Manufacturing News

  • May 20, 2016 9:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    About the IndustryWeek Best Plants Program

    Established in 1990, IndustryWeek's annual salute to outstanding North American manufacturing facilities serves two purposes:

    • To recognize plants that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction, and create stimulating and rewarding work environments.
    • To encourage other manufacturing managers and work teams to emulate the honorees by adopting world-class practices, technologies, and improvement strategies.

    Read more and complete an application:

  • May 18, 2016 10:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HP Inc., which helped define printing technology for paper, is turning to the industry’s next generation: producing three-dimensional objects.

    Click here to read the full Industry Week article.

  • May 06, 2016 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nominations are open for MAF Manufacturer/Distributor/Supplier/Logistics Business of the Year Awards for 2016. Anyone or entity can nominate a company in Florida for these awards AND companies may self nominate. Please download these three forms to get more information.

    The deadlines are as follows:
    • 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.

    There are some new features in the awards program this year.
    • The Distributor category has been expanded to suppliers and logistics companies.
    • Any company who is, or becomes, an MAF member by July 29, 2016 AND who becomes a finalist in the competition will receive the MAF Seal of Excellence designation. This is a designation the company may use to promote their company and MAF will prominantly display the companies with this designation on the MAF website, along with the Winners of the Year. It is another prestigious designation that will set MAF members who achieve this status apart from other manufacturers in the state. If you have not thought about nominating your company in the past, think about it this year!
    • Our new lead judge is Jeff Littlejohn, WSource. His contact information is above.

    As always, any RMA member or MAF member is eligible to compete for these awards. This year the awards dinner will be on Wednesday, November 16 in Gainesville, Florida. Finalists are expected to attend. Winners will be announced at the awards dinner and all finalists and judges will be recognized for their achievements.

  • April 28, 2016 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Institute for Metalworking Skills and Gene Haas Foundation Announce Scholarships for Young Manufacturing Talent

    Program will provide scholarships to high-achieving SkillsUSA students showcasing their skills at the 2016 National Leadership and Skills Conference

    NIMS, the precision manufacturing industry’s premier standards and certification body, and the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF), which provides scholarships to schools for students entering technical training programs, are partnering to provide scholarship funds directly to the near-future workforce. The scholarships will be given to select SkillsUSA students, who represent some of the nation’s top young talent in precision machining and metalworking.

    The 2016 GHF-NIMS SkillsUSA Scholarship Program will award over $200,000 in scholarship funds to students competing in three manufacturing events at the 52nd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Kentucky June 20-24, 2016. Competitors include high school and college students from all 50 states who have won their state-level competitions in CNC Technician, CNC Milling Specialist and CNC Turning Specialist. Upon their arrival at NLSC, they will be eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship award recognizing their success. Medalists at each of the three competitions at each level will receive awards in the following amounts: Gold: $4,000; Silver: $3,000; and Bronze: $2,000.

    “Recruiting and training a high-quality workforce is critical to sustaining and growing manufacturing in the U.S.,” said Peter Zierhut, vice president, Haas Automation. “Building this workforce begins with providing opportunities for young people to explore careers in manufacturing and gain in-demand, 21st century skills century skills.”

    “These students are the future of our industry,” said Jim Wall, executive director, NIMS. “Their skills, experiences, and work ethic will enable our industry to innovate and compete in the global marketplace.”

    The GHF-NIMS SkillsUSA Scholarship Program is part of a larger partnership led by GHF and NIMS to help more students prepare for success in precision manufacturing careers by gaining industry-recognized credentials at high schools and colleges. GHF and NIMS have provided more than $1.8 million to schools and students since the program launched in 2014. As a result, more education programs are providing high-quality training and more individuals are gaining the skills and credentials they need for success in the workplace.

    About NIMS
    NIMS is the developer of quality competency-based skills standards and credentials for jobs in manufacturing and related industries. Through these efforts, NIMS helps build and maintain a globally competitive workforce.

    About the Gene Haas Foundation
    The Gene Haas Foundation was formed in 1999 to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities, at the discretion of its founder, Mr. Gene Haas. On top of the list of priorities of the Gene Haas Foundation is scholarship funding for students to attend colleges that teach machining based skills as well as training for the instructors to teach CNC machining. Additionally GHF supports select manufacturing education programs that inspire and educate young people about careers in manufacturing.

  • April 28, 2016 12:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Everyone who works in manufacturing knows that it’s one of the coolest industries to be in right now. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a millennial making an impact, there’s a lot to love about manufacturing. Here are some reasons why.

    Contributing To The Economy
    The manufacturing industry helps support the global and national economies, as well as individuals and families. In fact, Hytrol reports:
    - There are 17.6 million manufacturing jobs across the United States
    - For every job held in manufacturing, 2.91 jobs are created in another sector
    - Every dollar spent on manufacturing equates to $1.37 contributed to the economy overall
    - One in every six jobs in the U.S. is a manufacturing position

    Clearly, manufacturing is having a big impact on jobs, livelihoods and the economy. That’s something to be proud of.

