North Central Florida is Growing in Medical Manufacturing

Ocala will welcome Apollo Renal Therapeutics LLC., a medical manufacturer, and its contract manufacturing company, Artemis Plastics. The company’s intention is to establish its North American headquarters in Marion County pending project specifics. The company is a great addition to Florida’s growing portfolio of medical device manufacturing companies and more specifically an addition to the North Central Florida area, which is a great neutral location for the southeast.

This is great news for Marion County’s local economy in terms of job creation, since Apollo Renal Therapeutics will be hiring 16 employees right away. One of Apollo Renal Therapeutics recent innovations is the development of an artificial kidney, also known as the dialyzer.

Just in Time Machining, LLC., another manufacturing firm that works in aviation, announced that it will be manufacturing in Ocala because of a specific workforce. Currently through the College of Central Florida Community and Adult Education Program, there is training offered in computer numerical control, or CNC, which is needed in the manufacturing plants. Just in Time based its new geographic location of Ocala on the workforce being trained in CNC, as well as the access to Interstate 75 and Ocala’s central location. 


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Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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