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  • January 10, 2013 1:41 PM | Anonymous

    MAF Weekly Report-January 6, 2013

     

    What Does the Reduction in Amount of Productivity You Have to Show Mean to You?

    On January 1, 2013 the sales tax exemption for manufacturing machinery and equipment for expanding businesses changed again. Now instead of showing that you are at least 10% more productive in order to get the sales tax exemption, you only have to show that you are 5% more productive.  We are working on press statements with the Governor’s Office and would LOVE to have a quote or two from our members or regional manufacturing members on what this change will mean to them in 2013.  We need them “yesterday” so please send your quote by return email to nancy@nstephens.com. If you want to read the law, it is posted on our home page at www.mafmfg.com.

     

    DEO Issues Annual Report

    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued its 2012 annual report on December 14.  The report covers Florida’s business climate and economic development activities, the strategic plan for economic development, the agency overview, performance of Florida’s economic development public private partnerships, and the Florida Innovation Incentive Fund Program.  It ends with the 2012-2012 goals and objectives for the Department. The vision for DEO is that Florida will have the nation’s top performing economy and be recognized as the world’s best place to live, learn, play, work and do business.  The report is attached for your convenience and is full of useful facts and figures.

     

    Register for Manufacturing Days

    Manufacturing Days at the Capital is scheduled for February 4-5, 2013 in Tallahassee, beginning the afternoon of February 4.  It will be preceded by an MAF Board of Directors meeting on the morning of February 4. There will be briefings the afternoon of February 4 and a legislative reception that evening. On February 5 participants we break into teams to visit legislators in their offices. Event registration fee is $150/members and $200/non-members. Register for the meeting at www.mafmfg.com

     

    We have reserved a small group of hotel rooms at the aloft Hotel for $139/night in downtown Tallahassee (four blocks from the capitol). First come first served.  Reservations at the aloft Hotel must be made by January 14, 2013 by calling 850.513.0313. The room block is under MAF or Manufacturers Association of Florida.

     

    Federal Fiscal Cliff Package

    The American Chemistry Council has reviewed the federal fiscal cliff tax package signed by President Obama on January 2.  Of note are a few things you have heard about and others you might not have!

    • Preserves income tax rates for most Americans as they were at the end of 2012, but individuals earning more than $400,000 and households earning over $450,000 will now pay a tax rate of 39.6%
    • The top tax rate for capital gains and dividends will remain at 15% for those individuals earning less than $400,000 and households earning under $450,000, but will go up to 20% for those with higher annual incomes 
    • Long term unemployment benefits are extended for another year
    • Sequestration is delayed for two months
    • Extends through the end of 2013 the R&D tax credit and a modification of the rules for calculating the credit when the business, or a portion of it, changes hands
    • Extends and modifies the Production Tax Credits for wind power, including the modification that allows renewable energy facilities (such as geothermal, hydropower, biomass and waste to energy) that begin construction before the end of 2013 to claim the 10 year credit

     

    Proposed Federal Rules on Numeric Nutrient Criteria

    EPA recently approved the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s revised numeric nutrient criteria rules for statewide springs, lakes, streams and some estuaries. However, in accordance with a 2009 consent decree with the Florida Wildlife Federation andundefinedbecause the state’s rules do not cover some coastal waters, many estuaries and a subset of flowing watersundefinedEPA has proposed two federal rules that address these waters.

     

    1. EPA’s Inland Remand Rule serves to clarify some provisions in the rule EPA promulgated in 2010 establishing numeric nutrient limits in Florida's streams and rivers. These provisions were sent back to EPA for further action by the U.S. District Court. The rule is posted online at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-18/pdf/2012-30114.pdf, and more information can be found at: http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/florida_inland.cfm

     

    EPA has proposed to postpone the applicability of this rule to November 15, 2013. The stay will allow time to gain clarity on the implementation of Florida’s rules.

     

    1. EPA’s Coastal Rule proposes numeric nutrient limits for those estuaries not covered by the State rule, coastal waters and flowing waters in South Florida. The rule is posted online at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-18/pdf/2012-30117.pdf, and more information can be found at: http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/florida_coastal.cfm

     

    EPA will hold three webinars to provide opportunities for the public to learn more about its proposed rules and submit both written and oral comments. The webinars will be held on the following dates and times:

     

    • Tuesday, January 22, 2013 from 10 am to Noon;
    • Wednesday, January 23, 2013 from 6 to 8 pm; and
    • Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 2 to 4 pm.

     

    Webinar registration is available at: http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/florida_index.cfm

     

    EPA will also hold information sessions for the public to learn more about its proposed rules and submit written comments. While verbal comments will not be taken/recorded, EPA representatives will be available to help attendees submit their written comments electronically. The sessions will have an “open house” format, and will be held in Tampa at the Hotel Tampa (formerly the Hyatt Regency Tampa), at 211 North Tampa Street, on the following dates and times:

     

    • Thursday, January 17, 2013 from 1 to 7 pm; and
    • Friday, January 18, 2013 from 9 am to 1 pm.

     

    If you are unable to participate in any of the information sessions or webinars, or prefer to submit your comments in writing, you are asked to use one of the four methods identified below:

     

    1. www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
    2. Email: ow-docket@epa.gov
    3. Mail to: Water Docket, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mail code: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460.
    4. Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center, EPA West Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

     

    When submitting written comments, you must be sure to identify which rule your comments pertain to:

     

    • Inland Remand Rule Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2009-0596; or
    • Coastal Rule Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2010-0222

     

    Both rules were published in the Federal Register on December 18, 2012. Comments on the Inland Remand Rule must be received on or before February 1, 2013; while comments on the Coastal Rule must be received on or before February 19, 2013.

     

    EPA must finalize the Inland Remand Rule by August 31, 2013 and the Coastal Rule by September 30, 2013. However, the Agency is prepared to either not move forward withundefinedor withdrawundefinedfederal rules for any waters that become covered by state law that meets the requirements of the Clean Water Act.

     

    Short Notes

    ·         Hopping Green & Sams has forwarded a memo from EPA and documents regarding institutional controls for cleaning up contaminated sites. All three documents are attached.

    ·         Interested in adopting a school through the MAF Center’s Dream It Do It Program? Want a Quick Start guide? Contact your regional manufacturing association or June Wolfe at june.wolfe@comcast.net. For more information about Dream It Do It, visit www.mafcenter.org.  

    • Know someone who should be a member of MAF? Contact nancy@mafmfg.com to provide the contact information.
    • The Florida Administrative Register report for the week is attached.

     

    Upcoming Events - 2013

     

    January 30-31    Enterprise Florida Board, Committee, Manufacturing Task Force  and Stakeholder meetings, DoubleTree Hotel, 101 South Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL 

     

    February 4          11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. MAF Board of Directors Meeting, Governors Club, 202 ½ South Adams Street, Tallahassee, Florida

     

    February 4-5      Florida Manufacturing Days at the Capitol, Governors Club, 202 ½ South Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL and the Capitol, Tallahassee, FL.  Guest room blocks reserved at aloft Hotel (850.513.0313) 

     

    May 29                 MAF Board of Directors Meeting, JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, Orlando, FL. Time TBA. Mark your calendars!

     

    May 30                 Mark your calendar for a manufacturing education forum, particularly relevant for manufacturing human relations professionals and educators, to be held in conjunction with the Florida Sterling Conference in Orlando

     

    May 28-31           Florida Sterling Council Annual Conference, JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, register at www.floridasterling.com

  • January 09, 2013 1:43 PM | Anonymous




    Dear Friend,

     

    This morning I visited Johnson and Johnson Vision Care in Jacksonville to announce my commitment to Building Up Florida Manufacturing Jobs during the upcoming legislative session.  Manufacturing is a vital part of Florida’s economy, and companies just like Johnson and Johnson play a vital role in our economy. For families to succeed, Florida manufacturers must succeed.

