Updated:SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —
A company that makes a
high-tech television set is promising to create hundreds of jobs.
Seminole County commissioners just agreed to give $400,000 in tax breaks to a company that plans to build a 3-D television set that doesn't use 3-D glasses.
There are still big questions about where in the county those jobs will go.
An obscure building in Longwood is where Izon LLC operates on a small staff of seven.
They say they've developed the next big thing.
"It's amazing technology, it's cutting edge, you and everyone else can see
3-D in your home without 3-D glasses," Joe DiFrancesco, Izon chairman said.
Izon said it is ready to build the world's first glasses-free
3-D television sets in Seminole County.
They're looking to transform an empty building in Lake Mary into an assembly plant.
They say they'll hire 400 people who will make around
$37,000 a year -- blue collar jobs the commissioners say are desperately needed.
"When you look at solving homelessness and bringing up from that lower level, you need to provide jobs for them and this does that," Seminole County Commissioner Bob Dallari said.
Last week, Lake Mary commissioners rejected a plan to give its own money, a separate $400,000 to the company in exchange for jobs.
They said they're concerned a bigger player, like Sony, will force Izon out of the market.
According to the deal with Seminole County, Izon won't get any incentive money until after it creates and maintains the jobs for two years.
Commissioners jokingly suggested perhaps Izon find another city besides Lake Mary to do business in, like Sanford or Winter Springs.