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  • February 01, 2016 8:14 AM | Anonymous

    National Assoc. of Manufacturing (NAM) comes to Port of Tampa Bay to address the "State of Manufacturing"

    Read the article and view speech by NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons

  • January 28, 2016 8:32 AM | Anonymous


    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) applauds the House Finance and Tax Committee for including the permanent sales tax exemption on manufacturing machinery and equipment, along with a reduction in business rent tax, in the Committee’s proposed tax package.

    “The support of the House Finance and Tax Committee on these issues shows Florida’s families and businesses that lawmakers are invested in their success” said Nancy Stephens, Executive Director of MAF. “For the past 12 consecutive months, manufacturing has added 9,200 new jobs in Florida, growing not only the economy, but allowing small businesses to invest back into their community with the creation of new jobs and higher wages. The permanent sales tax exemption on manufacturing machinery and equipment, along with the reduction in business rent tax, will propel Florida forward to compete for employment, new business creation, and expansion. MAF appreciates the House Finance and Tax Committee for their support of Florida manufacturers, their businesses and their ability to create new jobs.”

    The House’s proposed tax package also extends the manufacturing machinery and equipment sales tax exemption to include metal recyclers. “Manufacturing companies use a tremendous amount of metal” added Stephens. “By adding metal recycling machinery to the bill, the Legislature will further reduce manufacturers’ production costs.” The temporary sales tax exemption on manufacturing machinery and equipment was passed by the Florida Legislature in 2014 and will expire in 2017. We thank Representative Magar for bringing this issue to the attention of the House Committee.

  • January 15, 2016 10:48 AM | Anonymous

    As an industry, manufacturing is “hot.” Regions are creating manufacturing initiatives, countries are creating policies to lure manufacturing back and prepare the next generation of talent, maker fairs show entrepreneurs and small-scale artisans how they too can design and manufacture their own products, what manufacturers sell goes well beyond the 100-year-old recipe and the mechanical drawings, and new technologies are changing the economies of scale so that large- and small-scale value chains can be successful.

    Article by Kimberly Knickle, research vice president, IDC Manufacturing Insights
    Read the article

  • January 12, 2016 4:16 PM | Anonymous
    The Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Apprenticeship are excited to announce the release of Training and Employment Notice (TEN) 20-15, titled, “ApprenticeshipUSA Information and New Technical Assistance Resources for Starting and Enhancing Registered Apprenticeship Programs”.

    This important guidance is a great resource intended to support the expansion of Apprenticeships across the country.

    TEN 20-15 / ApprenticeshipUSA Information and New Technical Assistance Resources for Starting and Enhancing Registered Apprenticeship Programs

    Within the TEN you’ll find information related to TEN 20-15 / ApprenticeshipUSA Information and New Technical Assistance Resources for Starting and Enhancing Registered Apprenticeship ProgramsThe launch of the ApprenticeshipUSA initiative and the DOL.GOV/Apprenticeship portal at: The release of the ApprenticeshipUSA Toolkit, which can be accessed here:  http://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/toolkit.htm

    The release of the Federal Resources Playbook for Registered Apprenticeship, which can be found at: https://www.doleta.gov/oa/federalresources/playbook.pdf

    The release of the Pre-Apprenticeship: Pathways for Women into High-Wage Careers, which offers information and resources to help community-based organizations and other workforce intermediaries build and sustain quality pre-apprenticeship programs., and can be accessed here:   https://www.doleta.gov/OA/preapp/

    Additional resources and outreach materials to support the ApprenticeshipUSA initiative and the American Apprenticeship Grants program.

    We encourage you to download TEN 20-15 and share the information widely among your partners.  By bringing together many of our recent technical assistance tools into one document, this resource provides a great opportunity to continue informing our partners and stakeholders about the many ways they can help advance Registered Apprenticeship across the U.S. in all industries.

  • January 11, 2016 2:57 PM | Anonymous

    This month, SPC launches the first issue of St. Petersburg College Magazine. The purpose of this semi-annual magazine is to assist the college in telling "its story" to internal and external stakeholders. Recipients will include business, educational and community partners; Alumni Association members; FCS presidents; and members of the state legislature, among others.

    Each issue will feature updates on college initiatives, as well as feature stories that showcase various areas of SPC, including but not limited to: academic programs, workforce development, active learning, events, special programs and student support services.

