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Wide World Security To Hire 100 Employees Over Next Five Years, New Jobs

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 training center.

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.

The 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 range.

The facility is on 400 acres on SR 70 about 11 miles east of Interstate 75.

Wide 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' Administration.

Writer: Mandy Erfourth
Source: Eric Basinger, Manatee Economic Development Council
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