BRADENTON – Mercedes Medical, an international distributor of laboratory and medical products, is expanding its Bradenton area facility and plans to add 47 new jobs over the next five years, according to the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp.
The company, which located in the Bradenton area in 1993, is leasing and renovating the former Merita Bakery building at 1073 Tallevast Road in South Manatee County to house a 4,800-square-foot call center for telesales. The location is adjacent to Mercedes’ main facility where the company employs 64.
The company’s primary market divisions – Clinical Lab and Histology Lab – serve more than 7,000 customers in labs, hospitals and the physician marketplace throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Mercedes’ sales for 2012 exceeded $25 million.
“Our sales have been growing 10 percent annually, and this expansion will allow us to double our sales force to 50 team members, in addition to adding other support positions,” said Mercedes Chief Executive Officer Alex Miller. “Our goal for 2013 is $30 million in revenue, and $50 million by the end of 2015.”
Sharon Hillstrom, president and CEO of the EDC, called Mercedes Medical “a fine employer with an impressive track record for both revenue growth and community involvement." To accelerate Mercedes’ expansion and hiring, Manatee County commissioners qualified Mercedes to receive up to $111,000 in performance-based incentives as the company adds 47 quality jobs, at or above 115 percent of the local area wage of $35,633, over the next five years. The county also is assisting Mercedes with expedited permitting through the rapid response program.