    Read the SPC Magazine here

  • January 04, 2016 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    St. Pete College just announced free info sessions for some courses on this Wednesday, Jan. 6. Feel free to share this info with your staff or attend one yourself. Click Here to Register: http://bit.ly/1Qycgm3

    Some of the topics offered:

    • Introduction to a Manufacturing Career
    • What is Emotional Intelligence?
    • Mentorship - How to build a program
    • Building High Performance Teams
    • Which collaboration tools work best?
    • Delivering Effective Presentations
    • Resume/Linkedin Tips
    • Office 2016 New Features
    • Word 2013 Tips and Tricks
    • Excel 2013 Tips and Tricks
    • PowerPoint 2013 Tips and Tricks
    • Adobe Photoshop Tips and Tricks

  • December 15, 2015 1:20 PM | Anonymous

    At the Top of Our Game: Florida Ranks #1 in the Nation for 2015 Manufacturing Day/Month

    Official figures for MFG Day/Month for 2015 are out and with that we are tooting our horns. For the third time in a row (past three consecutive years), Florida ranks Number 1 in the NATION for hosting MFG Day tours and events. 2015 was another banner year for Florida, as FLATE and its network of statewide partners worked cohesively to organize and host 238 manufacturing day/month events across Florida. Since the conclusion of 2015 MFG Day/Month, FLATE has been working on compiling statewide data that provides an in-depth snapshot of the tours and events and the impact it had on all participants. Let’s look at some of the impressive stats and figures from 2015 MFG Day/Month which once again placed Florida as the LEADING STATE IN THE NATION to host manufacturing day tours and events.

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  • December 14, 2015 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new version of the "Job Safety and Health - It's The Law!" poster expanding the lists of employee rights and employer responsibilities, as well as providing additional information about training and injury reporting requirements.

    Get the new poster here

    The newly designed poster has been updated to include new reporting obligations for employers, who must now report every fatality and every hospitalization, amputation and loss of an eye. It also informs employers of their responsibilities to train all workers in a language and vocabulary they can understand, comply with OSHA standards, and post citations at or near the place of an alleged violation.

    The OSHA poster is part of the Complete Compliance Federal poster which combines all SIX mandatory posters from all SIX Federal Agencies in one convenient format, ensuring you are in compliance. All Federal 6-in-1 posters are printed on recycled paper and laminated for extra durability. While previous versions of this notice are still acceptable we strongly recommend that you replace your poster with the most updated version today. All covered employers are required to display the poster in a conspicuous place where workers can see it.

  • December 02, 2015 11:27 AM | Anonymous

    St. Pete College Announces its 2016 Employers Summit

    January 21, 2016
    SPC, Clearwater Campus in room ES-104

    Jobs for the Future, www.jff.org, will facilitate the meeting.


    • Introduce new employer partners to the college’s STEM Pathways programs and to three current students in the pathways
    • Provide a forum for employers to discuss workforce needs (valued workforce readiness skills, identification of hard to fill positions, hiring trends) to promote stronger employment outcomes
    • Explore internship opportunities and ways in which employers can strategically engage with the college to produce a more qualified workforce.
  • December 01, 2015 3:45 PM | Anonymous

    CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay understand the importance for employee training and skill upgrades. Innovation and technological advances are rapidly transforming US manufacturing.

    The Lean Six Sigma series of courses are not just “training” your staff but directs them towards projects that provide real measurable returns. Lean and Six Sigma have been utilized in a number of industry including manufacturing, hospitals, financial services, government and the armed services. Staff members using these methods can provide measurable and predictable results.

    CareerSource provides the following training classes at locations in St. Petersburg or Tampa and on-site at the employer’s facility (based on a minimum number per course).
    • Lean Six Sigma White Belt
    • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
    • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
    • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
    • Lean Bronze

    January Class schedule:
    Six Sigma Yellow Belt:Thursday, January 7 and Friday, January 8 (16 hours)
    Science Center, St Petersburg
    Price: $750.00 per employee
    To facilitate training onsite the class minimum is 5

    Six Sigma Green Belt: Monday, January 25 to Tuesday February 2 (56 hours)
    Science Center,St Petersburg
    Price: $1995.00 per employee
    To facilitate training onsite, the class minimum is 5

    Click Here For More Information

    Contact: Juditte Dorcy
    dorcyj@careersourcetampabay.com, (813) 397-2045
    Click Here For a Registration Form


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

Click the logo to view the presentation

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