Two dot-coms set to expand, relocate to Miami-Dade
By Sherri C. Ranta
Showmania.com and Heptium Group, two Spain-based Internet companies, are establishing offices in Miami to target Latin American, said Joe Martinez, Beacon Council vice president for business expansion, recruitment and retention.
A new-media entertainment company, Showmania.com promotes entertainment celebrities on the Internet. The Miami division, now set up in Miami Beach, has expansion plans to create 75 jobs in Miami-Dade, Mr. Martinez said.
Heptium Group, meanwhile, provides Internet content and products for websites and portal companies. The firm, Mr. Martinez said, plans to create 30 jobs in the county.
Earlier this month, Beacon Council officials announced four other expansions and moves that may lead to 295 jobs.
Ireland's Camron Syclane Ltd. manufactures and distributes book covers to Europe and Asia. With a US division in Miami, the company hopes to penetrate the North and Latin American markets, said Carlos A. Leonard, senior vice president. He said about 15 jobs will be created.
Company officials, Mr. Leonard said, are considering leasing 3,000-square-foot site near Tamiami Airport. The company expects to be in place here by the end of the year, he said.
Local long-distance provider IDS Telcom hopes to double its staff in three years to 300 employees with a $4.5 million expansion on Northwest 167th Street. Mr. Leonard said IDS Telcom earlier was looking to relocate to Alabama or Georgia.
Hotjobs.com, an online employment firm based in New York that has temporary offices in the Blue Lagoon complex, is investing about $400,000 to renovate and equip 8,000 square feet for offices in Coral Gables, Mr. Leonard said. The company's expansion here, he said, is expected to create 60 jobs.