TAMPA — Alternative fuels technology firm MLMC Florida plans to spend $10 million on a new, 103,000-square-foot facility in Plant City.
In a press release, parent company Materials Lifecycle Management Company, based in Parker, Colo., says it will add 45 new jobs as a result of its foray into Florida. The jobs will fulfill various functions including production, maintenance, sales, logistics, control room operation and administration.
“As we were planning our market entry, we were targeting the Midwest and Southeast, but most importantly, we were looking for a community that was business friendly and had the workforce we needed to succeed,” states Jim LaDue, MLMC Florida’s CEO, in the release. “Hillsborough County and Plant City stood out to us, and we’re confident we made the right decision.”
According to the release, MLMC Florida acquires and processes pre-consumer waste materials, such as non-recyclable, coated paper and cardboard, Styrofoam, plastic films, wood materials and other process and packaging materials to manufacture a clean, energy dense fuel product called Enviro-Fuelcubes (EFCs). EFCs can augment or replace traditional fossil fuels like coal in energy intensive industries, offering a more cost-effective, cleaner alternative to traditional fossil fuel sources.
“Manufacturing has a long history in Hillsborough County and continues to be an area of focus for us,” states Sandra Murman, chairwoman of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, in the release. “We’re grateful to MLMC Florida for choosing Hillsborough County for their expansion, and the high-wage jobs they’ll bring to our local residents.”