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The Greater Daytona Region is Built for Business

Companies are expanding and excelling in the Greater Daytona Region. 

By Bill Lewis on June 6, 2022

Employees provide quality control along the automation line at DaVita Labs new advanced automation lab in DeLand, Florida (part of the Greater Daytona Region).
Jeff Adkins

The region’s diverse, growing economy, combined with its seemingly endless sun, sand and surf, and various other quality-of-life assets, make Greater Daytona a magnet for growing businesses and the skilled employees who help them succeed. 

The region added more than 33,000 jobs between 2011 and 2019, and it continues to create career opportunities at a fast pace.

The unmatched blend of lifestyle and an innovation-driven economy make Greater Daytona the perfect headquarters location, says Dave Schandel, CEO and president of Florida Health Care Plans (FHCP).

“The area offers a comparatively lower cost of living, excellent schools and local universities, and is the headquarters of both NASCAR and the LPGA. For residents, there are excellent restaurants, shopping venues, movie theaters and museums.”

Dave Schandel, Florida Health Care Plans

FHCP has provided insurance solutions for individuals, families and employers in Florida for more than 47 years. More recent additions to the region’s diverse economy include Interface Welding, which is relocating to Edgewater from California, and Spectre Powerboats, which moved from central Ohio to a facility near DeLand Municipal Airport. 

TECHFIT Digital Surgery Inc., which will be located in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Research Park, where it will be opening a state-of-the-art prototyping and innovation lab. This space, located in the Research Park’s MicaPlex, will include advanced machining facilities as well as additive manufacturing capability. The lab will be used for the development of new products, the piloting of new manufacturing technologies as well as small batch manufacturing of the company’s trauma, pediatric orthopedics and patient specific implant portfolio (Greater Daytona Region).
Courtesy of Techfit Digital Surgery

Diverse Economy

Greater Daytona’s $21 billion economy includes key industry clusters in life sciences, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, boat building and food production. In addition, greater Daytona is the address of choice for companies across various industries, including medical device maker Medtronic.

FHCP alone has more than 1,300 employees who provide services for 92,000 members in St. Johns, Flagler, Volusia, Brevard and Seminole counties. This nationally recognized and highly accredited health plan owns and operates its own medical clinics and pharmacies in addition to contracting with providers.

“We offer a wide variety of career opportunities, ranging from administrative and professional, clinical and pharmacy, information technology and more,” Schandel says.

Another company that will soon add job opportunities to the region is Interface Welding, a provider of high-tech welding services for the aviation, aerospace and other technology-driven industries. Greater Daytona checked all the boxes as an expansion location. The company expects to assemble a local workforce of about 20 people with an average wage of $50,000 once relocated to Edgewater from California.

“The fact that in Edgewater we are close to the Space Coast and that major players in the aerospace industry are more approachable here will open some doors for us,” says Interface Welding President Steve Craig.

In addition to aerospace applications, Interface Welding is an important resource for military and commercial aircraft manufacturers. It has expertise in rocket nozzles and motors, nuclear reactors, hydraulics, valves, racing and passenger cars, oil field drilling and production, cutting tools, turbines and more.

MIDLAND, MICHIGAN - JULY 14: Lydia Ko of Australia celebrates a birdie putt with her caddie on the 14th hole during the first round of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on July 14, 2021 in Midland, Michigan. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Courtesy Getty Images/LPGA

Creating Career Paths

Security First Insurance has created career paths in Greater Daytona for more than 60 years.

“We’re currently hiring for 19 positions, and we’re looking to recruit exceptional talent to deliver superior service to our customers and agents,” says Monique Miskimon-Aikens, marketing and communications director for Security First.

“Our robust training programs benefit current employees looking to advance their careers and allow us to hire candidates with no prior insurance experience,” she says.

The company, which has more than 400 employees, completed its new headquarters in 2019. The state-of-the-art facility’s amenities include a fully equipped gym, a yoga studio and a walking trail.

“Our headquarters is centrally located off I-95, which makes it convenient for employees commuting from the Greater Daytona, Palm Coast, New Smyrna, Orlando and Jacksonville areas. The Daytona Beach area is also a great place to relocate the company because it is a nice place to live, and it has a relatively low cost of living. We are also proximate to multiple world-class universities, which means there’s a great opportunity for businesses to find recent college graduates or interns to help fill roles,” Miskimon-Aikens says. “Security First Insurance is a family-oriented business driven to create positive change in its community, both through its employment opportunities and charitable giving.”

A boat by Spectre Powerboats slices along the water in the Greater Daytona Region of Florida.
Spectre Powerboats

Companies Headquartered in the Greater Daytona Region

Boston Whaler: Boat Manufacturer in Edgewater
Ventra Health: Emergency Revenue Cycle Management in Ormond Beach
Florida Health Care Plans: Insurer in Holly Hill
Geosam Capital: Residential Community Developer in New Smyrna Beach
ICI Homes: Custom Homebuilder in Daytona Beach
Kingspan: Construction Products Manufacturer in DeLand
Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA): Professional Sports Association in Daytona Beach
NASCAR: Sanctioning Body for Stock Car Racing in Daytona Beach
Synergy Billing: Revenue Cycle Management in Holly Hill
Teledyne Marine: Engineered Solutions for Subsea and Topside Monitoring, Sensing and Interconnect Applications in Daytona Beach
Topbuild: Distributor and Installer of Insulation Products in Daytona Beach

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