Two great local economic stories broke in the last 24 hours, and Bradenton Herald Business Reporter Josh Salman is blanketing both, with some assists:
Feld Entertainment, a giant in the industry with the likes of Ringling Bros. and Disney on Ice among its productions, is moving into the empty GM facilities in Ellenton, and adding 235 jobs over the next five years. Salman and Wade Tatangelo grabbed the story after Manatee economic officials sent out a release at (grrr) 5:23 p.m. Monday.
Today, Salman had barely started his day when he found the news that ISPG, a specialty medical manufacturer, is building its new global headquarters in Lakewood Ranch. That family-owned firm plans to add 25 more jobs in the next few years, and is investing $1.6 million in the expansion.
East Manatee Editor Jim Jones paid ISPG a visit this afternoon, bringing back some insider's photos. In this one, an employee inspects a cannulae, a pointed stainless steel tube, under a microscope at ISPG: