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For her continued hard work and increased skills, Krystle was recently promoted to CNC Machinist II with a substantial raise to go with her new title. FloridaMakes is happy to announce that Krystle Wilson is the first person to graduate from the FloridaMakes Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship Program. As a result, she has received her IMT certification from the State of Florida. The goal of the IMT Apprenticeship Program, which began in April 2020, is to advance entry-level skills for new and existing employees who work in industrial manufacturing. Flexible Program In spite of the challenges of being a single parent with ...
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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 ...
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Nominations now open! The is a memorial recognition established in 2021 to honor the spirit of volunteer leadership and dedication that characterized Bob Provitola’s service to the manufacturing community throughout his career. Deadline to submit nomination is August 27, 2021 . #LatestNews
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Media Contacts: Zoraida Velasco zoraida.velasco@floridamakes.com (407) 430.7714 ORLANDO, FL – The FloridaMakes Network announced the creation of the Bob Provitola Manufacturing Leadership Award, today during the MakeMore Manufacturing Summit’s Talent Development Segment. This memorial recognition is being established to honor the spirit of volunteer leadership and dedication that characterized Bob Provitola’s service to the manufacturing community throughout his career. Bob was among the strongest advocates for the advancement of Florida’s manufacturing sector. As the Division Vice President for Mitsubishi Power Americas, Bob was key in locating ...
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Media Contacts: Zoraida Velasco, FloridaMakes zoraida.velasco@floridamakes.com (407) 430-7714 Orlando, FLA. ­­­­­­–– FloridaMakes, the official 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, has appointed Greg Britton, CEO of The Florida Small Business Development Center Network to its board of directors. 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 ...
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Outside Training Enhances Workforce Carlisle Interconnect Technologies is located in St. Augustine Florida with 540 employees. They are one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of high-performance wire and cable, including optical fiber, harsh environment engine wire, and high-speed digital cable as well as terminal lugs and splices. Carlisle also provides a high level of customer support by offering engineering and certification services for the commercial aerospace, military and defense electronics, industrial, test and measurement, and medical industries. Carlisle Interconnect Technologies has its own training team, who focus entirely on ...
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New Strategic Direction Leads to Increased Productivity Quality Enclosures, located in Sarasota, Florida, is a family owned and operated manufacturer of shower doors. They employ more than 200 workers with branches in Jacksonville, Florida; Marietta, Georgia; Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Central Islip and Ronkonkoma, New York; and Port Orange, Florida. Their key products are heavy glass enclosures with key markets being new construction and remodeling. Quality Enclosures was encountering some uncertainty regarding options for a new strategic direction. Company leadership asked GrowFL to assist with providing data and consulting expertise to clarify and solidify ...
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Successful Composite Manufacturer Constructs Agile Plan For Continued Growth Research Inc. (NRI) is a 40-person company based in Riviera Beach, that has led the industry in next-generation research, engineering design, development, manufacturing, and marketing of quality saturated composites that restore, protect, and reinforce pipes, pipelines, and civil structures. NRI solutions can repair and reinforce pipelines or civil structures while they remain operational, thereby saving clients millions of dollars in costs and lost revenues. Founded in 1982, the company has capitalized on the growth of its products by developing quality moisture-curable carbon fiber, ...
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Streamlining Processes Leads to Growth IM Solutions (IMS) is a technology systems design, installation and software development firm of close to 10 employees based in Melbourne, Florida. IMS designs and implements audiovisual, video and IT communication systems for corporate, government, and educational clients, as well as houses of worship. IMS’s processes and procedures were overly-complicated, numerous, and not always current. Its web presence was dated and confusing to potential customers. GrowFL assisted IMS in clarifying and streamlining its processes and procedures, beginning with the creation of a new organizational accountability diagram. The Traction ...
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Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC benefits from its Association Network with FloridaMakes and the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida. Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC in Okahumpka, Florida is a private standalone business whose 54 employees produce a full line of industrial vacuums, potholing, day-lighting, hydro-excavation, and air excavation equipment. For twenty years they have demonstrated a commitment to build strength, safety, durability and one-of-a-kind features into all of the company’s products, and then to back them up with integrity and service. Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC was purchasing fabricated items from out of state causing long lead times and challenges ...
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Training Enhances Revenue and Productivity Ameritape, Inc., located in Jacksonville, Florida, is a converter and distributor of pressure-sensitive adhesive tape and label products representing most major manufacturers, including 3M. Privately-owned, they employ 18 people and specialize in custom slitting and specialty die-cutting. Ameritape’s mission is to create stronger bonds. They concentrate on doing this in three areas: within the organization, with customers, and with suppliers. In August 2008, when the economy was at its peak, two 15-year employees, Renee Soares, and Tom Whipple, bought the business. The next month the economy plummeted. Their biggest ...
