Orbeco-Hellige, Inc., a manufacturer of instruments and products for testing water located in Manatee County, is expanding and plans to create jobs over the next five years. The company, which was originally founded in Germany in 1890, started its U.S. subsidiary in 1920 and relocated from Long Island to Sarasota in 2008. With incentive money from the county, the company plans to expand its warehouse space to accommodate a testing lab, as well as hire additional staff.
"We plan on adding at least seven positions over the next five years,'' says Kaylie Boland, marketing and product manager for Orbeco-Hellige
. "Our laboratory and warehouse expansion is scheduled to be complete this fall, and the first new hires are likely to coincide with their completion.''
According to the Manatee Economic Development Council, the jobs that will be added will pay 50 percent more on average than the county average wage. The company currently has 11 full-time employees, but is excited to welcome new employees as new positions are filled.
"The positions will cover several areas, but since our laboratory and warehouse expansion will greatly increase our production capacity, our first hires are likely to be laboratory and warehouse oriented,'' says Boland. "We pride ourselves on going above and beyond to make our customers happy, so anyone that we hire, regardless of the position, would have to be very 'customer service'-orientated. Because of the technical nature of our business, we are always looking for people with a science and/or technical background to complement their area of expertise.''
The water analysis instruments Orbeco-Hellige produces serve the municipal and industrial water and wastewater markets. The Sarasota facility handles sales, service and support operations for North and South America. The company's worldwide markets include public health, science and medicine.
Writer: Kimberly Patterson
Source: Kaylie Boland, Orbeco-Hellige