IRISS holds annual conference in Bradenton; Saturday's business briefs

April 5, 2014 



in Bradenton

BRADENTON -- IRISS, a Bradenton manufacturer of electrical maintenance safety devices, held its annual conference for channel partners at its global headquarters here this week.

A primary focus was to inform partners about the 2014 go-to-market strategy and new EMSD product offerings, unveiling the new logo, branding and new website, as well as building a stronger business relationship with our global partners, the company stated.

"2014 is the year of evolution for IRISS," IRISS CEO Martin Robinson stated. "Our introduction of a host of EMSDs from online electrical monitoring systems to new IR window technology specifically for power generation market, new logo, branding and website all positioning us as electrical industry visionaries."

IRISS relocated from the United Kingdom to 10306 Technology Terrace near Lakewood Ranch last April.

Manatee Players' boutique offers Easter shopping

BRADENTON -- Manatee Players' Wishes Boutique will be open special daytime hours for Easter shopping convenience. From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Friday and again on April 14, shoppers will find a selection of hand-painted eggs and other items for gifts and decorating.

Special shopping arrangements for other daytime hours can be made by calling 941-749-1111. Wishes Boutique is also open one hour before curtain on nights of performances by the Manatee Players. The gift shop is located in the lobby of the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W.

Port's cold storage gets cold, hard cash

PORT MANATEE -- The Florida Department of Transportation has sent another $1.6 million to Port Manatee as a portion of its share in a future cold-storage warehouse at the port.

The warehouse, which is expected to hold produce shipped into Port Manatee for Fresh Del Monte, had recently been estimated to cost as much as $24.6 million. However, with the new FDOT funding, that estimate has been revised down to $19.8 million, according to port documents.

The FDOT funding is part of a joint participation agreement under which the state will pay for half the cost of the warehouse. It is expected that Logistec, Fresh Del Monte's stevedoring partner at the port, will pay the other half. The two companies have been in negotiations for months about housing the fruit company's produce in the 200,000-square-foot warehouse.

The new FDOT funding was official as of March 20, when members of the Manatee County Port Authority agreed to accept the money.

Thus far, FDOT has committed $7.1 million to the project. The project is still in the conceptual phase. No plans or drawings of the warehouse have been produced.

--Herald staff reports

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