Manufacturers Association of Florida

MAF is an advocacy association organized to improve the business climate for manufacturers in Florida. Anyone who has a common interest is invited to join MAF. There are several options: Board membership, Regular membership for manufacturers based on number of employees, or Affiliate membership for non manufacturers. Click here for a Membership Application.


What's New?

6-30-14 Registration for the MAF 11th Annual Summit & Marketplace is now open.  Click here.

6-12-14 Nominations are now open for companies to be considered for the prestigious MAF 2014 Manufacturer of the Year AwardClick here for details and forms.

6-2-14 MAF Legislative Report here.  New MAF Membership brochure here.

5-1-14 Let us know of your internship and permanent jobs for placing TRADE college students.

4-25-14 Manufacturing Statistics, Quarter Ending March here.

3-14-14 What Does Manufacturing Mean to You? video link on this page.



Governor Scott new "Jobs for the Next Generation"

This week the Governor rolled out his Jobs for the Next Generation Policy document. Five main themes in the Policy are contained therein: Complete elimination of the manufacturing sales tax on machinery and equipment; improve the regulatory environment; promote research opportunities; worker training; and Summer Teacher Internships in Businesses.  Click here for full details.​​



Join the "Industry Certifications Preferred" Team!

When prospective employees arrive at your doorstep with an industry certification on their resume that is relevant to your business, it will undoubtedly save you time and money when you hire that individual.  You can help drive students to earn industry certifications by putting “industry certifications preferred” on your employment applications and packages.  Then go one step further and list the industry certifications you are looking for.

MAF and the MAF Center are working with state agencies and the TRADE college consortium to coordinate the universe of industry certifications for manufacturers in Florida.  Attached is a flyer that lists the industry certifications being offered at Florida colleges (and some high schools and tech schools) now.  We encourage you to pull the ones off the list that matter to you and put them on your employment applications!

We don’t have to have the “chicken or the egg debate” if we just start putting “industry certifications preferred” now on our employment materials! The preference will drive prospective employees to earn those certifications. Click here for more details.

Looking for Qualified Manufacturing Entry Level Workers?

Manufacturers in Florida are looking for qualified, experienced workers…but cannot find them because candidates for jobs do not have the required skills. So now we have a solution! 

Students from around the state are now ready to accept a 4-week paid learning experience (or longer) at your company.  You might ask them to tackle a project for you, utilizing the skills they have just acquired, or pair them with a seasoned worker to provide additional manpower for a job.  No obligations beyond the learning experience, but if you try them you might want to keep them!  For more information check here

Visit to view students now available with one or more of the skills above and contact the designated college to interview the individuals.  

MAF Center Announces WINNERS OF Manufacturing Education Competition

On May 29, 2014 the MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence announced the winners of a competition between among Florida schools with manufacturing programs. The winners are:
Category 1 - 1st place Braden River High School, 2nd place Gulf Coast State College
Category 2 - 1st place Polk State College, 2nd place Pasco Hernando State College
Category 3 - 1st place St. Johns Technical High School, 2nd place Broward College
To view the presentations made at the final competition, the STEM Manufacturing Forum, click here.

Instructors Needed

Florida TRADE provides short-term training in advanced manufacturing at 12 state and community colleges, resulting in national certifications, paid internships, and employment.  Many of the colleges are looking for instructors who have related work experience because these concepts are often best taught in a hands-on environment.  Some of the programs that are offered include welding, CNC machining, mechatronics, programmable logic controllers, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Lean Six Sigma, and so on.  If you know of a manufacturing or engineering professional who is getting ready to retire or has retired, but would like to keep his or her skills sharp by teaching, please contact Florida TRADE. 

Jill D. Flansburg, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator, Florida TRADE
727 791 2508


Manufacturing Sales Tax Exemption Now in Effect

On April 30, 2014, a sales tax exemption for manufacturing machinery, equipment, parts and accessories went into effect.  For a list of the manufacturing sector's included in this new sales tax exemption, click here.  For more details on applying for exemption, click here for the Department of Revenue Tax Tip.

What Does Manufacturing Mean (to you)?

Check out this short video that shows manufacturing employees talking about what manufacturing means to them!.

MAF Congratulates the FL STEP Winners

Women in manufacturing in Florida were recognized for their contributions to the industry at the Manufacturing Institute in Washington, DC in February. Click here to watch this great video on women in manufacturing. To view the list of winners, check our Awards page.

MAF Board Meets With Governor

During Manufacturing Days at the Capitol on February 4-5, the MAF Board of Directors met with Governor Scott to review the MAF legislative priorities for 2014. To learn more about them, visit our Advocacy page.

FDOE Approved CNC Training for State Funding

On November 19 the Florida Department of Education placed IHK CNC Training, offered by Machining Solutions, on the state approved Post Secondary Industry Certification Funding List. This makes it eligible for school funding and is the only CNC machining program in Florida that has achieved this distinction. To learn more visit

Scholarships for Exporting

Scholarships are available to assist qualified manufacturing small businesses in Florida who are "new to export"identify growth strategies through the development of customized Export Marketing Plans. A Florida SBDC Certified Business Consultant will meet with you to conduct a confidential, in-depth business assessment. This consultant will prepare and provide your company with a customized Export Marketing Plan.

To be eligible: Company must have a goal for growth, minimum of 2 years in business, 5 or more full time employees and $500,000 to $10 million in annual sales. Cost to qualifying company is $500; Value of scholarship is $2,500. They are going fast so don't delay.

This is brought to you by Enterprise Florida, Florida SBDC Network, U.S. Commercial Service, The Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Association of Florida. For more information contact Florida SBDCs in:
Jacksonville 904.620.2476
Orlando 407.420.4850
Tampa 813.905.5800
Fort Lauderdale 954.762.5125
Palm Beach 561.862.4726

Prepare to Export

Manufacturers in Florida are encouraged to register in the Florida Export Directory. Go to to register.

MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence

The MAF Center is a 501c3 educational charitable organization to promote manufacturing education, manufacturing careers and manufacturing-led research. All donations are tax deductible.

The Center manages the state Dream It Do It campaign to inspire students to follow manufacturing careers; administers the TRADE Consoritum Business Liaison program, and facilitates manufacturing research projects for manufacturers. If you are interested in being a member of the Board of Trustees, please drop a line to For more information visit


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