Sales Up At Sarasota Construction Firm, 10 New Jobs

1st Choice Industries, a construction, property management and business solutions company in Sarasota, experienced a 30 percent increase in sales in 2011 over 2010, and has hired 18 employees since January 1. Due to continued growth and success, the company plans to hire an additional 10 employees by the end of the year.

“We will be hiring in each of our divisions,” says Gary Simone, CEO of 1st Choice Industries. “Positions include customer service, field technicians, cabinet workers and electricians. While we have had a successful year, we are gearing up for an even brighter 2012.”

1st Choice Industries was founded in 1983 and started as a family business. In the 1980s, Simone worked alongside his father and brother in New Jersey getting the company off the ground. The company moved to Sarasota in 2004.

“We were drawn to the area primarily because of the weather,” says Simone. “We also had a pretty large business volume in the Southeast. We still have offices in New Jersey, but our corporate headquarters is in Sarasota and we plan to stay here. ”

The company has grown from a family business with a handful of employees to a headcount of nearly 100. Simone says he and his team have even bigger plans for their company.

“We are positioning ourselves for a long-term business and growth plan,” Simone says. “We have diversified our services in the industry, which has helped us continue to grow. Our projects span from a small $100 repair to a broader $500,000 project. The future looks bright for our company. ”

Writer: Kimberly Patterson
Source: Gary Simone, 1st Choice Industries

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Kimberly Patterson is a news editor for 83 Degrees Media in the Tampa Bay region of Florida.
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