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Companies such as MetLife in Tampa, Piper Aircraft in Vero Beach and Redpine Healthcare Technologies in the Panhandle have even missed their job-creation marks and made no moves to return the grants they’ve received.
A three-month investigation by The Tampa Tribune shows at least four in every 10 companies that won grants from the fund through the end of the state’s 2011 fiscal year have failed to meet their obligations — some slightly, others by wide margins.