A leading provider of specialist services, the British firm Synergy plans to relocate from its current 45,000-square-foot corporate American headquarters at 12425 Race Track Road in Tampa to downtown Tampa's iconic SunTrust building.
"This move to downtown Tampa is part of our plan to become more involved in the Tampa Bay community,'' says Group CEO and founder of Synergy Health Dr. Richard Steeves. "The new location also makes business easier and more convenient for our international colleagues with increased proximity to Tampa International Airport.''
The relocation is set to include 100 existing employees while creating approximately 40 new jobs within the next year in Hillsborough County.
"We're working to create an active, vibrant downtown that serves as a hub of innovation and commerce,'' says Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "Synergy Health's decision to become part of our downtown community is more proof that our efforts are paying off. I look forward to welcoming the company and its employees to downtown Tampa.''
While no financial incentives were involved in the company's decision to relocate, the move will help Synergy become more active in promoting innovation in the life sciences industry, including the MediFuture initiative launched by the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. earlier this year.
"Earlier this year, we welcomed Synergy Health
to Hillsborough County and celebrated the arrival of another significant industry partner,'' says Chairman of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Ken Hagan. "Their commitment is a key step in creating a critical mass in Tampa Bay's life sciences industry.''
Plans to sell the existing Synergy Health facility, previously occupied by SRI Surgical, are underway; the property is assessed at $3.5 million. Representation will be provided by Cassidy Turley of Tampa.
The U.K.-based Synergy Health provides sterilization services to hospitals in Europe, Asia and across America for surgical instruments, reusable operating room textiles and sterilization services for medical devices. In 2012, the company acquired SRI Surgical, and in April 2013, announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters for the Americas from San Diego to Tampa Bay. Synergy Health currently employs 5,600 individuals worldwide.
Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Sources: Richard Steeves, Synergy Health; Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa