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Sixt car hire to move into new Fort Lauderdale headquarters

SIXT FLA senior director with Sixt car hire says the company’s US operation will be moving to a new headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. Speaking to reporters recently, Sebastian Birkel explained the company had selected Fort Lauderdale because of its prime location and skilled workforce.

Sixt has just splashed out US10.4 million (£7.95 million) on a new premises for the North American operation. The property at number 1501, NW 49th Street will take over from the company’s current rented one and have the space to accommodate 300 employees.

Around 170 people work at the old building and Mr Birkel says with the new investment Sixt will be able to relocate its contact centre and still have ample room for future growth. Commenting on Sixt’s new purchase, Florida governor Rick Scott noted that the firm had looked at California, Texas and Georgia before settling on the Sunshine State.

In addition to a location close to both Fort Lauderdale and Miami airports, Fort Lauderdale is closer to the Sixt global headquarters in Pullach, Germany than the other US states. This is believed to have been another deciding factor in the choice of Fort Lauderdale.

Another key incentive is a a financial carrot from Florida which Sebastian Birkel described as a positive. The Fort Lauderdale commission has okayed a subsidy of US$5,000 (£3,800) for each employee from a total US$1.5 million (£1.15 million) budget. The subsidy is being split between Florida and Fort Lauderdale with the state paying four fifths.

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