Manufacturing News

  • September 12, 2016 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Manufacturing Skill Standards Council
    Certified Production Technician
    Certification Program

    This is a 100 percent web-based course consisting of five modules and four assessments for a total of 80 hours (a headset and microphone is required). Upon successful completion of the course, you can earn your MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification. The CPT is a nationally recognized certificate that can be used for employment across all manufacturing sectors.

    Consisting of:
      - Maintenance
      - Awareness
      - Quality and Continuous Improvement
      - Manufacturing Process and Production

    Throughout the training, students take MSSC assessments. After passing each assessment, a Certificate of Recognition from MSSC is provided. When all four key assessments are successfully completed, the MSSC CPT Certification will be awarded and 15 credit hours toward an A.S. in Engineering Technology degree can be used at all state colleges in Florida that offer the A.S. in Engineering Technology degree.

    Training starts Tuesday, October 4, 2016
    Classes are conducted online Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 - 10 p.m., October 4 through December 13.
    Fee: $899* per person
    *Includes registration with MSSC, five coursebooks, four assessment codes and facilitation. (No class on Thanksgiving)

    For more information and to register, visit or contact Lee Kotwicki at 941-363-7218,

  • August 30, 2016 8:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    METTLER TOLEDO Announces New Facility to be Built in Pasco County
    Company expected to add 185 jobs and invest more than $30 million in the project Lutz, Fla.

    (August 23, 2016) — Today. the Pasco Economic Development Council gathered with representatives from Enterprise Florida and Pasco County officials to announce that METTLER TOLEDO will construct a new 250,000-square-foot facility at a site adjacent to the Suncoast Parkway in Lutz, Florida. The new facility, built for the company’s Product Inspection Division, will be home to more than 500 employees, including 185 new positions and 320 retained jobs. More than $30 million in capital will be invested in the region. METTLER TOLEDO’s Product Inspection Division is the global market leader in the field of check-weighing, industrial metal detection, and x-ray inspection systems for the food, pharmaceutical, and packaged consumer goods industries.

    “We are very excited to have made the decision to locate our new facility in Pasco County,” said Viggo Nielsen, General Manager of METTLER TOLEDO Safeline. “We wanted a location where our current staff would be able to follow us and where we could pull new team members from a diverse and well educated pool. The support we have been getting from Pasco County, The State of Florida, and Duke Energy has been outstanding."

    METTLER TOLEDO cited access to the area’s diverse, experienced labor pool in addition to the location’s easy access to regional infrastructure as prime reasons for choosing the Pasco County site for the new facility. “I have often touted that Pasco County’s strong workforce and affordable cost of doing business makes our community an ideal location for foreign direct investment,” said Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey. “I am delighted that METTLER TOLEDO has found that Pasco County is the best location for their long-term growth.”

    Bill Cronin, President/CEO of Pasco Economic Development Council added, “METTLER TOLEDO's relocation is another wonderful testament to the outstanding assets Pasco County has to offer businesses of all sizes across many industries. METTLER TOLEDO will benefit from our strategic location, the outstanding talent in the region, and we are grateful for its investment in Lutz.” The company will ultimately consolidate operations from one other location to the new Lutz facility. Construction is expected to be complete in the fall of 2017.

    “This is a very rewarding win for Florida,” said Crystal Sircy, Executive Vice President & COO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. “Not only is METTLER TOLEDO—a global industry leader—bringing more jobs to the state, but this is a great example of the strong economic development partnerships that exist in Florida. The state has a great business story to tell and we have tremendous partners around the state to help us share that story.”

    Florida’s advanced manufacturing industries are diverse and include sectors for producing intermediate and finished products ranging from plastics to tortillas to auto parts. In total, Florida is home to more than 19,000 manufacturers employing 331,000 workers. These strong industry assets help manufacturing businesses ramp up fast in Florida.

    Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “We’re proud to work together with local, regional and state partners to attract strong job creators like METTLER TOLEDO to Florida. The company’s expansion will support more than 500 Florida families and bolster the state’s growing advanced manufacturing sector.”

    Project partners included Enterprise Florida, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Pasco Economic Development Council, CareerSource Florida, and Duke Energy. Chris Hart IV, President and CEO of CareerSource Florida, said, “This latest expansion of METTLER TOLEDO is great news for Pasco County and surrounding communities. CareerSource Florida has been proud to support METTLER TOLEDO’s growth through employee skills training, and looks forward to assisting with recruiting, hiring and training needs at the new Pasco facility.”

    “Duke Energy was honored to partner with Pasco County and the Pasco Economic Development Council to identify excellent sites and market the communities we serve to businesses in and outside of Florida,” added Alex Glenn, President of Duke Energy. “METTLER TOLEDO's new Pasco location will bring high-level, high wage jobs and capital investment to the area, and our smart grid will provide clean and reliable energy service to the company’s new operations.”

    Mettler Toledo is holding a job fair on Sept. 21 at its Tampa facility, 6005 Benjamin Rd., Tampa 33634, from 6-8PM and jobs can also be viewed at

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    METTLER TOLEDO (NYSE:MTD) is a leading global supplier of precision instruments and services. It is the largest provider of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing applications. The Company is also a leading provider of analytical instruments and systems for use in the life science industries, and of process analytics instruments used for in-line measurement in production processes. In addition, METTLER TOLEDO is the largest supplier of in-line inspection systems used in production and packaging for food, pharmaceutical and other industries.

