Innovated Industrial Services Named 2014 Florida Companies to Watch Winner

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Award Presented by GrowFL, in Association with the Edward Lowe Foundation Honors Upcoming Second-Stage Businesses throughout Florida

We are very proud of our growth, accomplishments and look forward to an even brighter future

Innovated Industrial Services is proud to be selected as one of fifty leading second-stage companies selected from more than 500 nominations statewide, as this year’s Florida Companies to WatchSM winners. All 2014 winners will join an esteemed group of 150 Florida alumni honored over the past three years.

Florida Companies to Watch
Presented by GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation
Thursday, October 23, 2014
6:00 pm
Hard Rock Live, CityWalk
Orlando, Florida

Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates privately held second-stage companies headquartered in the state. To be eligible, applicants must employ between 6 and 99 full-time equivalent employees and have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital in place. Awardees are selected for demonstrating the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage, outstanding corporate culture, inspired community giving and other notable strengths.

“Florida Companies to Watch is honored to recognize another outstanding group of stage-two companies,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, executive director of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute and associate vice president for the University of Central Florida’s Office of Research and Commercialization. This is our fourth year of celebrating second-stage business leaders throughout the state of Florida. The companies selected for the Florida Companies to Watch awards program stand out among their peers as companies that should be celebrated. In Florida, they account for 5 percent of the companies and nearly 30 percent of the jobs. These companies make a difference and we’re happy to offer the recognition they deserve.”

Tom Taphorn, President of Innovated Industrial Services would like to thank all of Innovated Industrial's hard working employees and the associates from the GrowFl Organization. We believe that with GrowFl’s help we have fulfilled our TEAM effort by achieving this award.

  •     Together
  •     Everyone
  •     Achieves
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We are very proud of our growth and accomplishments. We look forward to an even brighter future as we continue our relationship with GrowFl & the Economic Gardening Institute. I would like to congratulate all of the nominees, finalists and winners of the 2014 Florida Companies to Watch. We wish you all great of success.

Florida Companies to Watch is unique because of its focus on second-stage companies and the wide-ranging industries they represent. The impact of these companies on Florida’s economy is immense, and this year’s honorees are examples of such companies in the state. Overall, the 2014 winners had $370 million in total annual revenue in 2013, which was a 36 percent increase in total annual revenue compared to 2012. They employed 1,757 full-time equivalent employees, with 462 net new jobs projected for 2014.

2014 Sponsors include Wells Fargo, TWSquared, University of Central Florida, Florida High Tech Corridor, atLarge, Inc., Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Filmscape, OUC, AMTIS Inc., Enterprise Florida, Fifth Third Bank, Florida Power & Light, Insperity, LSQ Funding, Sorensen Moving & Storage, SunTrust, USF Connect. For more details on Florida Companies to Watch, visit or email info(at)growfl(dot)com. Sponsorships for the 2014 event are still available.

About Innovated Industrial Services, Inc.:
Innovated Industrial Services, Bartow, Fla., provides material handling equipment and service to a variety of industries in the Southeastern and South Central United States. Their custom engineered spreader beams, below-the-hook lifting devices, fall protection, and overhead crane systems can be found in these and other industries: Boat Manufacturing, Power Plants, Steel Distribution, Pre-Cast Concrete Product Manufacturing, Steel Building Manufacturers, and Construction Equipment Repair Facilities.

At Innovated Industrial, every project begins with on-site consultation, followed by detailed proposals prepared using computer aided design. The implementation of any new system or design is always followed by on-site operator training that includes review of all applicable safety guidelines.

About GrowFL:
GrowFL was created in 2009 by the Florida legislature as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening®—to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state—GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. GrowFL is a statewide economic development organization certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation. Website:

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