Governor Emphasizes Manufacturing and Education Priorities
Tallahassee --- Today, the opening day of the 2013 Florida Legislative Session,
during his address to the Florida House and Senate in a Joint Session, and with
manufacturers in the audience, Governor Rick Scott announced his top two
priorities for the 2013 Legislative Session. One is removing the sales tax on
manufacturing machinery and equipment and the other is giving a pay raise to
The Manufacturers Association of Florida applauds Governor Scott for
his recognition of the ever increasing important role advanced manufacturing
will play in diversifying Florida’s economy, providing well-paying jobs, and
securing Florida’s position as a hub for international trade. At the same time,
his education priority will serve to support the manufacturing industry by
rewarding teachers for performing at the highest levels and inspiring their
students to excel.
“Florida is poised to be the #1 manufacturing state in the nation. With
a little more help from the Florida Legislature on manufacturing tax policy,
Florida can become competitive with other manufacturing destination states
like Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Texas. We want
people to come for the sun and stay for the manufacturing business”, said Al
Stimac, President, Manufacturers Association of Florida and President, Metal
More than 60% of Florida manufacturers are small businesses. While
this allows them to be more flexible in responding to changing market
demands and conditions, it also means that they are adversely affected by tax
red tape and un-level playing fields. “It is time to recognize that
manufacturing tax reform converts to capital investment, community
investment and employee investment,” said Nancy Stephens, Executive
Director, Manufacturers Association of Florida.
There are 18,107 manufacturers in Florida employing 314,800
individuals paying an average annual salary of $52,378, which is $10,000 more
than the average annual wage in Florida.
Through the MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence
manufacturers are doing their part to invest in students. Through the Dream
It! Do It! program, whereby manufacturers adopt high schools to engage
students in the manufacturing world, and develop partnerships with colleges
to design educational programs that prepare students for manufacturing
careers, Florida manufacturers are helping prepare their future workforce.
Governor Scott has it right – with a little help, manufacturers and
teachers can help lead this state to economic prosperity.
The Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) was formed in 2006 to
improve the business climate for manufacturers in Florida. The top
manufacturing sectors in Florida include computers and electronics, food
products, medical equipment, aerospace parts, nonmetallic mineral products,
fabricated metal products, machinery, chemicals, paper products, and printed
products. Visit www.mafmfg.com.
The MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence (MAF Center) is in its
first year of operation. It was organized to promote an environment in Florida
that produces an educated, skilled, trained and certified advanced
manufacturing workforce for world class manufacturers. Visit