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Mid-State Industrial Maintenance Awarded Mosaic Service Contract

(LITHIA, Fla., July 5, 2018) – Mid-State Industrial Maintenance (Mid-State), a Polk County industrial maintenance company with over 460 Polk, Hillsborough and Hardee County employees, has been awarded a three-year general maintenance contract servicing Mosaic’s Central Florida mine sites as well as the Phosphoric Acid and Dry Products process areas at all four of Mosaic’s Florida fertilizer manufacturing facilities. Mid-State will serve as a principal partner assisting with on-going general maintenance.
In February 2018, Mosaic issued a Request for Proposals for its contract mechanical and general maintenance services in Florida. After a national search, Mosaic awarded the contract to a familiar partner, Mid-State. The company estimates tapping Mid-State for as many as 200,000 work hours a year which translates to nearly 100 jobs and an estimated spend of more than $15 million.
Chris Martus, Mosaic’s Vice President of Procurement said, “Since 1973, Mid-State has been a trusted resource for many companies in the phosphate industry, including Mosaic. As a publicly traded company, we have a responsibility to our employees and our shareholders to cast a wide net in terms of competitive contracts. When the strongest proposal comes from a locally-owned business, that’s a win-win for all.”
“We’re glad to continue this next chapter with Mosaic,” said Mid-State CEO Jeff Clyne “Our people are skilled in their crafts, know the Mosaic sites and most importantly share their commitment to safety. In addition Mosaic is proving their commitment to support our local communities and the families that live and play in them.
As part of its phosphate fertilizer production, Mosaic employs more than 3,000 directly in Florida and tens of thousands indirectly through contracted services. Mosaic encourages and supports spending activities with local suppliers. More than 80% of the Phosphate business segment’s supply chain purchases were made with local vendors.
About The Mosaic Company:
The Mosaic Company is the world’s leading combined producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. Mosaic is a single source provider of phosphate and potash fertilizers and feed ingredients for the global agriculture industry. More information on the company is available at
About Mid-State Industrial Maintenance:
Mid-State Industrial Maintenance provides design, fabrication, and installation services to the agriculture, energy, and heavy industrial markets throughout North America and the Caribbean. Mid-State responds and resolves critical complex scenarios with efficiency and value-added knowledge that minimizes operational downtime and costs. More information on the company is available at
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Strickland Construction, Inc. Completes Phase One Renovation of Lakeland Public Library and Begins Phase Two


LAKELAND, FL (July 5, 2018)Strickland Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce completion of Phase One of Lakeland Public Library’s renovation project.  Phase One consisted of the interior renovation of approximately 2,000 square feet, which included administrative offices, an assistant area, break room area, supply room and supply room utility closet as well as circulation areas.  “It has been a pleasure working with Strickland Construction; they are always accessible, responsive and have met deadlines.” said Lisa Lilyquist, City Librarian.


Phase Two of the Lakeland Public Library project began in June and is scheduled for completion in September 2018.  The interior renovation project will create an additional location for Black & Brew Coffee House and Bistro.  This space consists of approximately 1,100 square feet including a coffee shop and café with seating, serving and prep areas. Guests will also be able to enjoy an outside patio while enjoying their coffee, socializing or just reading. “This is a wonderful enhancement to the Lakeland Public Library and our community will benefit greatly.” states Mike Strickland, President of Strickland Construction, Inc.

Strickland Construction, Inc. is licensed for commercial projects, both new construction and renovations throughout the state of Florida and has been doing business since 2001. We specialize in commercial construction, construction management and industrial projects. Our portfolio includes government, office, educational, medical and retail projects.


Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty To Host I-4 Commercial Corridor Conference

cbLAKELAND, FL, June 29, 2018 — The 3rd Annual I-4 Commercial Corridor Conference presented by Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler (CBCSRD) will take place Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Florida Polytechnic University, 4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL.
The conference will address the latest commercial real estate and economic news and trends associated with the I-4 corridor, including insights and analysis from top market experts. At the iconic Florida Polytechnic University, this annual event provides a unique learning and networking opportunity.

The Tampa, Lakeland and Orlando metropolitan statistical areas make up the I-4 corridor.

The I-4 corridor, with almost 6.3 million people, is larger than the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metro and larger than Atlanta.

The I-4 corridor’s growth rate is twice the national average and it is the fastest-growing major geography in the State.

There are over 20 million people within 5 hours of the center of the I-4 corridor and it is the center of economic opportunities in Florida.
“This event provides current updates on economic and growth trends for professionals, businesses and organizations working and developing in the I-4 corridor,” said Gary Ralston, managing partner of CBCSRD. “We bring together experts to provide relevant insights about the incredible opportunities and challenges associated with our expansive growth.”
The morning and afternoon sessions take advantage of the university setting with breakout sessions in classrooms allowing for focused discussion and interaction. The topics of these specialized discussions include:

Entertainment Panel

Industrial Panel

Land Panel

Commercial Lending

Equity Capital Sources

Technology Panel

Power Companies and Economic Impact

FDOT Test Track and FDOT Update

Keynote speakers for the event are Mike Grissom, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Florida and Jerry Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist & Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation.
Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty To Host I-4 Commercial Corridor Conference
3rd AnnualI-4 COMMERCIALCORRIDORCONFERENCEAUG 92018August 9, 2018 • Florida Polytechnic University •

To register and learn more about the I-4 Commercial Corridor Conference visit
View this press release and more online at
Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty (CBCSRD) is located at the center of Florida’s I-4 corridor. With intimate knowledge of local markets, a recognized national brand and global reach through Coldwell Banker Commercial offices worldwide, CBCSRD offers proven leadership and collaborative expertise. Founded by three highly-recognized CCIM-designated Florida brokers, the company brings together experts in all aspects of real estate. We provide services to land and commercial clients through both CBCSRD and our land brokerage, Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate. For more information, please visit
Coldwell Banker Commercial
114 North Tennessee Ave., 3rd Floor, Lakeland, FL 33801 | 877.518.5263
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Peace River Hosts Community Convening on Domestic Violence Survivors

peace riverPeace River Center would like to invite business owners, community partners, non-profits, and religious leaders to join them for a Community Convening to discuss how we can assist one another with the safety of domestic violence survivors in our county, and to exchange information & resources about our agencies.



WHEN: Monday, July 16, 10am-12pm

WHERE: Victim Services 1860 S Crystal Lake Dr Lakeland FL 33801

WHY: To educate, partner, connect, and bridge the gap!

RSVP: or call Ta’Nika Ellington 863-413-2708

Peace River Center (PRC) is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization striving to impact the lives of our clients and the community we serve by engaging, restoring, and empowering individuals to reach their fullest potential by offering a broad range of mental health, victim services and substance use disorder services throughout Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties.


PACE Center for Girls, Polk Enrollment Now Open

polk pacePACE Polk Enrollment

PACE Center for Girls, Polk is currently accepting student applications. Please contact our Outreach Counselor, Jesilynn Pfeffer, if you know a girl that would benefit from a strength-based, gender responsive, trauma informed approach to learning and life. If interested, please call 863-688-5596. M-F 7:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.