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July 12, 2019 - RIVIERA BEACH, FLA - The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB) is pleased to announce the expansion of Fluorotek USA Inc., a leading manufacturer of elite sports equipment for professional sports teams, universities and colleges, as well as the US Military. The company currently has 25 employees with plans to scale it up to nearly 100 by the end of 2019 at its new 24,000 sq. ft. facility in Riviera Beach. The city will gain an $8 million capital investment into the local economy.
Founded in 2013 by Jeffrey Breitkreutz and David Helbig, Fluorotek USA Inc., started out as a one man sales office selling Canadian-manufactured oilfield products throughout North America. In an effort to diversify and lessen the blow of the volatile Oil Industry, the co-founders transformed their passion for health and fitness into a company that also manufactures custom, elite products for the fitness industry and within three years, Fluorotek USA Inc. became one of the leading providers of Elite Bumper Plates in the world. The equipment is used by teams and universities such as The Boston Red Sox, The University of Miami, Florida State, Duke, Kentucky Basketball, Cleveland Cavaliers, Texas State, the 75th US Ranger Regiment, US Special Forces, Seattle Seahawks, and countless others.
The Business Development Board assisted Fluorotek USA's expansion to Riviera Beach by speeding up the move to align with the rapid growth that the company was experiencing. Facilitating quick and easy permitting through the City of Riviera Beach, fast tracking electric capabilities through Florida Power & Light, and the connection to CareerSource Palm Beach County’s training grants for hiring talent were the main game-changers that helped make this expansion a success. The BDB supported Fluorotek USA’s goal to manufacture a MADE IN THE USA product right here in Riviera Beach and now the modest sales office has now become a state-of-the-art, bumper plate manufacturer using innovative technologies.
“Fluorotek USA’s rapid growth opportunities faced many stumbling blocks. It was only after we established a relationship with the BDB, that a clear path to growth and success had been realized,” said David Helbig, Cofounder of Fluorotek USA Inc. “The relationships developed within the BDB, The City of Riviera Beach, and Florida Power & Light have enabled us to move forward at an incredible speed. I am a proud Riviera Beach resident, and even prouder of the opportunity to be a part of its growth, development, and vision for the future.”
"The BDB thanks the City of Riviera Beach and Florida Power & Light for supporting the growth of this company," said Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO of the Business Development Board. “Fluorotek USA’s products are now made in Riviera Beach with strong ties to well-known professional sports teams. It brings a unique asset to Palm Beach County and more job opportunities for local residents at its new, cutting-edge manufacturing facility.”
About Fluorotek USA: Fluorotek provides custom molded rubber, cast urethane, custom machined sealing products as well as a wide variety of seals for industry. It’s also recognized as innovative leaders in the manufacturing industry. The engineering department excels at creating innovative solutions for problems.
About Business Development Board: 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, our 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 12,822 direct jobs with average salaries greater than $69,062, resulting in more than $777 million in capital investment to Palm Beach County and an economic impact that exceeds $6.87 billion. Additional information can be found at the BDB’s web site, BDB.org.