By Javier Manjarres
Florida Governor Rick Scott continued his Florida jobs tour by visiting Bolton Medical in Sunrise, Florida. Bolton Medical, a Florida-based company whose “parent organization” is a Barcelona, Spain-based company, that manufactures American-made Thoracic stents.
Bolton Medical’s Director of Research and Development, John C. Canning said that the company only uses two foreign suppliers, and that the extent of their product line is manufactured and sterilized in the U.S.
While Governor Scott and other business leaders announced Bolton Medical’s “retention of 100 jobs,” the company’s Director of Operations, Tom Fernandez, added that Bolton has been able to hire more employees this past year, and that by the end of 2013, he believes that the small Florida-based company will grow to number close to 220 employees.
“Each job created or retained by Bolton Medical Solutions is another paycheck for another Florida family. We are proud of the work that Bolton Medical is doing here in Sunrise, both for the patients who lives depend on their devices and the employees who work there. Creating an environment that encourages job growth and business development is one of my priorities as Governor. While we are not done, this is another step in the right direction.”-Governor Rick Scott
Scott later added that Florida had the second biggest drop in unemployment in the nation, and since his tenure as governor,”second biggest drop in unemployment, over two hundred private sector jobs, tourism is at record levels, exports are at record level, home prices are up, home sales are up.”
When asked about the pending ‘Obamacare’ tax on medical devices, a tax that would directly impact companies like Bolton Medical, Scott said that a tax would be “horrible for these companies” and that it would be overall “horrible for jobs” and patients.
Every tax impacts jobs. A medical device tax is impacting the companies that are clearly the ones focused on the new technologies, saving lives like Bolton Medical does, so I think that the tax is going to be horrible for these companies, it’s horrible for jobs, but in particular, it’s horrible for patients.
The steady increase in the jobs numbers and growing Florida economy will positively play into Scott’s 2014 re-election campaign, even as Democrat’s continue to point at Governor Scott’s slumping approval numbers.
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