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FloridaMakes Network Announces the First Recipient of the Bob Provitola Manufacturing Leadership Award


ORLANDO, FL – As part of the Outlook 2022 segment of the MakeMore Manufacturing Summit, FloridaMakes announced Abe Alangadan, Senior Project Portfolio Manager, Johnson & Johnson Vision, as the first recipient of the Bob Provitola Manufacturing Leadership Award. The award is named in memoriam of Bob Provitola, who was among the strongest of advocates for the advancement of Florida’s manufacturing sector.

“Abe has been relentless in his efforts to promote manufacturing at the local and state levels through his numerous board memberships and volunteer efforts,” said Blake Brown, Vice President, Operations, Vac-Con. “I serve on the First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) board of directors with Abe and when I heard about the Bob Provitola award I knew Abe achieved all aspects of the award’s criteria.”

Leaders throughout the manufacturing industry in the State of Florida were asked to nominate people who exemplified Mr. Provitola’s impact in the areas of advocacy, leadership, mentorship and volunteerism within the manufacturing industry.

“Bob was a mentor of mine so this award is very special to me,” said Mr. Alangadan. “It means I need to work even harder to continue to uphold Bob’s legacy and what he meant to manufacturing in Florida.”

Among Mr. Alangadan’s many achievements, he championed the Johnson & Johnson “Bridge to Employment” program and established the Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Academy for Advanced Manufacturing, which works with Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville and the Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) to connect HS students from specific socio–economic backgrounds with curriculum that provides for life-long career opportunities in manufacturing.

According to data by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO), in 2020 the manufacturing industry in Florida had the fourth highest average annual wage of $66,740, among industries in Florida.

“Personally, Abe is a caring, thoughtful, generous person, who perpetually thinks of others before himself,” said Mr. Brown.

Click here for more information on the Bob Provitola Manufacturing Leadership Award.


About FloridaMakes 

FloridaMakes is a statewide, industry-led, public-private partnership operated by an alliance of Florida's regional manufacturers associations 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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