Scott says deal-making hot in Chileby John Kennedy | May 22nd, 2013
Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday that the Chilean company, Crystal Lagoons Corp., maker of the world’s largest swimming pool, is moving its worldwide headquarters to Miami.
Nearing the end of a four-day trade mission to Chile, Scott said the agreement with the Santiago-based company, which makes exotic water bodies used in resorts across the world, was among several sealed on the Enterprise Florida trip.
Scott also announced Wednesday a joint venture between Florida’s Advanced Magnet Lab and several Chilean companies that is expected to yield work within the state on wind turbine generators, aero-propulsion and space exploration products.
In a phone call to the Palm Beach Post, Scott said the tour also has promoted Florida ports to Chilean salmon producers and fruit exporters.
“We can help connect people,” Scott said. “We’ve got about 100 Florida business people with us. The message we can convey is that ‘you should be doing more business with Florida.”
Scott also said Crystal Lagoons Corp.’s move underscores his recurring sales pitch.
“If you want to be a worldwide player, and do business especially in the U.S. and the Latin America market, then Miami is the perfect