Governor Rick Scott recently made an announcement that MarBlue, one of the top manufacturers of accessories for mobile devices, is expanding one of its international headquarters and research and development facilities in downtown Hollywood. This expansion will create 28 new jobs and a capital investment of $2.9 million. This will double the number of people working at the company’s headquarters.

MarBlue’s Vice-President, Maria Martin said, “We are excited to be relocating to an Art Deco style building in downtown Hollywood. MarBlue is very much a South Florida company and we feel the style and location of the building embodies our ties to South Florida and will help us attract and retain the highest quality employees. We especially appreciate the combined efforts of the State of Florida, the Hollywood CRA , the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and everyone that assisted in this project.”

MarBlue has leased and renovated a 23,000 square-foot warehouse facility in Dania Beach. The new headquarters will be located at 1955 Harrison Street in the heart of downtown Hollywood. The 13,000 square-foot facility will be housed in a distinctive, modern architectural style building.

“This will bring a new customer based to potentially patronize our local merchants,” said Jorge Camejo, executive director of the Hollywood CRA. “It also renovates and updates a signature building on a prominent corner in downtown Hollywood. This adds value to the downtown area and restores an architectural style that is significant to the region. MarBlue is a perfect fit for a unique and elegant building.”

“MarBlue is a company that has demonstrated its commitment to developing truly innovative products and to being a real community partner in our city,” said Mayor Peter Bober. “The company’s expansion in Hollywood represents and important investment in an industry that attracts the creative class and will help grow Hollywood’s reputation as a community that values ‘out of the box’ thinking.”

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David Volz has been a reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2011 and has worked for numerous community news publications throughout South Florida over the past two decades including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal. He is a Professor in the Business department at Broward College and the editor of the Coral Springs Connection, an online community news website. He covers city government, schools, sports events, cultural activities, faith groups and workplaces.


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