Published Monday, May 16, 2016

West Palm Beach, FLA – The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB), in cooperation with the State of Florida and Boca Raton, is pleased to announce that Epoca International, Inc., a distributor for household consumer goods will expand its headquarter location in Palm Beach County.

Epoca’s product line of coffee ware, tea ware, beverage servers and cookware are sold in over 20,000 locations throughout 18 countries.

The company purchased 11,000 square feet of space at 901 Clint Moore Road in Boca Raton, where they will make a capital investment of $3,100,000. Epoca will retain 23 positions and hire 17 new employees.

The BDB assisted the company through the incentive process.  The company received a Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund (QTI) incentive of $85,000 with $68,000 from the State of Florida and a $17,000 contribution from the City of Boca Raton.

“Epoca is one of many growing small businesses creating new opportunities across our state…We are working each day to make it easier for businesses to grown in Florida and I look forward to seeing small businesses like Epoca continue to succeed here,” said Governor Rick Scott.

Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie is excited that Epoca International is doing so well and will be creating new jobs in our City. “With everyday consumer goods available in 20,000 locations throughout 18 countries, it’s no wonder Epoca International is expanding.  We’re pleased that they will remain headquartered in Boca Raton and wish them continued success.”

Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County said, “Founded in 1991, this privately held company makes a significant economic impact in the county and this expansion project is an example of the strong relationship the BDB has with the state and the City of Boca Raton.”

About Epoca International, Inc.: The company designs and distributes consumer products with strong brands that have an impact on today's culture. With a strong tradition in cookware and beverage preparation products, the company is inspired by traveling the world, learning local customs, and then incorporating those customs into products that can be enjoyed by all.

About the BDB: The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County is the official public/private economic development organization for Palm Beach County and Enterprise Florida.  Founded in 1982 as a not-for-profit corporation, its primary purpose is to attract and retain new industry, business investment, high quality jobs and workforce development through corporate relocations, expansions and international trade. During the past five years, the BDB has assisted companies that have created more than 12,600 direct jobs with average salaries greater than $67,000 resulting in more than $693 million in capital investment to Palm Beach County and an economic impact that exceeds $5.87 billion.

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