Europe’s Top Producer of Epoxy Finds a Footing in St. Petersburg, Florida with Assistance from Pinellas County Economic Development

EPODEX executives reached out to Pinellas County Economic Development for expertise in international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) to tap into the US market.
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How does Europe’s top producer of epoxy find a footing in St. Petersburg, Florida? With research, patience – and assistance from organizations like Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED).

“We knew we wanted to enter the American market,” explains EPODEX USA Project Manager Dr. Sasa Aleksic, “and we knew we wanted to find an east coast location. St. Petersburg’s low cost of living and easy access to international shipping made the location stand out, and when we found the perfect facility, we knew it was the right place to launch our expansion into the U.S.”

EPODEX began as a small, family business in Germany. Sasa, his brother, and some friends had searched for the perfect epoxy product for their own projects, but nothing on the market met their exacting standards. Recognizing the opportunity, they researched and developed their own bubble-free, crystal-clear epoxy, and EPODEX was born. Through hard work and a driving desire to provide a superior product with a multitude of uses, the team quickly grew EPODEX into an international success.

To tap the US market, Sasa reached out to Brent Barkway, Economic Development Manager with PCED. Brent’s expertise in international trade, including foreign direct investment (FDI), provides clients with the information and tools they need to successfully reach international markets.

“Florida is one of the top U.S. destinations for FDI,” he says. “We offer stability, a skilled workforce, and an unbeatable quality of life. Add in Pinellas County’s proximity to Tampa International Airport and Port Tampa Bay, and it’s a prime location for distribution and logistics.”

Brent helped Sasa with the questions that come with FDI, and connected EPODEX with legal and other assistance providers to aid the company in building its U.S. venture.

“Pinellas County Economic Development has provided valuable help to us throughout the process,” attests Sasa. “Any time we have questions, I contact Brent and know that he’ll help me find the right answers.”

EPODEX USA opened a new warehouse in St. Petersburg in 2022 and is working to market its products across the country. With applications ranging in versatility from small arts and crafts projects, to countertops and flooring in food service, and beyond to the marine and boat industry, epoxy resin serves a multitude of uses, and Sasa is eager to share with U.S. customers EPODEX’s full range of products. “We are already the top producer in Europe, and now we want to make our mark in the United States,” he shares. “We found the right place to start in Florida, and look forward to growing our U.S. operations from here.

To learn more about EPODEX USA Corp. and its products, visit www.epodex.us

Pinellas County – The Ideal Business Climate

Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) works with existing businesses to encourage expansion and seeks to attract new companies with high-wage careers to Central Florida’s Gulf Coast. Through investment tools, professional courses and business counseling sessions, trade missions to open new markets, as well as local, regional and statewide partnerships, PCED fosters a pro-business climate in Pinellas County, Florida.

Pinellas County Economic Development
The EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200
Clearwater, Florida 33760

(727) 464-7332 direct
(888) 759-5627 outside of Florida
(727) 464-7053 fax