Manufacturing News

  • September 28, 2017 2:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration for the PLC training being offered by St. Pete College is OPEN! The links below will take you to the registration page. Seats are limited and we are expecting the classes to fill so please sign up quickly.

    For more information, contact:
    Fred Tucker, GCDF Program Coordinator, Information and Innovative Technologies

    Below are the registration links for the two PLC classes.
    10/9/17 to 11/5/17, 1-4pm
    10/9/17 to 11/5/17, 5-8pm

  • September 26, 2017 8:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vocational Rehabilitation Celebrates Disability Employment Awareness Month with Event Honoring Businesses Committed to Hiring People with Disabilities

    In honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month, Vocational Rehabilitation will recognize five local businesses: FBD Signs, Inc, HSN (Home Shopping Network), Jabil, Mister Car Wash, and Professional Surveys, Inc. (PSI), who are committed to hiring people with disabilities. The event is free and open to the public. Please indicate any special accommodations you may need.

    Date: Friday, October 21
    Time: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
    Location: Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 1st Street S.

    SPECIAL GUESTS: Community leaders who are scheduled to attend, include: Senator Brandes, Senator Latvala, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Pinellas County Commissioner Pat Gerard, and Master of Ceremonies Jeff Paterson of WFLA.

    Florida’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program committed to helping people with disabilities become part of America’s workforce. The employer-focused website,, allows businesses to search at no charge for employees who are ready to go to work, as well as to post available jobs. VR has 90 offices across Florida, and last year helped 5,760 Floridians with significant disabilities find or keep a job. For more information about VR and its services, call (800) 451-4327 or visit

    Vocational Rehabilitation
    Sarah Timoti
    (850) 245-3280

  • September 26, 2017 8:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Article in the Tampa Bay Business Journal

    Mettler Toledo cut its staff turnover at its Tampa operation from 25 percent to 10 percent in 10 years. Still, workers leaving their jobs remains a major challenge, said Viggo Nielsen, general manager of the local plant, which manufactures food inspection equipment. He suspects that’s true for most manufacturers.

    “If we really knew what the cost of turnover is we would be extremely worried and try harder to avoid it,” Nielsen said, during an executive roundtable hosted by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the South-Florida Chapter.

    Nielsen said there were four keys to hiring success for Mettler Toledo Tampa.

    Read more of the article in the Tampa Bay Business Journal

  • September 18, 2017 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma. SBA representatives at the Centers can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application.

    The location of the BRC in our area is at The EpiCenter-Pinellas County Economic Development Center, 13805 58th Street North, Clearwater, FL 33760
    Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday
    Closed: Sundays

    “The SBA is committed to facilitating economic recovery in this disaster. We want area businesses to have a resource where they can meet individually with SBA representatives and find out how a low-interest disaster loan can help them recover,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. The SBA offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans for physical damage and working capital. To be considered for this assistance, you need to apply by the deadline.

    Additional information on the disaster loan program may be obtained by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at Loan applications can be downloaded from Completed applications should be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

    FEMA Teleregistration: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
    SBA Customer Service Center: 1-800-659-2955
    8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (ET) Monday - Friday
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (ET) Saturday and Sunday

    The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018. For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at

  • September 13, 2017 12:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AmSkills - A New Approach to Workforce Education
    How Education is the Key to the Renaissance of U.S. Manufacturing!
    Panel Discussion & Cocktail Dinner

    Panelists Include:
    - Viggo Nielsen, General Manager, Mettler-Toledo Safeline, Inc.
    - Kathryn Starkey, Commissioner, Pasco County, District 3 / AmSkills Board Member
    - Hubertus Muehlhaeuser, President & CEO, Wellbilt, Inc.
    - Gardner Carrick, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, National Association of Manufacturers, Manufacturing Institute

    Monday, September 18, 2017
    6:30 p.m. Registration & Cocktails
    7:00 p.m. AmSkills Presentation
    7:20 p.m. Panel Discussion
    8:30 p.m. Cocktail Dinner

    Location: Oxford Exchange
    420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606

    Members: Free of Charge; Non-Members: $40.00

  • August 29, 2017 8:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • August 04, 2017 4:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An increase in 63,000 manufacturing jobs from July 2016 to July 2017

  • July 19, 2017 9:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Workforce Insitute is coming to Downtown St. Pete with a new weeknight version of the PMP/CAPM Exam Prep Course starting this Monday, July 24th!


    3 reasons why you need a Project Management Certification and How to get it.. Read more

    Here's what the job outlook is for project managers.. Read more


    Reserve your spot today!




    Supported by:


    13805 58th Street North

    Clearwater, Florida 33760

    Phone: (727) 341-4445

  • July 12, 2017 3:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Through Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC), business owners receive cost-free executive education focused on business growth and access to capital and one-on-one coaching to help strengthen their companies.

    Suggested profile of a small business to recruit for 2017 ICCC-Tampa Bay
    • Annual company revenues: $500,000 and above
    • Age of business: 2 years or longer

    The most important qualification is the readiness of the CEO to participate in a program that will enable him/her to fully explore business growth challenges and develop strategies to enhance leadership skills, engage new business networks & prepare for a much-needed capital infusion

    For questions, please contact Hyacinth Vassell at or 617-238-3019


  • June 28, 2017 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nominations are now open for the 2017 MAF Manufacturer/Distributor/Supplier/Logistics
    Business of the Year Awards

    Anyone or entity can nominate a company in Florida for these awards AND companies may self nominate. July 31, 2017 is the deadline for nominations.

    Register here:

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