Today, Governor Rick Scott announced Brink's Regional Services will establish its Latin American headquarters in Miami-Dade County, adding 105 jobs and $2.56 million in new capital investment within three years. Brink's Regional Services is a subsidiary of Brink's Nederland B.V. which is owned by The Brinks Company, a global leader in security-related services for banks, financial institutions, mines, retailers, diamond and jewelry industries, pharmaceuticals and a variety of other commercial and governmental customers.
Governor Scott said, "Job creators like Brink's have been the reason Florida's unemployment rate has remained below the national average in the last six months and why more families can live the American Dream in the Sunshine State. My priority since taking office has been to turn Florida's economy into the number state for business. With more than 440,000 private-sector jobs created since December 2010, IT'S WORKING in Florida and we will keep working until every Floridian has a job that wants one."
"Brink's decided to institute the LATAM Shared Service Center in Miami due to its ideal location and convenient access to all countries in Latin America, rich cultural ties to the region, and a highly qualified workforce with extensive experience and strong expertise working and serving the Latin American markets," said Orlando Bravo, Chief Financial Officer for Brink's Latin America.
Founded in 1859 and based in Richmond, Va., Brink's services includes money processing, long-distance transport of valuables, and vaulting. The new location in unincorporated Miami-Dade County will also house a financial services center supporting Latin American operations in more than 10 countries.
Florida has the 3rd largest finance and insurance cluster in the nation with some 850,000 workers at locations around the state. Florida has more than 122,000 Financial and Professional Services companies and the industry's designation as a "high impact" sector, further signifies its importance to the Florida economy.
"Brink's decision to locate their new support facility in Miami is a great addition to our professional and financial services sector," said Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, who also serves as the president & CEO of Enterprise Florida. "This project will not only add value to the industry but it gives us the opportunity to expose our state internationally. I'm pleased that Brink's has chosen Florida for the growth of their company and Florida's resources will benefit their expansion."
"Miami-Dade County government is working closely with our partners at the Beacon Council to continue creating the climate of economic opportunity that will attract businesses to locate in our community," said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. "This announcement by Brink's Regional Services is just the latest example of a company taking advantage of our unparalleled access to Latin American markets while creating jobs and bringing investments into Miami-Dade."
Commissioner of District 12, Jose "Pepe" Diaz said, "I am pleased that Brink's has chosen to locate a major operation in our district. It's great to see more than 100 jobs coming to this area."
"We are happy to see a company with the rich history of Brink's to bring new jobs and investment to Miami-Dade," said President and CEO of The Beacon Council Larry K. Williams. "And I look forward to working with Enterprise Florida to bring new economic development opportunities to this community."
"Brink's selection of Miami for its new finance and accounting center to support operations in Latin America is further evidence of Florida's prime location as an international hub for business, and highlights the global competitiveness of our workforce," said Workforce Florida President/CEO Chris Hart IV. "We look forward to supporting the continued expansion of this world-class business in Florida."
"Brink's establishment of a headquarters in Miami is further proof that South Florida is becoming the premier hub for international trade with Latin and South America," said Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. "Policy matters, and we will continue to pursue a pro-growth agenda that promotes expansions link Brink's."
About Brink's: Based in Richmond, Virginia, Brink's is a global leader in security-related services for banks, financial institutions, mines, retailers, diamond and jewelry industries, pharmaceuticals and a variety of other commercial and governmental customers. From armored transportation to cash management, our services also include money processing, long-distance transport of valuables, vaulting and other value-added solutions. We deliver innovative services and solutions that contribute to critical business intelligence, improved productivity and enhanced security.