Burma Spice to double the size of MH facility

MOORE HAVEN — Not everyone knows that Amazon’s highest-rated spice brand has its manufacturing plant in Moore Haven. A year and a half ago, Burma Spice selected Moore Haven from a list of eight candidates for the site of its new facility.

“We like Moore Haven because of the business-friendly climate and cost-effectiveness of operations,” said owner Ed Brakus. “After the move, we found we really appreciate the sense of community here.”

Burma Spice imports spices from around the world and packages them for retail sale on Amazon and other e-commerce sites. Business has been growing briskly, with sales doubling about every nine months.

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Burma expects to add about eight new full-time positions once the expansion completes.

Now, the company is in the process of selecting a construction firm to double the size of the facility to accommodate the growth. Burma expects to add about eight new full-time positions once the expansion is completed.

Charlene Palmer, production manager and a longtime Moore Haven resident, talked to us about what it’s like to work there.

“It’s really exciting to have a company like this come to Moore Haven. With all the growth, there is a lot of opportunity. I moved from a production position to management in less than a year,” Ms. Palmer said.

“The challenge, though, is that the guys have very high expectations of their employees. Only high performers work out really well here.”

Tracy Whirls, who is executive director of the Glades County Economic Development Council, noted; “We’ve seen an interesting rise in entrepreneurial activity in Glades County in the last year or so. Burma Spice and Maxant are two e-commerce companies that have recently relocated to Moore Haven because of the competitive advantage Glades County offers these businesses. It’s great to see these businesses flourish in our community.”

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Burma Spice imports spices from around the world and packages them for retail sale on Amazon and other ecommerce sites.

Burma Spice has had some fun with the curiosity generated by the company’s move to Moore Haven.

Although the plant is a manufacturing facility, curious neighbors sometimes assume it’s a retail store. Folks have a tendency to pop in and start walking around amongst the conveyor belts and assembly lines. The employees explain that the products are for sale on Amazon as they politely escort out the curious visitors.

In the longer term, Burma Spice plans to keep Glades County as a permanent home.
Owner Ed Brakus mentioned, “We have some space for continued expansion of our current facility. When we outgrow it, we’ll build a new plant, possibly in the new America’s Gateway Logistics Center.”

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