Governor Scott Meets with Canadian Companies Moving to Florida

6/10/2011 Toronto, Ontario – During his trade mission to Canada, Governor Scott this week met with two Ontario-based companies establishing operations in Florida – Toronto Sky Aviation Inc. (TSA), operating as Aircraft Armature Inc., and UCC Steelwork Connections Inc. Together, the two companies will add approximately 110 jobs to the Aerospace and Manufacturing industries in Florida.

“I am thrilled these two businesses are expanding in Florida,” said Governor Scott. “With three jobs announcements in one week, Florida is clearly on the right path.”

“The delegation that accompanied me to Canada this week met with more than 120 Canadian companies in both Montreal and Toronto. The confidence these companies have expressed in the future of Florida’s business environment leads me to believe we will see many more Canadian companies investing in our state in the future,” Governor Scott added.

TSA is launching a new aircraft repair company, Aircraft Armature Inc., in Opa-Locka, creating 100 skilled jobs in less than three years. TSA presently performs over $3 million of sales in the U.S. All of these U.S. customers will be transferred and supported from the Opa-Locka operation. The 30,000 square-foot facility will be located in one of the state’s areas hardest hit by unemployment.

“We are all very excited with the new company and task ahead of us over the next few years in Florida. We expect this facility to be the pride of the corporation with advanced manufacturing systems which will ensure a long and successful operation in Florida,” said Richard Howard, President Aircraft Armature, and Mike Cean, Owner/CEO.

UCC Industries International Inc., a distributor of steel and concrete construction products, opened its U.S. headquarters and North American distribution center on April 1 in Tampa. The U.S. headquarters will operate as UCC Steelwork Connections Inc. and will add about 10 jobs at an average wage of $44,000.

“We are very thankful for the opportunity to meet with Florida Governor Rick Scott, along with the Enterprise Florida Team, in Toronto Ontario, and to hear about their goal to become the top state in the USA to do business,” said UCC President Brent Hughes. ”We look forward to growing UCC Steelwork Connections along with the state of Florida.”

Representatives from the Beacon Council and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (EDC) who played an integral role in the companies’ expansion in Florida joined Governor Scott for the Canada Trade Mission.

“Aviation is one of our targeted industries and Opa-locka is one of the areas hardest hit by unemployment,” said Frank R. Nero, President of The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership. “We are happy to hear that TSA Rewinds Florida will be creating more than 100 aviation sector jobs in the area.”

“Canada is a leading foreign direct investor in the Tampa Bay region. UCC’s decision to locate their U.S. headquarters and North American distribution center in Tampa reflects the strength and strategic advantages Hillsborough County offers to international firms seeking to expand their business platform,” stated Tampa Hillsborough EDC 2011 Chair, Rhea Law.

Earlier this week Governor Scott announced the Canadian security company Garda will relocate its U.S. Headquarters to Boca Raton Florida, creating 100 professional jobs. Enterprise Florida President Gray Swoope and a delegation of key Florida business leaders and stakeholders accompanied Governor Scott on the trade mission.

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About Toronto Sky Aviation Inc. (Aircraft Armature)

Toronto Sky Aviation Inc. is an established, privately owned successful Aviation Certified Maintenance facility based in Canada. As part of its expansion strategy, it has acquired an FAA approved business in Miami Dade County to rapidly expand the operation. The Miami area of Florida has the highest concentration of world-best infrastructure, highly skilled labor workforce and largest expertise in the specialized services (Aircraft Motor Rewinds) that the company is involved with. This will allow the new acquisition in Florida to rapidly deploy and expand its operation. To learn more visit

About UCC Steelwork Connections Inc.

UCC Steelwork Connections Inc. is a subsidiary of a well-established Canadian company, known as UCC Industries International Inc (UCCI). UCCI has been in the business of distributing pre-engineered steel and concrete construction products for 16 years across the Canadian market. Due to the fast growth in the U.S. Southeast, UCCI President Brent Hughes saw the need establish operations in one of the Southern states and chose Florida. In late March 2011 UCCI settled on a suitable location in the Airport Industrial Park in Tampa. To learn more, visit



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