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Astro Pak Corporation invests in Titusville

Astro Pak Corporation has selected Titusville as the new location for the company’s expanding field operations, the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast has announced.

Based in California, Astro Pak is the North American leader in precision cleaning, passivation and related specialties. The company will focus on providing technical services to a variety of sectors, including aerospace, biotechnology and pharmaceutical, food and beverage, as well as others that produce industrial and high purity products.

Astro Pak has acquired, and plans to refurbish, a 44,000-square-foot industrial building on Grissom Parkway in Titusville, following the company’s tradition of continuous investment in its facilities nationwide. This refurbishment will ensure that operations will offer the most modern, advanced, and world class resources to the industries served, and will include the creation of its Space Coast cleanroom.

Along with Astro Pak’s investment in the Titusville facility, the company is also investing in the Space Coast’s existing industry with its purchase of the assets of Chemko Technical Services. Astro Pak plans to retain jobs from the existing Chemko operation, and create an additional 17 new positions, as it moves to broaden the field of services offered.

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Relocation certification at Berkshire HathawayRealty

Joette Davis of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty has received her relocation certification from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC.

She earned the certification by successfully completing the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ training module, which focuses on destination services. In addition to destination services, certification is also available in marketing assistance and relocation inventory. With a relocation certification, Joette can now provide the specialized knowledge needed to effectively service relocation transferees and market relocation inventory properties.

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New Cumberland Farms store opens in Titusville

Cumberland Farms has announced its next generation store design in Titusville at 4560 S. Washington Ave.

The first of its kind, the store opened on Aug. 18 to the public and features the brand’s latest design, equipment and food offerings as part of its extensive and aggressive efforts to enhance customer experience and compete with fast-casual restaurants.

The new 5,000-square-foot store offers several new food and beverage options. Smoothies, frozen espresso and milkshakes are available, as well as specialty coffee drinks, including espresso, cappuccino and lattes. The expanded food menu features a variety of specialty items, including ciabatta sandwiches, frittatas, melts and macaroni and cheese, all of which can be ordered quickly and easily on self-service ordering terminals. The new stores continue to offer indoor community counters and outdoor patio seating as part of the updated architectural features.

Bank earns SBA preferred and certified lender status

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently bestowed two prestigious lending designations on Fidelity Bank of Florida: SBA Certified Lender and SBA Preferred Lender-the highest lending status available within the agency.

The Preferred Lenders Program was created in an effort to streamline lending procedures and the approval process needed to provide financial assistance to the small business community.

As a preferred lender, high-volume SBA lenders are delegated loan approval, as well as closing and most servicing and liquidation authority, enabling them to make loan decisions more rapidly.

Established in 1990, Fidelity Bank of Florida’s has $175 million in total assets and a staff of 45 employees. The lending institution provides banking services to Brevard, Volusia and Indian River County from its headquarters on Merritt Island; and Seminole, Orange, Osceola and Lake County from a second office in Longwood.

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