Gov. Rick Scott honors Arthrex as a top job producer

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Arthrex founder and President Reinhold Schmieding, center, Gov. Rick Scott, background, and others prepare to break ground for the Arthrex manufacturing plant at Ave Maria on Monday, April 16, 2012. The $25 million facility on Oil Well Road will have 190,000 square feet of usable space and is projected to bring between 400 and 500 jobs to Collier County.

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Lexey Swall/Staff Arthrex founder and President Reinhold Schmieding, center, Gov. Rick Scott, background, and others prepare to break ground for the Arthrex manufacturing plant at Ave Maria on Monday, April 16, 2012. The $25 million facility on Oil Well Road will have 190,000 square feet of usable space and is projected to bring between 400 and 500 jobs to Collier County.

Gov. Rick Scott recognized Arthrex this week as a top job producer in Florida.

Scott presented the award at the 2012 Governor's Innovators in Business Awards Reception in Tallahassee on Monday night. The awards recognize companies for outstanding leadership and contributions in improving and diversifying the state economy.

Arthrex, based in North Naples, has more than 1,500 employees in Southwest Florida, another 700 national and international workers and about 2,000 commissioned sales associates worldwide.

"It is a tremendous honor to receive this esteemed recognition," Arthrex spokeswoman Lisa Gardiner said in a statement.

"As a leading employer, health care technology innovator and magnet for medical education tourism, Arthrex is proud to be a significant contributor to high-wage job growth and economic diversification in the state of Florida."

Arthrex created more than 230 new, nonseasonal corporate and manufacturing jobs in Florida this year and its sales agencies created another 29 jobs in the state.

In April, Scott visited a site off Oil Well Road in Ave Maria to celebrate the groundbreaking of Arthrex's $25-million, 190,000-square-foot manufacturing plant.

Barron Collier Cos. donated the 21-acre site to Arthrex and site work began in February. The first-phase construction will take 14 months and a second-phase of an additional 120,000 square feet will start in two or three years.

The privately held Arthrexs has developed 6,000 products, predominantly surgical devices for minimally-invasive orthopedic surgery, and trains surgeons from throughout the world. It achieved $1 billion in annual revenue in 2010 and its annual growth rate exceeds 20 percent.

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