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  • October 14, 2016 7:59 AM | Anonymous

    MAF Environmental Teleconference
    Thursday, October 20, 2016
    3 – 4 p.m.
    Dial in Number 712.775.7000; PIN 317371#
    Staffed by Hopping Green & Sams
    Moderator: Mike Petrovich, Hopping Green & Sams

    For more information, contact

  • September 30, 2016 7:29 AM | Anonymous

    Article from Industry Week website - click to read article.
    Who is Killing American Manufacturing?
    by Leo Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers

  • September 28, 2016 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    St. Pete College featured on ABC News on Sept. 14

    Watch the video online.

  • September 26, 2016 12:02 PM | Anonymous

    The National Association of Manufacturers is holding a teleconference on October 6th at 10:00 AM (EDT) about the new federal trade secrets law.
    Click for Registration Info

  • September 13, 2016 4:20 PM | Anonymous

    CareerSource Tampa Bay is conducting a Manufacturing Workforce Analysis Survey in partnership with CareerSource Pinellas, Florida High Tech Corridor, Pasco Economic Development Council, Pinellas County Economic Development, Tampa Bay Partnership, and Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.

    The goal of the survey is to understand local needs for skilled manufacturing employees in Tampa Bay. Individual company identities and responses will be kept confidential. Thank you for providing this critical information that will assist us in addressing the gap between the supply and demand for manufacturing workers in the Tampa Bay area.

    The survey deadline is this Friday, September 16.

  • September 12, 2016 12:09 PM | Anonymous

    Live 2 Lead Tampa Bay
    Friday, Oct. 7

    Use the promotional code “BAMA2016” when registering for individual admission to receive a $10 discount. Then, $10 will be donated to BAMA Scholarship and STEM fund.

    Click here to register

  • September 12, 2016 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    Manufacturing Skill Standards Council
    Certified Production Technician
    Certification Program

    This is a 100 percent web-based course consisting of five modules and four assessments for a total of 80 hours (a headset and microphone is required). Upon successful completion of the course, you can earn your MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification. The CPT is a nationally recognized certificate that can be used for employment across all manufacturing sectors.

    Consisting of:
      - Maintenance
      - Awareness
      - Quality and Continuous Improvement
      - Manufacturing Process and Production

    Throughout the training, students take MSSC assessments. After passing each assessment, a Certificate of Recognition from MSSC is provided. When all four key assessments are successfully completed, the MSSC CPT Certification will be awarded and 15 credit hours toward an A.S. in Engineering Technology degree can be used at all state colleges in Florida that offer the A.S. in Engineering Technology degree.

    Training starts Tuesday, October 4, 2016
    Classes are conducted online Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 - 10 p.m., October 4 through December 13.
    Fee: $899* per person
    *Includes registration with MSSC, five coursebooks, four assessment codes and facilitation. (No class on Thanksgiving)

    For more information and to register, visit or contact Lee Kotwicki at 941-363-7218,

  • August 30, 2016 8:24 AM | Anonymous

    METTLER TOLEDO Announces New Facility to be Built in Pasco County
    Company expected to add 185 jobs and invest more than $30 million in the project Lutz, Fla.

    (August 23, 2016) — Today. the Pasco Economic Development Council gathered with representatives from Enterprise Florida and Pasco County officials to announce that METTLER TOLEDO will construct a new 250,000-square-foot facility at a site adjacent to the Suncoast Parkway in Lutz, Florida. The new facility, built for the company’s Product Inspection Division, will be home to more than 500 employees, including 185 new positions and 320 retained jobs. More than $30 million in capital will be invested in the region. METTLER TOLEDO’s Product Inspection Division is the global market leader in the field of check-weighing, industrial metal detection, and x-ray inspection systems for the food, pharmaceutical, and packaged consumer goods industries.

