Machinery Manufacturer Relocating To Hillsborough, Hiring 45

Automated Industrial Machinery Inc. announced that it will relocate its headquarters to Hillsborough County and hire more than 45 employees.

By D’Ann Lawrence White, Patch Staff | Sep 10, 2018 11:32 am ET

KEYSTONE, FL — Automated Industrial Machinery Inc. announced that it will relocate its headquarters from Addison, Illinois, to Hillsborough County and hire more than 45 local employees.

The company, a premier CNC wire-bending machine supplier, will invest more than $4 million in the building purchase, renovations, equipment and machinery at its new 52,900-square-foot headquarters at 14101 McCormick Drive off Race Track Road in Keystone.

Founded in 1992, AIM Inc. serves customers worldwide with the latest technology in wire-bending equipment. AIM Inc. manufactures two- and three-dimensional CNC wire-bending machinery for customers in more than 58 countries. It manufactures 48 models serving the automotive, aerospace, military, medical, point-of-purchase display, refrigeration, food service, agricultural and storage industries.

“After two years of extensive research and the examination of six states, I found that the state of Florida is the best choice to relocate my company,” said Constantine Grapas, president of AIM. “I fell in love with Tampa from my first visit. Besides a much better quality of life, Tampa offers a significantly friendlier business climate than Chicago, and Tampa’s outstanding international airport makes it easy to travel for our clients around the world. The Tampa EDC and Enterprise Florida have been extremely helpful and accommodating to work with during this process. I wish I had done this research 27 years ago.”

In addition to moving its headquarters to Tampa, AIM is starting a new company that Grapas believes will revolutionize the orthodontic appliance industry. Advanced Orthodontic Solutions Inc. will manufacture micro wire bending machines for the manufacturing of orthodontic appliances and sleep apnea industry, providing equipment with accuracy at a fraction of the time of the currently manual operations. New models are set to be released for production in September.

The two companies plan to hire 45 local employees for a variety of positions ranging from engineering, sales, marketing, administration, component manufacturing and assembly with an average salary of $58,000.

The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Hillsborough County and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

“Hillsborough County offers AIM the pro-business climate, favorable quality of life and highly skilled talent they were in search of for their headquarters,” said Sandra Murman, chairwoman of the Hillsborough County Commission. “We thank AIM for choosing our community, and we look forward to supporting them as they settle into their new home in Hillsborough County.”

AIM joins a growing list of companies that have chosen to relocate their headquarters to Hillsborough County recently, including Resistacap Energy Products, The Mosaic Company and Vendita Technology Group.

“AIM is just one of many leading manufacturing companies that have decided to take advantage of the excellent talent and quality of life our region has to offer,” said Alan F. List, chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation. “We’re excited AIM chose Tampa, and our EDC team is committed to helping them engage with the local business community and connect them to the resources they need to prosper in this market.”

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