FABTECH Chooses Florida For North America's Largest Metal Forming, Fabrication and Welding Show


FloridaMakes Partners with FABTECH to Bring North America's Largest Metal Forming, Fabricating, Welding, and Finishing Event to Florida
Over 65,000 Visitors from 90+ Countries Expected to Attend Orlando Event 

ORLANDO, Fla. - FloridaMakes, the official NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) representative in Florida, announces its partnership with FABTECH, the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event in North America. FABTECH has chosen Orlando, Florida, to showcase the state's thriving manufacturing industry. This is FABTECH’s first time hosting the event in Florida. FABTECH is Scheduled for October 15-17, 2024, at the Orange County Convention Center.

FABTECH is a 'one-stop shop' venue where attendees can meet 1,500+ world-class suppliers, discover solutions and tools to improve productivity and profits, network, explore technology, and gain insights into industry trends. While the agenda is in progress,

FABTECH has announced distinguished Florida-based presenters, highlighting the local angle and underscoring Florida's manufacturing industry's importance on a national scale:
• Adrian Little, CEO of JETechnology, an Apopka, FL-based company designing and manufacturing ground equipment for aircraft such as the F-16, F-15, F-18, A-10. Little also serves as the Board Chair for the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida.
• Andrew Kossowski, CEO of Veteran's Metal in Largo, FL, and a Bay Area Manufacturers Association (BAMA) member.
• Troy Underwood, CEO of Urban Metals, LLC, based in Largo, FL, and a BAMA member.

Collaborating with FABTECH, FloridaMakes aims to ensure a successful, impactful event, connect attendees with Florida's diverse, innovative manufacturing sector, highlight Florida's manufacturing capabilities, attract customers and investors, and solidify the state's reputation as a manufacturing powerhouse.

"We're thrilled to partner with FABTECH and welcome them to the Sunshine State," said Kevin Carr, CEO of FloridaMakes. "This event presents an incredible opportunity for Florida's manufacturers to showcase innovations, connect with industry leaders, and contribute to our state's manufacturing sector growth."

“We’re excited to bring FABTECH to Orlando and tap into the incredible potential of Florida’s manufacturing sector,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, group director - FABTECH Series at SME. “Our attendees and exhibitors are thrilled about this new location, and we believe all regions play a crucial role in strengthening America’s supply chain and driving onshoring. Florida’s manufacturers are at the forefront of this movement, and we can’t wait to see the connections, innovations, and opportunities that emerge.”

According to the The 2023 FloridaCommerce Florida Manufacturing Report:

  • Florida's manufacturing industry contributes significantly to the state's economy, with a GDP of over $72 billion
  • The sector employs more than 427,000 workers across 26,000 manufacturing companies

These figures demonstrate Florida's manufacturing sector's strength and growth potential, making it an ideal location for FABTECH.

Admission to the FABTECH 2024 exhibit floor is complimentary for industry professionals who register before Oct. 12, 2024. For more information about FABTECH or to register for the event, use this link:

Media Contact: 
Frances S. Nevill
(407) 491-9543

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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 principal 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, visit and follow @FloridaMakes.