    “We are very excited to have made the decision to locate our new facility in Pasco County,” said Viggo Nielsen, General Manager of METTLER TOLEDO Safeline. “We wanted a location where our current staff would be able to follow us and where we could pull new team members from a diverse and well educated pool. The support we have been getting from Pasco County, The State of Florida, and Duke Energy has been outstanding."

    METTLER TOLEDO cited access to the area’s diverse, experienced labor pool in addition to the location’s easy access to regional infrastructure as prime reasons for choosing the Pasco County site for the new facility. “I have often touted that Pasco County’s strong workforce and affordable cost of doing business makes our community an ideal location for foreign direct investment,” said Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey. “I am delighted that METTLER TOLEDO has found that Pasco County is the best location for their long-term growth.”

    Bill Cronin, President/CEO of Pasco Economic Development Council added, “METTLER TOLEDO's relocation is another wonderful testament to the outstanding assets Pasco County has to offer businesses of all sizes across many industries. METTLER TOLEDO will benefit from our strategic location, the outstanding talent in the region, and we are grateful for its investment in Lutz.” The company will ultimately consolidate operations from one other location to the new Lutz facility. Construction is expected to be complete in the fall of 2017.

    “This is a very rewarding win for Florida,” said Crystal Sircy, Executive Vice President & COO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. “Not only is METTLER TOLEDO—a global industry leader—bringing more jobs to the state, but this is a great example of the strong economic development partnerships that exist in Florida. The state has a great business story to tell and we have tremendous partners around the state to help us share that story.”

    Florida’s advanced manufacturing industries are diverse and include sectors for producing intermediate and finished products ranging from plastics to tortillas to auto parts. In total, Florida is home to more than 19,000 manufacturers employing 331,000 workers. These strong industry assets help manufacturing businesses ramp up fast in Florida.

    Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “We’re proud to work together with local, regional and state partners to attract strong job creators like METTLER TOLEDO to Florida. The company’s expansion will support more than 500 Florida families and bolster the state’s growing advanced manufacturing sector.”

    Project partners included Enterprise Florida, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Pasco Economic Development Council, CareerSource Florida, and Duke Energy. Chris Hart IV, President and CEO of CareerSource Florida, said, “This latest expansion of METTLER TOLEDO is great news for Pasco County and surrounding communities. CareerSource Florida has been proud to support METTLER TOLEDO’s growth through employee skills training, and looks forward to assisting with recruiting, hiring and training needs at the new Pasco facility.”

    “Duke Energy was honored to partner with Pasco County and the Pasco Economic Development Council to identify excellent sites and market the communities we serve to businesses in and outside of Florida,” added Alex Glenn, President of Duke Energy. “METTLER TOLEDO's new Pasco location will bring high-level, high wage jobs and capital investment to the area, and our smart grid will provide clean and reliable energy service to the company’s new operations.”

    Mettler Toledo is holding a job fair on Sept. 21 at its Tampa facility, 6005 Benjamin Rd., Tampa 33634, from 6-8PM and jobs can also be viewed at

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    METTLER TOLEDO (NYSE:MTD) is a leading global supplier of precision instruments and services. It is the largest provider of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing applications. The Company is also a leading provider of analytical instruments and systems for use in the life science industries, and of process analytics instruments used for in-line measurement in production processes. In addition, METTLER TOLEDO is the largest supplier of in-line inspection systems used in production and packaging for food, pharmaceutical and other industries.

    About Enterprise Florida
    Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI facilitates job growth through recruitment and retention, international trade and exporting, promotion of sporting events, and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses. EFI launched “Florida – The Future is Here” to promote the state as the nation’s premier business destination.

    About Pasco Economic Development Council
    Pasco EDC is the lead economic development organization dedicated to the overall growth and prosperity of Pasco County through the development of a sustainable and diversified economy. Pasco EDC continues to be a strong partnership funded by corporate and public investors focused on the economic vitality of Pasco County.

