FloridaMakes 2022 Florida Manufacturing Apprentices of the Year Announced


Top manufacturing apprentices are recognized by FloridaMakes, the official representative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network in the State of Florida.

ORLANDO, FL - At this year's MakeMore Manufacturing Summit, FloridaMakes recognized three Manufacturing Apprentices of the Year. The registered apprentices were each nominated by their respective employers. The three apprentices were chosen by a panel of judges from Lockheed Martin, Pierce Manufacturing, Veethree Electronics, Dupuy, and Medtronic.
The three apprentices are:
(alphabetical order)
  • Brentyn Szalbirak, PGT Innovations
  • Carolyn MacGowan, Airbus OneWeb Satellites
  • Krystle Turner-Wilson, Knight's Armament Company
"If you're a manufacturer, apprenticeship programs are one of the best ways to upskill, attract and retain manufacturing talent," said Marcelo Dossantos, Director of Workforce Development at FloridaMakes. "Brentyn, Carolyn and Krystle are great examples of the talent that comes to manufacturing through apprenticeships. I congratulate all three of them, as well as all of the nominees, for the hard work and dedication they've shown to their companies and the successful career path they are on."

Among the criteria for winning the award, nominees must demonstrate outstanding commitment to their professional development and show how they have made a positive difference to their company. Each apprentice and those nominated received a congratulatory letter from Governor DeSantis.

For more information about this year's apprentices and the Apprentice of the Year program, please visit


About FloridaMakes
FloridaMakes is a statewide, industry-led, public-private partnership operated by an alliance of Florida's regional manufacturers associations and partner organizations with the sole mission of strengthening and advancing Florida's economy by improving the competitiveness, productivity, and technological performance of its manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on small and medium-sized firms. It accomplishes this by providing services focused on three principle value streams: technology adoption, talent development, and business growth. FloridaMakes is the representative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network in the state of Florida, a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. For more information about FloridaMakes, please visit and follow @FloridaMakes.

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