The Tampa Port Authority (TPA) has awarded Ampco System Parking a multimillion dollar, three-year contract to manage the extensive parking operations at the Port of Tampa. Ampco is a division of ABM Industries Inc., which, through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation’s leading facility services contractors.

Ampco will be responsible for managing and operating TPA’s 3,000 parking spaces. The port’s parking facilities serve thousands of cruise passengers, tourists and patrons of Channelside Bay Plaza, an entertainment center and popular nightspot adjacent to the port, featuring restaurants, clubs and other retail operations. Together, the Port of Tampa and Channelside Bay Plaza generate significant economic activity for the Tampa Bay area.

“Following an extensive selection process based on a number of factors including price, previous work history, and references, we awarded Ampco the contract because they were highly competitive, and we are certainly impressed with the outstanding job we’ve seen them do at Tampa International Airport,” Richard Wainio, port director and chief executive, said.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to expand Ampco’s good relationship in Tampa, and we look forward to continuing to provide the highest quality parking services to the many residents, visitors and patrons in the Tampa area,” said Mark Muglich, executive vice president, Ampco System Parking.

Tampa Port Authority ( administers Florida’s largest and one of the nation’s most diversified ports. With more than 8 million people within 100 miles, the Port of Tampa has a local consumer market that is among the largest in the Southeast U.S.