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National Cookie Day: How a Florida Dry Food Manufacturer Makes the Holiday Season Sweet

December 4th 2020

The holiday season is finally here, and one must ask, is eating just one cookie enough? Leading the world as the biggest cookie bakers and eaters, the U.S. spends more than $550 million annually. One dry food manufacturer located in Lakeland, Florida, takes making their holiday treats seriously and works hard behind-the-scenes to ensure those packages are on store shelves in time.

Compass Blending takes ingredients like sugar, flour, and salt and creates shelf-stable products that are used throughout the food industry and offer convenience to our everyday lives. Some products you may recognize are the Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix at Williams Sonoma or the Honey Almond Pound Cake Mix at the World Market, amongst others.

Giving Tuesday: How a Florida Manufacturer Gives Back All Year Long

December 1st 2020

In 2012, Giving Tuesday was born to create a day to spread kindness and to encourages the generosity of giving. Happening on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday inspires people across the world to help those that need it the most. For one Florida manufacturer, they are dedicated to giving back to their local community, employees and beyond –– all year long.

Expert Shutter Solutions, a hurricane shutter manufacturer located in Port St. Lucie, consistently leads its industry in sales, production, innovation, and efficiency. It’s the company’s commitment to their employees and local community, however, that catapulted them into a finalist spot in the 2020 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards.

The New Industrial Revolution: Digital Manufacturing

November 19th 2020

Digital manufacturing is not a new concept but is continuing to evolve. From robotics, additive manufacturing and augmented reality to big data, simulation and cybersecurity, technologies can be found in manufacturing facilities across the country. While already in existence, the use of these technologies among small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) can vary. Some SMMs have already implemented digital manufacturing, while others plan to implement and there are still some that don’t yet see the value of, or intend to, add digital manufacturing technology to their factory floor.

Non-Technical Signs Your Business Might Have Been Hacked

November 19th 2020

Contracts your company used to receive on a regular basis are now going to a competitor. A new competitor suddenly bursts onto the scene making a very difficult-to-manufacture part that resembles your product. Company monthly energy usage is increasing but you haven’t increased production hours. You haven’t received payment from a customer who always pays invoices within 60 days.

Each of these scenarios is a possible sign that your manufacturing business might have been hacked. Often the first detection of a cyber hack is an employee noticing that something isn’t quite right. This could be their system running unusually slow or a change in their password or other credentials that they did not make.

Game-Changing Apprenticeship Program Opens Career Pathways to fill 4.8 Million Jobs

November 10th 2020

It’s estimated that by 2028, U.S. manufacturers will need to fill 4.6 million jobs, however one hurdle stands in the way of this: the industry skills gap. To combat this problem, FloridaMakes created and sponsors the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship program. The program aims to transform the traditional model of apprenticeships which were rooted in classroom work coupled with the regular responsibilities of fulltime employment. The new model, specifically tailored to meet evolving work styles, maximizes technology via on-demand e-learning and focuses on excelling at key competencies versus logged classroom hours.

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