Mining Magnate Mosaic Opens Headquarters East Of Tampa

Mosaic officially opened its new headquarters at 13830 Circa Crossing Drive in Lithia, east of Tampa, on Friday, April 9, with Gov. Charlie Crist in attendance.

The company, which specializes in mining nutrient materials, recently moved 400 employees into the new building that is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification due to its energy-saving components.

Russell Schweiss, a Mosaic spokesperson, says that the new building achieved the Gold LEED rating by including a reflective roof, a 95 percent use of natural light, rainwater irrigation, incentives for fuel-efficient cars and a bike-friendly environment that encourages and supports riding bicycles to work.

The building is situated near the Fishhawk communities in east Hillsborough County, and consolidates multiple Mosaic offices that already exist in Hillsborough and Polk counties.

According to Schweiss, the $20 million construction project created hundreds of construction jobs and increased activity for several local businesses, including DaSilva's Coffeehouse, Jet's Pizza and Franks and Subs. In addition, Mosaic donated $100,000 to the Fishhawk Youth Sports Complex.

"We recognize the importance of investing in our communities," says Schweiss, "and will continue to make these commitments. We plan to announce a significant new commitment in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Rays at the opening on April 9."

Mosaic is headquartered in Minnesota and specializes in mining potash and nitrogen. Its Florida operations focus on phosphate, a material the agricultural industry values for its fertilizing capabilities.

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source:  Russell Schweiss, Mosaic
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