New technology company to add facility at Innovation Square
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Zeeko Ltd, an international technology company specializing in ultra-precision polishing machines, is addingÂ a research facility at Innovation Square.Â Â The new locationÂ will join the companyâ€™s others in Japan and Wales, adding a premium position to capitalize on top-tier research at the University of Florida.
â€śIâ€™m the luckiest guy in the world,â€ť said Arthur Graziano, Zeeko manager of research and director of the companyâ€™s GainesvilleÂ facility. As a newly hired UFÂ graduate, Graziano has ties with past mentors and advisers that will give the company another advantage while connecting with the U.S.Â market. â€śI love Gainesville. I never thought Iâ€™d be able to work here after I graduated.â€ť
Zeeko has partnered withÂ real estate company Trimark Properties to establish a state-of-the-art research facility justÂ three blocks from UF campus at Innovation Square. The organization joins a host of tech companies migrating to the area to feed from the benefits of being located next to campus.
â€śWhen an internationally successful company like Zeeko chooses to open an office in Gainesville, it really says something about how powerful a player our city has becomeâ€ť, said Trimark managing partner John Fleming.Â â€śObviously Zeeko thinks that Gainesvilleâ€™s pro-business environment and the proximity of Innovation Square to UF will help it grow. And Gainesville wins, because it means more jobs for our community.â€ť
Based in the United Kingdom, Zeeko suppliesÂ more thanÂ 70 polishing machines to countries all over the globe from Australia to China, and all over Europe. The companyâ€™s products are used for complex surfaces and optics, like those on NASAâ€™s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
By connecting with world renowned researchers at UF, the company plans to add value to the machines they already produce while also branching into other tech avenues.Â
The new research facility, located at 417 SWÂ Eighth St., will sit between the core of Innovation Square and new housing developments being erected for young professionals and students at UF,Â giving the company access to talent and professional networks. The proposed Infusion Technology Center and Savion Park Luxury Apartments, also being developed by Trimark Properties, sit within a block of Zeekoâ€™s Gainesville office. The Florida Innovation Hub at UF, the university’sÂ entrepreneurial incubator, is also within close walking distance.
Construction has already begun at Zeekoâ€™s new office with the much anticipated move in scheduled for early summer. The company isÂ renting a space that is beingÂ renovated to its specifications, according to a Trimark spokesperson.Â The initial lease is forÂ 1,508 square feet, but theÂ overall building is larger, allowing for additional growth when needed.
For more information about the company,Â go toÂ http://www.zeeko.co.uk/.