Group Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
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Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
Physical Description: 6 v. : ; 39 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Florida State Advertising Commission
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Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
Publication Date: 1948-1949?]
General Note: Issued separately for Florida cities in cooperation with local chambers of commerce and varied agencies.
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Hillsborough County /1

Table of Contents

Part A--Natural Resources

1. Geography 2
2. Climate 2
3. Local Ravi Materials 2

Part B--General Economy

1. Population 2
2. Labor 2
3. Retail Market 2
4. Manufacturing Industries 3
5. General Remarks on Economy 3

Part C---Government

1. Administration 3
2. Finances 3

Part D--Community Facilities

1. Available Data 4
2. Transportation Facilities 4
3. Power 4
S Fuel 4
5. Soewge and -iaste Disposal 4
6. Water Supply 4
7, Communications Facilities 5
8. Educational Facilities 5
.9. Health Facilities 6
10. Recreational Facilities 6
11, Police Protection 6
12. Fire Protection 6
13. City Streets 6
14. Banking Facilities 6
15. Construction and Service Facilities 6
16. Retail Facilities 6
17. !holosalo Facilities 7
18. Housing Conditions 7
19. Hotels and Restaurants 7
20. Nouspapers 7
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 7
22. Civic Organizations 7
23. Churches 7

Prepared by:

Post Office Box 271
Plant City, Florida


Sopt./49 Tallahasseo, Florida


Part A--Natural Resources

1, Geography

Location: Plant City is on the West Coast of Florida, 22 miles east of.
Tampa and 10 miles west of Lakeland,

Chief topographical features: Slightly rolling. Maximum elevation, 121 feet.

2. Climate

(From observations at Plant City, Florida.)

Annual January April July October

Normal temperature 71.8 60.4 70.9 81.2 74.3
Normal rainfall 49.36 2.69 2.01 7.95 3.09

Growing season: (From observations at Plant City.) Average date of last
killing frost in spring, January 13; average date of first killing frost in
fall, December 27. Average length of growing season, 301 days.

3. Local Raw Materials

Timber: Pine and gum are available two miles from town. Transit Lumber
Company, IIcQuaid Lumber Company, Sloan Lumber Company and Plant City Lumber
Company are the principal sawmill operators,

Minerals: Phosphate is available five miles from town.

Agricultural products: Winter strawberries, citrus, winter and early spring
vegetables, milk, cattle and poultry are the principal agricultural products.

Part B--General Economy

1. Population

Est. 1949 45 1949 195 1930

County total 220,000* 207,844 180,148 159,208 153,519
City total 9,100"* 8,237 7,491 7,094 6,800
Negroes in county -- 34,011 31,577 30,112 28,983
Negroes in city 2,700 2,820 -- 2,286 -

*Estimates from SALES MANAGEIMENT Survey of Buying Power.

**Estimates from Chamber of Commerce.

Predominant nationalities: Native-born white; Negro.

2. Labor

Unions: No manufacturing industries are unionized.

Female employment: Approximately 70% of total employment is female.

Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 654-$1; unskilled Negro male,
654-700; unskilled white female, 600-700; unskilled Negro female, 600-70;
skilled white male, 855-01.65; skilled white female, 750-$1. There is no
skilled Negro employment.

General: An ample quantity of good quality labor is available,

3. Retail Market

General: Plant City is the trade center for the eastern half of Hillsborough
County, a small portion of the western part of Polk County and the southern
part of Pasco County. Trading population, 35,000.


3. Retail Market (Cont.)

1948 Effective Buying Income per family in city, $4,533; in county, $3,7924*
1948 Estimated total retail sales in city, 014,489,000; in county, $194,392,000.*
1948 Estimated retail food store sales in city, $3,349,000; in county,
1948 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in city, $1,138,000; in
county, 1'33,258,000.*
1948 Estimated retail drug store sales in city, $328,000; in county, $6,302,000.*

*Copyright 1949, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduction
not licensed.

4. Manufacturing Industries

General: Number of manufacturing industries, 11; total employment at all
manufacturing industries, 900 (excluding packing house employment).

Principal manufacturing plants: J. 1. Horsey Corp., canned citrus; Southland
Foods, frozen foods; Breyers Ice Cream, frozen fruits; Sugar-Rose Inc., canned
fruits and vegetables; Plant City Welding & Tank, tanks; Simmons Pump Company,
Florida Division, assembling and distribution of irrigation systems.

