FloridaMakes Appoints Ed Phelan, Maritech Machine, Inc., and Roy Sweatman, Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc., to Statewide Board of Directors

(ORLANDO, FL) Aug. 29, 2017 – FloridaMakes, an industry-led public-private partnership aimed at improving the productivity and technological performance of Florida’s manufacturing companies and strengthening the state’s manufacturing economy, has appointed Ed Phelan, vice president of operations, Maritech Machine, Inc., Panama City, and Roy Sweatman, president of Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc., Tampa, to its board of directors. 

FloridaMakes’ services are customized to meet the needs of individual companies, with a focus on accelerating talent development, technology assistance and business growth.  Services are available to manufacturers interested in investing in themselves and are provided through the state’s existing network of Regional Manufacturers Associations and other organizations.

“As board members, Ed and Roy will provide valuable insight to help guide FloridaMakes’ strategic direction, enabling us to anticipate and address the opportunities and challenges faced by manufacturers across the state, and support the growth of high wage manufacturing careers for Florida,” said Kevin Carr, FloridaMakes CEO.

Phelan currently serves as board chairman of the Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council.  He has served in his role operations since 2013 at Maritech Machine, a precision machine and fabrication shop serving companies in the defense, industrial, marine, heavy construction, printing and municipal sectors. The company has doubled its size and has increased its capacity by adding a state of the art fabrication facility employing a highly skilled workforce offering specialized cutting, welding and assembly. Maritech Machine is a registered partner with the United States Government Defense Logistics Agency.

Sweatman, who serves on the board of the Florida Suncoast Manufacturing Association, purchased Southern Manufacturing Technologies in 1983.  The company manufactures custom, precision machined components for the aerospace, aircraft and defense industries, and has grown from 5 employees to 110 employees and $13.5 million in revenue.  The company was honored with a Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award in 2017. Sweatman also serves as vice president of the National Tooling and Machining Association’s Florida West Coast Chapter. 

Other FloridaMakes board members include

Ray Aguerrevere, general manager, Custom Metal Designs, Inc., Oakland, FL;

Abe Alangadan, business unit manager, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Inc., Jacksonville, FL;

Bayne Beecher, glass operations production control leader, PGT Custom Windows + Doors, North Venice, FL;

Kevin Carr, CEO, FloridaMakes, Orlando, FL;

John F. Krug, economic development specialist, Niagara Bottling, Inc., Orlando, FL;

Ryan Loftus, senior engineering manager, Exactech, Gainesville, FL;

Mark Madore, director of operations, Sparton Electronics, DeLeon Springs, FL;

Betsy McGee, president, ADI Metal, Fort Lauderdale, FL;

Jerry Parrish, chief economist and director of research, Florida Chamber Foundation, Tallahassee, FL;

Bob Provitola, division vice president, Manufacturing & Repair Global Collaborations, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc., Orlando, FL.  

Ex-Officio members are:

Andra Cornelius, senior vice president, Business & Workforce Development, CareerSource Florida, Tallahassee, FL; 

Nicole Gislason, director, Office of Career and Professional Education, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL; 

Representative, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Tallahassee, FL.

FloridaMakes partners with public and private service providers — including research and education institutions, consultants, and training providers — to improve the overall performance of individual firms, create and retain an advanced manufacturing workforce and deliver measurable economic impact.

FloridaMakes is part of the nationwide National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) system that was created to address the needs of local manufacturers, with the mission of supporting the growth and competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing.  MEP centers deliver a high return on investment. At the national level, for every one dollar of federal investment, MEP clients generate nearly $19 in new sales, which translates to $2.5 billion annually. And for every $2,001 of federal investment, MEP helps companies create or retain one U.S. manufacturing job.

For more information on FloridaMakes, visit www.floridamakes.com or contact (407) 450-7206 and info@floridamakes.com.

About FloridaMakes

FloridaMakes is an industry-led public-private partnership established in 2015 to improve the productivity and technological performance of Florida manufacturers and strengthen the state’s high-wage manufacturing economy.  FloridaMakes is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) and provides services through Florida’s existing network of Regional Manufacturers Associations and other partners to support Florida’s more than 20,000 manufacturers. Services are customized to meet the needs and opportunities of individual companies. FloridaMakes operates with support from the State of Florida, NIST and Florida’s manufacturers.  For more information visithttp://www.floridamakes.com/ and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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