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Melbourne Business News – May 2014

The month of May has certainly brought exciting business news to Melbourne residents.  These include everything from new businesses moving into Melbourne to new government contracts to local parks.  Read on to get a little more detail.

MC Assembly creating new facility in Melbourne’s technology business hub

MC Assembly, an electronics manufacturing services provider, based in Palm Bay, Florida has reached an agreement whereby they will move to a new facility in Melbourne.  This move is designed to help MC Assembly grow their business base within central Florida.  George Moore, the MC Assembly CEO states that the facility will be operational by 2015 and believes that Melbourne provides the right labor base that will allow them to grow in the future.

Northrop Grumman set to expand

Northgrop Grumman has publicly stated that they plan a major expansion at its Melbourne, Florida operations center.  This expansion is tentatively budgeted at approximately $500 million dollars and could add up to 1,800 jobs in the local area over the next few years.  The expansion project is to be completed in phases, with the first phase to include a new 220,000 square foot office building which should add about 300 jobs.

Harris Corporation gets selected for Homeland Security contract

Harris Corporation, a communications and IT company, headquartered in Melbourne, FL has just been selected as a vendor for a major federal government contract with the Department of Homeland Security.  The Eagle II contract, which was set up as an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity task order covers five base years with two option years and was designed to allow Harris Corporation to be one of the vendors to compete in order to design, implement and operate secure communication systems and IT networks.

2 of 3 “turkey” projects affect Melbourne

The tax watchdog group, Florida TaxWatch, states that three Brevard County projects, currently included in the Florida state budget should be considered “turkeys” and that Governor Scott should consider vetoing them.  Although being called out as  a “turkey” might be considered bad, what Florida TaxWatch states is that the label doesn’t necessarily mean a bad project, but one in which proper procedures were not followed.  Therefore, Governor Scott should be extremely cautious when signing the budget with these items still on the list.  The two Melbourne projects are:

*The new Health and Sciences Institute at Eastern Florida State College, which has been allotted 2.43 million. According to Florida TaxWatch, the project was not included in the 3-year Public Education Capital Outlay plan created by the Division of Colleges. However, the college has stated this Institute was part of a larger request created many years ago.

*The Brevard County Field of Dreams Sports Park, which was allocated $50,000.  The reason this is on the “turkey” list is because the park board did not follow the proper state procedures for park funding projects.  However, the park board replied that park is needed as it is designed to be used by local kids with special needs, who currently do not have as many park attractions as they should.

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