Manufacturing News

  • April 20, 2017 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    And it's not tourism in Florida!

    Civilian Aircraft, Engines and Parts
    2016 Value: $5.4 billion

    Florida's massive aerospace industry includes $5.4 billion worth of civilian aircraft, engines and parts exports. The sector represents 10.4 percent of all exports that leave the state. That number has increased steadily from nearly eight percent in 2013.

    Read the MSN article here.


  • April 18, 2017 8:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BAMA announces its next Manufacturers RoundTable Forum
    “How do you know you have an effective Quality Management System?”
    Thursday, May 18, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
    Location: Rusty Pelican, 2425 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa FL 33607

    The purpose of this Roundtable event is to examine this critical manufacturing business process – both for companies with mature Quality Management Systems (QMS) as well as manufacturing companies that want to build, expand or overhaul their current system.

    Participants will be exposed to QMS fundamentals as well as lessons learned and best practices from BAMA members. Our manufacturing roundtables are designed to be interactive and this event will provide an opportunity to learn from a Quality Management System expert, benchmark with other members and learn ways to help improve the competitiveness of your business.

    The Bay Area Manufacturers Association (BAMA) Manufacturers RoundTable Forums focus on areas of interest for area manufacturers and are designed to promote sharing of best practices to its members with a goal of improving our manufacturing business base.

    Topics from our previous successful RoundTables were:
    • The Value of Pursuing Outside Awards & Recognitions for Your Company
    • Visual Management best practices
    • Measure what matters: How to establish a Continuous Improvement Program that works
    • Developing an effective Lean strategy that works – a collaborative discussion
    • How to start and maintain an effective lean program that will deliver results

    Moderator for the evening:
    J.D. Renner, Quality Assurance Manager, Coating Technology, Inc.

    Roundtable Facilitator:
    Jim Long – Vice President, Operations and Electronic Manufacturing Services for Sypris Electronics

    These Roundtables are offered to facilitate discussion and determine specific focus areas of interest manufacturing members would like more support from BAMA; to provide a forum to discuss and share best practices within manufacturing members; to provide a forum to learn and provide resources to our membership to improve manufacturing competitiveness.

    The Manufacturers Roundtable is another example of BAMA’s ongoing efforts to expand the strength of Tampa Bay’s manufacturing base. Manufacturers may register for this event at www.bama-fl.org/event-2162851. Questions may be directed to becky@bama-fl.org.

    For more than 50 years, The Bay Area Manufacturers Association has been helping manufactures in Tampa Bay. BAMA’s mission is to support manufacturers and promote economic development in the Tampa Bay Region. BAMA provides a forum to exchange ideas and share best practice information; network with colleagues; and learn about manufacturing related topics through educational programs and tours. BAMA supports STEM programs and offers scholarships to students pursuing manufacturing and STEM education. Manufacturing provides jobs for approximately 60,000 people in approximately 2,500 facilities throughout Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties.

    For more information, please visit our website: www.bama-fl.org.

  • April 06, 2017 4:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To celebrate National Robotics Week (April 8-16) FLATE is hosting a robotics open house at Hillsborough Community College in Brandon. The open house will be on Thursday, April 13 from 3-6 p.m., and will feature a number of activities and stations geared to spark local students’ interest in robotics and STEM education and related career pathways.

    Featured activities include: programming a robotic arm and EV3 robots, learning to operate a 3D printer, watching a demo of an electric car, meeting local robotics teams-including a demo of a 6ft humanoid robot, learning about the engineering technology program at HCC and other Florida colleges, meeting local manufacturers- including members from FIRST VISTA, and getting up-close and personal with Jane, FLATE’s humanoid robot. Plus, enter a raffle drawing for a chance to win a FREE week of the FLATE robotics summer camps!

    To RSVP for this FREE event, click here, or contact Janice Mukhia, FLATE’s Project and Outreach Manager, at outreach@fl-ate.org.

  • March 28, 2017 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Wednesday the House will be workshopping their tax package which could potentially reduce the business rent tax for all Florida businesses! MAF has been lobbying this issue and now is the time where we need your support

    Send a letter to all your state legislators with one simple form! Our lobbying team will be testifying in support of the reduction and we would like to be ready with as many emails in support of cutting the rent tax as possible.

