MIRAMAR (CBSMiami) – Gov. Rick Scott, who continues to promote job creation as his top priority, traveled to Miramar Monday to celebrate one company’s job growth.
JL Audio, which has a vast plant off Miramar Parkway, added thirty new jobs in the past year.
The company makes speakers for mobile products, homes and boats.
They started small and have grown to more than 300 workers in the past 40 years.
“We are making things no one else in this country is doing,” said JL President Andy Oxenhorn.
By the governor’s count, Florida has created over a million jobs since he was elected in 2010.
Some argue Scott hasn’t done enough to save jobs or prevent companies from leaving.
The governor said there is more to be done and is lobbying for a $1 billion in tax cuts.
Some of the cuts would benefit businesses like JL.
Scott wants to permanently eliminate the sales tax on manufacturing equipment.
Adam Atkins is a mechanical engineer who designs parts for speeding production at JL.
He was hired seven months ago and traded the cold of New Hampshire for Florida’s sunshine. He admits he didn’t expect the manufacturing opportunities available in south Florida.
“I was surprised. I knew of opportunities in Central Florida, but not South Florida,” he said.
If the economy stays on track, JL plans an even greater expansion which is music to the ears of Gov. Scott.
“I’ve never met a business person who says I don’t want to grow,” he said.