Pasco Economic Development Council, Inc. is excited to announce the launch of Florida Supplier Source, a new searchable website that connects Florida suppliers and manufacturers and reduces the cost of doing business in Florida.
Florida Supplier Source is a free marketing tool that manufacturers and suppliers can use to get their company noticed by other manufacturers with specific production needs or a preference for local suppliers. A key feature of the website is the ability to search by keywords, so that companies with unique capabilities that do not fit into the standard industrial classification pigeonholes can be easily identified.
With nearly 1200 companies already listed in the database, Pasco EDC is asking Tampa Bay manufacturers and suppliers to visit the website and claim their FREE listing. The goal is build a strong database, starting in the Tampa Bay area, then extending into the State of Florida. The site will be marketed heavily by Pasco EDC and other economic development organizations.
Pasco-based Pharmaworks, Inc., 2011 Florida Manufacturer of the Year, is just one of the local manufacturers using Florida Supplier Source. “As a manufacturer who outsources to many local companies, there is nothing more frustrating than the inability to connect with potential local suppliers that are possibly looking for additional work.” said Peter Buczynsky, Pharmaworks CEO. “The Pasco EDC’s Growth Task Force worked for nearly two years developing this secure website with input from local manufacturers and suppliers, in order to provide active local company information that is relevant and useful for both suppliers and purchasers.”
When companies buy from local suppliers they save money by lowering freight costs, expediting service, and reducing damaged goods. They also receive personal attention from suppliers they may not have from out-of-state suppliers. Manufacturers save money, while at the same time local suppliers grow their business. When companies get new business, they tend to hire people, the reason Pasco EDC created the website.
“This is a tremendous tool to help the Florida manufacturing community find strategic partners and reduce costs,” said John Walsh, Vice President of Pasco EDC, “the more local relationships developed through Florida Supplier Source, the more opportunities we have to build a stronger regional economy”.