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  • July 01, 2015 10:13 AM | Anonymous

    There is grant money available to manufacturers, but you must be quick because it goes fast.

    OJT - On the Job Training

    EWT - Employed Worker Training

    Employer Tax Credits

  • June 26, 2015 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    There has been a great deal of attention paid to the skills gap facing American manufacturers. The gap needs to be addressed before we can develop the engineers and technicians of the future. A study from The National Defense Industrial Association reported that between 5th and 12th grade, 74 percent of the children do not have access to or interest in STEM the coursework they need to thrive in today’s advanced manufacturing environment.

    Read more here:

  • June 16, 2015 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    The increasing number of jobs tell the story: Florida and the Tampa Bay area are experiencing a resurgence in manufacturing jobs. The resurgence, which appears to be mostly concentrated in smaller, high-tech or “niche” companies, is occurring after years of gradual but steady decline in manufacturing, made worse by a crash during the latest recession.

    Now with more than 333,000 manufacturing jobs across Florida, more than 61,000 just in the Tampa Bay region and growing companies hiring again, you can actually see the industry's comeback on the high-tech factory floors of local manufacturers.

    You can see the comeback at Southern Manufacturing Technologies situated in a small industrial park just off the Veterans Expressway in northwest Hillsborough County. There you’ll see lathes operated by computers and workers using microscopes in fabricating ultra-precise valves, actuators and other parts for jet and rocket engines.

    You can also see it at the headquarters of Heat Pipe Technology off Orient Road, a company that was founded in 1983 with a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop an innovation that makes air conditioning systems more efficient and keeps satellites safe from the broiling heat and deep cold of space.

    And it’s also in the headquarters of Creative Sign Designs off Racetrack Road, where workers design and fabricate one-of-a-kind exterior and interior signs, including the unique “sign” on the new Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg – actually the artist’s signature recessed into a section of the building’s exterior concrete wall.

    Read more: http://www.83degreesmedia.com/features/manufacturing061615.aspx

  • June 11, 2015 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    If Florida were a country, its $800 billion economy would make it the 19th largest economy in the world. Our state is poised to play a huge role in the global marketplace. In order to grow that economy, businesses need to be able to compete fairly around the world. Manufacturers need the support of U.S. negotiators to secure strong trade agreements in the world's biggest markets. Trade Promotion Authority is necessary to create the environment for such negotiations.

    TPA is the key to increasing markets for Florida manufactured goods. It gives our leaders, both the president and Congress, the ability to negotiate trade deals in a timely manner. Contrary to rhetoric that has come from loud factions in both parties lately, TPA will not lead to manufacturing jobs being shipped overseas. It is a legislative mechanism to ensure that we can negotiate and finalize trade deals to increase our exports and even attract new manufacturers to the United States. That means more — not fewer — manufacturing jobs for Floridians.

    Florida businesses exported more than $58 billion in goods last year alone. Along with those billions of dollars in exports, international trade supports over 2 million jobs in Florida.

    More than 18,000 manufacturers in our state employ more than 317,000 workers. TPA is an essential legislative tool for helping the United States lead in trade negotiations and secure deals that will increase Florida's exports and bring even more manufacturing jobs to the state.

    Trade Promotion Authority had strong bipartisan support in the Senate with Sens. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., voting for passage. Our senators should be commended for their bipartisanship in support of Florida manufacturing. Now the U.S. House needs to follow their lead and support Florida manufacturers by voting for TPA.

    Nancy Stephens, executive director, Manufacturers Association of Florida, Tallahassee

  • June 01, 2015 11:56 AM | Anonymous

    The Tampa Bay Export Alliance recently hosted the second annual International Town Hall at the Hilton Carillon in St. Petersburg. More than 300 business representatives and partners attended the conference designed to increase the Tampa Bay region's understanding of how to engage in international trade.

    A partnership between Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and Pinellas County Economic Development, the Alliance's synergy stems from the cooperative efforts to promote the region as a whole.

    For more information visit http://tampabayexportalliance.com

  • May 19, 2015 1:46 PM | Anonymous

    Recruiting Girls for STEM Pathways Webinar 05/27/2015
    There are numerous strategy resources and success stories which work for recruiting girls to STEM programs, yet overall recruitment numbers for girls in STEM subjects and careers still lag behind the interest and enrollment boys show for STEM programs.

    This webinar looks at “what works” from the unique perspective of teachers in the field at progressive levels of education: Elementary, Middle, High School, and College programs and outcomes.

    Register online here!
    For more information contact: boyette@fl-ate.org

  • May 13, 2015 10:06 AM | Anonymous

    Pinellas Technical College in Clearwater has announced that they now have an evening CNC Basic Class beginning June 1.  This training can take a machinist with little or no knowledge of running a CNC Machine and educate them to not only run the machines but program them, as well.  They start by teaching students the basic language of G and M codes; students then take the basic code and learn how to put it into lines of information to form a program. From there, they learn to write programs for the CNC mills and CNC lathes.

    For more experienced individuals, Pinellas Technical College offers classes in Master Cam that are self-tutorial so a student can move at their own pace.

    The CNC Basic Classes are Monday and Wednesdays from 5-9 PM.
    First term runs June 1 - July 27; Second term runs Sept. 2 - Oct. 28.

    For more information, contact Richard McConnaughey at 727-538-7161 x2062 (Mon or Wed from 6-9PM) or email McConnaugheyR@pcsb.org.

  • May 12, 2015 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    Marnie Schmidt LLC recently partnered with Monin Gourmet Flavorings and would like to recognize them as their newest “Waste Warrior”. A multinational company, Monin identified “information sharing” as key to the success of their business, as well as their superior quality system, which is SQF (Safe Quality Foods) certified. According to SQFI (Safe Quality Foods Institute), “SQF certification assures buyers and customers that food has been produced, processed and handled according to the highest standards.”

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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

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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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