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Tampa sound-proofing maker to double in size

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— A NASA spin off that located in Tampa some 15 years ago is expanding its facility and hiring 50 new employees to accommodate what it calls a growing demand for its sound-proofing products.

Acoustiblok, Inc., located in South Tampa near MacDill Air Force Base, is now adding 20,000 square feet to its plant and will double the size of its office space, beginning this summer.

The company, which currently employs 50 people, plans to double that number with additions to its warehouse and sales staffs, said Acoustiblok Public Relations Director Anne Knight.

Demand outside of the United States is on the increase and new international distributors are coming on board, according to a press released issued by the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp.

“As a manufacturer, a defense contractor and a significant international exporter, the Acoustiblok story validates the strength of our community in each of these key areas of economic growth,” said Rich Homans, president and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough EDC.

The EDC, established in 2009, focuses on attracting and retaining high-wage jobs and capital investment in Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace.

Acoustiblok, the product, is a 1/8-inch flexible membrane that increases the sound attenuation properties of conventional wall and floor or ceiling designs in both residential and commercial structures. Lab tests, according to the company, show that it reduces more sound than 12 inches of poured concrete.

The company is in the business of reducing noise pollution, said Founder and President Lahnie Johnson, something he calls an increasingly growing problem in society. He invented the product after leaving the aerospace industry.

“The need is tremendous,” Johnson said. “Our business has continued to grow every year, even with the recession,” he said.

The actual sound-proofing products are manufactured at several locations through the United States, Knight said. Here, sheets of the materials are customized for clients, then shipped out around the world.

Those seeking positions with Acoustiblok would have backgrounds in acoustical engineering, building and construction, for either warehouse work or sales work, Knight said.

Those interested in applying for open positions should come to the plant and fill out an application, Knight said. Acoustiblok is located at 6900 Interbay Boulevard, Tampa. She said pay for the jobs is commensurate on experience and expertise.

yhammett@tampatrib.com

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