Lakeland’s top industries are manufacturing, distribution, health care and tourism. Lakeland distinguishes itself as a business friendly city with outstanding quality of life, diverse culture, available skilled workforce and low labor costs. In addition, our location along the Interstate 4 (I-4) corridor between Tampa and Orlando, access to a variety of colleges and universities within our city, close proximity to ports and two international airports, and the cost of doing business, make Lakeland a great place to live and work.
Lakeland’s location between Tampa and Orlando makes it an ideal location for manufacturing and distribution. The Lakeland market absorbs more than one million square feet of manufacturing/warehouse space annually, with more than 30 million square feet in the entire market.
Lakeland’s major employers include Publix, Amazon, GEICO, GC Services, Lockheed Martin, JBT FoodTech, Carpenter Company, Marriott Vacation Club International, Saddle Creek Corporation, Summit Consulting, Flowers Foods, Pepperidge Farm, Tampa Maid Foods, Advance Discount Auto Parts, Watson Clinic, Key Safety Systems, The Ledger, Sykes, Rooms To Go, City of Lakeland, Lakeland Regional Health and Polk County Public Schools.
Polk County’s agriculture sector continues to be a staple of our economy with more than 626,634 acres of agricultural lands, and agribusiness and food manufacturing companies that output more than $8 billion in annual sales and contribute more than 62,000 jobs to Polk’s economy.