Looking for Students to Place in Internships or Permanent Jobs?
MAFand the MAFCenter are working with 12 Florida colleges to place theirstudentswith manufacturing skills
in your internships and jobs. The colleges are posting graduates looking for these opportunities on a regular
basis. Check here frequently to view students
available. If you have opportunties for students you would like to have filled, contact email@example.com.
Manufacturing Sales Tax Exemption Goes into Effect April 30, 2014
The Florida Legislature passed a new sales tax exemption law for manufacturers purchasing machinery and equipment that is effective April 30, 2014. MAF thanks Governor Scott for his "manufacturing vision" and Sen. Hukill, Rep. Magar, Senate President Gaetz and Speaker Weatherford for their leadership on this issue. The measure, contained in HB 7007, will help grow Florida's economy and allow manufacturers to be more competitive. 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 manufacturimg
employees talking about what manufacturing means to them!.
Calling All Florida High Schools, Tech Schools and Colleges
Please consider this your invitation to compete in our first ever competition among high schools, technical
schools, and colleges on their manufacturing education programs. The competition has begun and applications are
due on April 14. The Finalists will be asked to make presentations on their best practices in Orlando on May 29.
Whether or not you plan to compete, please plan to attend the STEM Manufacturing Forum where we will be sharing
and discussing best practices for engaging students, teachers, manufacturers and others in the process of
developing future manufacturing employees. Click here for your
invitation, May 29 agenda, and instructions for entering the competition. Questions about the process? Contact
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.
MAF Names Elected Officials
On December 5, 2013MAFnamed Governor Rick Scott as Elected Official of the Year for his leadership on the
sales tax exemption for manufacturing machinery and equipment and strong support of policies that improve the
manufacturing business climate in Florida.
Also honored were Rep. Marlynn Magar, Rep. Ed Hooper, Sen. Dorothy Hukill and Sen. Andy Gardiner for their
roles in advancing the manufacturing business agenda during the 2013 legislative session. Congratulations to
of the Year Named
At the 10th Annual Manufacturers Summit on December 5, MAFnamed the following companies as Manufacturers of
the Year: Arcadia Aerospace,Seal Aftermarket Products, Gerdau, and ConMed Linvatec. Finalists in the
competitionincluded Bolton Medical, Pelican Wire, AOPrecision Manufacturing, Bausch &Lomb, Jabil Defense
and Aerospace,Saft America, Georgia Pacific and Teledyne Oil and Gas. Congratulations!
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 www.machiningtraining.com.
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
SBDCCertified 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
Fort Lauderdale 954.762.5125
Palm Beach 561.862.4726
Certification for Manufacturing Employees
Many manufacturers in Florida are seeking skilled workers who are ready to start work with the knowledge and
skills necessary to bring results right away. If you are an advanced manufacturing employer, please consider
adding the MSSC Certified Production Technician certification as a preferred condition of employment or
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 DreamIt DoIt campaignto inspire students to follow manufacturing careers;
administers the TRADEConsoritum Business Liaison program, and facilitates manufacturing research projects for
manufacturers. If you are interested in being amember of the Board of Trustees, please drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit www.mafcenter.org.