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Growing the Port, Growing the Business with Bill Johnson, Port Director PortMiami
- Aventura City Clerk Teresa Soroka; City Manager Eric Soroka; Miami- Dade County Comm. Sally Heyman; Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup

Growing the Port, Growing the Business with Bill Johnson, Port Director PortMiami

– Aventura City Clerk Teresa Soroka; City Manager Eric Soroka; Miami- Dade County Comm. Sally Heyman; Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup

Meeting sponsored by Allied Steel Buildings and JobJar.com

It was a flagship networking event when an Aventura Marketing Council Chairman’s Roundtable luncheon featuring Bill Johnson, PortMiami Port Director, was hosted by Michael Lassner, President of Allied Steel Buildings (ASB) and JobJar.com, a new website portal for customers and tradespeople to meet.

AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman welcomed business and community leaders to Christine Lee’s at Gulfstream Park, where Lassner shared strategies for full steam ahead success. “ASB is very excited about the expansion of the Port of Miami since it directly correlates with the work Allied is doing in Panama,” he said “To date we have built over three million square feet of one-story structures in Panama and we are now completing a new multistory power plant at the Panama canal, office buildings and maintenance structures for the expansion.” Allied does this work worldwide, but certainly hopes to particit was a flagship networking event when an Aventura Marketing Council Chairman’s Roundtable luncheon featuring Bill Johnson, PortMiami Port Director, was hosted by Michael Lassner, President of Allied Steel Buildings (ASB) and JobJar.com, a new website portal for customers and tradespeople to meet. AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman welcomed business and community leaders to Christine Lee’s at Gulfstream Park, where Lassner shared strategies for full steam ahead success. “ASB is very excited about the expansion of the Port of Miami since it directly correlates with the work Allied is doing in Panama,” he said “To date we have built over three million square feet of one-story structures in Panama and we are now completing a new multistory power plant at the Panama canal, office buildings and maintenance structures for the expansion.” Allied does this work worldwide, but certainly hopes to participate in the expansion in its own back yard at the Port of Miami. Since taking the helm of PortMiami, Johnson has been charting an ambitious course highlighted by over $2 billion in infrastructure improvements. “While this Port is a publicly-owned asset, it operates with a private sector mentality,” Johnson said. “We’re fully focused on offering unparalleled customer care; delivering sustainable, quality products; and providing the best facilities with technologically advanced security systems.”

Johnson explained PortMiami is deepening the waters to accommodate super-sized cargo ships, capture new trade and help create thousands of new jobs throughout Florida.

Rail freight will facilitate faster, costefficient cargo movement to key US markets. And a tunnel, now being constructed under Biscayne Bay, will alleviate traffic congestion by directly linking PortMiami to I-95 without any traffic lights.

Already heralded as the “undisputed cruise capital of the world,” an impressive line-up of cruise brands is also growing as PortMiami prepares to welcome Disney Cruise Lines, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, MSC Cruises USA and luxurious new ships including the Carnival Breeze, Celebrity Reflection and Oceania Riviera. Next year, PortMiami will welcome MSC Cruises’ new build, the MSC Divina, and in 2014, Norwegian Getaway will make Miami its homeport.

“Last year, PortMiami achieved the most profitable position in our 100-year history,” Johnson said. “Florida is now ranked number four in America in international trade and within the next five years we can be the number one state in the US for international trade.

Clients around the world are also benefitting from the fast-paced growth of Allied Steel Buildings – successfully managing over 3,700 building projects in more than 38 countries in recent years. “The industry has changed a lot. Pre-engineered steel used to be considered an alternative to conventional construction; with advancement by talented engineering and project managers, they are now being specified for by commercial, industrial and agricultural customers,” Lassner said. “Although we’re around the globe, there’s no greater satisfaction than working in our own backyard where our Fort Lauderdale and Orlando offices are enjoying projects with a diverse group of local businesses including business parks, riding arenas, fisheries and our state’s energy companies to name some.” To date, Allied has delivered 169 projects in the state of Florida.

Bill Johnson, PortMiami and Michael Lassner, Allied Steel Buildings / JobJar.com

Sharing the Port’s mission to help create jobs, Allied recently created a partnership with JobJar.com, a website where experienced and professional tradespeople can find and bid on work or projects that job posters need help with. For a tradesperson, JobJar is a “new business funnel,” listing thousands of jobs according to when they start, the location and type of work. This will be a great resource for Allied customers to put up their buildings and complete the interior work.

For more information, visit www.alliedbuildings.com; www.JobJar.com; www.miamidade.gov/portofmiami.com.

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