     

    In order to build up Florida manufacturing jobs, we must get rid of the barriers on manufacturing investment in our state. To do this, we will to fully eliminate the taxes on the purchase of equipment to encourage manufacturing companies to grow in Florida and strengthen our economy. By making it easier for Florida’s manufacturers to do business in our state, we can create more opportunities for our economy and our families.

     

    Today, there are 17,500 manufacturing companies in Florida that employ over 300,000 Florida families. Yet, Florida’s current policy puts our state at a competitive disadvantage because most states do not force manufacturers to pay taxes on the purchase of equipment or require them to adhere to regulations for tax exemptions. In order to build up our manufacturing jobs in Florida, we will remove these barriers to investment.

     

    We know that when manufacturers purchase equipment in our state, they are investing in Florida workers for years to come. We want more manufacturers to move to Florida and our existing manufacturing companies to buy the equipment they need to grow and create more jobs to support Florida families.

     

    Building up Florida manufacturing is about building up Florida jobs all across our state. My proposal will also benefit our ports and the many small businesses that support manufacturers.

     

    Manufacturing accounts for almost 90 percent of Florida's exports.  With Florida’s recent investments in our ports, Florida manufacturers and exporters are a powerful combination for the state’s economy.

     

    Small businesses are also key in Florida’s manufacturing and exporting. They make up nearly 96 percent of the state’s exporting firms and are responsible for producing 67 percent of the state’s total exports.  My proposal will ensure Florida’s small manufacturing businesses and start-ups can succeed.

     

    If you would like to continue to receive updates and information about Building Up Florida Manufacturing Jobs, please let me know by emailing me at Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com. 

     

    Thank you for interest in keeping Florida moving in the right direction.

     

    Rick Scott
    Governor

  • January 09, 2013 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    Today MAF had the pleasure of assisting the Governor with a press announcement at Vistakon – Johnson and Johnson in Jacksonville, one of MAF’s Manufacturers of the Year for 2012, to announce an exciting MAF initiative for the 2013 Legislative Session, endorsed and proposed by the Govenor. Rep. Lake Ray, President, First Coast Manufacturers Association, Debbie Warren, Vice President, First Coast Manufacturers Association, Ron Avery, The Ronco Group and MAF Government Affairs Chairman,  John Otterson, International Flavors and Fragrances, Trish Bowles, Georgia-Pacific, Mike Bell, Rayonier, Edward Barlow, Swisher, Kate Barry, Medtronic and Nancy Stephens, MAF were all on hand for the announcement.

    As you know, MAF has been chipping away at the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment for years, making incremental progress in a difficult political environment.  Last year Governor Scott joined our crusade with another improvement which took effect on January 1, 2013.  We are delighted to announce that today Governor Scott made the final commitment on this tax – he is proposing complete elimination of the manufacturing machinery and equipment sales tax.  This is music to our ears!

    And that is not the only thing he is proposing – he would like to double the state funding for Quick Response Training from $6 million/year to $12 million/year. Manufacturers are major recipients of these training funds. This was another MAF initiative on our 2013 legislative agenda.

     Now we all must press Florida legislators to make these proposals law in the 2013 Session.  We hope you will join us at Manufacturing Days at the Capital to help spread the word.  The Governor’s announcement is below.  Thank you to Vistakon – Johson and Johnson for hosting the Governor’s Press Conference.  Feel free to share this with your employees!

     

    Gov. Scott: We are Building Up Florida Manufacturing Jobs

     

    Dear Friend,

     

    This morning I visited Johnson and Johnson Vision Care in Jacksonville to announce my commitment to Building Up Florida Manufacturing Jobsduring the upcoming legislative session.  Manufacturing is a vital part of Florida’s economy, and companies just like Johnson and Johnson play a vital role in our economy. For families to succeed, Florida manufacturers must succeed.

     

    In order to build up Florida manufacturing jobs, we must get rid of the barriers on manufacturing investment in our state. To do this, we will fully eliminate the taxes on the purchase of equipment to encourage manufacturing companies to grow in Florida and strengthen our economy. By making it easier for Florida’s manufacturers to do business in our state, we can create more opportunities for our economy and our families.

     

    Today, there are 17,500 manufacturing companies in Florida that employ over 300,000 Florida families. Yet, Florida’s current policy puts our state at a competitive disadvantage because most states do not force manufacturers to pay taxes on the purchase of equipment or require them to adhere to regulations for tax exemptions. In order to build up our manufacturing jobs in Florida, we will remove these barriers to investment.

     

    We know that when manufacturers purchase equipment in our state, they are investing in Florida workers for years to come. We want more manufacturers to move to Florida and our existing manufacturing companies to buy the equipment they need to grow and create more jobs to support Florida families.

     

    Building up Florida manufacturing is about building up Florida jobs all across our state. My proposal will also benefit our ports and the many small businesses that support manufacturers.

     

    Manufacturing accounts for almost 90 percent of Florida's exports.  With Florida’s recent investments in our ports, Florida manufacturers and exporters are a powerful combination for the state’s economy.

     

    Small businesses are also key in Florida’s manufacturing and exporting. They make up nearly 96 percent of the state’s exporting firms and are responsible for producing 67 percent of the state’s total exports.  My proposal will ensure Florida’s small manufacturing businesses and start-ups can succeed.

     

     

    Rick Scott
    Governor

  • December 18, 2012 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    Dear MAF Manufacturer of the Year Finalists and Winners:

    Congratulations on your success in 2012!  Thank you for participation in the MAF Awards process and to all of you who attended the MAF Summit last week, thank you for being there.  As a reminder I wanted you to know that we offer a service to our award finalists. To help you with continuous improvement, our lead judge, Phil Centonze, POS-Impact, LLC, will visit your facility again free of charge, sometime in the next 9 months at your convenience, to talk about ways your company could improve on our areas of emphasis: leadership; strategic planning; customer and market focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; and process managmeent.   If that is something of interest to you, please email him with your request at  phil.centonze@pos-impact.com.

    We have a finalist wall plaque for each of you.  We sincerely regret that the shipping delay prevented us from presenting the plaque to you at the Awards Dinner but they will ship out to you this week. Be on the lookout for them.

    Looking ahead to next year for our finalists, think about entering the competition again! For our award winners, you will be asked to make a presentation on your best practices at next year’s Summit and announce the 2013 winners!  We will be in touch as soon as we have the Summit date for 2013 so you can mark your calendars.

    Lastly, the names of our winners will be displayed on the MAF website, www.mafmfg.com, for the next 12 months. We we also will be sending this press release to the Governor’s Office, Florida Trend, the Capital Press Corps, your regional manufacturers association, and  Enterprise Florida, to let them know of your success this year. Feel free to send the press release to your local media.

    My best wishes for a prosperous 2013!


    Press Release on Finalists and Winners for 2012.pdf

  • December 16, 2012 10:28 AM | Anonymous

    Book Your Hotel Room for Manufacturing Days

    Manufacturing Days at the Capital is scheduled for February 4-5, 2013 in Tallahassee, beginning the afternoon of February 4.  It will be preceded by an MAF Board of Directors meeting on the morning of February 4.

