New South Biolabs has established a new sales and distribution center in Bradenton to market and sell environmentally safe ZeroMold anti-microbial products made by Biosenta, Inc. The development will create 52 new logistics, marketing and sales jobs over the next five years with average salaries at 50 percent higher than the local average area wage of $35,633.
The successful establishment of New South’s distribution center in South Manatee County is a result of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Council’s
global economic development initiatives and long-term commitment to business collaboration.
"Two years in the making, this is the first international project directly resulting from the EDC’s outreach initiative that began in 2011 through a grant provided by Manatee County Government. Our initial conversations in Toronto with New South Biolab’s president placed the Bradenton area on the company’s radar as it was identifying a location for marketing Biosenta products," says Sharon Hillstrom, president and CEO of the Bradenton Area EDC.
New South is a newly formed company that recently entered a distribution agreement with Canadian firm Biosentia
to market, sell, and distribute a new line of anti-microbal products from the ZeroMold
brand. The products will be targeted to and sold in the Southern US, Caribbean Basin and South America.
Manatee Board of County Commissioners
approved New South to receive up to $104,000 in performance-based incentives for the new jobs that it will create.
New South’s distribution center additionally qualified for Manatee County’s rapid response permitting program which streamlines and expedites the process of obtaining the necessary permitting to bring the full project and facility to market.
"The Bradenton area offered a number of attributes that attracted us. We need a warm climate to help protect the product from damage; the cost of doing business was attractive; and we value proximity to Port Manatee
for future distribution," says New South President Bill Connor.
The company's new facility features 15,000 square feet of operational space and the addition of a full science lab at the Parkland Center in South Manatee County.
New South’s 2014 focus includes hiring and training new staff, regulatory approvals, and logistics management.
Biosenta is also sourcing local companies to produce the liquid product nearby.
Visit the Bradenton Area EDC's website for more information.
Writer: Kaye Brown
Sources: Bill Connor, New South Biolabs; Sharon Hillstrom, Bradenton Area EDC