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  • May 06, 2016 1:55 PM | Anonymous

    Nominations are open for MAF Manufacturer/Distributor/Supplier/Logistics Business of the Year Awards for 2016. Anyone or entity can nominate a company in Florida for these awards AND companies may self nominate. Please download these three forms to get more information.

    The deadlines are as follows:
    • July 29, 2016 is the deadline for nominations
    • August 5, 2016 is the deadline for nominated companies to return their company questionnaire (applications)

    All nominations, questions and applications should be sent to Jeff Littlejohn, WSource, jml@wsourcegroup.com; 850.363.9644.

    There are some new features in the awards program this year.
    • The Distributor category has been expanded to suppliers and logistics companies.
    • Any company who is, or becomes, an MAF member by July 29, 2016 AND who becomes a finalist in the competition will receive the MAF Seal of Excellence designation. This is a designation the company may use to promote their company and MAF will prominantly display the companies with this designation on the MAF website, along with the Winners of the Year. It is another prestigious designation that will set MAF members who achieve this status apart from other manufacturers in the state. If you have not thought about nominating your company in the past, think about it this year!
    • Our new lead judge is Jeff Littlejohn, WSource. His contact information is above.

    As always, any RMA member or MAF member is eligible to compete for these awards. This year the awards dinner will be on Wednesday, November 16 in Gainesville, Florida. Finalists are expected to attend. Winners will be announced at the awards dinner and all finalists and judges will be recognized for their achievements.

  • April 28, 2016 1:42 PM | Anonymous

    National Institute for Metalworking Skills and Gene Haas Foundation Announce Scholarships for Young Manufacturing Talent

    Program will provide scholarships to high-achieving SkillsUSA students showcasing their skills at the 2016 National Leadership and Skills Conference

    NIMS, the precision manufacturing industry’s premier standards and certification body, and the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF), which provides scholarships to schools for students entering technical training programs, are partnering to provide scholarship funds directly to the near-future workforce. The scholarships will be given to select SkillsUSA students, who represent some of the nation’s top young talent in precision machining and metalworking.

    The 2016 GHF-NIMS SkillsUSA Scholarship Program will award over $200,000 in scholarship funds to students competing in three manufacturing events at the 52nd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Kentucky June 20-24, 2016. Competitors include high school and college students from all 50 states who have won their state-level competitions in CNC Technician, CNC Milling Specialist and CNC Turning Specialist. Upon their arrival at NLSC, they will be eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship award recognizing their success. Medalists at each of the three competitions at each level will receive awards in the following amounts: Gold: $4,000; Silver: $3,000; and Bronze: $2,000.

    “Recruiting and training a high-quality workforce is critical to sustaining and growing manufacturing in the U.S.,” said Peter Zierhut, vice president, Haas Automation. “Building this workforce begins with providing opportunities for young people to explore careers in manufacturing and gain in-demand, 21st century skills century skills.”

    “These students are the future of our industry,” said Jim Wall, executive director, NIMS. “Their skills, experiences, and work ethic will enable our industry to innovate and compete in the global marketplace.”

    The GHF-NIMS SkillsUSA Scholarship Program is part of a larger partnership led by GHF and NIMS to help more students prepare for success in precision manufacturing careers by gaining industry-recognized credentials at high schools and colleges. GHF and NIMS have provided more than $1.8 million to schools and students since the program launched in 2014. As a result, more education programs are providing high-quality training and more individuals are gaining the skills and credentials they need for success in the workplace.

    About NIMS
    NIMS is the developer of quality competency-based skills standards and credentials for jobs in manufacturing and related industries. Through these efforts, NIMS helps build and maintain a globally competitive workforce. www.nimsready.org.

    About the Gene Haas Foundation
    The Gene Haas Foundation was formed in 1999 to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities, at the discretion of its founder, Mr. Gene Haas. On top of the list of priorities of the Gene Haas Foundation is scholarship funding for students to attend colleges that teach machining based skills as well as training for the instructors to teach CNC machining. Additionally GHF supports select manufacturing education programs that inspire and educate young people about careers in manufacturing.

  • April 28, 2016 12:45 PM | Anonymous

    Everyone who works in manufacturing knows that it’s one of the coolest industries to be in right now. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a millennial making an impact, there’s a lot to love about manufacturing. Here are some reasons why.

    Contributing To The Economy
    The manufacturing industry helps support the global and national economies, as well as individuals and families. In fact, Hytrol reports:
    - There are 17.6 million manufacturing jobs across the United States
    - For every job held in manufacturing, 2.91 jobs are created in another sector
    - Every dollar spent on manufacturing equates to $1.37 contributed to the economy overall
    - One in every six jobs in the U.S. is a manufacturing position

    Clearly, manufacturing is having a big impact on jobs, livelihoods and the economy. That’s something to be proud of.

    Read more of the article by Zachary Smith

  • April 08, 2016 11:40 AM | Anonymous

    TAMPA — The official launch of the Manufacturing Alliance of Hillsborough took place at Tampa Bay Tech High School, one of three high schools that received money last year for new welding equipment. The county commission has appropriated more than $1.3 million over the past two years to furnish industrial equipment for local high schools.