     

    This is an annual event to educate legislators about Florida manufacturing and share our legislative agenda with them. The event begins at the Governor’s Club in Tallahassee, FL on February 4 after lunch with briefing sessions on all the hot topics of interest to manufacturers, followed by a legislative reception to which all the legislators will be invited.  On February 5 the group will break up into teams, each with a team leader, and will visit legislators with pre-arranged appointments until mid-afternoon.

     

    We have reserved a small group of hotel rooms at the Aloft Hotel for $139/night in downtown Tallahassee (four blocks from the capitol) and at the Governor’s Inn for $159/night (across from the meeting location and the Capitol).  First come first served.  Reservations at the Governor’s Inn must be made by December 21 by calling 850.681.6855. Reservations at the aloft Hotel must be made by January 14, 2013 by calling 850.513.0313. The room block is under MAF or Manufacturers Association of Florida. You might want to do this before you leave on holiday this month!  At the same time don’t forget to register for the meeting at www.mafmfg.com. Event registration fee is $150/members and $200/non-members. 

     

    We are still accepting sponsors for the event.  Join PCS Phosphate and CF Industries as our event sponsors for 2013. Please contact nancy@mafmfg.com with questions.

     

    Follow Up from Manufacturers Summit

    All of the presentations from the Manufacturers Summit have been posted to our website under Events in case you missed something.  The Governor will be sending a letter of congratulations to all of the 2013 Manufacturers of the Year. Thank you again for everyone who helped make it such a great event.  In 2013 we will be moving the location to provide opportunities for additional manufacturers to easily attend. 

     

    MAF Center Charts a Path for Your Workforce

    For the past three years MAF has been preparing to help you develop the workforce you need.  Now we are prepared and are in “action” mode.  At this year’s Summit the early session was entitled Your Workforce: How to Make It the Greatest – Use Florida Resources. It focused on developing a skilled and certified manufacturing workforce and was designed to help manufacturers obtain, train and retain the best workforce for maximum productivity by using resources available throughout the State of Florida.

     

    The two-hour Session was divided into three segments - recruitment, talent development and education - with Q&A after each segment. Topics included: www.EmployFlorida.com, Made-in-Florida, Dream It Do It – Adopt-a-School, apprenticeships, training grants, and public and private education opportunities. Each speaker talked about the opportunities available to manufacturers to get involved in creating their own customized workforce. Manufacturers spoke out on how they have benefited by using these resources.

     

    After all three segments, the Workforce Session ended with a call to action for the manufacturing community – how they can/must get involved in creating their future workforce. Manufacturers can serve on curriculum councils, recognize manufacturing certifications and hire accordingly, adopt-a-school, hire interns and more. MAF and the MAF Center will be there to help along the way.

     

    Engaging our Manufacturers in Workforce Development

    It wasn’t so long ago that employers sat on the sidelines while educators taught students what they thought employers wanted.  That is changing. Now employers are engaging with educators to prepare students for their jobs.  The MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence (MAF Center) is in the thick of it.  With the roll out of Dream It Do It in 2012, we now have 34 manufacturers signed up to adopt a high school under the Dream It Do It program in Florida.  In 2013 we want to grow that to 100 adopters.  That is where you come in.  June Wolfe, Project Manager, is willing to work with you individually or through your regional manufacturing association to help you adopt a school.  We have produced a handy Quick Start guide to help you understand how to engage with the schools.  Each of the regional manufacturing associations associated with MAF have been asked to engage in the program.  Once you decide you would like to adopt a school, let your regional manufacturing association or June Wolfe know, june.wolfe@comcast.net.  There is a simple commitment form to sign and you are off and running.  Help us reach our goal for 2013 and help yourself at the same time!

     

    But that isn’t all we will be doing in 2013.  We are also engaged with twelve community colleges in a U.S. Department of Labor Trade Grant to provide manufacturing education and industry certification training to those interested in a manufacturing career through twelve Florida colleges. The MAF and MAF Center’s role is to serve as a liaison between educators and manufacturers, help review courses and curriculum to make sure the colleges are teaching the right things, connect manufacturers to colleges, identify 1,000 manufacturing internships over the next four years with manufacturers in Florida and place students in 500 permanent manufacturing jobs. We will need your help on this too!

     

    The MAF Center will be working with the regional manufacturing associations and others to meet the goals and provide trained, educated and certified students for you.  If you would like to serve on our curriculum review committee, drop an email to nancy@nstephens.com.  If you would like to adopt a college or offer an internship in 2013, please contact us.  Look for us to be in touch with all of you on your level of engagement in this commitment.

     

    Report on Water Minimum Flows and Levels

    Section 373.042, Florida Statutes, requires all of the water management districts to adopt rules setting forth minimum flows and levels (MFLs) below which significant harm may occur from water withdrawals.  Pursuant to this directive, the SWFWMD staff had been working for over a year on rules setting minimum flows for the Chassahowitzka River and the Homosassa River located in Hernando and Citrus Counties.  After much work, the SWFWMD staff recommended a minimum flow for the Chassahowitzka River of 91% of the river’s natural flow, meaning that consumptive uses could reduce the flow by 9% before the regulation would prohibit any further reduction.  The SWFWMD staff recommended a minimum flow for the Homossassa River of 97% of the natural flow, which would allow for a 3% reduction from consumptive uses.

     

    These rule recommendations were presented to the SWFWMD’s Governing Board at the Board’s October 30, 2012, meeting.  A large crowd of citizens attended the meeting and objected to the staff’s recommendation and instead asked the Governing Board to set the minimum flow of both rivers at 99% of natural flow, allowing only a 1% reduction due to consumptive uses.  The staff explained the legal and technical problems with the public’s request.

     

    After hearing a lengthy debate, the SWFWMD Governing Board voted to set the rule so that the minimum flow for the Chassahowitzka River was 97% of natural flow (rejecting the staff recommendation of 91% of natural flow) and the minimum flow for the Homosassa River was also 97% of natural flow.  While no one currently withdraws water from these rivers, several farms in this area withdraw groundwater which can affect the springflow that feeds these rivers.  As a result, the SWFWMD Governing Board directed the staff to develop the framework for establishing a Water Use Caution Area in Hernando and Citrus Counties and bring a recommendation on such Water Use Caution Area back to the June 2013 SWFWMD Governing Board meeting.  A Water Use Caution Area designation will make it more difficult to obtain consumptive use permits in this area.

     

    This should be of concern to any entity operating in Hernando and Citrus Counties and potentially the surrounding counties who uses groundwater as part of its operation. (Submitted by Eric Olsen, Hopping Green & Sams)

     

    Business Identity Theft in Florida is a Real Threat

    Last week three employees from the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations, visited the MAF office to talk about a serious and growing problem in Florida and nationwide – business identify theft.  As it stands today anyone can log into the Division of Corporations and change your business information – it is not password protected.  The good news is they are working on the password issue and many more steps they need to take to protect Florida businesses.  Below is information they asked us to share with our members.

     

    Business Identity Theft, is essentially the same as personal identity theft except, the identity stolen is that of a company or other business entity and the damage is usually much more severe. Criminals have identified creative methods for exploiting this form of identity theft.  Most businesses are not aware of the crime or how they can protect themselves from it.   With business identity theft the average loss is $5000.  And in many instances, perpetrating business identity theft is much easier than personal identity theft.

     

    Small business owners are particularly vulnerable.  Thieves are after small businesses because they do not possess strong IT departments or multiple finance staff members with the resources to manage and check corporate filings, bank accounts, or credit ratings.  A small business is vulnerable because it typically has two distinctions that make it a great target; a small and very busy staff, and readily available credit.

