Manufacturing News

  • October 26, 2016 6:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The best in Florida's manufacturing and distribution industry to be recognized

    TALLAHASSEE, FL. - The 13th Annual Manufacturers Summit and Marketplace is being held on November 15-17, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida to acknowledge the progressive achievements in Florida's manufacturing industry. As the climax of the event, the Manufacturers Association of Florida will recognize and honor Florida's top manufacturing and distribution companies.

    Throughout late spring, dozens of nominations were accepted for distinguished manufacturers and distributors across the state of Florida. A team of fourteen judges, selected for their intimate knowledge of the industry and track records of successful ventures, evaluated each nominee on leadership, strategic planning, customer and market focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce focus, and operation focus. At the conclusion of the initial evaluation, twelve companies were selected as finalists in four distinct categories.

    The finalists chosen by category

    Small Manufacturer (1-75 Employees):
    Data Graphics, Inc. of Mount Dora
    Fracture, Inc. of Gainesville
    Trilogy Laboratories, LLC of Fort Myers

    Medium Manufacturer (75-200 Employees):
    American Elite Molding of Crestview
    KRS Global Biotechnology of Boca Raton
    UTC - Aerospace Systems Worldwide Repair of Miramar

    Large Manufacturer (200+ Employees):
    Harris Corporation of Palm Bay
    Sikorsky Aircraft Florida Assembly & Flight Operations of Jupiter
    Vac-Con, Inc. of Green Cove Springs

    C.H. Robinson North American Surface Transportation of Tampa
    City Furniture of Tamarac
    Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Consumer & Logistics Services of Jacksonville

    "These twelve finalists represent not only the strength and agility of the industry, but an unprecedented level of merit which will drive Florida forward in the coming years. With the advantages and opportunities present in today's market, we are proud of these companies for their leadership and influence within their industries," said Nancy Stephens, Executive Director, Manufacturers Association of Florida. "The MAF membership is anxiously awaiting the annual announcement of winners from this prestigious selection of finalists which truly represents a superior level of professional integrity."

    Those companies that are both MAF members and finalists will also be granted MAF's Seal of Excellence for 2016. The annual awards ceremony will take place during the President's Dinner on November 16 in Gainesville, Florida. Event tickets may be purchased at ###

  • October 21, 2016 3:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hillsborough Community College, with support from the Manufacturing Alliance of Hillsborough County, is offering a free program leading to the MSSC CPT certification. The instructor-led course is being held at HCC's Ruskin campus in the southern part of the county, not far from the Manatee county line.

    The three-week course starts Oct. 31 and runs during the daytime.

    Link to download PDF.

  • October 19, 2016 6:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Oct. 8, BAMA members got to spend an afternoon with an astronaut when we were the presenting sponsor at an event at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) with Astronaut Story Musgrave, the only person to fly on all five space shuttles.

    Story Musgrave is a man with a humorous, fascinating and impressive background. During the afternoon, Musgrave talked about his life, entertaining the audience with tales of his youth, and spoke about the Hubble Missions. His talk was followed by a film on MOSI’s five-story IMAX® screen on the Hubble Missions.

    Musgrave was born in 1935 on a dairy farm in Stockbridge, MA. He was in the forests alone at 3 and by 5 floated his homebuilt rafts on the rivers. He rode combines at 5, drove trucks and tractors at 10 and when alone in remote fields, repaired them by 13.

    He never finished high school, instead running off to Korea with the U.S. Marines where he was an aircraft electrician and an engine mechanic. He started flying with the Marines and over the next 55 years accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft. He is a parachutist with over 800 freefalls.

    Although never earning a high school diploma, interesting enough, he went on to obtain seven graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology. Working as trauma surgeon along with a 30-year astronaut career.

    Story was an NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger's first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and on his last flight, he operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia.

    To read more about Story Musgrave, his biography is titled, “The Way of Water.”

  • October 14, 2016 7:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MAF Environmental Teleconference
    Thursday, October 20, 2016
    3 – 4 p.m.
    Dial in Number 712.775.7000; PIN 317371#
    Staffed by Hopping Green & Sams
    Moderator: Mike Petrovich, Hopping Green & Sams

    For more information, contact

  • September 30, 2016 7:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Article from Industry Week website - click to read article.
    Who is Killing American Manufacturing?
    by Leo Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers

  • September 28, 2016 9:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    St. Pete College featured on ABC News on Sept. 14

    Watch the video online.

  • September 26, 2016 12:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Association of Manufacturers is holding a teleconference on October 6th at 10:00 AM (EDT) about the new federal trade secrets law.
    Click for Registration Info

  • September 13, 2016 4:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CareerSource Tampa Bay is conducting a Manufacturing Workforce Analysis Survey in partnership with CareerSource Pinellas, Florida High Tech Corridor, Pasco Economic Development Council, Pinellas County Economic Development, Tampa Bay Partnership, and Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.

    The goal of the survey is to understand local needs for skilled manufacturing employees in Tampa Bay. Individual company identities and responses will be kept confidential. Thank you for providing this critical information that will assist us in addressing the gap between the supply and demand for manufacturing workers in the Tampa Bay area.

    The survey deadline is this Friday, September 16.

  • September 12, 2016 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Live 2 Lead Tampa Bay
    Friday, Oct. 7

    Use the promotional code “BAMA2016” when registering for individual admission to receive a $10 discount. Then, $10 will be donated to BAMA Scholarship and STEM fund.

    Click here to register

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