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West Palm Beach, FLA – The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB), in cooperation with the State of Florida, Palm Beach County and the City of West Palm Beach, is pleased to announce Granite Telecommunications, LLC, a Quincy, Mass.-based communications service provider for multi-location businesses, will expand its sales and technical support team in Palm Beach County.
Granite’s new office is located at 400 S. Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach and it will increase its footprint there to 15,800 square feet and make a capital investment of $600,000. Granite plans to add 50 employees or more to its existing workforce of 66. The average wage of the new jobs is over $50,000. Some of the company’s most accomplished sales representatives earn over $1 million each year.
Granite’s COO Rand Currier stated, “Granite has seen tremendous growth and record sales across the country, with Florida being a top market for growth. In West Palm Beach, that growth prompted us to increase the number of our sales and technical support personnel there. We are proud of the work that our Florida-based teammates have contributed to the company already, and are banking on an even larger role for them in the future as we expand in Florida.”
The BDB assisted Granite through the incentive process. The company received a Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund (QTI) incentive of $250,000 with $200,000 from the State of Florida and a $25,000 contribution from West Palm Beach and a Job Growth Incentive Grant (JGI) of $25,000 from Palm Beach County.
Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, said, “Granite is a great example of a technology company that is thriving in Palm Beach County and its decision to expand here confirms the strength and quality of our workforce.”
Granite was founded in 2002, with fewer than 20 employees. Since then, the company has grown rapidly, today having more than 1,600 employees, $1.16 billion in annualized revenue and 11,000 corporate customers, including 86 of the Fortune 100 Companies. Granite provides voice, data and other related communications products and services to multi-location businesses and governmental agencies throughout the United States and Canada. Granite currently has 1.5 million phone and data lines under management and is headquartered in Quincy, MA with offices in Atlanta, GA, West Palm Beach, FL, Orlando, FL, New York, NY, Providence, RI, Chicago, IL and Dallas, TX. For more information, visit www.granitenet.com.
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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