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  • April 29, 2014 10:57 AM | Anonymous

    In an effort to create a more competitive environment for manufacturers in his state, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed legislation to eliminate sales tax on purchases of industrial machinery and equipment.

    Effective April 30, 2014, House Bill 7007 provides a sales and use tax exemption for industrial machinery and equipment purchased by manufacturing businesses to be used at a fixed location within the state. To be eligible for this exemption, business and equipment must meet the following criteria:
       - The business’s primary activity must be defined by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code 31, 32 or 33 at the specific location where the industrial machinery and equipment are installed.
       - Industrial machinery and equipment must be used as an integral part of manufacturing, processing or production.
       - Tangible personal property must have a depreciable life of three years or more.

    Parts and accessories purchased prior to the in-service date of the machinery and equipment also are eligible for the exemption. Buildings, structural components and heating and air conditioning equipment are excluded from the definition of machinery and equipment.

    Manufacturers can take advantage of this exemption until April 30, 2017, when the legislation expires.

    Economic development is a priority as Florida seeks to increase business growth within its state. The manufacturer’s sales tax exemption is one of many economic development initiatives outlined in House Bill 7007 and Senate Bill 406. SB 406 includes amendments to corporate tax credits, expansion of sales and use tax exemptions and the creation of a three-day sales tax holiday. Updated corporate income tax credits include the following:
       - Removal of the lifetime limit received by an individual for the Qualified Target Industry and Qualified Defense and Space Contractor tax refunds.
       - Expansion of eligible locations in enterprise zones in which caps per entity were imposed.
       - A $15 million increase ($3 million annually) in the total amount of tax credits that can be awarded under the New Markets Development Program.

    Watch the feature by Grayson Kamm on Channel 10 news on the Manufacturing Equipment Sales Tax Holiday!

  • April 22, 2014 2:32 PM | Anonymous

    State College of Florida
    Training for APICS CPIM Designation

    Increase your functional knowledge of production and inventory management
    • Maximize ROI on the systems and technologies within your organization
    • Master the tools you need to effectively manage global supply chain activities
    • Gain knowledge to apply principles of ERP software to cover various critical functions within your organization
    • Earn customer satisfaction by delivering Lean/Just-in-Time products and services
    • Enhance your credibility within your organization
    • Create consistency and foster collaboration through best practices, common terminology, and corporate-wide communication.

    The cost is $1,700 per person, which includes tuition and materials for the three days. Training grant dollars are available, which cover 50% of the cost of training and materials.

    State College of Florida, Lakewood Ranch
    May 2, 9 and 16
    8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Contact Lee Kotwicki at kotwickl@scf.edu or 941-363-7218

  • April 18, 2014 11:55 AM | Anonymous
    Do you have children or grandchildren in Middle or High School who are interested in Science and Technology? If yes, consider registering them in a FLATE Robotics and Engineering Summer Camp.

    FLATE’s Robotics Camps Offer a STEM-ultimate Experience for future engineers! Middle and high school students attending FLATE’s robotics camp get a full serving of robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) to whet their appetite.

    Camp Dates:
    June 16–20: Intro EV3 Camp (Girls Only) *Scholarship info
    June 23–27: Intro EV3 Camp
    July 7–11: Intro EV3 Camp
    July 14–18: Intermediate EV3 (Session A)
    July 21–25: Intermediate EV3 (Session B)
    July 28–Aug 1: High School Robotics & Engineering Camp

    Camp Location:
    Hillsborough Community College (Brandon Campus) 10414 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa FL 33619.

    Want more information? You can find it here. Or you can contact Desh Bagley, outreach manager at camps@fl-ate.org, and Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director at barger@fl-ate.org. 
  • March 17, 2014 3:18 PM | Anonymous

    In 2012, The Manufacturing Institute launched the Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead initiative to honor and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research, and leadership. The STEP Ahead initiative will not only celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding current leadership in manufacturing again with our annual Awards Dinner, but also to inspire the next generation of female leaders.
    Watch the video here

  • March 04, 2014 11:02 AM | Anonymous
    Bright House Regional Business Awards took place on Feb. 27 and BAMA member iDatix received the most prestigious award of the evening “Innovator of the Year.”
    Read more about Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards.
  • February 20, 2014 2:46 PM | Anonymous
    Topics include:
    • Advanced Manufacturing Research Matching Grants
    • Export Assistance
    • Tax on Commercial Leases/Rentals
    • STEM Workforce Training
    • Capital Investment Incentive Tax Credit
    • Quick Response Training Funds
    • Industry Certification Funding

    The entire report can be found here.

  • January 21, 2014 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    Join us for Manufacturing Days at the Capital on February 4-5, 2014 in Tallahassee, FL. We have a great event planned - legislative briefing, legislative reception and pre-set appointments with key legislators.

