Florida Gears to Celebrate 2017 Manufacturing Day & Month

Every October Manufacturing takes center stage, as manufacturers in Florida and across the nation converge to celebrate excellence of American manufacturing. This year October 6 marks the official kick off for Manufacturing Day with widespread events scheduled to celebrate manufacturing throughout the month of October. Manufacturing Day/Month has taken a prominent role in Florida as the state has held #1 status for hosting the highest number of industry tours for students and manufacturing day events. Counties and cities across Florida have issued proclamations marking October as MFG Month. Regional manufacturers associations, schools districts, regional associations and manufacturers across Florida have once again partnered to make MFG Day a grand success. Thousands of students and educators from schools across Florida are set to participate in industry tours geared to showcase products that are “Made in Florida” as well as get an up-close look at high-skilled, high-wage careers in Florida.

Outlined below is a snapshot of some regional tours and events. A full listing of events, including survey data from MFG Day/Month will be highlighted in the winter edition of the FLATE Focus. So stay tuned!



Industry Tours

Contact Information
Hillsborough County
Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Pro-Tools, EMS USA, SignStar, Heat Pipe Technology, Sypris Electronics, Mettler Toleda Safeline
Bay Area Manufacturers Association
Upper Tampa Bay Manufacturers Association (UTBMA)
School District of Hillsborough County
Marion County
SPX, Dimension Works, R & L, Winco, FedEx, Townley, Hale, Signature Brands, Artemis Plastics, Admiral Furniture, Closet Maid, American Panel, Winco, Cheney Brothers, USA Scientific, Custom Windows, Cardinal LG
Marion Schools
Marion Regional Manufacturers Association
Northwest Florida  (Escambia, City of Pensacola, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Calhoun, Liberty County Santa Rosa, Walton, Okaloosa, and Bay Counties)
American Elite Molding (Bay State Cable Ties), Ascend, GE, Gulf Power, Eastman, Ft Walton Machining, MERRICK, Manown, Rex Lumber (Bristol, Graceville), ExxonMobil, CEREX, Maritech, West Point, Certified Manufacturing, Gelato, DRS, Strand Core, Ian-Conrad Bergan, Custom Production, Enviva, Xtreme Boats, Oren, Cape Horn, Precision Metal, Hitachi, Pegasus Laboratories, Avalex, Artistic StoneWorks, L3, GCSC, PSC, Chipola, NWFSC
Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council
Pasco & Hernando Counties
Amskills, Bay-Tech Industries, Pharmaworks, Oldcastle Coastal, Clark Dietrich, Nestle Waters, Manitowac Food, Pall Aeropower Corp, Welbilt, Leggett & Platt, TRU Simulation & Training, Inc., Facts Engineering, GETS USA, Arete, Big Storm Brewing
Alumi-Guard, West Coast Classic, Cemex, Accuform, Amskills, Qorvo, ICTC, Intrepid, Sparton, American Aviation, Monster Transmission & Performance
Florida TRADE at Pasco Hernando State College
Pinellas County
Mastercut Tools, BELAC, AMETEK, Conmed, H&S Swansons, Valpak, Mill-Rite Wood Working, Monin
Bay Area Manufacturers Association
Upper Tampa Bay Manufacturers Association
Pinellas Schools
Polk County
Saddle Creek Logistics, Key Safety Inc., Pepperidge Farm, Publix Dairy, Florida’s Natural Growers, Kegel, Inc., ITW Professional, JC Machine, Inc., Coca-Cola, MaxPak, Sofidel America, Givaudan Flavors Corp., PCA-Packaging Corp. of America, Mid-State Machine & Fabricating Corp.
Career Pathways at Polk State College
Sarasota-Manatee Counties
Adams Group, Harn R/O Systems, KHS USA, Super Sensitive Musical Strings, Mullet’s Aluminum Products, PGT, Sun Hydraulics
RND Automation, Vee Three, Intertape Polymer Group, Teakdecking, Sun Graphics
Sarasota County Schools Career & Technical Education
Manatee County Schools
South Florida
Hoerbiger Corporation
Atlantic Technical Center
Atlantic Technical Center
Following up on the successful model that FLATE established over the years, this year Regional Manufacturers Associations (RMAs) and Regional MFG Day Coordinators across Florida will be taking the lead in surveying statewide industry hosts, educators and students who participate in this year’s industry tours. Student, industry, educator and parent survey are available for download on the FLATE Wiki with an option to complete the surveys online as well. Post event surveys will be tabulated by RMAs in partnership with FLATE and shared with statewide partners and stakeholders.

To support students’ and educators’ learning and engagement in manufacturing, FLATE has also developed an extensive array of resources specifically designed for industry, educators, or anyone interested in MFG Day/Month. A list of these comprehensive (free) resources are listed on the Florida MFG Day/Month page at http://madeinflorida.org/manufacturing-day. There is even a 2017 MFG Day poster that teachers can use as a curriculum tool and/or to decorate their classroom. To access these resources, visit the FLATE’s Wiki at: http://flate.pbworks.com/w/page/10889505/FrontPage and http://mfgday-fl.com.

In addition to the Made in Florida industry tours, Florida Governor, Rick Scott issued a statewide proclamation recognizing October 2017 with several counties and cities across Florida issuing proclamations to mark October as MFG Month. Here in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, some of the local events planned in the Tampa Bay area include:


October 5:      Florida Suncoast Manufacturers Association Awards

October 6:      Manufacturing Day / Students’ Tours

October 7:      3rd annual Manufacturing 5K Run Walk Paddle for Education

October 19:    Made in Tampa Bay Expo

October 24:    Manufacturing Job Fair


For a full listing of 2017 Florida’s Manufacturing Day news and events, visit the Florida Manufacturing Day page at http://madeinflorida.org/manufacturing-day, or contact your local Regional Manufacturers Association. Many of Florida’s events are also listed on the national MFG Day website here; you can also visit the Manufacturing Day in Florida website at www.mfgday-fl.com. Manufacturers and others will be sharing news about manufacturing month using the hashtags #MFGDay17 and #FLMfgMonth17. For information on other national manufacturing day events and tours visit www.mfgday.com, or contact Dr. Marilyn Barger at barger@fl-ate.org.

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