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Workers excited about having Hertz as new tenant

Jun. 14, 2013
Hertz's selection process on temporary location
Hertz's selection process on temporary location: News-Press reporter Dick Hogan talks about Hertz's selection process for its temporary location in Naples on Thursday. Video by Jack Hardman/


Special page: Learn more about Hertz moving its headquarters to Southwest Florida

The multistory concrete and glass structure stands out above the traffic and activity along U.S. 41. The Fifth Third Center is the tallest building around, towering over nearby businesses and come August, it will loom even larger.

On Thursday, Hertz Corp. announced the location of its temporary worldwide headquarters will be at the Fifth Third Center building at Vanderbilt Beach Road and U.S. 41.

The decision comes a little more than a month after Hertz announced its plan to relocate its world headquarters to the corner of U.S. 41 and Williams Road in Estero. The move will create 700 jobs in the area when construction is complete some time in 2015.

News of the temporary move hadn’t made its way to many workers at the center as they headed for their cars through a parking garage on a storm-darkened afternoon.

“I think it’s a great addition to Southwest Florida. It will definitely add some excitement around here,” said Claudia Polzin.

“Shocked” and “Excited” were frequent adjectives used by employees responded to the announcement as they left for the day. Many cited the possibilities for bringing new business to the city, even through a temporary move.

“It’s a good addition, I think it will attract some business to the area,” said Rick Moore, who works on the fifth floor, as he walked out, tapping on a cell phone.

“I’m really surprised, but I think it will be good. Good for the area,” said Ted Crawford as he walked across the parking garage, laptop bag over his shoulder.

“I feel like it’s good for Collier County,” said Joanne Menard, who also works on the fifth floor. “They’ll be like the new kids at school.”

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