Gov. Rick Scott, who has toured dozens of small businesses and manufacturing companies in his 13 months as the state’s chief executive, Friday added one from Fort Myers to his list.
He spent an hour touring Dean Steel Buildings Inc., met with company owners and officials and answered questions from a group of employees.
“I have visited all types of businesses,” the governor said. “It’s great to see companies, like this one, that have found their niche.”
That specialty is selling steel components throughout the southeastern United States, the Caribbean and Latin America to build heavy-duty metal buildings that have stood the test of hurricanes and earthquakes.
Chief Executive Officer Charles Dean said he had never met the governor.
“We got a call last Friday asking if he could come see us,” Dean said. “Of course we said we would welcome him.”
Amy Graham, a spokesperson for Scott, said she wasn’t sure why Dean Steel Buildings was selected for the visit.
“I know we got a call recommending them,” Graham said. “The governor likes to reach out to business owners.”
After touring the steel works, Scott sat down with five employees from all different parts of the operation: Bill Clark, Margie Brown, Juan Enriquez, Elvia Mora and Susie Azucena Fajardo.
“Tell us how we can do things better,” Scott said.
The five peppered the governor with questions and suggestions ranging from how to construct more efficient school buildings, to the Everglades to oil drilling to tourism.