Looking for Students to Place in Internships or Permanent Jobs?
MAF and the MAF Center are working with 12 Florida colleges to place their students with 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 .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manufacturing Sales Tax Exemption Goes into Effect in April 2014
The Florida Legislature passed a new sales tax exemption law for manufacturers purchasing machinery and equipment that is effective April 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.
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, 2013 MAF named 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 them all!
of the Year Named
At the 10th Annual Manufacturers Summit on December 5, MAF named the following companies as Manufacturers of the Year: Arcadia Aerospace,Seal Aftermarket Products, Gerdau, and ConMed Linvatec. Finalists in the competition included Bolton Medical, Pelican Wire, AO Precision 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 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:
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 promotion.
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 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 email@example.com. For more information visit www.mafcenter.org.