Wide World Security will be training individuals in Manatee County in numerous markets for private and public agencies.
The security firm's Bradenton headquarters plans on hiring 100
employees over the next five years for an eastern Manatee County
The Bradenton center was created in 2009 to
train for police and fire departments, hazardous materials and FEMA.
Wide World Security also provides and trains for private security. The Manatee Economic Development Council
has assisted Wide World Security with applying for incentive grants of $178,330 from the Manatee Board of County Commissioners.
Manatee Board of County Commissioners will award up to $100,000 of
grants over the next five years as the company hires new employees. This
grant is a performance-based incentive and requires Wide
World Security to pay its employees an annual wage that exceeds
115 percent of the county average.
The other $78,330 is to refund the
company for transportation impact fees once the certificate of occupancy
on the first phase as been received.
The first phase is scheduled to open in the first half of 2011. This will include 15
instructors and operations personnel in a 25,000-square- feet command
center with an office and training center as well as an indoor shooting
The facility is on 400 acres on SR 70 about 11 miles east of Interstate 75.
World Security is run by two disabled veterans, Dell Hyland and Lyle
Allen. Hyland is a retired Marine with 17 years of experience in
security. Allen is a decorated Army veteran and has been a combat
engineer and recruiter.
Wide World Security is waiting for state
regulation approval for providing security for corporate, residential
and celebrity protection. They also will be certified by the Veterans'
Writer: Mandy Erfourth
Source: Eric Basinger, Manatee Economic Development Council