Local Business Looks to Bring More Manufacturing Jobs to Panama City Beach

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Tuesday night the president of B&C Technologies, Begnt Bruce spoke at Gulf Coast State College in hopes of inspiring new entrepreneurs and showing how his company plans to bring jobs to Panama City Beach.
 
The theme of Tuesday night’s “Enlightened Entrepreneurs” seminar was all about the challenges an entrepreneur can face when starting a business. The event was hosted by the Millaway Institute for Entrepreneurship at GCSC.
 
“It’s a series of educational enlightening conversations from entrepreneurs in the area,” said Pamela Kidwell, Director for Business Innovation Center at GCSC.
 
B&C Technologies houses one of the most recognized names in the world in laundry manufacturing and design. The surprise? It’s owned right here in Panama City Beach.
 
“We started a business here because I like the area, and it has been good to us,” said Begnt Bruce.
 
Bruce spoke about the challenges he faced when starting his business. He also talked about the steps he took to grow his company. His company now designs and builds commercial and industrial laundry equipment for companies all over the world, including hotels, prisons, and hospitals. Although the machines are currently built outside the U.S., Bruce talked about how his company plans to bring more of the manufacturing process to Panama City.
 
“it’s important that we grow this area, jobs and company,” said Bruce.
 
Right now, B&C Technologies has 31 employees. By 2020, the company has the goal of adding 150-200 new jobs, bringing growth and prosperity to Panama City Beach in an industry other than tourism. 
 
The next “Enlightened Entrepreneur” seminar is on November 8 at 6 p.m. in Gulf Coast State College’s Advanced Technology Center. 
 

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