    Let's cut the tax and grow business together!

    #CutTaxGrowBiz


    TAKE ACTION

  • March 27, 2017 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When workers lack needed training and businesses experience skill gaps, the company’s ability to compete, expand, and retain workers can be compromised. Florida’s Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) Program addresses such needs. The IWT Program was created for the purpose of providing grant funding for continuing education and training of incumbent employees at existing Florida businesses.

    Incumbent Worker Training grants are available through the State of Florida until July 1. You can find more information here or by clicking the link below.

    careersourceflorida.com


  • March 23, 2017 4:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our country has come a long way in expanding women’s access to roles in science and technology. During National Women’s History Month, with the 2017 theme of “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business,” we recognize trailblazing work being done to bring more women into these fields. 


    From the US Department of Labor Blog by Joan Harringan-Farrelly / Read the US Dept of Labor article here

  • March 21, 2017 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Defense and Government Suppliers: What You Need to Know about the New NIST 800-171 Publication
    Free Webinar
    March 30 - 9-10 AM

    If you are a defense / government supplier – or if you are a subcontractor selling to a government supplier – you need to know about the new NIST 800-171 publication, and take steps to assess and comply with the suggested guidelines by the end of 2017.

    Free Webinar - Register here

  • March 21, 2017 9:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here is your opportunity to travel to Germany and attend an event series on lightweight construction in Central Germany in the week of June 11-16, 2017. The program is offered by the Investment and Marketing Group of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

    Participants will have the chance not only to attend but also to potentially speak at the global panel of the lightweight conference of the VDI (Association of German Engineers) and to tour company facilities such as BMW, Porsche, Dow as well as the Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Center for Polymer Synthesis. Additionally, they will have the chance to exchange ideas at different workshops, meet representatives from German lightweight companies and network with peers at various receptions. We would greatly appreciate if you could share the attached flyer with interested companies within your network. We would also like to encourage representatives of Bay Area Manufacturers Association to join the delegation as it is a great opportunity to gain international exposure and to start an exchange with the German business community.

    All costs in Germany (ground transportation, event participation, interpretation service, programming, etc.) will be covered by IMG. Participants are responsible for their flight expenses and accommodation costs, as well as conference participation (two-day program offered at a group discount).

    For more information, contact:
    Sonja Sobota, Consultant, Federal Projects
    German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.
    (404) 586-6802 | ssobota@gaccsouth.com

  • March 08, 2017 3:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Discussion on the Supply Chain Talent Gap, Careers, & Leadership
    Held at the SPC Clearwater Campus, Room ES104
    St. Pete College, 2465 Drew St, Clearwater, FL 33765

    As the demand for supply chain professionals grows, employers need to find increasingly scarce talent to support this increasing demand... Join us in an interactive discussion on bridging the Supply Chain talent gap, capitalizing on career opportunities, and unleashing your leadership potential.

    Why Attend?
    · Great opportunity for face-to-face time with employers who have hiring advice!
    · On-the-spot resume reviews.
    · Event is FREE and open to the Public

    Get Hired!
    An interactive Discussion
    Panel members include:
    · JJ Jones – V.P. Supply Chain, Monin Gourmet Flavorings
    · Tonya Jones – Operations Manager of Logistics, Valpak
    · Jane Gevo – 1st V.P., Institute for Supply Chain Mgmt., Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
    · Josh Main – V.P. Membership, Council of Supply Chain, Management Professionals, Central Florida Roundtable
    · John T. Bittrich (Moderator) – V.P. of Executive Recruiting, Training & Consulting, Meri M. Stockwell LLC

    Refreshments will be served. Networking before/after event.
    To RSVP, contact LINCS@spcollege.edu

  • March 07, 2017 3:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    R&D Tax Credit Application To Open Soon
    The Florida Department of Revenue will accept applications for the R&D Tax Credit against the Corporate Income Tax for tax year 2016 starting Monday, March 20, 2017 through Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 11:59 PM. The amount of credits that will be awarded is $9 million total. If applications exceed the cap they will be awarded on a pro-rata basis. Prior to applying through DOR, companies must certify through the Department of Economic Opportunity that they are a qualified targeted industry business. For additional information on how to apply DOR has released a “Tax Information Publication” which can be found by clicking here.

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