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Home-Tech Of Southwest Florida Expanding, Hiring

Southwest Florida's leading air conditioning and major appliance sales and service provider, Home-Tech, is expanding its presence in Florida.

Celebrating its 30th year in business, the Ft. Myers-based company recently announced that has begun construction on a new 10,400-square-foot service office, showroom and technical training center in Manatee County; Home-Tech originally established its presence in the Sarasota-Manatee area in 1992 with an office located in Venice.

“We're extremely excited about our expansion and look forward to providing our service to the local Manatee County community,” says President and Founder Steve Marino. “I'm glad to see this project moving forward and that it's doing exactly what we want it do: Hiring local people and having a facility for us to expand our operations in the area.”

The $1.3 million project will duplicate Home-Tech's current office in the Ft. Myers-Collier area at 6400 Techster Blvd., made up of a state-of-the-art training facility, a 3,000-square-foot non-traditional showroom featuring working appliances, as well as a warehouse and employee offices.

“We're particularly proud of the new training facility because, as far as we know, we will be the only service industry company in Southwest Florida to have an apprenticeship program,” says Marino. “It's going to bring a lot more jobs to the area and it'll draw new apprentices, which we're really looking forward to.”

With the dried-in shell of the building expected to be complete by the end of September, Home-Tech has already hired six new employees and has up to seven positions currently available, ranging from entry-level to sales positions to experienced technicians.

“With so many young people currently trying to find a job and a career, hiring and training people is something we're really excited about,” says Marino. “This is a good career and the service industry is very interesting -- you never know what's going to happen from day to day and it pays quite well. I only see the demand in home service getting bigger.”

Home-Tech is working with World Designs Inc. as architect on the project, Allison Engineering as land developer and Manasota Commercial Construction as general contractor. Steve Heinz, community development and service agreement sales director, will lead the sales effort for the new facility, which is expected to see completion by the first quarter of 2012.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Steve Marino, Home-Tech
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