    Read more of the article by Zachary Smith

  • April 08, 2016 11:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TAMPA — The official launch of the Manufacturing Alliance of Hillsborough took place at Tampa Bay Tech High School, one of three high schools that received money last year for new welding equipment. The county commission has appropriated more than $1.3 million over the past two years to furnish industrial equipment for local high schools.

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  • April 06, 2016 12:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Five-day hands-on camp with grade-appropriate professional instruction with in-camp support from Florida Advanced Technology Education Center (FLATE)

    FLATE's 5-day Summer Robotics Camps use Lego Mindstorm EV3 Robots for high school and middle school students


    2016 Summer Camp Information

    June 20–June 24: Intro EV3 Camp – GIRLS ONLY
    June 27–July 1: Intro EV3 Camp – ALL
    July 11–July 15: Intermediate* EV3
    July 25–July 29: High School Engineering & Tech Camp

    FLATE Robotics Camp
    BSSB (Brandon Student Services Bldg 218)
    Hillsborough Community College
    Brandon Campus
    10414 E. Columbus Drive; Tampa, FL 33619

    Camp Details:
    Monday – Friday / 8:30am – 4pm
    Costs: $175 per week for EV3 Camps
    $200 per week for High School

    For More Information:
    Phone: (813) 259-6578

    Scholarships are available!

    For more information go to FLATE website
  • April 05, 2016 3:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • March 22, 2016 9:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bringing Innovation to Florida
    Advanced Solutions, an Autodesk Platinum Partner and Authorized Training Center (ATC), announces regional expansion into the Tampa, Florida market. The expansion will help Advanced Solutions Design Software better serve the needs of its Florida-based customers and support the continued sales and services growth of the company.

    Since entering the Florida market in 2012, Advanced Solutions has continued to expand throughout the region. The company has seen continual growth within Florida, contributing to its success and recognition as one of the largest Autodesk Platinum Partners in the world.

    Business Development Manager, Sean McAuley will lead Advanced Solutions’ expansion into the Manufacturing industry in Tampa, Florida. Sean is heading up the Advanced Solutions Tampa office, located at 5300 West Cypress Street, Suite 247. He knows companies need the ability to deliver a product faster with less environmental impact, provide interoperability between different design teams, collaborate during the design/production process, and need the accessibility of utilizing the latest technology. By taking the time to understand his client’s manufacturing processes, he will identify issues and challenges specific to their workflows, in order to deliver the optimal business solutions and drive tangible results, achieving more effective products, processes, innovations, and ideas.

    For additional information about Advanced Solutions or Tampa-based Business Development Manager, Sean McAuley, visit our website at

    About Advanced Solutions Design Software
    Advanced Solutions Design Software is an award winning Autodesk Platinum Partner with 2D and 3D design software expertise in architecture, engineering, construction, civil infrastructure and manufacturing. The company has earned Autodesk Specializations in Advanced MEP, Building, Civil Infrastructure, Process & Power, Product Design & Manufacturing, PLM and Simulation, representing its proven ability to consistently deliver advanced customer solutions, consulting, training and support in these areas. In addition to industry focused expertise, Advanced Solutions provides Autodesk authorized value added services such as consulting, product support, training, and certification to its diverse customer base. The company is a member of the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN), bringing further value to customers through certified software customization and business systems integration. Advanced Solutions Design Software helps customers gain a competitive advantage by recommending, implementing and customizing software solutions that lead to increased revenues, reduced operating costs, and improved efficiencies. For additional information about Advanced Solutions Design Software please visit our website at

  • March 14, 2016 5:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) applauds the Florida Senate and the House of Representatives on the final passage of the permanent sales tax exemption on manufacturing machinery and equipment. The measure, which is included in House Bill 7099, was originally sponsored by Senator Dorothy Hukill and Representative MaryLynn Magar.

    "The permanent sales tax exemption for manufacturing machinery and equipment will allow business owners to grow their business and enrich Florida's economy," said Nancy Stephens, Executive Director of MAF. "The thousands of dollars in savings from the exemption will be applied to additional equipment, the creation of new jobs, training to upgrade employee skills, or increased benefits for current employees. In 2014, the Florida Legislature passed a temporary sales tax exemption for manufacturing businesses and the results of that effort have proven to make a positive impact on our state. The support of Governor Scott, the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives is a clear message that Florida has great expectations for our manufacturing businesses and their ability to grow Florida's economy."

    MAF wishes to thank Governor Scott, President Gardiner, Speaker Crisafulli, President Lee, Speaker Designate Corcoran, Sen. Hukill, Rep. Gaetz, Rep. Ray Rodrigues, and Rep. Magar for the critical roles they all played in passing this cornerstone legislation on manufacturing.

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