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MAPEI announces Florida expansion with new facility

MAPEI Corporation announces the expansion of its existing Wildwood, Florida, facility with the groundbreaking ceremony for the addition of a new 260,000-square-foot (24 155-m2) powder production and distribution facility.

“The existing facility has proven to be such a tremendous asset as a distribution center that the construction of additional distribution space, along with four powder production lines, will greatly increase our ability to meet our customers’ demands,” said Luigi Di Geso, President and CEO of MAPEI North America. “Now we will be even better able to bring product and services to our customers in the surrounding states, as well as throughout North America, with the increased powder production.”

Sumter County Empowers the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

When they established Sumter’s Future Entrepreneurs Competition in 2015, local educational leaders recognized the importance for students to have the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship outside of the classroom and put their project management skills to the test.

An annual Shark Tank-style event organized by the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Lake and Sumter counties, and the Sumter School District, the competition now in its sixth year gives students the opportunity to win cash prizes for their innovative ideas, while allowing them access to local business men and women who advise them not only on their individual ideas, but mentor them to become better entrepreneurs.

The Villages Grown passes on expertise

The intersection of agriculture and wellness is now expanding. The Villages Grown, the community’s farm-to-table initiative, is building on its relationship with the University of Florida through its agricultural, health and culinary programs. Villages Grown Executive Director Jennifer Waxman recently announced The Villages Grown became the local produce supplier for UF’s campus in Gainesville. Both The Villages Grown and UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Sumter’s Future Entrepreneurs Competition – Click Here for Tickets

The 6th Annual Sumter’s Future Entrepreneurs Competition to be held April 29, 2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Wildwood Community Center, 6500 Powell Road Wildwood, FL 34785.

Students from South Sumter High, The Villages Charter High, and Wildwood Middle High will be competing for cash prizes at the event.

Tickets – which include dinner provided by La Hacienda Catering – are required to attend the event. Space is limited, so reserve your ticket today!!