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FloridaMakes Board Member Ray Aguerrevere Appointed to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology

November 11th 2020

Ray Aguerrevere, Vice President of Custom Metal Designs in Orlando, has been named to the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) Advisory Board. The MEP Advisory Board is a national board, that is legislatively mandated and established pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

Election 2020: Florida Candidates Weigh in on Manufacturing

October 28th 2020

The FloridaMakes Network recently queried Florida’s legislative candidates to learn more about their thoughts and opinions about job growth, economic development, investing in manufacturing, and STEM education.

Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week: Share your Experiences

October 15th 2020

This year, National Apprenticeship Week is on November 8 – 14 and FloridaMakes is celebrating by celebrating you and your apprenticeship journey! We invite you to share your story by recording yourself and highlighting how your apprenticeship has impacted your life, your career and why others should consider apprenticeships. This recording will be shared across our state-wide network and will live on our website and social media channels.

FLATE Joins the FloridaMakes Network, Partnering with the Florida Department of Education

October 14th 2020

Today, FloridaMakes and the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) announced a partnership that brings together the manufacturing and education community aimed toward creating economic opportunity in Florida’s growing manufacturing sector. This partnership, made possible through a financial commitment between the Florida Department of Education and FloridaMakes, ensures the continued operation of Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) and its mission of supporting advanced manufacturing education on the state.

The partnership project will focus on regions that have specific skills gaps and an insufficient supply of workers with those needed skills. Based on the 2019 Career and Technical Education (CTE) state audit and the priorities outlined by the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Leadership Council, the project will bring together key stakeholders aimed at the following goals: develop an asset map of educational resources for manufacturers; review industry credentials alignment to industry needs; develop curriculum for advanced technologies and entrepreneurship; provide professional development for educators including the ET Forum; and, support manufacturing student organizations.

Winners of the 2020 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards Announced

October 1st 2020

The Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes announced today the five manufacturing companies that have been named as winners for the Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence (SMBE) Awards. The winners, chosen from among ten finalists, were announced at the 2020 Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards Virtual Celebration on October 1.

The Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes collaborated on these statewide awards to recognize the state’s high-performing manufacturers. Companies were judged in six categories of criteria, including leadership, strategic planning, customer and market focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce and operations. 

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