L3Harris Technologies celebrated their new headquarters in downtown St. Petersburg with a ribbon cutting on November 14. The company has about 150 people at the office at 490 1st Avenue South and anticipates adding 50 new members in the next 12 to 24 months.
St. Petersburg is the global headquarters for the commercial aviation solutions business, which has 3,500 employees around the world, Alan Crawford, president of the business unit said at a ribbon-cutting for the facility Thursday morning.
L3Harris is a global aerospace and defense technology company with $17 billion in annual revenue, 50,000 employees and customers in 130 countries. The company builds simulation equipment and trains pilots for commercial air transport.
“L3Harris is a great fit for St. Petersburg’s Grow Smarter strategy,” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said. “Advanced manufacturing and data analytics are among the five targeted industries in the strategy.”
“Everyone knows about the black boxes. They’re looked at when something bad happens,” Kriseman said. “What’s really cool is, they’re looking at it to prevent something bad from happening. They’re taking all that data and giving it back to the airlines to make us safer every day we get on a plane.”
L3 Technologies consolidated its locations in Sarasota and on Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg, when it signed a long-term lease for 60,000 square feet on the 5th and 6th floors and part of the first floor in the Tampa Bay Times building. The lease was signed in January, according to real estate firm Franklin Street, which arranged the lease. That deal ranked No. 1 for tech office space deals in the Tampa-St. Pete area on CBRE’s 2019 Scoring Tech Talent report.