5. General Remarks on Economy

Plant City's economy is primarily agricultural. All manufacturing plants ex-
cept one are dependent upon farm products. The State Farmers Market in Plant
City covers a larger area than any other market in the state system. This is
the only section of the United States harvesting strawberries from Thanksgiving
to the middle of February. Usually, the strawberry crop grosses growers about
$1,750,000. The season of July 1, 1948 to July 1, 1949: strawberries,
i1,660,429; vegetables, `'2,744,425.

Part C--Government

1. Administration

Type: Commission-Manager.

Officials: Mayor, H. S. Moody; City Manager, T. J. McCall; City Attorney,
Paul S. Buchman.

Special departments: The city has an active building inspector, electrical
inspector, plumbing inspector, park and recreation board, planning board,
zoning board, street department and water and gas department.

Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance.

2. Finance

Current city tax rate: Operctions, 11 mills; permanent improvement, 1- mills;
maintenance and repairs, 2V- mills; debt service, 9 mills. (1948-1949N)

City basis of assessment: 100% of value.

Total assessed value of real property in city: 06,635,490 (set by county for

City license tax on manufacturing plant: $15 to $50, depending upon type.

City utility tax: 10%.

Other major city taxes: Garbage, l1 per month.

Current bounty tax rate: Operations, 28.20 mills; debt service, 0.

Bonded debt: City, 0669,000.

Other long-term obligations: City, 045,000 revenue debentures for purchasing
gas plant.



Part D--Community Facilities

1. Available Data

laps: City street, trunk water main, trunk sewer, power distribution system,
zoning and tax district maps are available at city offices.

2. Transportation Facilities

Railroad: The nain lines of the Seaboard lir Line and Atlantic Coast Line
pass through Plant City, with regular passenger and freight trains daily.
Picl-up and delivery service is available for less than carload freight.

Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service. Free
pick-up and delivery is available for express.

Highways: U. S. Highway 92 and Florida Highways 39 and 574 pass through Plant

Local bus service: None

Intercity bus services: Florida Greyhound lines operates 48 buses daily
through Plant City.

Intercity trucking facilities: Truck lines and areas served are: Central
Truck Lines, all of Florida and Georgia; Hunt Truck Lines, South Florida;
Great Southern Lines, southeastern states; Tamiami Trail Tours, all of Florida.

Air: Robinson Airport, privately owned and operated, is 1.5 miles southwest
of Plant City. It has one 1,800-foot and one 2,100-foot sod runways. Hangar
space is available. The field is open to private planes. The new Plant City
Municipal Airport has one 5,200-foot concrete strip and two other strips to
be built. This field is being developed especially to provide air transporta-
tion for agricultural products and will be used during the coming farm crop

3, Power

General: Tampa Electric Company owns and operates the generating and distri-
bution systems. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the company's

4. Fuel

Coal: Only limited amounts of coal are used in this section.

Gas: City of Plant City distributes butane through the city mains. Copies of
rate schedules can be obtained at city offices.

Bottled gas: A butane base gas, rated at 105,000 B.t.u. per gallon is distri-
buted by Green's Fuel of Florida. Delivered cost is: Domestic, 33 per gallon,
30 discount in 10 days; Commeorcial rate, 250 per gallon straight,

5. Sowago and Waste DisipoZ l

Sewage: Storm and sanitary sewers are installed. Imhoff septic tanks are used
for disposal treatment. The city plans to double disposal plant capacity and
install approximately 10 miles of additional mains. Final plans now under

Industrial waste disposal: Industries use the city sewerage system.

Garbage: Garbage is collected daily in business district and twice weekly in
residential districts.

6. Water Supply

Source: Deep artesian wells.

Consumption: 800,000 to 1,000,000 gallons per day



6. Water SupDlv (Cont.)

Pumping capacity: 5,180,000 gallons per day.

Treatment: None

Chemical Analysis:

p.P m.

