Spotlight on 2010 Manufacturers of the Year

The Manufacturers Association of Florida announced four winners in the 2010 Manufacturers of the Year competition at their annual November meeting in Orlando. Each company was judged on: leadership; strategic planning; customer and market focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; and process management. The 26 judge panel narrowed the candidate field to one winner in each of four fields. Here is the information on the first two winners.

Hunter Panels, LLC, Lake City (1-50 Employees)
Hunter Panels began in Portland Maine in 1977 and the Lake City operation started producing the energy saving ‘polyiso’ rigid roofing panels in the 250,000 square foot facility in 2004. The panel characteristics include high thermal resistance values, superior fire and wind ratings, and universal compatibility with all major roofing systems from flat to steep slope architecture. With the ‘green’ movement all around us, these products command 60% of the new construction market and 50% of all retrofit projects. The Lake City team of 30+ employees follows the “Whatever It Takes” motto in meeting customer specifications and producing a high quality insulating material.

Marine Concepts - JRL Ventures, Inc., Cape Coral (51-125 Employees)
Marine Concepts is an international company located in Cape Coral, principally engaged in marine design, engineering, composite tooling, and fiberglass part production for boat manufactures and government entities. Staffed with a team of designers, engineers, managers, master carpenters, and trade craftsman, working in over 60,000 square feet of facilities, Marine Concepts offers state of the art and advanced technology with 5 and 3-axis mills and even a Faro laser to verify the extremely tight tolerances on final parts.

In 2007, the company had the foresight to expand under the name JRL Ventures into the markets of aerospace, wind energy, and transportation. Marine Concepts and JRL Ventures have worked with companies all over the world to produce award winning products, have received numerous business awards, and is recognized for its commitment to marine manufacturers, its employees and the local community.

For more information visit Information on the second two winners will be published in next month’s newsletter. Stay tuned!

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