SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -- One the fastest growing and well-known local companies is getting even bigger. Tervis Tumbler broke ground Tuesday morning on a huge expansion at its North Venice manufacturing site.
The makers of insulated products say it's a commitment to their products, customers, and the Suncoast.
The company says they now have more than 800 workers, tripling in size since 2010. And Tuesday they turned dirt on a new 24,000 square foot innovation center.
“This environment is a little bit more creative, a little more open to foster some innovation," says 3rd generation owner Rogan Donelly. He says there’s more room for the factory, which was built in North Venice less than ten years ago. It’s a long way from the original store and factory in Osprey that his grandfather brought to the area in the 1960's. "If he were here today, I think he would be extremely proud. Happy that it was still privately owned and located in North Venice and Sarasota County."
"We're leaving ourselves a little bit of room to expand this wall." CEO Pat Redmond says the company and their insulated drinkware continues to gain popularity around the world -- adding licensing agreements and variations of the product.
Products that are American made with a lifetime guarantee. "Folks that have been with Tervis for a long time, they will say ‘oh my goodness, I can't believe how big the company has gotten.’ Then we have a lot of folks new to Tervis who say ‘oh my goodness, I can't believe how big this company could be.’"
The company is important for the local economy. "We have created a lot of jobs over time. The county has been really good to us. The city of Venice has been really good to us. Our consumers have been really good to us. We have really benefited from that. We like the area. We plan on staying and growing in the area."
The company says they could expand from the tumblers and their other insulated products. What that could be is still under wraps. "A lot of things on the drawing board right now, so stay tuned. We will have some things coming out later in the year. That is really another reason for the center, to help increase the velocity of new products, to help increase the pace of innovation."
And the company is not only expanding here but around the country. They now have 30 stores, with the 31st opening up on St. Armands CIrcle later this month. By the end of the year they plan to have 36 retail stores in total.