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Women in Manufacturing video from the June STEM forum is a great way to introduce manufacturing to women, encourage girls to follow a career in STEM and look at some of the myths surrounding the role of women in manufacturing. https://youtu.be/dZBmVXaZQbE

Marion Regional Manufacturers Association is now Mid-FL Regional Manufacturers Association! Learn more at www.mrma.net

Nominations are OPEN for Manufacturer of the Year! Deadline to nominate is August 3, 2015.

In 2014, manufactured exports accounted for 92 percent of Florida’s total exports! See the 2014 business report here.

Florida manufactured exports accounted for over 54 BILLION dollars in 2014! See the 2014 business report here.

The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) and NAM have looked at the U.S. tax system and tax rates across several countries. To see the joint white paper, click here

Manufacturing Institute published a study on women in manufacturing: "Exploring the Gender Gap". The study can be seen here

Manufacturing Institute is nearing goal of 500,000 certifications issued within 5 years. Since 2011, more than 419,000 skills certificates have been awarded.  

The STEM TRADE Manufacturing Forum will be held on June 4, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Click here for more information.

Check out the new video "Made in Florida" here.

Florida named 2nd best Business climate in the U.S.

MAF Membership brochure here. For copies, email becky@nstephens.com.

Let us know of your internship and permanent jobs for placing TRADE college students.



Manufacturer/Distributor of the Year

Nominations are NOW OPEN for Manufacturer of the Year awards! This year, we have made the awards even better by adding a category for Distributor!

Any Florida manufacturing company or distributor integral to the manufacturing supply chain, is eligible for nomination. A nominating organization can include any industry group, supplier, customer, workforce or economic development organization, government organization, or individuals. Self-nominations are also acceptable.

All questions can be submitted to the head judge, Phil Centonze at phil.centonze@pos-impact.com.

The deadline to nominate is August 3, 2015 so hurry!

*The nominated manufacturer/distributor MUST be a member of MAF or one of the MAF Regional Associations on or before August 10, 2015.


STEM TRADE Manufacturing Forum

The STEM TRADE Manufacturing Forum was held on June 4, 2015 in Orlando, Florida to a packed audience! We had a great time with our manufacturers, educators and regional associations. If you were not able to make the event, you can see all the presentations and discussion topics here. 'Like' CAME on facebook to see our event photos as well!

The Manufacturing Experience: A Women's Perspective


Intro to Manufacturing Online Course

MAF is very excited to share the launch of the online course: Into to Manufacturing! This course can be used as a digital download for educators to use in classrooms or as an online course for individuals (must meet TRADE eligibility).

The course is completely free of cost and is a wonderful tool to introduce the industry of manufacturing. The course looks at careers, certifications, resources and more. You can create your account here and enroll in the course today!

Career Pathways

The Manufacturing institute has published 5 career pathways under the Florida TRADE grant. The pathways include CADD, welding, industrial maintenance, machining and quality. The pathways are defined by both academic (credit based certificates) and workforce (occupational training) to fully capture both students and the current workforce.  You can view each pathway report here.

Annual Summit Registration Open!


The 2015 Annual Summit and Marketplace will be held November 4-6 in West Palm Beach, Florida! Register now to secure a seat at this much anticipated event.

The 2015 theme is Connecting The Dots where our speakers will talk about best Practices, Economic Development, International Trade and more. Make sure you join us for the Manufacturers of the Year Awards Dinner as we recognize Florida's best in manufacturing!

For event information and registration, click here.

For the summit agenda, click here.

The summit will be held at West Palm Beach Marriott
Please call (800) 228-9290 for room reservations.

Florida International Business Highlights

Enterprise Florida released the 2014 Florida International Business Highlights report, featuring growth trends, trade rankings by country, data on foreign investments and much more. You can learn more about Florida’s top 50 trading partners and many resourceful links to help walk you through doing business internationally here.

Manufacturers Urge Legislators to
Pass M & E Tax Exemption

4-13-15 - Tallahassee, FL—The Manufacturers Association of Florida urges the Florida Legislature to finish a job they started in 2013 – making the manufacturing sales tax exemption for manufacturing machinery and equipment permanent.  Click here to read the entire Press Release.  

Florida Manufacturing Career Fair
Was A Great Success!

Florida’s state colleges, manufacturers and regional workforce boards teamed up to connect Floridians with great careers in advanced manufacturing. The Florida Manufacturing Career Fair on April, 22, was held at multiple venues across the state gave Floridians the opportunity to meet with local manufacturers.  Visit the MAFCenter for Advance Manufacturing Excellence facebook page to see photos from the statewide event. Stay tuned for our next career fair this fall!

“Drive to 1,000”
Campaign to Place Students in
Advanced Manufacturing Jobs

Clearwater, Florida - The Florida TRADE Consortium, a coalition of 13 state and community colleges across Florida, is announcing the launch of a statewide campaign to place 1,000 Florida TRADE students into jobs in advanced manufacturing by April 1, 2016. The campaign will be highlighted by job fairs, campus events, manufacturing days and forums, and other activities over the next 12 months.  Read entire Press Release here.

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 http://www.fltrade.org/employer-portal-1.html to view students now available with one or more of the skills above and contact the designated college to interview the individuals.  


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!


Prepare to Export

Manufacturers in Florida are encouraged to register in the Florida Export Directory. Go to www.FloridaExportDirectory.com 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 Consortium 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 nancy@mafmfg.com. For more information visit www.mafcenter.org.


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