     

    Business identity theft is perpetrated in a number of ways.  In many instances thieves simply use information gathered from the Department of State’s records.  Additionally, they fraudulently alter those same records, and then use the altered records to purchase easily fenced products.  In other cases, they use the altered information to get contracts and collect cash for work performed leaving the original entity with the tax burden.   Regardless of the method, the original business entity is left fighting for its life in the aftermath of the crime, and statistics indicate that as many as 60% will close their doors within one year.

     

    Florida’s Department of State is working on a multi-pronged plan of attack with the goal of protecting the state’s business owners from identity theft.  As soon as these strategies are in place, they will be announced to the public.

     

    In the meantime, there are multiple steps you should do to protect your business.  To begin with, learn about business identity theft.  The National Association of Secretaries of State has an excellent website with a great deal of information on the subject.  You can find out more at by going to www.nass.org and clicking on the business identity theft link.  Second, go to the Department of State’s business filings portal, www.sunbiz.org and check your entity, even if you have dissolved it, for errors or problems.  If you see records that are incorrect, contact the Division of Corporations.  While you are on our website, make sure the email address on file is correct and one you check regularly.  Finally, contact your business creditors, to make sure there is nothing suspicious going on with your accounts.  Most creditors have the ability for you to put a hold on your credit, preventing someone from opening a new account without your authorization, so ask your creditor(s) to turn on this feature.

     

    Short Notes

    ·         On December 13, 2012 Deloitte Consulting LLP published a report entitled Manufacturing Skills Gap: Economic Implication and Strategies for Narrowing It. It is posted on the MAF web site under Resources.

    ·         Florida has chosen Tony Bennett from Indiana as the new Florida Commissioner of Education. His background in education: teacher, superintendent and coach.

    ·         Selected solid waste facilities will be permitted in Tallahassee beginning in 2013.  See memo from Hopping Green & Sams attached.

    ·         Hopping Green & Sams has prepared a memo on the results of the DEP Solid Waste Webinar of 12/11/12. It is attached.

    ·         For the purpose of benchmarking or determining what you would have to pay in wages if receiving economic incentives from the state, Enterprise Florida has prepared a report on average annual wages by county and by metropolitan service area.  That information has been posted to our website under Resources.

    ·         Florida Commerce Secretary Swoop announced 160 economic incentive business deals signed this year, a 23% increase over last year with pledge capital investment of $1.7 billion, an increase of 32% over last year.  These deals are expected to net 25,144 jobs for Florida.

    ·         The Florida Revenue Estimating Conference has revised the forecast for total state general revenue in FY 2013-14 and is now expecting growth of nearly $1.2 billion (or 4.7%) over the revised FY 2012-13 estimate. The 2013 Legislature is now forecast to have $28.3 billion available for the next budget. This is $3.7 billion (15%) more than the recurring general revenue appropriations in the current budget.

    ·         Governor Rick Scott announced this week that more than 27,000 Florida veterans have found jobs with the help of the state’s workforce system.

    ·         Florida has increased the number of STEM job openings this year with more than 65,825 job openings posted in November 2012. That is a 14% increase over 2011.

    ·         Interested in adopting a school through the MAF Center’s Dream It Do It Program? Contact your regional manufacturing association or June Wolfe at june.wolfe@comcast.net. For more information about Dream It Do It, visit www.mafcenter.org.  

    • Know someone who should be a member of MAF? Contact nancy@mafmfg.com to provide the contact information.
    • The Florida Administrative Register report for the week is attached.

     

    Upcoming Events - 2013

     

    January 30-31    Enterprise Florida Board, Committee, Manufacturing Task Force  and Stakeholder meetings, DoubleTree Hotel, 101 South Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL 

     

    February 4-5      Florida Manufacturing Days at the Capital, Governors Club and the Capital, Tallahassee, FL.  Guest room blocks reserved at aloft Hotel (850.513.0313) and Governor’s Inn (850.681.6855.  

     

    May 28-31           Florida Sterling Council Annual Conference, JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, register at www.floridasterling.com
  • November 27, 2012 2:36 PM | Anonymous

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Manufacturing Days at the Capital is scheduled for February 4-5, 2013 in Tallahassee.  This is an annual event for MAF members.  Sponsorships are now being accepted. More details forthcoming. Please contact nancy@mafmfg.com.

     

    Closing in on the Manufacturers Summit

    This is the last week to register for the upcoming Manufacturers Summit and it is not too late to sign up for an exhibit or a sponsorship. There are nearly 40 speakers at the Summit this year and 25 exhibitors.  Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for making the Summit possible. Regarding the Manufacturer of the Year Awards Banquet at the Summit, we have 17 finalists this year vying for the winning position in four categories.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this awards process and to Phil Centonze, POS-Impact for managing it! You may register for the Summit at www.mafmfg.com. An updated agenda is also posted there for your convenience.

     

    DEP Solid Waste Webinar

    On December 4, 2012 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. DEP will hold a solid waste webinar.  The purpose is to discuss 1) the changing of District boundaries; 2) the centralization of some solid waste permitting in Tallahassee; 3) updates on plans for Chapter 62-701 rulemaking and 4) time for questions.  In order to participate you must register at:

    https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/303989418.  You can also find more information on the first two discussion items from the DEP solid waste webpage at: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/solid_waste/default.htm.

     

    Florida Legislative Organizational Session

    On November 19 Nancy Stephens, nancy d. Stephens & Associates, cosponsored a legislative reception for freshman legislators, sponsored by the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists.  It was great to see the freshman legislators and their staff.

     

    On November 20 the Florida Legislature held their organizational session for the 2012-2014 Legislature.  Some of the highlights follow:

     

    ·         Senator Don Gaetz was named President of the Florida Senate; Rep. Will Weatherford was named Speaker of the Florida House.

    ·         President Gaetz announced new ethics rules for the Senate; combined the K-12 and Higher Education Policy Committees and respective appropriations committees; announced a Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare); and announced a panel on gambling.

    ·         The Democratic Minority Leaders for the House and Senate were chosen, both from Broward County.  They are Rep. Thurston and Senator Smith.

    ·         Sen. Garrett Richter, Naples, was chosen as Senate President Pro-Tempore; Sen. Maria Sachs, Boca Raton, was elected as the Senate Democratic leader Pro-Tempore.

    ·         Senate Democrats also chose Sen. Braynon, Miami Gardens, as the Democratic whip, Sen. Soto, Orlando, as the Deputy Whip, and Sen. Montford, Tallahassee, as the policy chair.

    ·         House Democrats chose Rep. Jones, Jacksonville, as House Leader Pro-Tempore; Rep. Waldman, Coconut Creek, Minority Floor Leader; Rep. Pafford, West Palm Beach, as the policy chair; Rep. Rouson, Tampa, as policy advisor; and Rep. Williams, Tallahassee, as Minority Whip.

     

    Legislative Delegation Meetings

    Legislative delegation meetings are held in the local community and are a great way to get the attention of local legislators on your issues.  They are always held prior to the upcoming legislative session. You can contact your local legislator to find out who is responsible for setting the agenda and ask if you can have 3 minutes on that agenda to present your 2013 legislative issues.  If you would like to do that, MAF can help you with your remarks related to the MAF legislative agenda. This makes the next contact on the issue much easier! Contact nancy@mafmfg.com.

