TAMPA - Bristol-Myers Squibb, a global biopharmaceutical company, announced that it is opening its North America Capability Center in Tampa and they expect to bring about 600 high-paying jobs to the area.
The 70,000 sq. foot center is slated to open by January 2014, and the center will be staffed by up to 250 people from the Bay Area, including positions in IT, marketing, business and finance.
The company plans to hire an additional 325 in roles supporting scientific and technical functions by 2017.
Vice President Gareth Morgan of Bristol-Myers Squibb said the company considered many locations before choosing Hillsborough County.
"We specifically selected Hillsborough County for several reasons, including its talented work force, strong university presence, the Tampa Bay region's business climate, economy and quality of life, and availability of the necessary logistics and office facilities."
Florida Governor Rick Scott said the company's decision means great news for Florida families.
"Since taking office, my focus has been on job creation and turning Florida's economy around," Gov. Scott said.
"We have worked tirelessly to improve the state's business climate by removing cumbersome regulations and taxes, and strengthening our workforce. Announcements like this one from Bristol-Myers Squibb show that companies are taking notice of our economic turnaround and that it's working in Florida."