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GROWFL FLORIDA COMPANIES TO WATCH

August 2nd 2020

GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch celebrates growing second-stage companies headquartered in Florida. Companies to Watch was developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation as a unique way to recognize and honor second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes, making them “worth watching.” Presented by GrowFL, in association with Edward Lowe Foundation, Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program like no other. We all have a compelling story to tell. We encourage you to tell yours!

Recognizing the State's High-Performing Manufacturers

July 27th 2020

The award process has been developed through the cooperative efforts of strategic partners, FloridaMakes and The Florida Sterling Council. The award examiners’ team is comprised of individuals who contribute time, expertise and diverse perspectives in company evaluations.

The purposes of this award process are:

  • To recognize high-performing Florida manufacturing companies.
  • To offer an avenue for networking and sharing of best practices.
  • To provide feedback and opportunities for improvement to encourage and develop higher performance in participant companies.
  • To elevate the community perception of the Florida manufacturing sector and its positive contribution to the Florida economy.                                                                               

FloridaMakes and the Florida Sterling Council Announce Finalists for the 2020 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards

July 27th 2020

The Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes announced today that 10 manufacturing companies have been named as finalists for the Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence (SMBE) Awards. The winners, chosen from among the finalists, will be announced at the 2020 Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards Virtual Celebration on Oct. 2.

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. 

FloridaMakes Awarded National Science Foundation Grant for Future of Workforce Caucus

July 24th 2020

FloridaMakes received a National Science Foundation grant to organize and execute the Technician Future of Work Issues Caucus for Florida Community Colleges and Manufacturers. The purpose of the event will be to gather key leadership from the advanced manufacturing industry along with its workforce and education stakeholders to foster a conversation around the future talent needs of the smart factory. 

The goal of the Caucus is to identify technologies in Florida's small- to medium-sized manufacturers that directly contribute to Florida's technicians’ skills gap.  The project will first survey both manufacturers and 2-year college educators in Florida about future technical skills that will be used in manufacturing environments.  Stakeholder organizations including Associated Industries of Florida, CareerSource Florida, the regional manufacturers associations across the state, the Florida Department of Education's Division of Career, Technical, and Adult Education plus, Florida’s 28 state colleges and 48 technical centers will help distribute the questionnaires. The results will be reviewed by a select group of educators and manufacturers during the Caucus’ events. Outcomes and recommendations from this process will be shared with the public.

Boeing to Support International Space Station Operations Through 2024

July 17th 2020

Boeing, NASA’s lead industry partner for the International Space Station (ISS) since 1993, will continue supporting the celebrated orbiting laboratory through September of 2024 under a $916 million contract extension awarded today.

Boeing will provide engineering support services, resources, and personnel for activities aboard the ISS and manage many of the station’s systems. Work will be done at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston; the John F. Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida; and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, as well as other locations around the world. The contract is valued at about $225 million annually.

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