- September 18, 2016
SEMINOLE — S.S. White Technologies, a maker of flexible shafts for aircraft, automobiles and medical devices, has relocated from Piscataway, N.J., to a 90,000-square-foot facility in Seminole.
According to a press release, the move will result in a total of 125 new jobs in Pinellas County. S.S. White brought some workers with it in the move, but has hired 80 local employees to fill out its ranks as it settles into its new headquarters at 8300 Sheen Drive. The company is still in hiring mode and openings are listed on its website.
"Moving a manufacturing plant from New Jersey to Seminole was a huge task, but well worth it. We feel very welcome in Pinellas County,” S.S. White CEO Rahul Shukla states in the release. "We've hired 80 well-qualified employees in the factory and our offices. We find the weather and the community very hospitable, taxes less painful and the sunsets magical. My only regret is that we didn't move to Florida many years earlier."
The company’s products can be found in nearly every aircraft in the skies today, the release states. Founded in 1844, S.S. White also has facilities in the United Kingdom and India, but Seminole will be the primary base of operations for its operations, manufacturing and research and development.
Shukla first joined S.S. White in 1973 as a quality engineer; he purchased the company with his partners in 1988, according to the release.
"Manufacturing is an essential part of our Pinellas County economy," states Mike Meidel, director of Pinellas County Economic Development, in the release. "We're honored to add S.S. White, a storied company that has become a leading innovator in a very competitive sector, to our business community.”