New Services from FloridaMakes Support Growth and Profitability of Sarasota Manatee Area Manufacturers

(April 20, 2017) Sarasota-Manatee Counties, FL – The Sarasota-Manatee Manufacturers Association in partnership with The Science Center is launching a new initiative to deliver services from FloridaMakes aimed at improving the competitive ability and profitability of Sarasota-Manatee manufacturing companies. 

Florida’s manufacturing sector is an important contributor to the Florida economy as a source of high wage employment and value-added products and processes. 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.

The services are designed to help manufacturing firms identify new opportunities for growth and bottom line cost savings, adopt best practices and appropriate technology, and benefit from process improvement and specialized training to support the needs of a skilled workforce. FloridaMakes’ business advisors located at The Science Center as well as FloridaMakes’ statewide network of professional consultants and national resources will deliver these services. 

For information on how your company can benefit from the FloridaMakes initiative, contact Paul Szablowski at (813) 397-2016 or  

About Sarasota / Manatee Area Manufacturers Association (SAMA)

The Sarasota-Manatee Area Manufacturers Association (SAMA) as 501 C6 founded in 1971 is dedicated to creating a business and cultural environment where manufacturing can thrive.  As the "voice of manufacturing" for Sarasota and Manatee counties, we work with elected officials, community leaders, educators and other community organizations to advocate on behalf of manufacturing. Our members share best practices with one another and jointly support workforce development and reasonable regulatory and tax policies. To learn more about SAMA, visit Follow the Sarasota-Manatee Manufacturers Association on Facebook.

About The Science Center

The Center is located on seven acres in west St. Petersburg. Each year the Center partners with industries, educators, and employers to foster the work-ready, entrepreneurial, and financial literacy skills of today’s youth. The Center’s short-term, customized pre-vocational training courses are designed to meet the demand for specialized workers. In partnership with local employers, training programs are integrated with work-based learning opportunities to give participants real-time knowledge of work environments and practices. Courses are taught by industry experts who are highly experienced in their profession. To learn more about the Science Center’s offerings, visit Follow the Science Center on Twitter and Facebook.

About FloridaMakes

FloridaMakes is a statewide service created by manufacturers, for manufacturers, and builds on the solid foundation of Florida’s network of regional manufacturers associations. FloridaMakes supports the growth, competitive ability and profitability of Florida’s nearly 19,000 manufacturers. Services are customized to meet the needs and opportunities of individual companies, and include process improvement, business growth and innovation, supply chain optimization, product development, adoption of best practices and appropriate advanced technologies, sustainability, market expansion and other services. Part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), FloridaMakes provides access to national and local, public and private resources. FloridaMakes operates with support from the State of Florida, NIST and Florida’s manufacturers. For more information visit and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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