     

    November 27

    Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation          Miami                   9:30 am

    Broward Legislative Delegation                                  Ft. Lauderdale   4:00 pm

     

    December 7      

    Manatee Legislative Delegation                                Bradenton          8:30 am

     

    December 10

    Polk County Delegation                                                 Bartow                 8:30 am

     

    December 11

    Hardee County Delegation                                          Wauchula            10:00 am

     

    December 12

    Brevard County Delegation                                         Viera                     2:00 pm

     

    December 13

    Central Florida Delegation                                            Daytona Beach  1:30 pm

    Palm Beach Delegation                                                  Jupiter                  2:00 pm

     

    December 17

    St. Lucie County Delegation                                         Fort Pierce          2:00 pm

     

    December 18

    Broward County Delegation                                        Pembroke

                                                                                                    Pines                     4:00 pm

     

    December 19    

    Indian River County Delegation                                 Vero Beach         9:00 am

     

    December 20

    Seminole County Delegation                                      Sanford                9:00 am

    Broward County Delegation                                        Ft. Lauderdale   4:00 pm

     

     

    Workforce Florida Announces Statewide Branding Initiative

    As you have noticed, each of the 24 local Workforce Boards call themselves something unique, which is a bit confusing for the public.  As a result of this and state law that calls for a single, consolidated workforce brand that is customer-focused and delivers consistency across all regions, Workforce Florida has selected IDEAS of Orlando to lead the branding initiative.  The campaign will be launched in 2013.

     

    Florida MEP Releases Its Summary of Economic Impacts on Florida Economy

    The Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership (FMEP) is supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce and the State of Florida.  Its purpose is to help small and medium size manufacturers identify and implement advanced manufacturing and management technologies.  Through an independent survey of 1,000 FMEP client companies they have documented the impact of their programs from October 2007 through August 2012 as follows:

    ·        Created 2,823 jobs that otherwise would not have existed
    ·        Retained 5,156 jobs that otherwise would not have existed
    ·        Increased and retained $693.8 million in sales
    ·        Spent $176.6  million on new investment
    ·        Experienced $149.2 million in cost savings

    The sum of the direct, indirect, and induced effects spurred by these small- and medium-size manufacturing companies that increased or retained jobs or sales and/or increased investments with assistance from the Florida MEP are responsible for:
    ·        Creating or retaining 28,359 jobs that paid a total of $1.42 billion in employee wages and benefits
    ·        Increasing or retaining economic output worth $6.5 billion
    ·        Contributing or retaining $2.46 billion of gross state product
    ·        Generating or retaining $547.5 million in additional tax and non-tax revenues at the Federal, state, and local government levels, including $176.5 million at the state and local level.

    Great job FMEP!

     

    Activity Picks Up on Restoring Springs

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is expanding its efforts to restore Silver Springs.  In the past two years DEP has directed $11.5 million to restoring Florida springs, more than double the spending in the previous three years. DEP research and monitoring led to designating Silver Springs and the Upper Silver River as impaired for nitrates. With finalization of the Total Maximum Daily Load for the springs at .35 milligrams per liter, Florida protection will be identical to that of the EPA protection for the springs.  A total management plan to reduce nitrate inputs to meet the daily load is yet to be developed with local involvement. As a part of the solution DEP announced $1 million in wastewater projects last summer in the Marion County area. The projects include redirecting discharge from the Silver Springs Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Silver Springs Shores Wastewater Treatment Plant, connecting a series of small wastewater treatment plants to the central facility eliminating more than two tons of nitrates that are going into the Silver Springs system.  Another $400,000 will be invested by DEP to take Silver River State Park off septic tanks and hook it to central sewer, reducing another 1,370 pounds of nitrates that are going into the Silver Springs system. 

     

    Across the state to the Gulf Coast, DEP is committing $1.1 million to a reuse project for the City of Crystal River which will send 750,000 gallons of reclaimed water from the Crystal River wastewater treatment plant to the Progress Energy Citrus County Power Complex, reducing wastewater nutrient loading to the local springshed by 16% and increasing spring flow in Kings Bay by reducing the need for groundwater pumping at the power complex.

     

    Next the DEP will establish nutrient reduction requirements for the Rainbow, Jackson Blue and Weeki Wachee spring systems.  DEP has already adopted a water quality restoration plan for the spring fed Santa Fe River and will adopt a similar plan for the Wekiva Basin.  Restoration plan initiation for Wakulla Springs and Suwannee River springs are expected yet this year.   The objective is to speed up the pace of restoration and develop plans with local stakeholders to solve long term goals.

     

    Short Notes

    ·         Facts About Manufacturing, 2012, is now available at www.themanufacturinginstitute.org. This is a compilation of 65 charts and analysis presenting a wide array of data for the manufacturing sector and highlighting its importance to the U.S. and global economy.  It is the first comprehensive update since 2009 and is the product of the Manufacturing Institute, the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation and the National Association of Manufacturers.

    ·         Interested in adopting a school through the MAF Center’s Dream It Do It Program? Contact your regional manufacturing association or June Wolfe at june.wolfe@comcast.net. For more information about Dream It Do It, visit www.mafcenter.org.  

    • Know someone who should be a member of MAF? Contact nancy@mafmfg.com to provide the contact information.

     

    Upcoming Events

     

    December 5       MAF Executive Committee Lunch Meeting, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL

     

    December 5       MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., (Center Board of Trustees and invited guests), Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL

     

    December 5       Joint Reception for MAF Board Members and MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence Board of Trustees, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL 

     

    December 6       MAF Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. (MAF Board Members and invited guests), Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL

     

    December 6-7   MAF Manufacturing Summit and Marketplace and Manufacturers of the Year Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL. Now accepting sponsors and exhibitors. Go to www.mafmfg.com for more details or contact nancy@nstephens.com.

     

    December 13     MAF Environmental Teleconference, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. E.T.  Dial in number is (712) 775.7000; PIN 317371#.

     

    December 13     Volusia Manufacturers Association 32nd Annual Awards Banquet at the Speedway Daytona 500 Club.  Register at www.VMAonline.com.

     

    2013

     

    February 4-5      Florida Manufacturing Days at the Capital, Governors Club and the Capital, Tallahassee, FL.  More info coming soon.

  • November 16, 2012 2:32 PM | Anonymous

    Best News of the Week – Repair Parts Sale Tax Rule Revision Suspended!

    The Florida Department of Revenue informed us last week that because the Legislature will be introducing more business tax exemptions for 2013 (rather than less), work on the Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment Repair Parts Sales Tax Rule Revision has been suspended in order not to waste valuable time on a rule that would soon become obsolete!  MAF is delighted that our lobbying work on this has paid off.  If the proposed rule had been approved, many of the repair parts for your machinery and equipment would have become taxable costing you thousands of dollars.  This is a huge win for manufacturers in Florida!  MAF led the charge on this issue and we thank Enterprise Florida, the Florida Pulp and Paper Association, the Governor’s Office and the Florida Senate for their help with this issue and the Department of Revenue for their decision.

     

    Closing in on the Manufacturers Summit

    The deadline for making hotel reservations at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel in Orlando for the MAF Manufacturers Summit and Marketplace has passed.  We hope you made your room reservations! Now it is time to turn in your meeting registration form. You may register at www.mafmfg.com. An updated agenda is also posted there for your convenience.

     

    Chemical Industry Focus for Upcoming Year

    Nancy Stephens, MAF Executive Director, attended the American Chemistry Council (ACC) annual meeting of state chemical and manufacturing association directors and chemical company state government lobbyists in Orlando on November 14-15.  Topics of discussion were nationwide election results, environmental justice, risk perception communication, product attacks, chemical regulation, and energy development.  ACC is a member of MAF. Thank you to ACC for the invitation!

