Sumter County Success Stories
Agromillora Florida, located in Wildwood, applies the most advanced technologies and innovative production processes to the citrus rootstocks released from the breeding programs of the University of Florida (UF) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that are tolerant to citrus greening. Agromillora was founded in 1986 with headquarters in Barcelona, Spain. Initially dedicated to the production and marketing of fruit trees and vines, it later incorporated the commercial production of olives trees on a global scale.
Arcosa Traffic Structures is an AISC Certified Steel Fabricator located in Sumterville, Florida. The company manufactures overhead steel sign structures, mast arm assemblies, steel strain poles, sign arms, bridge mounts, custom brackets, multi-post assemblies, and all types of miscellaneous steel fabrication. Arcosa has over 85 years of experience in business and a corporate structure that includes over 5,000 employees.
Ash Grove Cement
Ash Grove South, part of CRH Americas Materials, is the second largest cement supplier in the state of Florida with two world-class cement plants – one located in Sumterville, FL and the other in Branford, FL – as well as an import facility in Port Manatee, FL. The company manufactures high-quality cement for the Florida and Southern Georgia construction markets and is able to produce up to 1.2 million short tons of cement per year.
Black Gold Compost Company
Black Gold Compost is located in Oxford, Florida, and has been manufacturing products since 1969. Black Gold Compost produces quality soil products for home gardeners and professional landscapers. Their premiere products include Black Kow® Mature Manure, Mushroom Compost, Black Velvet Planting Soil, Black Hen, Black Kow® Topsoil, and Cow Peat. Their signature product, Black Kow® Manure, is the all-natural organic way to improve native soils. The “Mature Manure” Black Kow® has 10 times more nutrients than typical garden soil, and 4 to 6 times more cow manure than other brands.
Brite Leaf is a family owned and operated containerized citrus nursery in Lake Panasoffkee, Florida. They have been selling to commercial growers since 1998, and were involved in the citrus industry for many years prior to starting their nursery. They recognized that many homeowners like to have fresh fruit in their own yards, so Brite Leaf also sells to homeowners and garden centers. They pride themselves on supplying high quality citrus trees.
Cal-Maine Foods, Inc.
Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., located in Bushnell, Florida, is the largest producer and marketer of shell eggs in the United States. In 2018, they sold approximately 1,037.7 million dozen shell eggs, which is approximately 20% of domestic shell egg consumption. Their flock of approximately 36.3 million layers and 9.6 million pullets and breeders is the largest in the U.S. In addition to the local egg production facility, Cal-Maine also has a separate feed mill operation in Bushnell to feed their poultry.
Charlotte Pipe and Foundry
Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, located in Wildwood Florida, is the only manufacturer that offers a system of ABS, PVC, CPVC, cast iron, FlowGuard Gold®, and ChemDrain® pipe and fittings for residential and commercial plumbing systems and industrial applications. The nation’s leading maker of cast iron and plastic pipe and fittings, Charlotte Pipe is the largest manufacturer of DWV pipe and fittings in the United States and operates one of the largest fittings molding facilities in the world.
Crevalle Boats, located in Wildwood, Florida, builds family friendly boats focused on reliability, durability, and excellence in design by leveraging and respecting the individual talents of its employees, dealers, and suppliers. The principal owners of Crevalle Boats have over 40 years of boat building experience that spans marina operation, engine sales, accessory sales, boat and yacht design and development, as well as production boat building.
Eagle Roofing Products®
Eagle Roofing Products, with a manufacturing plant in Sumterville, Florida, is a California-based, privately held, family-owned organization that has been in the concrete tile industry for over 40 years. Founded in 1989 with five employees, Eagle Roofing has grown to four manufacturing plants, seven design centers and a workforce of 500 employees, specializing in providing concrete tile roofing solutions for the building industry.
Envirosafe™ Tanks manufactures above ground fuel storage tanks and dispensing systems and offers turnkey designs that arrive ready to receive fuel. Connect power, fill with fuel, and start servicing your fleet right away. Their products are widely used in both the public and private sectors for the fleet, marine, construction, sanitation, and trucking industries. Envirosafe™ is a family-owned manufacturing business located in Bushnell, Florida.
