Governor Scott Announces Taylor County Business as Innovator in Business

Awards honor businesses for job creation, entrepreneurship, and export growth and excellence

Today, Governor Rick Scott, along with Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida (EFI) Gray Swoope, announced the Tallahassee area winner of the 2013 Governor’s Innovators in Business Awards during Florida Business Innovators Week. The awards recognize Florida companies in select industries that have influenced the state’s economic growth and diversification over the last year.

AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems, Inc. of Taylor County won the Newcomer award in a mid market which includes winners in counties with a population up to 150,000.

Governor Scott said, “The companies recognized, including Taylor County’s AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems, Inc., today have made a strong impact in the economic turnaround Florida is experiencing. We all appreciate their contribution to the business community and for providing Florida families an opportunity to live the American Dream. Congratulations to each of them for their achievement.”

Secretary of Commerce Swoope said, “Florida and its companies continue to be the model for economic recovery and growth. Companies from every industry around the state have helped produce jobs and provide opportunities that companies in other states just haven’t been able to match. They truly deserve to be recognized for their resilience, innovation and achievements. On behalf of EFI, congratulations to each of these worthy companies and we look forward to their continued success.”

EFI has hosted the annual program for 30 years. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges that includes business leaders, past winners and EFI staff. Winners will be recognized at a special event in the Governor’s Mansion this evening. The event is sponsored by Bank of America and Florida Trend magazine.

AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems, Inc. of Taylor County won the Newcomer award in a mid market. AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems is one of three domestic full-service manufacturers of products for law enforcement and corrections agencies in the U.S. and worldwide. They developed a full-service Tactical Training Complex in 2013 aimed at providing realistic, tactical training scenarios, which created 60 jobs and $10 million in capital investment.

President of AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems, Inc., Rick Gardner said, “AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems, Inc. (ALS) is pleased to receive recognition under the Governor’s Innovators in Business Awards as a Newcomer to Florida. Our decision to relocate from Arkansas to Florida was due in large part to the ‘business friendly’ economic climate that Governor Scott has implemented. We were able to break ground and complete the permitting and construction of our state-of-the-art product manufacturing plant and tactical training center within nine months, which is a testimony to both state and local official’s commitment to working with new industry.”

Three awards were given in each of the following categories:

  • Governor’s Business Expansion Award: Florida companies that expanded their operations in 2012, investing capital and creating jobs for Floridians.
  • Governor’s Newcomer Award: New-to-Florida companies that began business operations in 2012.
  • Governor’s Export Excellence Award: Florida companies with new or significant increases in documented export sales in 2012.
  • Governor’s Innovation/Entrepreneurship Award: Florida start-up companies or innovative companies that have set a standard for entrepreneurship and creativity in the past three years.
  • Governor’s Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality Award: Florida companies that best exemplify innovation developed through product or process in the last three years.
  • Governor’s Rising Star Awards: Rising Florida companies that have shown a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities.

To see the full list of this year’s winners please click here.


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