Hernando County BOCC approves Incentive Package for Barrette Outdoor Living Expansion
At the April 11, 2018 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a $239,620 incentive package for Barrette Outdoor Living. Barrette is a national manufacturing company that plans to build a 100,000-square-foot, $6.5 million distribution facility adjacent to its existing 210,000-square-foot manufacturing location at 2401 Corporate Blvd. within the Brooksville – Tampa Bay Regional Airport & Technology Center. Barrette currently employs 247 at the Brooksville facility and intends to hire 43 new, full-time workers with an average annual wage of $37,506 by December 2019.
“Existing business expansions are just as important for economic development as new companies moving in,” County Administrator Leonard Sossamon said. “Barrette’s expansion will increase the ad valorem tax base by $60,000 and bring new jobs to our community.”
As part of the agreement, Barrett will lease an additional 4.6 acres to construct the new facility and partner with Hernando County departments to improve drainage along Corporate Boulevard.
The following incentives will be payable over fiscal years 2020 through 2026 once Barrette’s performance measures are met and appropriate documentation is submitted:
Job Creation Incentive – $129,000
Impact & Building Permit Fee Mitigation – $110,620
Rapid Response Permitting – Barrette will be assigned a Rapid Response Permitting Team to expedite the review process
Barrette is the North American leader in wood, vinyl and aluminum fencing as well as the new Resalite Core Technology, aluminum, steel and vinyl railing, outdoor storage buildings, plastic lattice and many more Outdoor Living products. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and with more than 1,100 employees, Barrette manufactures and distributes more than 6,000 different items across the United States and Canada to specialty retailers, home centers and lumberyards.
The mission of the Office of Economic Development is to attract, retain and expand businesses that will make our community prosper. Hernando County offers an extraordinary mix of logistics and livability in the northern Tampa Bay region of Brooksville, Spring Hill and Weeki Wachee. Our diverse economy includes building, manufacturing, agriculture, retail trade services and tourism, as well as government, education and health care. Property taxes are very reasonable, our work force is able and the pro-business climate is as sunny as our weather.