ODESSA — If weather is a reliable indicator, then TouchPoint Medical’s days in Pasco County got off to a sunny start.
On a warm Feb. 6 afternoon, Pasco County government officials and a contingent from the Pasco County Economic Development Council joined executive and employees from TouchPoint Medical and its corporate parent, TouchPoint Inc., in breaking ground for the medical device and management equipment maker’s global headquarters. It will be built on a site off State Road 54, just west of the Suncoast Parkway.
When completed, tentatively scheduled for 2020, the 142,000-square-foot facility will employ 228 people, 116 of which will be new hires. The new facility represents a $23 million investment in Pasco County, TouchPoint Medical says.
“Today is a big and beautiful day,” Brian McNeill, CEO of TouchPoint Inc., declared in his opening remarks at the groundbreaking. McNeill, chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, told the assembled crowd Pasco County is a “great place” to do business, work and invest.
The crowd included a large contingent of TouchPoint Medical employees wearing dark blue polo shirts. They will move to the new facility once it is completed.
In choosing the site for its global headquarters, TouchPoint is making a “long-term commitment” to Pasco County, McNeill said. Construction of TouchPoint Medical’s “beautiful new campus” should take 12 months to complete.
Redwood City, California-based DPR Construction is the general contract for the TouchPoint Medical headquarters project. “I can’t wait for the grand opening and ribbon cutting,” McNeill said.
In his remarks, delivered in what he called his “American accent,” Pascal Testeil, TouchPoint Medical’s French-born president, said the global headquarters building will be “one of our largest investments.”
TouchPoint Medical produces hardware and software used in patients care. Its products include mobile patient monitoring and medication delivery carts.
When TouchPoint Medical, which is now based in Oldsmar, began its search for its new home, it met with the “great people” at the Pasco Economic Development Council, which help convince company executives to move to the “fast-growing and dynamic” Pasco County. “We want to be a part of it,” Testeil said.
In response, Pasco County Commissioner Mike Wells took note of the many TouchPoint Medical workers at the ceremony. “That’s what it’s all about: the people,” Wells said.
Wells praised the Pasco staff for knowing that the county is in the “customer service business.”
Noting that more than 50 percent of the Pasco workforce is employed outside the county, the coming of TouchPoint Medical is “baby steps” in the process of addressing that imbalance, Wells said.
According to the PEDC, the average annual wage at TouchPoint Medical will exceed 150 percent of the Pasco County average.
Wells ended his remarks by saying he wants to see the TouchPoint Medical headquarters up and running by 2020, jokingly adding, “no pressure.”
PEDC President and CEO Bill Cronin said he is waiting to see TouchPoint Medical post the help wanted signs it will need to fill its 116 new jobs at the headquarters. If the company needs any help, Cronin reminded the TouchPoint executive on hand, “we’re literally right across the street.” The private, nonprofit agency’s offices are in the southeastern corner of the intersection of State Road 54 and the Suncoast Parkway.
After the traditional turning of sand with shovels, the groundbreaking ended with a more modern touch, an aerial group photo shot from a drone being piloted by DPR Construction reality capture specialist Stuart Drahota.
The TouchPoint Medical site is adjacent to The Preserve, a master planned community Arlington, Texas-based home construction company D.R. Horton is developing.