Total solids 284
Loss on ignition 55
Fixed solids 229
Calcium as Ca 61
Magnesium 14
Sodium and potassium 6.4
Iron 0,8
Silica 15
Sulphate 0.24
Chlorides 19
Nitrates 0.53
Alkalinity 198
Total hardness as CaC03 211
Carbonate hardness 198
Non-carbonate hardness 13
Free carbon dioxide 9
Color (standard platinum), 15
Odor, indefinite



per 1,000 gallons

First 2,000 gallons, $1.25
20,000 to 50,000 25
50,000 to 100,000 20O


15,000 gallons, $1.35
all over 15,000 10

7. Communications Facilities

Telephone service: Peninsular Telephone Company operates a dial exchange
serving 2,483 company-ovned stations and 34 toll circuits.

Telegraph service: TJestern Union has office hours of 7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. on
weekdays and 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

8. Educational Facilities

Elementary Junior High Hiag


Number of schools 5 1 1
Present enrollment 1,108 501 393
Present capacity 1,000 350 400


Number of schools 2 1 1
Present enrollment 579 150 80
Present capacity 450 130 80



8. Educational Facilities (Cont.)

Vocational training for white students: Agriculture, home economics, and
diversified cooperative training.

Vocational training for Negro students: Agriculture and home oconomicc,

9. Health Facilities

City health department: City has a health office with a staff of one doctor.

County health department: Operates a general clinic.

Hospitals: South Florida Baptist Hospital, Inc., is constructing a 108-bed
general hospital. Dr. 11. G. Meriwother and Dr T., C., Maguire operate small
private hospitals.

10. Recreational Facilities

Public parks: Gilorest Park, 21- acres, has playground equipment; Hestside
Park, throe acres, has playground equipment; City Park covers -r block; Courier
Field covers block.

Athletic fields: Adelson Field, 10 acres, has fully-equipped baseball and
football fields. Lighted for night games.

Other: Tennis court and picnic grounds are publicly operated, with no fee,

11. Police Protection

City: Force consists of nine policemen. City has two patrol cars, both radio-
equipped. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular boats are maintained at night.
City jail is approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

County: The sheriffs office furnishes police protection outside the city

12. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of four full-time firemen and 20 volunteer firemen.
City has throe fire engines and one fire station.

Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 2; NBFU, Class 5.

County: City furnishes protection within a reasonable distance outside city

13. City Streets

Mileago: Total, 100 miles; paved, 33,3 miles

General: Brick and asphalt are the principal typos of surfacing. Twenty-two
percent of the streets are curbed and about 25% have sidewalks.

14. Banking Facilities

General: Hillsboro State Bank, total resources, Juno 30, 1949, $8,151,547.

15. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: General contractors, 3; architects, 1; land surveyors, 1;
general machine shops, 1; machine repair facilities, 1; automotive repair
facilities, 10,

16. Retail Facilities

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 3; department stores, 5; grocery stores, 31;
drug stores, 6.

Parking: City has 278 parking meters and three parking lots.


17. Wholesale Facilities

General: Plant City is not a wholesale distribution center, generally speaking.
However, there are a few wholesale businesses here. Plant City is the world's
largest vintor strawberry market and a large fall, winter and early spring
vegetable market. Commercial freezing and public warehousing facilities are
available and adequate.

18. Housing Conditions

General: Available housing units are short and have been for more than three
Years. VWhilo'new housing has been built and considerable residential construc-
tion is in progress, there is still a scarcity and at no time does a vacancy
remain avaible longer than a day or two. The only exceptions are three tourist
courts that have a few vacancies during the summer season.

19. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 2; rooms, 130.

Restaurants: Number, 8; seating capacity, 425.

20. Newspapers

Weekly: Plant City Courier, circulation, 3,000,

21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: Number, 3.

Self-service laundries: Number, 3.

Commercial dry cleaners; ;Numbcr, 6.

22. Civic Organizations

O Organization and name of president: East Hillsborough County Chamber of
Commerce, 0. M. Andrews; Kiwanis Club, Rev. Sam Garner; Lions Club, R, R.
Abbott; Merchants' Association, Henry Durrctt; Business & Professional Womonls
Club, Miss Emma Hicks; Woman's Club, Mrs. J. D. Bruton, Jr.; Junior Woman's
Club, Mrs. Blanche Culpeppor.

23. Churches

Denominations:. Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Episcopal,
Church of God, Assembly of God, Seventh-Day Adventist, Church of Christ, Church
of Jesus Christ and Nazarone.



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