    Read more at: www.tbo.com

  • April 06, 2016 12:53 PM | Anonymous

    Five-day hands-on camp with grade-appropriate professional instruction with in-camp support from Florida Advanced Technology Education Center (FLATE)

    FLATE's 5-day Summer Robotics Camps use Lego Mindstorm EV3 Robots for high school and middle school students

    Web: www.fl-ate.org/projects/camps.html

    2016 Summer Camp Information

    June 20–June 24: Intro EV3 Camp – GIRLS ONLY
    June 27–July 1: Intro EV3 Camp – ALL
    July 11–July 15: Intermediate* EV3
    July 25–July 29: High School Engineering & Tech Camp

    FLATE Robotics Camp
    BSSB (Brandon Student Services Bldg 218)
    Hillsborough Community College
    Brandon Campus
    10414 E. Columbus Drive; Tampa, FL 33619

    Camp Details:
    Monday – Friday / 8:30am – 4pm
    Costs: $175 per week for EV3 Camps
    $200 per week for High School

    For More Information:
    Email: camps@fl-ate.org
    Phone: (813) 259-6578

    Scholarships are available!

    For more information go to FLATE website
  • April 05, 2016 3:47 PM | Anonymous

    Come learn about the different training grants available for your organization.

    Friday, April 15, 2016
    9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

    Let us assist your organization to grow, become more proficient, increase customer satisfaction, streamline processes, improve quality, and become more effective and efficient. We will give you the tools that are necessary to meet the challenges of today’s contemporary workplace!

    Workforce Institute, EpiCenter, 13805 58th St. N, Clearwater 33760
    Questions? Email: workforce@spcollege.edu

  • March 22, 2016 9:41 AM | Anonymous

    Bringing Innovation to Florida
    Advanced Solutions, an Autodesk Platinum Partner and Authorized Training Center (ATC), announces regional expansion into the Tampa, Florida market. The expansion will help Advanced Solutions Design Software better serve the needs of its Florida-based customers and support the continued sales and services growth of the company.

    Since entering the Florida market in 2012, Advanced Solutions has continued to expand throughout the region. The company has seen continual growth within Florida, contributing to its success and recognition as one of the largest Autodesk Platinum Partners in the world.

    Business Development Manager, Sean McAuley will lead Advanced Solutions’ expansion into the Manufacturing industry in Tampa, Florida. Sean is heading up the Advanced Solutions Tampa office, located at 5300 West Cypress Street, Suite 247. He knows companies need the ability to deliver a product faster with less environmental impact, provide interoperability between different design teams, collaborate during the design/production process, and need the accessibility of utilizing the latest technology. By taking the time to understand his client’s manufacturing processes, he will identify issues and challenges specific to their workflows, in order to deliver the optimal business solutions and drive tangible results, achieving more effective products, processes, innovations, and ideas.

    For additional information about Advanced Solutions or Tampa-based Business Development Manager, Sean McAuley, visit our website at http://www.AdvancedSolutions.com/design.

    About Advanced Solutions Design Software
    Advanced Solutions Design Software is an award winning Autodesk Platinum Partner with 2D and 3D design software expertise in architecture, engineering, construction, civil infrastructure and manufacturing. The company has earned Autodesk Specializations in Advanced MEP, Building, Civil Infrastructure, Process & Power, Product Design & Manufacturing, PLM and Simulation, representing its proven ability to consistently deliver advanced customer solutions, consulting, training and support in these areas. In addition to industry focused expertise, Advanced Solutions provides Autodesk authorized value added services such as consulting, product support, training, and certification to its diverse customer base. The company is a member of the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN), bringing further value to customers through certified software customization and business systems integration. Advanced Solutions Design Software helps customers gain a competitive advantage by recommending, implementing and customizing software solutions that lead to increased revenues, reduced operating costs, and improved efficiencies. For additional information about Advanced Solutions Design Software please visit our website at www.AdvancedSolutions.com/design

  • March 14, 2016 5:05 PM | Anonymous

    The Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) applauds the Florida Senate and the House of Representatives on the final passage of the permanent sales tax exemption on manufacturing machinery and equipment. The measure, which is included in House Bill 7099, was originally sponsored by Senator Dorothy Hukill and Representative MaryLynn Magar.

    "The permanent sales tax exemption for manufacturing machinery and equipment will allow business owners to grow their business and enrich Florida's economy," said Nancy Stephens, Executive Director of MAF. "The thousands of dollars in savings from the exemption will be applied to additional equipment, the creation of new jobs, training to upgrade employee skills, or increased benefits for current employees. In 2014, the Florida Legislature passed a temporary sales tax exemption for manufacturing businesses and the results of that effort have proven to make a positive impact on our state. The support of Governor Scott, the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives is a clear message that Florida has great expectations for our manufacturing businesses and their ability to grow Florida's economy."

    MAF wishes to thank Governor Scott, President Gardiner, Speaker Crisafulli, President Lee, Speaker Designate Corcoran, Sen. Hukill, Rep. Gaetz, Rep. Ray Rodrigues, and Rep. Magar for the critical roles they all played in passing this cornerstone legislation on manufacturing.

  • February 04, 2016 1:12 PM | Anonymous

    CareerEdge Invites you to an Employer Roundtable
    Manufacturing and Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

    For Manufacturing and Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (TDL) industry employers.

    Please join CareerEdge for coffee, refreshments and a robust discussion around what you are experiencing, seeing and most importantly what you need within your organizations and industry.

    Thursday, February 18
    8:00 – 9:30 AM
    St. Petersburg College Epicenter - Collaborative Labs
    13805 58th Street N., Clearwater, FL 33760

    • Join your peers in this opportunity to share your workforce challenges and needs.
    • Learn about the exciting grants available for your industry:
    • Eight nationally recognized TDL certifications being offered in partnership with St. Petersburg College.
    • Funding opportunities to help train your incumbent workers.
    • Internship program provides up to a $1,500 in reimbursement per intern.
    RSVP to Sandy Keeton at skeeton@uwsuncoast.org or 941-328-6974


Manufacturing in Tampa Bay

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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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