     

    60 Minutes Highlights the Manufacturing Skills Gap

    On November 11, 60 Minutes ran a story featuring two NAM member companies – ClickBond and Alcoa – on the manufacturing skills gap.  The piece highlighted that despite high unemployment rates, hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs remain unfilled because employers like Click Bond can’t find the workers to fill open positions. In addition, companies like Alcoa find it hard to train their current employees to keep up with advances in technology. The skills gap can make it difficult for manufacturers to innovate their products and grow their businesses. It is concerns such as those highlighted on 60 Minutes that drove the Manufacturing Institute to establish programs like Dream It. Do It., Right Skills Now and the Manufacturing Skills Certification System, which attract, qualify and develop world-class manufacturing talent. The story sparked calls to MAF from the press in Florida and we expect to see an upcoming story in Southwest Florida and Orlando

     

    DEP Recycling Recognition Program

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is expanding its Recycling Recognition Program to encourage businesses, schools, public groups and citizens to increase recycling in order to reach the Florida recycling goal of 75% by 2020.  Florida’s 75 percent recycling goal was set by the state Legislature and focuses on municipal solid waste and does not include industrial solid waste. Some common types of municipal solid waste include newspapers, office paper, glass and plastic bottles and food waste. The most recent data shows the residential sector has about a 42 percent recycling rate, while the commercial sector is at roughly 44 percent and overall, Florida recycles at about a 43 percent rate. In order for Florida to meet the 75 percent goal, it is critical for both the private commercial sector and residential sector to increase recycling rates.

     

    The Department is hopeful that the expanded recognition program will encourage the commercial sector to not only recycle more, but increase their reporting. DEP has an easy tool for companies to track and compare recycling efforts to that of other businesses – the Florida DEP Business Recycling Tracking Tool. This can all be done online through the website. After you complete the free registration online, you can track different types of recycling efforts and produce reports on how those efforts are helping to shrink your carbon footprint.  The tracking will help the Department determine which companies should receive recognition. DEP is seeking candidates for statewide recognition and needs help in spreading the word.  To nominate a business contact Ron Henricks at Ron_Henricks@dep.state.fl.us or 850.245.8717 or visit the webpage https://my.re-trac.com/floridadep

     

    Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Awards

    The Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Awards are the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.   This year’s manufacturing award winner is Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie, Texas. Congratulations to Lockheed Martin.

     

    ERC Approves Numeric Nutrient Criteria in Panhandle

    The Florida Environmental Regulation Commission has approved numeric nutrient criteria for Florida’s six major Panhandle estuaries, further building on the already comprehensive nutrient standards set for Florida last year.  With this latest approval Florida has set rigorous nutrient criteria for more than 3,100 of the state’s 4,290 coastal miles of estuaries or 72% coverage. 

     

    These are the numeric nutrient standards for the Panhandle estuaries, which includes Perdido Bay, Pensacola Bay (including Escambia Bay), Choctawhatchee Bay, St. Andrew Bay, St. Joseph Bay and Apalachicola Bay. The nutrient water quality standards adopted in 2011 included a schedule for the development of estuary specific numeric nutrient criteria for the Panhandle estuaries by June 30, 2013, and the Department has developed nutrient standards for total phosphorus, total nitrogen and chlorophyll a for individual estuary segments in each of the estuaries.

     

    The numeric nutrient standards come nearly seven months before the Department's own deadline and 10 months before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's schedule for setting standards. They come five months after the Department's overall numeric nutrient standards set last year were upheld by an Administrative Law judge in their entirety and submitted to EPA for review.  EPA confirmed last year that the Department's rules are accurate and will serve to protect and improve Florida's water quality.  For more information visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wqssp/nutrients

     

    Short Notes

    • United Technologies Corp. announced last week that Pratt & Whitney will expand its manufacturing capabilities at its West Palm Beach facility, which will entail a $63 million capital investment and result in 230 new jobs. The expansion involves Pratt & Whitney’s most advanced commercial and military engines and builds upon the great work already being done in Florida. 
    • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has appointed Susan Grandin as Director of State Lands.   Susan formerly served as President of The Preservation Law Group, Inc., a group specializing in the preservation and protection of military installations and civilian airfields.  Prior to that she was with The Trust for Public Land.

    ·         Interested in adopting a school through the MAF Center’s Dream It Do It Program? Contact your regional manufacturing association or June Wolfe at june.wolfe@comcast.net. For more information about Dream It Do It, visit www.mafcenter.org.  

    • Know someone who should be a member of MAF? Contact nancy@mafmfg.com to provide the contact information.

     

    Florida Administrative Register

    The Florida Administrative Register report for November 12-16, 2012  is attached.

     

    Upcoming Events

     

    December 5       MAF Executive Committee Lunch Meeting, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL

     

    December 5       MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., (Center Board of Trustees and invited guests), Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL

     

    December 5       Joint Reception for MAF Board Members and MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence Board of Trustees, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL 

     

    December 6       MAF Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 – 9:30 a.m. (MAF Board Members, MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence Board Members and invited guests), Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL  NOTE BEGINNING TIME CHANGE!!!

     

    December 6-7   MAF Manufacturing Summit and Marketplace and Manufacturers of the Year Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL. Now accepting sponsors and exhibitors. Go to www.mafmfg.com for more details or contact nancy@nstephens.com.

     

    December 13     MAF Environmental Teleconference, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. E.T.  Dial in number is (712) 775.7000; PIN 317371#.

     

    December 13     Volusia Manufacturers Association 32nd Annual Awards Banquet at the Speedway Daytona 500 Club.  Register at www.VMAonline.com.

     

    2013

     

    February 4-5      Florida Manufacturing Days at the Capital, Governors Club and the Capital, Tallahassee, FL.  More info coming soon.

     

  • November 09, 2012 2:34 PM | Anonymous

    Dear MAF Members:

    We have great news for you!  The Florida Department of Revenue has SUSPENDED its rulemaking on the Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment Repair Parts Rule, saving our manufacturers many thousands of dollars in sales tax. The proposed rule would have defined consumables that we consider integral to making a product taxable… and more.    MAF attended the rulemaking workshop in August and submitted formal comments at that time. Some of you provided input for those comments – thank you!

    Since that time we have been working hard to derail the proposed rule. Today we heard from the Department of Revenue that because they expect business tax exemptions to be expanded by the Florida Legislature, they would be wasting their time by promulgating a rule that trends in the opposite direction.

    Another example of how MAF works for you every day!

     

  • October 29, 2012 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    MAF Weekly Report-October 26, 2012

     

     

    November Ballot Initiatives – Vote Yes on 10!!!

    On November 6 you will see 11 initiatives to change Florida’s constitution when you cast your vote at the ballot box.  (They are numbered 1-12, but number 7 was removed from the ballot by the Florida Supreme Court.) 

     

    MAF encourages you to vote YES on Proposed Amendment No. 10 – Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption. This amendment will grant a tangible personal property (TPP) exemption for those with TPP greater than $25,000 but less than $50,000. (You will recall we currently have in place a TPP exemption for values less than $25,000.) The new exemption would take effect on January 1, 2013. While many of you would still not be able to take advantage of this, it will help very small businesses.  The bigger issue for manufacturers is the other part of the amendment that authorizes a county or municipality to provide tangible personal property tax exemptions by ordinance. This would be in addition to any statewide TPP tax exemptions.  The importance of this is that those counties wishing to stimulate their local economy could offer additional TPP relief to business.  This is the first time in decades that Florida has had an opportunity to change TPP law in the constitution. MAF and its political arm, Manufacturers Making a Difference, have monetarily supported the campaign to pass this amendment and MAF lobbied for this to be on the ballot. For more information visit www.yesonten.com.  VOTE YES ON 10!

     

    On a related note if any of your counties have local issues on the ballot that would allow them to reduce tangible personal property tax, please vote for them!

