Florida Tile to move headquarters to Lexington

State officials announced on Thursday the relocation of a Florida company to Lexington.

Florida Tile Inc. will move its headquarters from Lakeland, Fla., to Lexington, which will bring the company's corporate offices closer to its manufacturing plant and national distribution center in Lawrenceburg.

The move, which should occur in the next year, will result in the initial creation of 25 new jobs, growing to 51 over the term of the agreement. The project represents a capital investment of $3,732,500 for the state.

Kevin Verhoven, a broker for The Gibson Co., is representing the developers handling Florida Tile's move to Lexington. It will be housed in a 10,000-square-foot property in Beaumont Circle, he said.

The move might prompt other companies the size of Florida Tile to look at Lexington in a more favorable light, Verhoven said

The project is one of the first to be approved by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority under the Kentucky Business Investment Program.

KEDFA preliminarily approved Florida Tile for up to $1,275,000 in tax incentives, which can be earned over a 10-year period through corporate income tax credit and wage assessments. The maximum annual approval amount to be earned is $127,500.