Business briefs: Eagle Trace a hot new neighborhood

December 21, 2013 

MANATEE COUNTY -- Eagle Trace, Neal Communities' newest neighborhood near Lakewood Ranch, started off strong with seven sales in the two weeks since its Dec. 8 grand opening.

Eagle Trace offers single-family homes and villas.

Eagle Trace is a maintenance-included community that will feature a recreation center, two dog parks, a children's playground, tennis court, and a community pool. The first phase will include 182 homesites, with additional phases scheduled to open in 2014. The first homeowners are expected to move in during the first quarter of 2014.

Eagle Trace is one of 10 new communities the Lakewood Ranch-based, new home builder opened in 2013, helping to fuel record breaking sales results all year.

Local company finalist for Electrical Industry Awards

BRADENTON -- IRISS, a leader in the permanent electrical safety devices market, was selected as a finalist for two Electrical Industry Awards this year.

One award recognized IRISS as a Product of the Year finalist for providing Stansted Airport the ability to perform safe, electrical inspections and shortening the inspection time and associated costs. The other acknowledged the innovation of the Platinum Series IR windows featuring transparent polymer allowing for visual, infrared and ultraviolet inspection.

The Electrical Industry Awards, sponsored by Electrical Times magazine, showcases the best of what the electrical industry has to offer across products, personalities and progress.

The London Stansted Airport project showcases how IR windows enable companies to maintain a reliable and continuous operation while performing necessary condition-based monitoring on a regular basis. The Stansted Airport maintenance teams, responsible for the reliability of all low voltage equipment, were put under huge time pressure before the new windows were installed. Engineers had four hours a night in which to conduct predictive maintenance inspections. The installation of IRISS CAP Series IR windows resulted in savings for both inspection time and associated costs. For the first time the airport had a benchmark for trending future performance and the complete assurance that everything is working optimally.

Troubled website prompts state to withhold payment

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida officials say problems with the state's new unemployment claims website are so bad they are withholding a $3 million payment to the company that built it.

The state switched over to the new system in October. Those seeking unemployment benefits must use the website in order to receive a claim.

But there has been a

steady stream of complaints about the $63 million computer system installed by Deloitte Consulting.

State officials have insisted for two months that the problems were getting fixed.

But in a Dec.20 letter the executive director of the state's Department of Economic Opportunity said it is clear that the system was launched with "numerous defects." Jesse Panuccio said that while improvements have been made the system is still not working properly.

Herald staff and wire reports

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