     

    Regarding the other constitutional amendments, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is encouraging a YES vote on the following:

     

    Amendment #1 –Health Care Services (Prohibits laws or rules compelling anyone to purchase health care coverage.)

     

    Amendment #3-State Government Revenue Limitation (Changes the existing state revenue limitation from being based on Florida personal income growth to being based on inflation and population changes.)

     

    Amendment #4 – Property Tax Limitations (Reduces from 10% to 5% the limitation on annual changes in assessments of non-homestead real property.)

     

    Amendment #5 – State Courts (Requires the Florida Senate to confirm Supreme Court justices.)

     

    Amendment #8 – Religious Freedom (Provides that no one can be denied governmental benefits on the basis of religion and allowing public monies to be used in the aid of religious institutions.)

     

    Amendment #10 – Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption (Allows local governments to provide tangible personal property tax relief in addition to state tax relief.)   

     

    To review all the details of the amendments to make an informed decision, visit http://www.flchamber.com/political/2012-election-center/amendments/

     

    Collecting Items for Summit Silent Auction

    During the Manufacturers Summit in Orlando on December 6-7 we will hold a silent auction benefit for the MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence.  Nancy Loehr, Progress Energy, and Jayne Fifer, Volusia Manufacturers Association, will be collecting items for the auction.  This is a fun way to do your Christmas shopping and contribute to the MAF Center for their manufacturing workforce education projects at the same time.  Be creative with your donations! For more information or to donate, contact nancy.loehr@pgnmail.com or jayne.fifer@vmaonline.com. Thank you for Nancy and Jayne for their work on this year’s auction!

     

    Reports Released/Highlighted This Week

    Florida Target Industry Competitiveness Report, September 13, 2012 by McCallum Sweeney Consulting and Avalanch Consulting for Enterprise Florida. Key findings are that:

    a) site selectors are noticing the impressive improvements to our incentive approval process in FL. However, the study pointed out that the state’s Closing Fund is underfunded and the state has a distinct disadvantage in this area;

    b) Florida has a large talented workforce noting the multilingual nature of the population. Given the strengths in this area Florida needs to better market current talent assets.

    c) We should continue to modernize the tax structure and streamline the permitting processes. 

    d) There is a need for the development and promotion of a strong Florida business brand and a need to align marketing activities to target industries. 

     

    Specifically related to manufacturing, the study says “cost continues to be a key factor in site selection, meaning labor cost and tax policy play a dominant role in a state’s ability to attract substantial projects.  Manufacturing is usually capital intensive, so land, site preparation, and infrastructure costs are critical.  Capital oriented incentives are important – property tax reductions and full exemption of sales tax on machinery and equipment are two areas for improvement.  In addition, training incentives need to be expanded to better meet what is being offered by competitor states.” A copy of the report is attached for your convenience.

     

    Florida TaxWatch Center for Competitive Florida Economic Commentary, September 2012. The report summarizes the investments that Florida has made over the years in seaports and more importantly the drastic increase in funding over the past 2 years. To learn more about Florida’s port projects and read this report visit www.floridataxwatch.org.

     

    2012 Report Card for Florida’s Infrastructure, American Society of Civil Engineers September 2012. This report ranks Florida’s infrastructure as follows:

     

    B             Bridges

    B –          Aviation

    C             Highways

    C             Ports

    C             Stormwater

    C             Transit

    C             Water and Sewer

    D+          Flood Control

    D-           Coastal Areas

    D-           Energy

    To read the entire report visit www.fla-asce.org.

     

    College and Career 1st, Governor Rick Scott, State of Florida, October 25, 2012. This report is partially the result of Governor Scott’s Education Listening Tour where he listened to teachers, parents and students.  The report brings forth the best ideas for educating and training students to compete in the 21st century economy. Following are the goals:

    #1 Maintain accountability while focusing on the successful transition to more rigorous Common Core State Standards and assessments, which better measure readiness for college and careers.

    #2 Support teachers and equip them with the tools they need to improve their practice as professionals and to help students realize better educational outcomes.

    #3 Allow choices and flexibility in districts, schools and classrooms that recognize the unique needs of students and teachers and support efforts to achieve improved results.  To read more, go to www.rickscottforflorida.com.

     

    Legislative Leadership Making Appointments

    Will Weatherford, Incoming Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, has appointed the following to House leadership positions:

    Rep. Robert Schenck, Rules Chairman

    Rep. Marti Coley, Speaker Pro-Tempore

    Rep. Chris Dorworth, House Majority Leader

    More appointments will be made during the November organizational Session, November 20.

     

    Short Notes

    ·         Progress Energy Executive Roundtable – On October 17 Al Stimac, MAF President and Nancy Stephens, MAF Executive Director, participated in an Executive Roundtable with Progress Energy outgoing CEO Vinny Dolan, incoming CEO Alex Glenn, and Nancy Loehr, Progress Energy’s representative to the MAF Board.  We were updated on Progress Energy/Duke Power plans and challenges for the future. Thank you to Progress Energy for the invitation!

    • Hopping Green & Sams informs us that the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee (JAPC) was not convinced by FDEP’s response to JAPC’s comments regarding the underlying statutory authority for de minimis discharge cleanup in proposed Rule 62-780.  FDEP staff and counsel will be discussing internally JAPC’s most recent comments on de minimis discharge cleanup as well as the other JAPC comments over the next several days to develop next steps, which will likely include additional discussions with JAPC.
    • The Southwest District Office of FDEP continues to undergo significant reorganization.  New appointments in that office follow. Water Facilities: Cindy Zhang-Torres; Waste Management: Yanisa Angulo and Erin Rasnake; Compliance and Enforcement: Joe Squitieri, Ilia Balcom, Brian Brown, Erin DiBacco, Susan Pelz, Michelle Duggan and Sean McGinnis; Administration: Charley O’Neal.

    ·         At a meeting of the Florida Cabinet this week, the Division of Bond Finance reported that Florida has reduced its outstanding debt by $2 billion over the last two years.

    • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Office of Freight, Logistics and Passenger Operations (FLP) is actively seeking input from the freight community as they work to create a statewide Freight Mobility and Trade Plan. Their next round of meetings is for scenario planning, using the information they have gathered to date. This is a series of three meetings. The first is November 8, 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center, 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL. The next two will be in December and March.  The invitation is attached if you would like to attend.
    • For quick facts about Florida, visit a new Enterprise Florida website location, www.eflorida.com/newsroom.

    ·         Interested in adopting a school through the MAF Center’s Dream It Do It Program? Contact your regional manufacturing association or June Wolfe at june.wolfe@comcast.net. We already have some 32 manufacturers committed to the program.  For more information about Dream It Do It, visit www.mafame.org.  

    • Know someone who should be a member of MAF? Contact nancy@mafmfg.com to provide the contact information.

     

    Upcoming Events

     

    December 6-7   MAF Manufacturing Summit and Marketplace and Manufacturers of the Year Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL. Now accepting sponsors and exhibitors. Go to www.mafmfg.com for more details or contact nancy@nstephens.com.

     

    December 13     MAF Environmental Teleconference, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. E.T.  Dial in number is (712) 775.7000; PIN 317371#.

     

    Florida Administrative Register (FAR)

    The Florida Administrative Weekly changed its name on October 1 to the Florida Administrative Register.  Instead of publishing the information once a week, it now comes out once a day.  Therefore you will see this section of our report formatted differently to accommodate the new FAR format.

