The Economic Development Office recruited Howard Fertilizer distribution center to a privately constructed “spec” building in the Commerce Park. Howard Fertilizer employs seven people and creates indirect transportation employment. Howard Fertilizer & Chemical has evolved from a 1932 small fertilizer operation in downtown Orlando, FL serving the Central Florida citrus growers to the multi-site fertilizer and chemical distribution company of today. In 2009, the company posted record fiscal year sales of $150 million and maintained its status as a top fertilizer producer in Florida. Still family-owned and operated, it is managed by Robert Howard Jr. with sons Frank and Jon actively involved in purchasing and sales. Find their full website here.