Dear Fellow Floridian:
When I travel around the state meeting with consumers and businesses, I have the opportunity to see the inner workings of some of Florida’s unique, new and interesting industries. Although Florida has benefitted greatly from tourism, we are more than just the sunshine state.
I want to tell you about some of the small businesses operating here in Florida. Last week, I was able to tour Amerikooler, one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of commercial refrigeration equipment, walk-in coolers, walk-in freezers and refrigerated warehouses. One would never think that a company that spans the nation and is represented in 30 countries would be right in our own backyard.
Atlas Paper Mills is another such company. Atlas Paper Mills uses 100 percent recycled fiber and a manufacturing process free of potentially harmful chemicals. Their focus is on producing paper products that are certified green in the most cost-effective manner.
IOS Health Systems filled a unique niche when they developed an electronic medical records system that allows medical records to follow the patient when they go to different doctors. The system also prevents prescriptions from being given to patients who may have allergic reactions or potentially fatal complications due to past medical history or current medical dosages. All three companies are based in Miami and offer great examples of the economic diversity spreading across the region and the state.
Having industry leaders like these, already based in Florida, helps grow our economy and attract new industries to the state. Creating an ecosystem of economic success will help make Florida the Innovation State as we continue to nurture and develop established industries.
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida
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