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

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

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. 1 at 5:30 p.m.

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.  

To learn more about the SMBE awards process, click here.

Finalists for the 2020 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards are:

  • Bausch & Lomb Inc., Tampa 
  • Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, St. Augustine 
  • CEREX Advanced Fabrics, Cantonment 
  • Compass Blending LLC, Lakeland 
  • Eastman Chemical Taminco US LLC, Pace 
  • Expert Shutter Services, Port St. Lucie 
  • Fort Walton Machining, Inc., Fort Walton Beach 
  • John Bean Technologies – Ground Support Equipment, Orlando 
  • MAG Aerospace – Technology Integration and Support Center, Fort Walton Beach 
  • Omnicell, St. Petersburg 

“Becoming an SMBE Finalist requires time and commitment from a company and their team,” said Kevin Carr, CEO of FloridaMakes. ”I commend the 10 Finalists for their dedication and willingness to put themselves through the assessment process to find improvement opportunities.”

A team of Florida Sterling-trained examiners and manufacturing community representatives contributed their time and expertise to evaluate nominations, including site visits and management interviews of semi-finalists. 

In addition to recognizing Florida companies, the awards provide a framework for sharing manufacturing best practices and take advantage of opportunities for improvement. FloridaMakes will be working with the finalists and their corresponding regional manufacturers association to network and share knowledge, such as with plant tours, webinars, and leadership events to benefit Florida’s manufacturing sector. 

“Florida is home to more than 20,000 manufacturers, and this year’s recipients of the Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards encompass excellence in their industries and within their organizations,” said John Pieno, Chairman of the Florida Sterling Council. “We congratulate these manufacturing role models for their outstanding dedication and performance, which bring jobs and economic growth to Florida.”

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About the Governor’s Sterling Award  

Established in 1992, the Florida Sterling Council is a public/private not-for-profit corporation supported by the Executive Office of the Governor. The Council oversees the Governor’s Sterling Award for Performance Excellence, presented annually by the Governor to high performing, role-model organizations, both private and public, who demonstrate superior management approaches and role model results. Sterling's Conference teaches participants how to elevate performance and increase productivity. Nearly 600 executives and professionals gather at this event for a one-stop source for education, information and inspiration. The conference concludes with the recognition of best practices, the Team Showcase Champion, and the presentation of the Governor's Sterling Awards, the highest award an organization can receive for performance excellence in Florida. For more information, contact John Pieno at (850) 922-5316 or visit www.floridasterling.com.  

About FloridaMakes 

FloridaMakes is a statewide, industry-led, public-private partnership operated by an alliance of Florida's regional manufacturers associations with the sole mission of strengthening and advancing Florida’s economy by improving the competitiveness, productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on small- and medium-sized firms. It accomplishes this by providing services focused on three principle value streams: technology adoption, talent development, and business growth. FloridaMakes is the official representative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network in the state of Florida, a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. For more information about FloridaMakes, please visit FloridaMakes.com and follow @FloridaMakes.

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