  • August 25, 2016 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    USI Insurance has shared with BAMA members its Risk Management Hurricane Preparedness Guidebook which will help you in your storm-related property conservation efforts.

    You can find the guidebook here.

  • August 12, 2016 12:12 PM | Anonymous

    EMS is hosting a one day GD&T Workshop at their Tampa office on Wednesday, August 31, 8:30am - 4:00pm.  Geometric Detailing & Tolerancing (GD&T) it is a quality control system used in all aspects of manufacturing and inspection.

    It will be a full day workshop with GD&T expert Mark Foster and is free to anyone interested in attending. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion for the workshop. In addition, lunch will be provided and there is a give away for a pair of Zeiss binoculars.

    We only ask that everyone register so we have enough food and certificates for everyone who attends.


Manufacturing in Tampa Bay

Questions about manufacturing in Florida?

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Read the 2015 Florida Manufacturing Brief from Enterprise Florida

Labor Market Industry Profile

Florida manufacturers are critical to the state’s economy. In June 2013, Florida manufacturing
was 4.4 percent of the employment for all industries. Manufacturing is separated into durable
goods manufacturing and nondurable goods manufacturing. Durable goods manufacturing
accounted for 66.7 percent of June 2013 manufacturing employment and nondurable goods
manufacturing accounted for 33.3 percent.

There were 18,510 Florida manufacturers in June 2013, with employment of 323,341 jobs.
Employment was up 5,660 jobs (+1.8 percent) over the year.

Read the entire report here

Number of Establishments
Employment December 2013
Pinellas 1,297 30,317
Hillsborough 1,114 24,651
Pasco 317 3,185
Hernando 106 1,509
TOTALS 2,834 59,662

Information provided by

International Trade

Click here for the Slide Show from the tour of the
Tampa Port on May 14, 2016.

If you need information on how to sell your goods to other countries,
here are some contacts that can help you.

Dan Bjerk is a Senior International Trade Specialist at the Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center,
the local office for the U.S. Commercial Service of the International Trade Administration of the
U.S. Department of Commerce located in Clearwater, Florida.

Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center

U.S. Department of Commerce | International Trade Administration

13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200, Clearwater, FL 33760


Brent Barkway joined the staff of Pinellas County Economic Development in August 2014, as a Business Development Manager specializing in Export Development, Foreign Trade Zone management, business expansion and relocation projects. He focuses on helping local companies discover new global markets for their products and services. Brent honed his economic development skills in Lee County, where he managed the relocation of Hertz Corporate Headquarters, which resulted in the creation of hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact in Southwest Florida.

Pinellas County Economic Development

13805 58th St. N., Suite 1-200, Clearwater, FL 33760


Lorrie Belovich is Director of International Business Development for the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and partner in the Tampa Bay Export Alliance. She is responsible for both international trade and foreign direct investment. She works closely with the international stakeholders in Tampa Bay, such as the Tampa International Airport, Port Tampa Bay, Visit Tampa Bay and the Mayor’s office, to align the international business strategy for Hillsborough Country. Lorrie also manages the official outbound trade and business development missions led by Mayor Buckhorn and other elected officials.

Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation

101 East Kennedy Blvd. | Suite 1750, Tampa, FL 33602


Gonzalo Padron joined Port Tampa Bay as director of marketing and business development for Latin America in August 2014. Prior to joining the port’s executive team, Padron was manager of strategic customers at DHL Global Forwarding. Padron began his industry career extensively traveling the Caribbean and Latin America as a senior account executive for ocean carriers Tecmarine Lines and Seaboard Marine.

Port Tampa Bay

1101 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602

office: 813-905-5150

mobile: 813-361-2892

M. Javier Zuniga’s expertise includes corporate and partnership tax compliance, partnership structures, international taxation, individual taxation and forensic accounting. Javier is also part of PDR CPAs R&D tax credit and cost segregation studies practice areas.




The OSHA presentation from January 22, 2015

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