    About Enterprise Florida
    Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI facilitates job growth through recruitment and retention, international trade and exporting, promotion of sporting events, and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses. EFI launched “Florida – The Future is Here” to promote the state as the nation’s premier business destination.

    About Pasco Economic Development Council
    Pasco EDC is the lead economic development organization dedicated to the overall growth and prosperity of Pasco County through the development of a sustainable and diversified economy. Pasco EDC continues to be a strong partnership funded by corporate and public investors focused on the economic vitality of Pasco County.

  • August 25, 2016 9:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    USI Insurance has shared with BAMA members its Risk Management Hurricane Preparedness Guidebook which will help you in your storm-related property conservation efforts.

    You can find the guidebook here.

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

    EMS is hosting a one day GD&T Workshop at their Tampa office on Wednesday, August 31, 8:30am - 4:00pm.  Geometric Detailing & Tolerancing (GD&T) it is a quality control system used in all aspects of manufacturing and inspection.

    It will be a full day workshop with GD&T expert Mark Foster and is free to anyone interested in attending. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion for the workshop. In addition, lunch will be provided and there is a give away for a pair of Zeiss binoculars.

    We only ask that everyone register so we have enough food and certificates for everyone who attends.

  • August 10, 2016 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MacDonald Training Center is an agency that provides job skills training to adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. They are currently developing a training curriculum to assist individuals in obtaining entry level manufacturing/production jobs within our local community. After researching for similar training programs, and being unable to identify any within the state of Florida, they are collaborating with Hillsborough Community College and University of Tampa to ensure the design will give individuals the skills that are needed to succeed within the industry. Their goal is to become certified, through the Department of Education, in offering a training program that will ensure individuals who have barriers to employment will be ready for the workforce.

    The Business Services Team at MacDonald Training Center has been working closely with Sims Recycling and their hiring managers are excited to become a part of another focus group.

    MTC would like to extend an invitation to you to participate in the next focus group to get a clearer idea of what training can be put in place for people with disabilities to work in manufacturing. The next focus group is on Thursday, August 25 at 3:00 p.m. at MacDonald Training Center, 5420 West Cypress St., Tampa 33607.

    If you cannot make this meeting, perhaps you can extend the invitation to someone else in your company.

    If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Leah Herring at 813-870-1300, x307 or

  • July 28, 2016 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Rise of Smart Operations: Reaching New Levels of Operational Excellence
    White Paper by UPS

    "Lean and Six Sigma (Lean Sigma) continuous improvement discipline has been at the center of operational excellence strategies in the manufacturing industry for decades. The new complexities of manufacturing — serving demanding customers with a rapidly increasing number of products and services — have tested the limits of Lean Sigma. In response, manufacturing firms are looking to technologies that instrument processes (e.g., the Internet of Things) and analyze information (big data/cognitive) in real time to supercharge value chains and create a new approach to operational excellence. This new approach is called smart operations."

  • July 12, 2016 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME), a research and development-based subset of manufacturing nonprofit association SME, installed its 2016-17 board of directors on July 1. Dean Bartles, PhD, FSME, 2016 SME president, chief manufacturing officer and executive director of the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute in Chicago, assumed his position as the new board president.


  • July 11, 2016 9:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s that time of the year when we start focusing our efforts on Manufacturing Day. We invite each of you to join forces with FLATE and its network of statewide partners that include the Bay Area Manufacturers Association to promote and celebrate 2016 Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY)/Month! Last year, FLATE, together with statewide partners, worked cohesively to coordinate and organize industry tours for hundreds of middle and high school students and teachers. This strategic effort enabled students and educators across Florida to visit local manufacturing operations across Florida on Manufacturing Day and throughout the entire month of October. It also placed Florida at the #1 SPOT IN THE NATION for hosting total number of tours and events for the 4th consecutive year!

    This year we’re hoping to do even better and we need your continued support and participation to make that a reality. Read how you can participate and be part of this national phenomenon on the FLATE Blog, or visit the “Made in Florida” site, and contact Dr. Marilyn Barger, Executive Director of FLATE at or Contact Becky at BAMA at 727-754-3385 or

  • June 28, 2016 3:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Each year, the Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) recognizes the best in the industry with the annual Manufacturer of the Year awards. Recognize your colleagues or your own company for this prestigious award! All Florida manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and logistics companies are eligible to compete and self nominations are welcome!

    Nominate Form is Here!


    • July 29, 2016 is the deadline for nominations
    • August 5, 2016 is the deadline for nominated companies to return their company questionnaire (applications)

    All nominations, questions and applications should be sent to Jeff Littlejohn, WSource 850.363.9644

    Announcing new features

    The Distributor category has been expanded to include suppliers and logistics companies.
    MAF members who become Finalists will earn the MAF Seal of Excellence!
    The seal distinguishes manufacturing companies above others in the industry by showing the receiving company holds a higher standard of excellence.

    This year, the awards dinner will be on Wed, November 16 in Gainesville. Finalists are expected to attend. Winners will be announced at the awards dinner and all finalists and judges will be recognized for their achievements.

  • June 22, 2016 3:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Enterprise Florida is offering eligible small and medium-sized manufacturers and professional service providers Target Sector Trade Grants to help Florida companies grow export sales through overseas international trade shows. Target Sector Trade Grants are reimbursable grants that will help offset exhibition booth expenses for trade shows that Enterprise Florida participates in, as well as other approved trade shows in one of Florida's identified target sectors. The grant covers 50% of basic turnkey booth expenses, up to $6,000. For more information, please contact your local Enterprise Florida trade representative or follow this link.

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