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American Elite Molding Proves American Quality with ISO Certification American Elite Molding LLC (AEM) is America’s leading manufacturer of nylon cable ties. As a privately-owned company located in Crestview, Florida, with 124 employees, their 75,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility operates 24/7/365 and boasts the most advanced production processes in the United States. AEM offers an extensive line of cable ties in a variety of lengths, tensile strengths, and colors, plus accessories such as mounting pads and cable clamps. Their markets include HVAC, electrical, construction, and specialty markets across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. AEM is ...
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Media Contacts: Juliet Hauser juliet@sachsmedia.com (850) 222-1996 ORLANDO, FL – Recognizing that new workers will need training for the post-pandemic world, FloridaMakes – a statewide industry-led partnership to strengthen Florida’s manufacturing economy – has developed in-depth training programs to focus on advancing entry-level skills for new and existing employees. The Florida Legislature, addressing needs regarding the state’s workforce development and education, this year approved legislation that fosters increased collaboration and a no-wrong-door approach to assisting people looking for jobs, education, training, and support services. ...
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ORLANDO – The Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes announced the 18 manufacturing companies in a field of over 140 nominees who have been named as winners of the Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence (SMBE) Awards. The winners were announced during the MakeMore Manufacturing Summit – Business Growth Segment June 22-23. Winners earned their place in three categories, Bronze, Silver, and Gold, depending on evaluated level of performance. The Florida Sterling Council and?FloridaMakes collaborate on these?statewide?annual awards to recognize?the state’s high-performing manufacturers and to elevate performance of the entire manufacturing sector.?Companies ...
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ORLANDO – The Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes announced today the 20 manufacturing companies in a field of over 140 nominees who have been named as finalists for the Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence (SMBE) Awards. The winners, chosen from among the finalists, will be announced during the Business Growth Segment of the MakeMore Manufacturing Summit on June 22 and 23. The Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes collaborate on these statewide annual awards to recognize the state’s high-performing manufacturers. Companies were judged in seven categories of criteria, including: leadership; strategy; customers; measurement, analysis ...
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World Environment Day Spotlight: Florida manufacturer aims to make a difference with our wastewater Did you know there’s a Florida manufacturer who is coming up with innovative ways to help cities, counties, colleges, and other entities confronting wastewater treatment issues on a daily basis? Brevard-based Kationx’s CEO Bill Cox shares what his company does in the following Q&A: Kationx is an interesting name! Our name “Kationx” is a play on the type of chemistry we build into our product design: our materials are mostly positively charged. Positive-charged materials are termed “cationic” because positively-charged ions are called “cations.” We spell ...
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And why companies should invest in employees Manufacturing has been a major industry for Florida since its inception, and now is home to more than 20,000 manufacturing companies. Companies here create all kinds of vital materials, from electric lines and life-saving medical equipment to the fuel that powers machines, among countless other integral elements that keep our society moving forward. Considering how important manufacturing is to the strength of Florida’s economy, it’s no surprise that Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature have made it their priority as well. However, we are now facing a massive shortage of skilled employees to keep ...
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As a statewide, industry-led not-for-profit partnership, FloridaMakes works to strengthen and advance Florida’s manufacturing sector through talent development, technology assistance, and business growth. We operate through a network of the state’s Regional Manufacturers Associations, and partner with public and private service providers—including research and education institutions, consultants, and training providers—to improve the overall performance of individual firms, creating and retaining an advanced manufacturing workforce and improving Florida’s manufacturing economy. FloridaMakes provides improvement solutions to manufacturers to increase growth ...
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National Beverage Day is all about enjoying your favorite drink. Whether it’s hot or cold, served in a cup with ice, poured from a blender and topped with an umbrella, or sipped from a hot mug from your favorite coffee shop, the chances are likely that one of Monin’s many flavors make your drink special. “We produce an abundance of gourmet flavoring products from premium flavored syrups to purées, sauces, and more. We take pride in the fact that we use the highest quality ingredients, which result in the exceptional flavor that you can add to any beverage or culinary application,” says Bill Lombardo, Monin CEO. “We offer more than 230 varieties of flavors, ...
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FloridaMakes has two openings for a Business Advisor (BA), one located in Central Florida and one in Southeast Florida. The successful BA will have operational and financial expertise in manufacturing. General Description The Business Advisor works to increase FloridaMakes and the affiliated Manufacturer’s Association’s market positions and financial growth. This person builds key customer relationships, identifies business opportunities, negotiates and closes business deals and maintains extensive knowledge of current market conditions. The Business Advisor will have manufacturing and operational expertise that can guide client firms through a comprehensive ...
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