Manufacturing Ecosystem


Welcome to Florida ManuFacts, where we’ll share data and industry information from a variety of state and national sources with insight on Florida’s manufacturing sector.

Why Manufacturing? A case for promoting the industry in your community.

This February 2020 presentation to the Florida Economic Development Council highlights the economic impact manufacturing can have in a community and how working with FloridaMakes can help economic developers make manufacturing a priority for their industry diversification efforts. Plus, the importance of manufacturing for doubling rural GDP.

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June 2023 Manufacturing Statistics

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics

Florida Manufacturing – Economic Analysis by Geographic Region

As part of our work to strengthen Florida manufacturing, FloridaMakes, with support from the Regional Manufacturers Associations and CareerSource Florida, has developed an in-depth economic analysis of Florida's manufacturing by geographic region. The research was conducted by IHS.

The resulting manufacturing sector profiles provide data that can be used to determine, document and report future growth patterns of emerging and existing manufacturing subsectors in the state, and to enhance strategic planning for workforce training and economic development opportunities and other manufacturing sector needs.

Click on any of the following to access the manufacturing sector profile by region:

2016 Rural Manufacturing

A study conducted in rural areas of Florida reveals that wages earned by those working in the manufacturing sector were among the highest locally compared to other industries and were almost 33% higher than average earnings in 2016.

2018 Parent Perceptions on Manufacturing Survey

A study of how parents in Brevard County, FL view manufacturing careers.

Connect with your FloridaMakes Business Advisor

Learn how FloridaMakes works with Florida manufacturers - and how we can help unlock growth opportunities and cost savings for your business.

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National Statistics

Facts About Manufacturing

Did you know?

The following data is from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (2019).

  • Florida is home to more than 20,000 manufacturing companies.
  • Manufacturing accounts for 4.95% of Florida’s Gross State Product and over 380,000 high-wage jobs in Florida, with an average wage of $61,735.
  • 80% of Florida manufacturers have 20 or fewer employees.
  • Florida manufacturers produce a variety of goods including aerospace products, batteries, food and beverages, communications equipment, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, semiconductors, boats, and more.

Every $1 in manufactured goods produces $3.60 in other sectors (Source: Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, 2016).

Florida’s largest manufacturing segments, by employment, and areas of manufacturing clusters, are highlighted in the following graphic.

Employment in Florida’s Largest Manufacturing Segments

Manufacturing Sector 2017 Employment
Computer and Electronic Products 42,100
Transportation Equipment 43,100
Fabricated Metal Products 41,400
Aerospace Products and Parts 22,300
Miscellaneous Durable Goods 32,400
Food 31,900
Chemicals 21,200
Printing and Related Support Activities 17,500
Paper  8,500
Total 371,800

*Source: Department of Economic Opportunity (October 2017)

Areas of Excellence in Florida: Advanced manufacturing, including electronic components aerospace and defense products, metal fabrication, and medical equipment.

Select Companies in Florida: Actavis Inc., Danfoss Turbocor, Embraer, Gerdau Ameristell, Harris, HEICO, Jabil, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Lockheed Martin, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Motorola, Siemens Power Systems, Sun Hydraulics

Map of Florida: Florida's Manufacturing Cluster

*Source: Enterprise Florida