expanding in the Sunshine State. This international company could choose to grow jobs in any other state or country around the world. Florida’s competitive business environment and low tax structure help support expansion’s like Belcan’s, and this growth will help families across Palm Beach County continue to prosper.”
Kelly Smallridge, President & CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County stated, “Belcan’s expansion is proof that Palm Beach County is a great place to grow businesses and jobs. Our county is home to 1300 aviation/aerospace companies that employ 17,000 at an average salary of $90,000. We appreciate the support of Palm Beach County’s Board of County Commissioners and the City of West Palm Beach in bringing this project to fruition.”
“This was a very competitive project as the company was considering moving to another state. The State, County, City of West Palm Beach, and the BDB worked closely together to ensure that Belcan stayed in our area. With our combined efforts we hit a homerun,” said Palm Beach County Mayor, Paulette Burdick.
“The City of West Palm Beach is proud to welcome Belcan to our community. Job creation continues to be a priority for the City and we value the growth that Belcan will bring to our community. This is another example of our solid economic partnerships with the Business Development Board, Palm Beach County and State of Florida to bring opportunity to our residents,” Jeri Muoio, Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach.
Belcan is a global supplier of engineering, technical recruiting, and IT services to customers in the aerospace, defense, industrial, and government sectors. Belcan engineers better outcomes through adaptive and integrated services. From jet engines, airframe, and avionics to heavy vehicles, chemical processing, and cybersecurity, Belcan takes a partnering approach to provide customer-driven solutions that are flexible, scalable, and cost-effective. Belcan’s unique capabilities have led to continuous growth and success for nearly 60 years. For more information, please visit www.belcan.com.
Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI facilitates job growth through recruitment and retention, international trade and exporting, promotion of sporting events, and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses. EFI launched “Florida – The Future is Here” to promote the state as the nation’s premier business destination.
About the BDB:
The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County is the official public/private economic development organization for Palm Beach County and Enterprise Florida. Founded in 1982 as a not-for-profit corporation, our primary purpose is to attract and retain new industry, business investment, high quality jobs and workforce development through corporate relocations, expansions and international trade. During the past five years, the BDB has assisted companies that have created more than 13,000 direct jobs with average salaries greater than $68,000, resulting in more than $627 million in capital investment to Palm Beach County and an economic impact that exceeds $6.95 billion. Additional information can be found at the BDB’s web site, BDB.org.