FloridaMakes Celebrates National Manufacturing Day


FloridaMakes, the Leading Organization for Strengthening Florida’s Manufacturing Sector, Celebrates National Manufacturing Day

ORLANDO, FL — Today, October 7, 2022, the State of Florida is celebrating “Manufacturing Day” in conjunction with The National Association of Manufacturers and the other 49 states. For this special day FloridaMakes coordinated efforts throughout its network of regional manufacturers associations to host events, showcasing the importance of manufacturing and promoting career opportunities across the sector.

“In collaboration with our state partner organizations and agencies, we have the goal of making Florida a top five state in manufacturing output by 2030,” said Kevin Carr, FloridaMakes CEO. “I’m thankful for the work of our regional manufacturers associations across the state who are bringing crucial awareness of manufacturing career opportunities to students and teachers, as well as the public, in general. If we’re going to reach our 2030 goal, we need more awareness of the great career opportunities that exist in manufacturing.”

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), as of August 2022 manufacturing jobs had an average wage of $69,997, fifth highest out of the 11 industry wages measured in the state of Florida. The total number of manufacturing jobs in August was 417,500, an increase of 27,800 jobs over the year.

The state of Florida has 14 regional manufacturers associations covering all regions of the state from the Panhandle to the Keys.

For more information about the events happening in each of our state regions, please contact your local regional manufacturers association by visiting

In addition to “Manufacturing Day” Florida continues to celebrate manufacturing all year around with plant tours, career fairs, job fairs, school visits and more. For more information about “MFG 2022,” a campaign to celebrate manufacturing year-round, please visit

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

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