Great Southern Wood
Great Southern Wood Preserving, Incorporated is part of the Great Southern Wood Holdings, Inc. family of companies. Great Southern Wood Holdings owns or is affiliated with a diverse portfolio of companies operating in both domestic and international markets in the areas of building products production, manufacturing and distribution, sawmill operations, and transportation and logistics through trucking operations. Best known for their Yellawood brand of pressure treated pine products, their Florida operation is based in Sumter County.
Gresco Utility Supply
For over 60 years, Gresco has served the utility and electrical supply needs of hundreds of customers in the Southeast, including Rural Electric Cooperatives (Co-ops), Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs). Municipals (Munis), and Contractors. Gresco continually expands their line of innovative solutions, services and cost-effective programs to help their customers grow their business and widen their reach, while meeting the unique demands of their partners. Gresco is located in Wildwood, Florida.
With trucking roots dating back to 1938, Kottke Trucking in Wildwood has seen many changes in their industry. In that time they have grown from a one truck operation into an award-winning fleet. Through this growth, they have maintained their character as a third generation family business that cares about their employees and their mission. They transport temperature controlled and dry goods throughout the Midwest and Southeast and offer dedicated and brokerage logistic services.
MAPEI® started as a small, family business in Milan, Italy in 1937. Now a multi-national company with locations on several continents, MAPEI® is a global leader in adhesives, sealants, and other chemical products for the building industry. They utilize their location in Wildwood for distribution operations and are currently expanding with a manufacturing plant onsite.
Metal Industries was established in 1947. The Bushnell Manufacturing Plant has been operating for over 30 years. They provide the highest quality of air distribution products and air terminal units in the HVAC industry. The manufacturing plant in Bushnell currently employs over 150 employees, while the company as a whole employs over 550. Their commitment to quality and delivery is unmatched in the industry with an over 99% on-time delivery rate for over a decade.
Primus Pipe & Tube
Primus Pipe and Tube, has been located in Wildwood, Florida since 1967, manufacturing a full range of Stainless Steel and Special Alloy pipe & tube ranging from 2″ to 120″ diameter. They service the domestic Oil, Gas and Chemical Processing Industries, who have the most demanding technical and quality standards in the world. Their 100 skilled and motivated employees have allowed Primus Pipe and Tube to position their company as the Quality and Delivery leader in the market.
Robbins Manufacturing has been manufacturing wood products since 1938. Founded by Bruce Robbins as a modest sawmill and lumber company, the company has grown to become an industry leader in heavy-duty preserved wood products. Their utility poles, marine pilings, fence posts, timbers, and sheet goods are used in the agricultural, marine and utility industries. Headquartered in Tarrytown, they distribute their products throughout Florida and the southeastern United States.
Salty Boats, RJL., Inc., located in Wildwood Florida, has been operating in the marine industry for over 47 years. The company manufactures several product lines of boats including Stumpknocker™. For almost half a century, the Stumpnocker™ Boat has been helping sportsmen and their families get on the water. From flat bottom models for shallow water fishing (three- to six-inch approximate draft) to the semi-V series with eight-inch dead rise for skinny water fishing, Salty Boats offers a variety of fishing boats.
Speedling Inc., located in Bushnell, grows a variety of ornamental, vegetable and other plants at their facility in Sumter County. They use innovative techniques and experience, gleaned over the company’s 50 year history, to be an industry leader in providing top quality transplants and finished products to their customers.
T&D Distribution, Inc.
T&D Distribution, located in Wildwood, is the largest volume Mastic vinyl siding distributor in Florida. They not only have an inventory over 50,000 pieces of siding, soffit and accessories, but they also stock shutters, columns, extrusion, gutter parts and coil. In addition to their extensive inventory they have valued partnerships with the best manufacturers in the industry. T&D Distribution has formed a partnership with window manufacturer CWS in Ocala, to provide excellent quality windows to their customers. T&D Distribution has a large lumber yard to help supply the area with lumber at competitive pricing.
The Villages® Grown
The Villages® Grown farm sits on 45 acres right in The Villages® community’s own backyard in Sumter County. Their cutting-edge greenhouses employ advanced hydroponic and aeroponic technologies to yield 100+ varieties of plants. The farm’s innovative growing techniques and standards surpass organic and are designed to enhance phytochemicals, nutrients, and vitamins for optimal plant health, thus passing these health benefits to those that consume the plants. The Villages® Grown partners with local family farms and artisans to offer more variety of just-picked produce and help educate residents on exactly where their food comes from and who grows it.