Bat­tery­maker mov­ing to Tampa

Tampa Bay Times - - Business - BY RICHARD DANIELSON Times Staff Writer Con­tact Richard Danielson at rdaniel­son@tam­ or (813) 226-3403. Fol­low @Daniel­son_Times.

TAMPA — Cus­tom bat­tery­maker Re­sis­ta­cap En­ergy Prod­ucts will move its head­quar­ters from Huntsville, Ala., to its ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity near Westchase, the com­pany and the Tampa Hills­bor­ough Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Corp. said Thurs­day.

The com­pany plans to grow as well as move, Re­sis­ta­cap pres­i­dent Gary Bolo­han said. If his name sounds fa­mil­iar, it may be be­cause Bolo­han pre­vi­ously was pres­i­dent of Tampa-based Rep- tron Elec­tron­ics, which was later sold to the Kim­ball Elec­tron­ics Group.

Re­sis­ta­cap has 35 em­ploy­ees in Huntsville and in Au­gust opened a man­u­fac­tur­ing oper­a­tion with 10 peo­ple at the Tri-County Busi­ness Park, just east of the Hills­bor­ough-Pinel­las county line.

It plans to hire 100 work­ers for jobs in assem­bly, sol­der­ing, weld­ing and ac­count­ing, and to spend about $500,000 ex­pand­ing its Hills­bor­ough op­er­a­tions at 12180 Race Track Road from 5,000 to 15,000 square feet.

Re­sis­ta­cap sup­plies cus­tom bat­ter­ies, bat­tery packs and charg­ers to man­u­fac­tur­ers of res­pi­ra­tors, portable X-ray sys­tems, pa­tient mon­i­tor­ing de­vices, de­fib­ril­la­tors, night vi­sion cam­eras, surveil­lance equip­ment and portable data ter­mi­nals. It has clients in the med­i­cal, mil­i­tary and aerospace, safety and se­cu­rity, and hand-held elec­tron­ics in­dus­tries.

“Many of our tar­geted in­dus­tries are well-rep­re­sented in the area,” Bolo­han said. An­other rea­son for mak­ing the move, he said, was Tampa’s “friendly busi­ness environment that will sup­port our con­tin­ued growth.”

Nei­ther the state of Florida nor lo­cal of­fi­cials agreed to any in­cen­tives — which typ­i­cally come in the form of tax re­funds af­ter new jobs are cre­ated — to in­duce the com­pany to move here. Bolo­han said his com­pany con­tacted the EDC in Jan­uary and thanked the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion for “con­nect­ing us to re­sources to help ful­fill our work­force needs.”

EDC chair­man and Mof­fitt Can­cer Cen­ter CEO Dr. Alan List said in an an­nounce­ment of the move that Re­sis­ta­cap joins a grow­ing ros­ter of com­pa­nies — among them For­tune 500 min­ing com­pany Mo­saic as well as staffing firm BlueLine As­so­ci­ates and the Ven­dita Tech­nol­ogy Group — that have de­cided to move their head­quar­ters from out-of-state to Hills­bor­ough County for a “skilled work­force and sup­port­ive busi­ness environment that will help them grow and stay com­pet­i­tive.”

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