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  • March 17, 2014 3:18 PM | Anonymous

    In 2012, The Manufacturing Institute launched the Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead initiative to honor and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research, and leadership. The STEP Ahead initiative will not only celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding current leadership in manufacturing again with our annual Awards Dinner, but also to inspire the next generation of female leaders.
    Watch the video here

  • March 04, 2014 11:02 AM | Anonymous
    Bright House Regional Business Awards took place on Feb. 27 and BAMA member iDatix received the most prestigious award of the evening “Innovator of the Year.”
    Read more about Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards.
  • February 20, 2014 2:46 PM | Anonymous
    Topics include:
    • Advanced Manufacturing Research Matching Grants
    • Export Assistance
    • Tax on Commercial Leases/Rentals
    • STEM Workforce Training
    • Capital Investment Incentive Tax Credit
    • Quick Response Training Funds
    • Industry Certification Funding

    The entire report can be found here.

  • January 21, 2014 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    Join us for Manufacturing Days at the Capital on February 4-5, 2014 in Tallahassee, FL. We have a great event planned - legislative briefing, legislative reception and pre-set appointments with key legislators.

    Speaking at the briefing on February 4 are: Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard, Enterprise Florida President Gray Swoope, Workforce Florida's April Money, Florida Chamber, AIF, Florida Ports Council, Career & Technical Educators, and more. For the reception on February 4, all the legislators have been invited. We have a full morning of appointments at the Capitol on February 5 for participants to talk with legislators about the MAF legislative priorities.

    Our host hotel is the aloft Tallahassee Downtown Hotel - phone 850.513.0313. Please call the hotel directly for room reservations in the Manufacturers Association of Florida room block. Rooms are going fast!

    You may register for the event online at You may also sign up to sponsor the event online. The registration form to attend or sponsor and the preliminary agenda may be downloaded from the MAF registration page. Contact or 850.402.2954 with questions. We look forward to seeing you at this popular event for manufacturers in Florida!

    Contact: Nancy D. Stephens, CAE, IOM, DPL
    Executive Director
    Manufacturers Association of Florida
    850.402.2954 Phone

  • January 03, 2014 3:49 PM | Anonymous

    As part of the Florida TRADE grant, we are looking for manufacturers that would like to offer internships, tours for students, offer job development services, and be part of a committee to offer help with this grant.

    If you would like to offer help, please contact Becky at BAMA, 727-536-5809.

  • December 17, 2013 12:19 PM | Anonymous

    On Nov. 21, Clay Gambetti, Manager of Research & Analysis, Workforce Projects at Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance spoke on the Hillsborough-Pinellas Manufacturing Skills Gap Analysis.

    More information on the Manufacturing Skills Gap Analysis can be found here.

  • November 04, 2013 9:04 AM | Anonymous

    At the Enterprise Florida quarterly Board and Stakeholders Meetings in Coral Gables last week, Enterprise Florida adopted a legislative agenda, including a research proposal. This research agenda item has developed into a proposal that would allow the very successful High Tech Corridor Research Matching Grants Program to spread to the rest of the state.

    This allows Florida manufacturers, no matter where they are in FL, to have their money matched by the state universities for manufacturing-directed research projects.

    If you would like to read more, you can find it.

  • October 28, 2013 8:38 AM | Anonymous

    The Florida Chamber has provided us with some interesting news bytes about the importance of growing Florida’s role in international trade:

    • Bloomberg: Mexico’s growth will slow, and Brazil’s growth will increase at a slower rate than predicted
    • Miami Herald: Florida real estate transactions by foreign nationals increased 3.8%, with Canada leading the pack, and China entering the group.
    • Global Trade Magazine: Export values from the 174 Free Trade Zones (FTZ) operating in the U.S. increased 147.9% from 2009 to 2012.
    • The Economist:“The pace of global growth increased during the second quarter of 2013 – only the third quarterly acceleration in three years. But the world is dangerously dependent on China, which continues to grow at a clip. Since the beginning of 2010 it alone has contributed over one-third of global GDP growth, with another 40 percent coming from the rest of the emerging world.”
  • October 25, 2013 2:37 PM | Anonymous

    The newly released Florida Trade and Logistics Study 2.0, identifies the potential to create 150,000 new trade and logistics jobs over the next 5 years. This study, commissioned by the Florida Chamber Foundation, recommends developing a trade, logistics and manufacturing talent pipeline, creating Centers of Excellence and the Southeast’s first merchant marine training institute. MAF partnered with the Florida Chamber Foundation on the report by providing review and editing time.

    To see the entire report visit:

    Hear more about the content of the study at the 10th Annual Manufacturers Summit.


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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