Manufacturing News

  • December 21, 2016 9:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BAMA members are invited to the next Tampa Bay Regional Goods Movement Advisory Committee meeting on Feb. 1.

    Their guest speaker for this meeting is Ram Kancharla from Port Tampa Bay who will be presenting Vision 2030, the new Masterplan for Port Tampa Bay (Website link). He will be answering questions you may have and they will be providing an update on other freight initiatives occurring in the Tampa Bay region.

    Meeting details are provided below:
    Goods Movement Advisory Committee Meeting
    February 1, 2017 at 1:30 PM
    FDOT District 7 Auditorium
    11201 North McKinley Drive
    Tampa, Florida 33612

    Please RSVP to

  • December 14, 2016 7:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On January 21st, Palm Harbor Middle School will be hosting its first FIRST Lego League tournament. As of right now we will be hosting 26 teams from all over Florida. These tournaments consist of building and programming EV3 Lego robots to go through the robot games, and explaining the engineering and programing behind it. They also have a project to help animals in needs, with creative and innovative solutions.

    This event is open to the public, and we invite everyone to come take a look at the fun! Don’t want to be just a spectator? We are in need of volunteers! If you would like to refer or judge at the tournament please visit and register as a volunteer. If not you can walk up and register.

    The tournament starts at 8:00 am with the award ceremony concluding at 4:00 pm. Please contact Diamond Sadlowski at, or visit for more information

    Tournament Information:
    Saturday, January 21st 2017
    8 am to 430 pm
    Palm Harbor Middle School
    1800 Tampa Rd
    Palm Harbor FL, 34683”

  • December 13, 2016 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Certified Production Technician (MSSC-CPT)

    ID : 66911   

    Provides entry-level training in manufacturing essentials to include employability skills, safety awareness, production and processes, quality assurance, and maintenance awareness. Upon successful completion, students are prepared to sit for the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Production Technician (CPT) certification examination.

    • High school diploma, GED or equivalent and passing scores on the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) or Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
    • Academic achievement to demonstrate college readiness: examples include college transcripts, Postsecondary Readiness Test (PERT) or Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
    • Meet Essential Job Functions.

    The CPT Certification addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled production workers in all sectors of manufacturing.  MSSC awards certificates to individuals who pass any of its five Production Modules: Safety; Quality Practices & Measurement; Manufacturing Processes & Production; Maintenance Awareness; Green Production and a full CPT Certification to those who pass all four core modules

    Benefits of Certification:

    • Industry certification provides job candidates with industry-recognized credential (More job opportunities)
    • You are more marketable to employers as certification eliminates or reduces remedial training costs by providing well prepared workers (potential increased pay scale)
    • You become skilled in the new ISO standard in certificates companies and are knowledgeable of common practice throughout operations, which prepares you for opportunities beyond the entry-level CPT (Increased subject matter expertise)
    • This certification allows a student to articulate 15 semester hours into the Engineering Technology program at St. Petersburg College (over a $1600 value to continue your training)

    St. Petersburg College-Oldsmar Training Center
    127 State Street West
    Oldsmar, FL  34677


    *(Includes textbooks, certification exam vouchers, and tuition) *

    Dates & Times:

    • January 24th through March 2nd
    • Tues, Wed, Thurs from 2:00PM to 6:00PM
    • Additional online assignments are required at home to supplement in-class learning. 

    Payment Plans

    There are a number of scholarship and grant opportunities based on age, income, and employment status so be sure to ask about opportunities that may apply to your situation.  In addition, upon completion of the MSSC-CPT, you may be eligible for a paid apprenticeship as well. 

    In addition to a one-time payment in-full, the below is a zero interest payment plan option:

    Item Dollar Amount
    Down payment to secure seat in the course $323.75
    Payment due by first day of class (Jan 24) $647.50
    Payment due 30 days after class start (Feb 24) 323.75
    TOTAL $1295.00

    Information about the Certifying Organization:

    The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is an industry-led training, assessment and certification organization focused on the core technical competencies needed by the nation’s front-line production and material handling workers. The nationwide MSSC certifications, based upon industry-defined and federally-endorsed national standards, offer both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the knowledge and skills increasingly needed in the technology intensive jobs of the 21st century.  MSSC applies to all front-line manufacturing production jobs (7 million) and all front-line material handling and distribution jobs (5.4 million).  MSSC has developed two nationally portable certifications for this workforce:  
    “20/20” Vision:  MSSC’s vision is to assess 20% of the nation’s front-line manufacturing production and material handling workers in 20 years--3 million workers by 2030.  To achieve that goal, MSSC offers industry a new set of tools to ensure that both entering and incumbent workers are flexible, easily trainable, and highly motivated knowledge workers able to keep pace with technological change—the “Industrial Athlete of the Future.”
    Call 727-341-4445 to register.
    Find more online

  • December 12, 2016 12:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Free Webinar from IndustryWeek

    "The Additive Cyber Risk of Additive Manufacturing: Six Steps Towards Greater Security in the Supply Chain"
    DATE: Thursday, January 12, 2016
    TIME: 2:00 p.m. EST (GMT -5, New York)
    DURATION: One hour
    COST: None

    Click here to sign up for free webinar and more information.

    The digitalization of physical products through additive manufacturing (AM) opens the supply chain to entirely new threats: those of cybersecurity. Join Deloitte experts Kelly Marchese, Supply Chain Strategy & Manufacturing Operations Leader, and Deborah Golden, Federal Advisory Cyber Risk Services leader, January 12 as we discuss the issues facing your company, including:
    Reviewing the unique challenges facing various public sector entities globally vs. private sector manufacturers and discuss how policy gaps can be addressed to improve AM cyber-risk.

    Illustrating a framework and series of standards that can be used to maintain the Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of data, networks and systems (the "CIA Triad") to manage these risks.
    Discussing potential solutions such as public key encryption; creating traceability through watermarking; using existing technologies to limit printing to authorized, approved objects; development of AM file standards; and protection across the digital thread will be discussed and explored in detail.

    Click here to sign up for free webinar and more information.

    In partnership with Deloitte

  • December 07, 2016 3:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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  • November 30, 2016 9:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 4th annual FHTCC Career Expo will take place March 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. This unique event brings together high tech businesses and K-12 school systems in the Florida High Tech Corridor to meet with career center professionals from UCF, USF, UF and other top universities throughout the nation, plus a number of other state colleges in Florida.

    During the three-day event in Orlando, representatives from local companies and K-12 school systems visit with each university and state college to discuss employment opportunities, hiring needs and strategies to attract the best and brightest graduates for high tech work in Florida. This is a great opportunity for your company to meet with over 50 universities and state colleges in one location.

    Click HERE for more information and to register.

  • November 17, 2016 6:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    US Manufacturing Output Rose for a Second Month in October
    Output at U.S. manufacturers rose for a second month in October, a sign the industry is gradually recovering from a prolonged period of weakness.

    Read more here on IndustryWeek.

  • November 03, 2016 2:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Results from the survey that BAMA members recently completed can be found here.

  • 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 ###

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