FloridaMakes Appoints Larry L. Bull, Createch Machine and Design, to Statewide Board of Directors

(ORLANDO, FL) April, 2018 - 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 Larry L. Bull, president and chief executive officer, Createch Machine & Design, to its board of directors.

Larry Bull is the founder, president/CEO and owner of High Performance Holdings LTD, Inc., dba Createch Machine & Design in Lakeland Florida.  Founded in 2006, the company was recognized by Inc 5000 as one of America’s fastest growing companies in 2014.  In his past, he has served as an international business and lean manufacturing consultant. Bull currently serves as a member of the Florida Economic Development Council in Lakeland, Florida and is the president of Polk County Manufacturer’s Association.  He also serves on the Academic Advisory Board for Polk County Schools.   

“As a board member, Larry will assist in guiding FloridaMakes’ strategic direction by contributing valuable insight on challenges Florida manufacturers face in a global marketplace.  His vision and his commitment to the Polk County community and the state of Florida will help us continue to grow high wage manufacturing careers in Florida,” said Kevin Carr, FloridaMakes CEO.

High Performance Holdings, LTD, Inc., produces products under the Rockford Drill Head, Ettco, Procunier, Universal Automatic and Speedycut brand names in the machine tool industry, contract manufactures automotive fluid exchange machines for Illinois Tool Works, and provides contract machine design and detail services under the Createch Design name.

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.

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;

Ed Phelan, vice president of operations, Maritech Machine, Inc., Panama City, FL;

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

Roy Sweatman, president of Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc., Tampa, FL. 

Tim Vanderhoof, senior vice president of business development, Enterprise Florida, 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; 

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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 the official representative of the MEP National Network and NIST MEP in the State of Florida 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 visit http://www.floridamakes.com/ and follow us on LinkedIn,  Facebook  and Twitter.

About Createch Machine & Design

Createch Machine & Design, Lakeland FL is an industrial machinery manufacturer specializing in automation of drilling and tapping process and aftermarket automotive fluid exchange equipment. Providing innovative solutions to manufacturing partners for the past century, heritage product lines include Rockford Drill Head, Ettco Machine Tool and Procunier Safety Chuck. Today, many machines produced decades ago are still producing high quality precision products for satisfied customer's every day.  For more information visit http://www.createch-design.com/CreatechName.aspx .

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