Innovative Vacuum Solutions, which specializes in high-vacuum pump technology, selected the Tampa Bay region for its new service center. The New Hampshire-based company repairs and rebuilds industrial vacuum pump systems, and plans to hire 10 people in 2011 for various positions at the new facility.
Michael Metropolis, president of Innovative Vacuum Solutions
, says there are several reasons why he chose to open a service center in Tampa Bay. "Our company has an existing customer base in the area, and providing local service is better than having customers ship to our other locations," Metropolis says. He also cites the weather as a draw to the area. "Being from New Hampshire, the weather doesn't get any better than it is here. My wife and I always wanted to move south, and Tampa's diversity was something we were looking for, it reminds us of the islands."
Innovative Vacuum Solutions was incorporated in 1996 and has offices in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and now Florida. The new service center officially opened for business Jan. 3, 2011. Metropolis says he is ready to hire. "We are hiring mechanics and technicians to start," Metropolis says. "Then we will be hiring sales and administrative staff."
Metropolis and his wife are no strangers to the industry. In fact, while Metropolis is president, his wife Michele is the chief operating officer. "We got our start as employees of a New Jersey company that did a similar business in 1992," Metropolis says. We worked our way up the corporate ladder into management positions, and then started our own company."
The new service center is located at 11461 N. U.S. Highway 301, Suite 110, in Thonotosassa.
Writer: Kimberly Patterson
Source: Michael Metropolis and Michele Metropolis, Innovative Vacuum Solutions