     

    FAR –October 22, 2012

     

    Suwannee River Water Management District RULE NO.: 40B-2.331

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose of the proposed rule is to provide an incentive for water use permittees to voluntarily implement the District’s water use monitoring requirements prior to expiration of their current permit. The effect of the proposed rule is to extend the duration of a water use permit if the permittee voluntarily implements the required water use monitoring program. Voluntarily implementing monitoring before a permit expires will provide needed data in a timelier manner.
    SUMMARY: The proposed rule will allow existing water use permittees to voluntarily implement monitoring requirements prior to such monitoring requirements becoming mandatory. The proposed rule language will be located within rule 40B-2.331, Florida Administrative Code and within the SRWMD Water Use Permitting Guide, which is incorporated by reference in rule 40B-2.301, Florida Administrative Code.
    IF REQUESTED WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE, A HEARING WILL BE SCHEDULED AND ANNOUNCED IN THE FAR.
    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Robin Lamm, Business Resource Specialist II, SRWMD, 9225 C.R. 49, Live Oak, Florida, 32060, (386)362-1001 or (800)226-1066 (FL only)


    DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

    RULE NO.: 62-302.532                                                                                                                                
    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The proposed rules establish numeric nutrient criteria for total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chlorophyll a in individual estuary segments for the following Panhandle estuaries:  Perdido Bay, Pensacola Bay (including Escambia Bay), Choctawhatchee Bay, St. Andrew Bay, St. Joseph Bay, and Apalachicola Bay. 
    SUMMARY: The Department is amending Rule 62-302.532, F.A.C., to establish numeric nutrient criteria for total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chlorophyll a in individual estuary segments for the following Panhandle estuaries:  Perdido Bay, Pensacola Bay (including Escambia Bay), Choctawhatchee Bay, St. Andrew Bay, St. Joseph Bay, and Apalachicola Bay.  Subsection 62-302.532(3), F.A.C., requires that the Department establish by rule or final order estuary specific numeric interpretations of the narrative nutrient criteria for TN and TP for Perdido Bay, Pensacola Bay (including Escambia Bay), St. Andrew Bay, Choctawhatchee Bay, and Apalachicola Bay by June 30, 2013.  

    EFFECT ON THOSE OTHER RULES: The proposed amendments are not expected to have significant effects on other rules.  The proposed amendments establish estuary specific numeric nutrient criteria that maintain existing conditions. 

    A HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW:
    DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 9:00 a.m.
    PLACE: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building, Conference Room A, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida
    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Eric Shaw, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support, MS 6511, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400, (850)245-8429 or e-mail: eric.shaw@dep.state.fl.us.

    FAR- October 23, 2012

     

    The Department of Environmental Protection announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: November 1, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
    PLACE: Suwannee River Water Management District, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak, FL 32060
    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: This is a technical meeting to discuss issues related to the Suwannee River Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP). The primary topic of discussion during this meeting will be the Suwannee River BMAP development process. The BMAP is the means for implementation of the adopted Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).
    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Terry Hansen, Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3565, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400.

    FAR - October 24, 2012

     

    The North Florida- Southeast Georgia (NFSEG) regional groundwater flow model Steering and Technical Teams are made up of area stakeholders, the St. Johns River Water Management District staff and the Suwannee River Water Management District staff, to work collectively on the development of the next generation regional-scale groundwater flow model for North Florida. The Technical Team announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    PLACE: St. Johns River Water Management District Headquarters, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, Florida 32177.
    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED:  This is a meeting of the Technical Team described above. The purpose of the meeting is to continue the discussion of the conceptual model to be used in the development of the NFSEG regional groundwater flow model. An opportunity for public comment will be provided near the end of the meeting.
    NOTE: One or more members of the Governing Board from each of the water management districts named above may attend the meeting.
    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: St. Johns River Water Management District, Attention: Kristi Cushman, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177, (386) 329-4308, email: kcushman@sjrwmd.com or by visiting the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership website at www.northfloridawater.com.).

     

    The Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support, announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: Thursday, November 1, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    PLACE: Webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/986139050.
    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: This is a meeting of the Florida Water Resources Monitoring Council Monitoring Catalog Workgroup to discuss the metadata elements to be included in the monitoring catalog.
    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Ms. Stephanie Sunderman, Watershed Monitoring Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS #3525, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, e-mail: Stephanie.Sunderman@dep.state.fl.us.

     

    The Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support, announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    PLACE: Webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/250147482.
    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: This is a meeting of the Florida Water Resources Monitoring Council Salinity Network Workgroup to discuss development of indices for groundwater levels and groundwater quality.
    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Ms. Stephanie Sunderman, Watershed Monitoring Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS #3525, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, e-mail: Stephanie.Sunderman@dep.state.fl.us.

     

    FAR - October 25, 2012
    Nothing to report.

     

    FAR - October 26, 2012

     

    The Water Resource Advisory Committee (WRAC) announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: November 8, 2012, 10:00 a.m.
    PLACE: City of St. Cloud Marina (2nd floor), 1104 Lakeshore Blvd., St. Cloud, FL 34769.
    Water Resource Advisory Committee (WRAC) - Monthly Meeting
    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: A Public Meeting of the Water Resources Advisory Commission (WRAC) regarding water resources protection, water supply and flood protection issues. The public is advised that it is possible that one or more members of the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District may attend and participate in this meeting.
    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Paul Millar at: (561) 682 6335 or pmillar@sfwmd .gov; or at our website: http://my.sfwmd.gov/wrac.gov.

  • October 29, 2012 10:57 AM | Anonymous

    Ocala, FL – Clairson Plastics, a leader in high-performance Injection Molding technology, is pleased to announce Steve Meitzen as the new Director of Sales and Marketing.

    “Steve brings over thirty years of distinguished experience in business development, program management, and customer is King Attitude to the Clairson Plastics Team,” says David Donihue, CEO of Clairson Plastics. “He has extensive experience in initiating start-up sales activities, developing strategies, and executing capture plans for successful business development efforts. Combine this with his practical business experience. Steve provides Clairson Plastics an edge in the custom injection molding market place.”

    “I’m honored to be part of the Clairson Plastics organization and playing a leadership role on the Custom Injection Molding team,” says Steve Meitzen. “I look forward to bringing innovative solutions to the market.  Clairson has assembled a very impressive new leadership team and I am honored to have join them.”

    As Director of Sales and Marketing for Clairson Plastics, Steve will be responsible for developing and executing Clairson Plastics’ market development, sales, and new business plans. From Clairson Plastics’ Florida office, he will supervise the US sales and marketing teams to identify market opportunities and fulfill market needs, ensure delivery of quality solutions, and meet short- and long-term business goals.



    Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Nebraska, Past President of the Bay Area Manufacturers Association. He is a tireless supporter of the Aerospace Industry Association work to stop the sequestration movement. He is chairman of the BAMA STEM education committee. Steve lives with his family in Lutz, Florida.

    About Clairson Plastics
    Clairson Plastics, an international company headquartered in Ocala, Florida, provides Injection Molding services for Medical, Defense and Electronics custom molding markets. Clairson Plastics designs and manages secondary operations such as pad printing, packaging and other services needed by their customers.  

    For more information, please contact

    David Donihue
    CEO
    Clairson Plastics

    2811 NE 14th Street

    Ocala, FL 34470

    Telephone  262.424.4253
    ddonihue@Clairson.com

     

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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.


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County
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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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

727.464.7347

Dan.Bjerk@trade.gov

www.export.gov

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

727-464-7411

bbarkway@pinellascounty.org

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

813.518.2654

lbelovich@tampaedc.com

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

welliott@tampaport.com

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.

PDR CPA

727-785-4447

mzuniga@pdr-cpa.com


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