Ron Labbe, owner of Naples Lumber and Supply received a Business Ambassador Award from Gov. Rick Scott recognizing the company’s efforts to create jobs and opportunities for Florida families.
Scott recognized the company’s staying power through the Great Recession and its growth over the past few years. The company’s employee count has grown from less than 40 to 82.
Labbe recognized Scott for his attempts to facilitate job growth in the state, and for keeping his campaign promise to create jobs. More than 1.1 million jobs have been added in the private sector in the state since Scott took office more than five years ago and thousands of government regulations have been cut.
The governor recognized the Naples area, which has added more than 4,200 jobs over the past year, for its strong economic growth. The area’s unemployment rate is at 4 percent and it has more than 4,000 job openings.
Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, said she’s proud of companies like Naples Lumber, which is not only creating jobs but giving back to the community. “Naples Lumber is a community business. It employs people who are invested in this community.”
Pictured left to right, Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples; Gov. Rick Scott and Dave Weston, COO of Naples Lumber and Supply and FBMA Chairman of the Board.