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Success Stories

The Story Companies Prosper with Best Management Practices

Kyle Story is a fourth-generation farmer and Polk County Farm Bureau member who knows adapting to changes in his industry, including protecting the environment, are critical to surviving and prospering. Now, for instance, The Story Companies mulches all of its trees when they no longer produce citrus. “Now, citrus is more like farming,” he told […]

Detroit Tigers’ local ties extend across Polk County

Sometimes, it’s not just about baseball. When you’ve spent 82 years with someone, you get to know them pretty well. And when the relationship revolves around trust and appreciation, outcomes can be impressive and powerful. Such is the case with the relationship between the city of Lakeland and the Detroit Tigers, who are ending their […]

Polk County is the heart of Florida distribution

Just as warehousing is a critical to Polk County’s economy, so are distribution centers, which are popping up for major operations. Distribution centers differ from warehouses, where, for the most part, companies store products. Distribution centers store products but also offer packaging, order fulfillment, distribution and other services. There are many reasons why Polk County […]

Publix Announces Headquarters Expansion Adding 700 Jobs

Publix Super Markets Inc. announced Thursday that it will expand its corporate headquarters off the Polk Parkway in Lakeland, adding 700 jobs by 2027. “Publix’s growth is made possible by the hard work of our associates and the loyalty of our customers,” said Publix President and CEO Todd Jones. “These additional jobs will help us […]

Investment Fuels Growth at Southeastern University

Nestled among 88 acres just east of U.S. 98 South in Lakeland, Southeastern University continues to grow in every way — students, faculty, buildings, even sports. And that excites its 15th president, Dr. Kent Ingle. “SEU is becoming a nationally recognized educational institution. We have been listed by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one […]

Mulberry Embraces Rapid and Planned Growth

To say the City of Mulberry is at a crossroads would be wrong: Mulberry is the crossroad, and it’s embracing its position in Polk County and Central Florida. “Our location is ideal — the proximity to State Roads 60 and 37, and 60 going from one end of the state to the other,” said Mulberry […]

Warehousing Still Going Strong in Polk County

With nearly 10 million people within 100 miles of the Polk County/Central Florida region, and roughly 20 million people within 200 miles, there’s no wonder why Polk is known as the logistics hub and THE place to build warehouses and distribution centers. For 60 years, The Ruthvens have been at the forefront of warehousing, and […]

Florida Poly Sees Growth, Excitement in Fifth Year

In five short years, Florida Polytechnic University, Florida’s 12th university has grown from a 170-acre field of green grass and palm trees to an international college with 1,424 students who are already making a difference in the world. “We accomplished so much in our first four years, from achieving regional accreditation to graduating our first […]

Partnerships Provide Bright Future for SunTrax, Auburndale, Florida Polytechnic

New toll technology, driverless cars, and developments in mass transit will be developed and tested right here in Polk County. And that has a number of people excited about the construction of SunTrax in Auburndale. The Florida Turnpike Enterprise is designing, building and funding the $42 million test track that borders the Polk Parkway, where […]

Saddle Creek Delivers What You Need

Saddle Creek Logistics Services prides itself on 52 years of serving Polk County and Central Florida’s needs, whether transportation, warehousing or supply chain related. The family-owned company that started with 12,000-square-feet of warehouse space now owns locations from the Northeast to California and south to its headquarters in Lakeland. The company focuses on four areas: […]