KISSISSIMMEE, FL – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Photon-X, Inc. is relocating its corporate headquarters to Osceola County, creating 110 jobs over the next three years.
Governor Scott said, “The relocation of Photon-X to Osceola County is great news for our state. Florida’s pro-business climate and unmatched quality of life make it the best place in the nation to live, work and raise a family. With more than 365,000 private-sector jobs created in the last two years and the lowest unemployment rate in five years, we know it’s working in Florida.”
Formed in 1999, Photon-X conducts multi-industrial research and development and light manufacturing in the field of imaging technology. Used for modeling and simulation, entertainment and medical applications, the company designs and develops complex electro-optical systems, state-of-the-art sensors, photonics, and 3D image processing applications for military and commercial sectors.
Blair Barbour, Photon-X CEO and Founder said, “A while ago, we initiated a strategy to commercialize our technology for deployment in multiple industries. As a part of that process, we launched a comprehensive search for the best strategic business location — and the answer came back, Central Florida. The people at Osceola County government and Metro Orlando EDC teamed up with us to identify the right location. They also helped to link us to the deep talent base in the region, and we are readily accessible to many more clients and prospects.”
Florida is currently the third largest state for high-tech establishments and houses over 25,000 IT companies, which employ nearly 250,000 professionals. The state’s IT strengths include diverse sectors such as digital media, modeling, simulation and training, photonics/optics and mobile technologies.
Secretary of Commerce and president & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Gray Swoope said, “The relocation of the Photon-X headquarters to Osceola County shows that Florida has all of the resources needed to support high-tech industry leaders. With our state’s strong research and development network, and one of the top ranked workforces in the nation, companies like Photon-X can continue their successful innovation and product development.”
The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, Osceola County Economic Development Department, Workforce Florida, Inc. and Department of Economic Opportunity.
“We’re thrilled by the number of jobs but also by the type of jobs that Photon-X is creating,” said Osceola County Commission Chairman Frank Attkisson. “These types of high-wage jobs are helping set the bar for future economic development in Osceola County. We look forward to Blair Barbour and his team becoming an integral part of our community.”
Workforce Florida President/CEO Chris Hart IV said, “We are pleased and proud to welcome Photon-X’s corporate headquarters to Florida and to support the creation of 110 quality jobs in Osceola County. Florida’s workforce and economic development partners look forward to a long, strong relationship with Photon-X as this innovative research and development company continues to grow and expand.”
Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Jesse Panuccio said, “The relocation of Photon-X to Osceola County shows that our economy is continuing to move in a positive direction. Through the bold policies of this administration, we are seeing job growth in the technology industry and Florida is becoming a great place for these businesses to create more jobs.”
Barbour concluded, “The work/life balance in the region is also very competitive and very healthy. The relocation is going smoothly and we look forward to long term success in our new Osceola County home.”
Photon-X, Inc. is an imaging technology company focused on Spatial Phase Imaging (SPI) research and core products. Formed in 1999 as a company solely focused on research and development of optical products, services and solutions, Photon-X staff consists of technologists and engineers providing technical expertise in a variety of areas including optics, imaging, sensors, photonics, physics and computer science. Photon-X has experience designing and developing complex electro-optical systems, state-of-the-art sensors, photonics and 3D image processing applications within both the military and commercial sectors. Throughout its history, Photon-X has completed numerous small business government contracts as the prime contractor with a GSA satisfaction rating of 93%. Photon-X currently has many successful Phase II SBIR contracts with the U.S. government.