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The City of Largo enjoys a prime location nestled between the sunny shores of Florida’s Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. “We are located close to a lot of great things,” says Mayor Woody Brown. From water sports, fishing, nature preserves, and amusement parks to museums, NFL football, and aquariums, the surrounding area has it all.
From its ease of access to its corporate parks, ongoing investment, and well-managed local government, the City of Sunrise represents the best Florida has to offer. Situated in central-western Broward County – one of the three counties comprising the Miami metropolitan area – Sunrise is a hub for major employers like American Express, Chetu HQ, AT&T, Amazon and Comcast to name just a few. It’s home to many national and global headquarters, along with retail, office and manufacturing businesses in tech, medicine, logistics and other areas.
Salem, Massachusetts has earned the tagline ‘Still Making History.’ “We are rooted in history,” says Director of Planning and Community Development Tom Daniel. Founded in 1626, Salem is best known for the infamous witch trials of 1692, which still captivate the public and draw tourists to the community three centuries later.
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Burt Process Equipment is known across North America and the world for its advanced engineering and custom fluid systems manufacturing. The company’s clients have access to some of the country’s best engineers, master steel fabricators, welders, plastic fabricators, control panel technicians, and many other professionals. The company also puts heart back into manufacturing.
Transportation and logistics is a challenging industry, especially since the onset of the pandemic. With Kivi Bros Trucking in its third generation of family ownership – and flourishing the way it is – they must be doing something right. Or perhaps, many things right.
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