    Speaking at the briefing on February 4 are: Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard, Enterprise Florida President Gray Swoope, Workforce Florida's April Money, Florida Chamber, AIF, Florida Ports Council, Career & Technical Educators, and more. For the reception on February 4, all the legislators have been invited. We have a full morning of appointments at the Capitol on February 5 for participants to talk with legislators about the MAF legislative priorities.

    Our host hotel is the aloft Tallahassee Downtown Hotel - phone 850.513.0313. Please call the hotel directly for room reservations in the Manufacturers Association of Florida room block. Rooms are going fast!

    You may register for the event online at www.mafmfg.com. You may also sign up to sponsor the event online. The registration form to attend or sponsor and the preliminary agenda may be downloaded from the MAF registration page. Contact becky@nstephens.com or 850.402.2954 with questions. We look forward to seeing you at this popular event for manufacturers in Florida!

    Contact: Nancy D. Stephens, CAE, IOM, DPL
    Executive Director
    Manufacturers Association of Florida
    850.402.2954 Phone

  • January 03, 2014 3:49 PM | Anonymous

    As part of the Florida TRADE grant, we are looking for manufacturers that would like to offer internships, tours for students, offer job development services, and be part of a committee to offer help with this grant.

    If you would like to offer help, please contact Becky at BAMA, 727-536-5809.

  • December 17, 2013 12:19 PM | Anonymous

    On Nov. 21, Clay Gambetti, Manager of Research & Analysis, Workforce Projects at Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance spoke on the Hillsborough-Pinellas Manufacturing Skills Gap Analysis.

    More information on the Manufacturing Skills Gap Analysis can be found here.


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Read the 2015 Florida Manufacturing Brief from Enterprise Florida

Labor Market Industry Profile

Florida manufacturers are critical to the state’s economy. In June 2013, Florida manufacturing
was 4.4 percent of the employment for all industries. Manufacturing is separated into durable
goods manufacturing and nondurable goods manufacturing. Durable goods manufacturing
accounted for 66.7 percent of June 2013 manufacturing employment and nondurable goods
manufacturing accounted for 33.3 percent.

There were 18,510 Florida manufacturers in June 2013, with employment of 323,341 jobs.
Employment was up 5,660 jobs (+1.8 percent) over the year.

Read the entire report here

Number of Establishments
Employment December 2013
Pinellas 1,297 30,317
Hillsborough 1,114 24,651
Pasco 317 3,185
Hernando 106 1,509
TOTALS 2,834 59,662

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International Trade

Click here for the Slide Show from the tour of the
Tampa Port on May 14, 2016.

If you need information on how to sell your goods to other countries,
here are some contacts that can help you.

Dan Bjerk is a Senior International Trade Specialist at the Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center,
the local office for the U.S. Commercial Service of the International Trade Administration of the
U.S. Department of Commerce located in Clearwater, Florida.

Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center

U.S. Department of Commerce | International Trade Administration

13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200, Clearwater, FL 33760




Brent Barkway joined the staff of Pinellas County Economic Development in August 2014, as a Business Development Manager specializing in Export Development, Foreign Trade Zone management, business expansion and relocation projects. He focuses on helping local companies discover new global markets for their products and services. Brent honed his economic development skills in Lee County, where he managed the relocation of Hertz Corporate Headquarters, which resulted in the creation of hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact in Southwest Florida.

Pinellas County Economic Development

13805 58th St. N., Suite 1-200, Clearwater, FL 33760



Lorrie Belovich is Director of International Business Development for the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and partner in the Tampa Bay Export Alliance. She is responsible for both international trade and foreign direct investment. She works closely with the international stakeholders in Tampa Bay, such as the Tampa International Airport, Port Tampa Bay, Visit Tampa Bay and the Mayor’s office, to align the international business strategy for Hillsborough Country. Lorrie also manages the official outbound trade and business development missions led by Mayor Buckhorn and other elected officials.

Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation

101 East Kennedy Blvd. | Suite 1750, Tampa, FL 33602



Gonzalo Padron joined Port Tampa Bay as director of marketing and business development for Latin America in August 2014. Prior to joining the port’s executive team, Padron was manager of strategic customers at DHL Global Forwarding. Padron began his industry career extensively traveling the Caribbean and Latin America as a senior account executive for ocean carriers Tecmarine Lines and Seaboard Marine.

Port Tampa Bay

1101 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602


office: 813-905-5150

mobile: 813-361-2892

M. Javier Zuniga’s expertise includes corporate and partnership tax compliance, partnership structures, international taxation, individual taxation and forensic accounting. Javier is also part of PDR CPAs R&D tax credit and cost segregation studies practice areas.





The OSHA presentation from January 22, 2015

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Bay Area Manufacturers Association

PO Box 1264

Largo, FL 33779

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