Nortrax, a John Deere construction and forestry equipment dealer operating throughout North America, will open a new shared services center in Tampa, Fla. The 24,000-square-foot center will employ about 60 people in the fields of accounting, finance, credit, human resources, information technology, sales, marketing, parts service, rental, used equipment and inventory management.

“Economic development that leads to high-value jobs is my number one mission,” said Florida governor Charlie Crist. “By working with an organization like Nortrax to facilitate their growth and expansion in Florida, we are accomplishing this mission.”

Nortrax officials said the company was attracted to the Tampa area. The city already houses a Nortrax dealership, has a large employment pool and is a desirable place to live. The new shared services center will provide centralized services to all 40 Nortrax U.S. branches and select services in Canada.

Nortrax is the largest John Deere dealership group in North America and extends across the eastern and central portions of the United States and Canada.