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.

Best Practices: Carlisle Interconnect Technologies Connects Employees to the “WHY” of Their Mission

September 30th 2020

At 35,000 feet in the air, while clouds drift by and starlight fills the night skies, it’s a testament to technology for an airline passenger to be able to recline their seat back and enjoy on-the-ground amenities, such as overhead lighting illuminating the pages of a paperback crime thriller or being able to get enthralled by an in-flight movie. Making these experiences possible is the technological wizardry of Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CIT), one of this year’s 2020 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards finalists. Founded in 1940 in Tarrytown, NY, and now headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, CIT employs 500 people and specializes in high-perform.

Best Practices: JBT Helps Customers Reach New Heights

September 29th 2020

Airports are a hub of activity with jets landing and taking off; a procession of taxis picking people up and dropping people off and luggage carousels, trams, and baggage carriers all circulating the things people need for travel. In Orlando, Florida, John Bean Technologies (JBT), manufactures the fleet of equipment that keeps this current of activity efficiently moving.

“JBT’s Orlando facility specializes in the design, assembly, and testing of airport mobile ground support equipment,” says Josh Parkin, Plant Manager for JBT-Orlando. “We make specialty aircraft pushback tractors, cargo loaders, and aircraft deicers; basically all the equipment that you see driving around the airports.”

Best Practices: Eastman’s Leadership Systems Drive Success

September 23rd 2020

Eastman Chemical Company’s history goes back one hundred years. As the middle class was expanding in the 1920s, and new technologies such as vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, radios, electric irons, and yes, cameras transformed the American home, Eastman Kodak became a household name as a manufacturer of chemicals used to process camera film. Fast forward to 1994 when Eastman spun-off as an independent company, and a century after it’s start in Kingsport, Tenn., Eastman has evolved into a global specialty materials company that makes products that people use daily.

One of the company’s manufacturing locations is in the Florida Panhandle in the town of Pace –



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