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New 3D company to bring 110 county jobs, Gov. Scott says

Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Members of the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners and Florida Gov. Rick Scott joined executives with Photon-X, a 3D printing and imaging company, to announce the move of that company’s corporate headquarters to Osceola County. The company, which provides services for medical, entertainment and military applications, plans to employ more than 100 at the facility that formerly housed the  Kissimmee Convention and Visitors Bureau.

News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan
Members of the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners and Florida Gov. Rick Scott joined executives with Photon-X, a 3D printing and imaging company, to announce the move of that company’s corporate headquarters to Osceola County. The company, which provides services for medical, entertainment and military applications, plans to employ more than 100 at the facility that formerly housed the
Kissimmee Convention and Visitors Bureau.

By Tiffanie Reynolds
Staff Writer
Gov. Rick Scott, Osceola County Chairman Frank Attkisson, Kissimmee city commissioners and others welcomed Photon-X, a 3D printing and imaging company, to Osceola County
on Thursday.
Photon-X has established its corporate base in the former Kissimmee Convention and Visitors Bureau on the corner of Bill Beck Boulevard and East U.S. Highway 192.
“They are in the right place. They believe they’re in the right place to make sure that they have success,” Scott said during the press conference Thursday.
Founded in 1999, its focus is imaging technology, designing and developing electrooptical systems, state-of-the-art sensors, photonics and 3D image processing for the fields of medical research, entertainment and others. With this move, the company plans to bring 110 new jobs to Osceola County in the next two years.
“We’ve been a very proud people in the fact that we provide workers in the
service industry and tourism. If you go to Disney, if you go to Universal, a lot of those employees come from us, and there’s never been a diversity of opportunity. Now there is,” Attkisson said.
Working with staff in the Central Florida Economic Development as well as Osceola County staff, it took Blair Barbour, president and CEO of Photon-X, six weeks to move his company headquarters from Alabama to Kissimmee. Barbour initially wanted to move his headquarters into Central Florida, and ultimately chose Kissimmee over larger cities like Orlando because of its proximity to both the medical industry as well as the tourist and entertainment industry.
“We see the synergy between the modeling and simulation, the medical industry, the entertainment industry, all right here in Central Florida,” Barbour said.
The company plans to partner with local businesses in the fields of medical research and tourism in Osceola County to combine the company’s technology with the fields that it is developing for. Barbour said with opportunities like the medical industry in Lake Nona, Orlando, Kissimmee and St. Cloud, the company can use its technology with the medical research that doctors are working on.
With the tourism industry, being close to companies like Disney and Universal Studios gives the company the opportunity to further develop their technologies in behavior metrics and 3D video sensing. Such technologies will help these companies to better cater to tourists as well as develop better imaging in future movies or video games.
Working under confidentiality, Photon-X already moved 20 employees to get the new
headquarters running.

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