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  • December 12, 2016 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    Free Webinar from IndustryWeek

    "The Additive Cyber Risk of Additive Manufacturing: Six Steps Towards Greater Security in the Supply Chain"
    DATE: Thursday, January 12, 2016
    TIME: 2:00 p.m. EST (GMT -5, New York)
    DURATION: One hour
    COST: None

    Click here to sign up for free webinar and more information.

    The digitalization of physical products through additive manufacturing (AM) opens the supply chain to entirely new threats: those of cybersecurity. Join Deloitte experts Kelly Marchese, Supply Chain Strategy & Manufacturing Operations Leader, and Deborah Golden, Federal Advisory Cyber Risk Services leader, January 12 as we discuss the issues facing your company, including:
    Reviewing the unique challenges facing various public sector entities globally vs. private sector manufacturers and discuss how policy gaps can be addressed to improve AM cyber-risk.

    Illustrating a framework and series of standards that can be used to maintain the Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of data, networks and systems (the "CIA Triad") to manage these risks.
    Discussing potential solutions such as public key encryption; creating traceability through watermarking; using existing technologies to limit printing to authorized, approved objects; development of AM file standards; and protection across the digital thread will be discussed and explored in detail.

    Click here to sign up for free webinar and more information.

    In partnership with Deloitte

  • December 07, 2016 3:40 PM | Anonymous
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  • November 30, 2016 9:11 AM | Anonymous

    The 4th annual FHTCC Career Expo will take place March 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. This unique event brings together high tech businesses and K-12 school systems in the Florida High Tech Corridor to meet with career center professionals from UCF, USF, UF and other top universities throughout the nation, plus a number of other state colleges in Florida.

    During the three-day event in Orlando, representatives from local companies and K-12 school systems visit with each university and state college to discuss employment opportunities, hiring needs and strategies to attract the best and brightest graduates for high tech work in Florida. This is a great opportunity for your company to meet with over 50 universities and state colleges in one location.

    Click HERE for more information and to register.

  • November 17, 2016 6:25 AM | Anonymous

    US Manufacturing Output Rose for a Second Month in October
    Output at U.S. manufacturers rose for a second month in October, a sign the industry is gradually recovering from a prolonged period of weakness.

    Read more here on IndustryWeek.

  • November 03, 2016 2:23 PM | Anonymous

    Results from the survey that BAMA members recently completed can be found here.

  • October 26, 2016 6:08 PM | Anonymous

    The best in Florida's manufacturing and distribution industry to be recognized

    TALLAHASSEE, FL. - The 13th Annual Manufacturers Summit and Marketplace is being held on November 15-17, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida to acknowledge the progressive achievements in Florida's manufacturing industry. As the climax of the event, the Manufacturers Association of Florida will recognize and honor Florida's top manufacturing and distribution companies.

    Throughout late spring, dozens of nominations were accepted for distinguished manufacturers and distributors across the state of Florida. A team of fourteen judges, selected for their intimate knowledge of the industry and track records of successful ventures, evaluated each nominee on leadership, strategic planning, customer and market focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce focus, and operation focus. At the conclusion of the initial evaluation, twelve companies were selected as finalists in four distinct categories.

    The finalists chosen by category

    Small Manufacturer (1-75 Employees):
    Data Graphics, Inc. of Mount Dora
    Fracture, Inc. of Gainesville
    Trilogy Laboratories, LLC of Fort Myers

    Medium Manufacturer (75-200 Employees):
    American Elite Molding of Crestview
    KRS Global Biotechnology of Boca Raton
    UTC - Aerospace Systems Worldwide Repair of Miramar

    Large Manufacturer (200+ Employees):
    Harris Corporation of Palm Bay
    Sikorsky Aircraft Florida Assembly & Flight Operations of Jupiter
    Vac-Con, Inc. of Green Cove Springs

    C.H. Robinson North American Surface Transportation of Tampa
    City Furniture of Tamarac
    Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Consumer & Logistics Services of Jacksonville

    "These twelve finalists represent not only the strength and agility of the industry, but an unprecedented level of merit which will drive Florida forward in the coming years. With the advantages and opportunities present in today's market, we are proud of these companies for their leadership and influence within their industries," said Nancy Stephens, Executive Director, Manufacturers Association of Florida. "The MAF membership is anxiously awaiting the annual announcement of winners from this prestigious selection of finalists which truly represents a superior level of professional integrity."

    Those companies that are both MAF members and finalists will also be granted MAF's Seal of Excellence for 2016. The annual awards ceremony will take place during the President's Dinner on November 16 in Gainesville, Florida. Event tickets may be purchased at ###

  • October 21, 2016 3:53 PM | Anonymous

    Hillsborough Community College, with support from the Manufacturing Alliance of Hillsborough County, is offering a free program leading to the MSSC CPT certification. The instructor-led course is being held at HCC's Ruskin campus in the southern part of the county, not far from the Manatee county line.

    The three-week course starts Oct. 31 and runs during the daytime.

    Link to download PDF.

  • October 19, 2016 6:36 PM | Anonymous

    On Oct. 8, BAMA members got to spend an afternoon with an astronaut when we were the presenting sponsor at an event at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) with Astronaut Story Musgrave, the only person to fly on all five space shuttles.

    Story Musgrave is a man with a humorous, fascinating and impressive background. During the afternoon, Musgrave talked about his life, entertaining the audience with tales of his youth, and spoke about the Hubble Missions. His talk was followed by a film on MOSI’s five-story IMAX® screen on the Hubble Missions.

    Musgrave was born in 1935 on a dairy farm in Stockbridge, MA. He was in the forests alone at 3 and by 5 floated his homebuilt rafts on the rivers. He rode combines at 5, drove trucks and tractors at 10 and when alone in remote fields, repaired them by 13.

    He never finished high school, instead running off to Korea with the U.S. Marines where he was an aircraft electrician and an engine mechanic. He started flying with the Marines and over the next 55 years accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft. He is a parachutist with over 800 freefalls.

    Although never earning a high school diploma, interesting enough, he went on to obtain seven graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology. Working as trauma surgeon along with a 30-year astronaut career.

    Story was an NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger's first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and on his last flight, he operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia.

    To read more about Story Musgrave, his biography is titled, “The Way of Water.”


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.




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