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Summit expands in St. Pete

Summit Real Estate Group bought a 230,586-square-foot, five-property industrial portfolio in St. Petersburg. The properties are in the Westbay Corporate Center and the Metropointe Commerce Center. Farallon Capital Management sold the facilities for $17.4 million.

Staples buys Dex Imaging in Tampa

Staples Inc. signed a deal to buy Dex Imaging in Tampa. Financial terms were not disclosed. Dex sells document imaging equipment and software and had $228.6 million in 2017 revenue. Dan Doyle Sr., Dex chaiman; Dan Doyle Jr., president and CEO; and their executive team are expected to stay on after the deal closes.

Airport traffic gains

Bolstered by the new Flair Airlines service to Winnipeg, St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport served 155,444 passengers in January. Overall traffic increased by 8 percent compared to January 2018, although domestic service dipped 4 percent.

AAA plans Tampa expansion

The Auto Club Group plan to build a 17,000-square-foot Car Care Plus facility in Westshore. The structure will offer car care, travel, insurance, banking and membership services. A groundbreaking is scheduled Thursday.

Heritage Insurance takes $11M charge

Heritage Insurance Holdings (NYSE: HRTG) in Clearwater announced a pre-tax charge of $11.3 million for Q4 2018. The charge is associated with 2018 debt transactions and the headquarters relocation of a company Heritage bought in 2017.

MarineMax, MasterCraft partner

MasterCraft Boat Holdings struck an exclusive national distribution partnership with MarineMax, a Clearwater-based boat and yacht retailer. The partnership is designed to help maximize the success of MasterCraft’s new brand, Aviara.

WilsonHCG exec named a diversity leader

Marisol Hughes, EVP and general counsel at Tampa recruiting firm WilsonHCG, was named a Diversity Leader by Profiles in Diversity Journal. The award recognizes a strong commitment to expanding and improving diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace and beyond.

Cott transforms

Cott Corp. sold its soft drink concentration production business and its RCI International division to Refresco for $50 million. It’s the final step in Tampa-based Cott’s transformation away from bottling to focus on water and coffee, said CEO Tom Harrington.

PIE parking closures

The ground transportation lot at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport will close beginning Feb. 11 for 30 to 60 days, as part of an ongoing project. Passenger pickup will be in front of the terminal. Beginning Feb. 18, the short-term parking lot will close for six months.

Kforce wins award

Kforce, one of the largest companies headquartered in Tampa, won the Best of Staffing Client and Talent awards from ClearlyRated, an organization that recognizes staffing agencies that provide superior service based on ratings from client and job candidates. Read more about the awards here.

Tampa tech firm in $57M settlement

Greenway Health, a Tampa electronic health records developer, will pay $57.25 million in a settlement with the U.S. Attorney in Vermont. Prosecutors said Greenway caused users to submit false claims to the government by misrepresenting the capabilities of one of its products.

Tampa-St. Pete credit scores

The median credit score for Tampa and St. Petersburg residents is lower than average, a study from WalletHub shows. St. Pete’s median score was 675, ranking the city No. 1,597 among 2,572 cities. Tampa ranked No. 1,979, with a median score of 663.

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