Manufacturing Day/Month Events Draw Widespread Participation in Florida

Manufacturing Day/Month is once again in the headlines as month long celebrations are in full swing in
Florida and across the nation. 2015 marked the third year for Manufacturing Day to be observed and celebrated. As in previous years, FLATE and its networks of statewide partners that include Regional Manufacturers Associations across the state, Florida TRADE, Manufacturers Association of Florida, school districts and manufacturers across the state led a comprehensive and unified Manufacturing Day strategy that resulted in thousands of middle and high school students participating in the Made in Florida industry tours for manufacturing day. Several counties and cities issued proclamations marking Oct. 1 and 2 as the official kick-off day for Manufacturing Day in Florida, and marking October as Manufacturing Month.

As in previous years, FLATE implemented a statewide strategy to survey all tour participants that
includes students, teachers, industry hosts/manufacturers, FLATE staff, parents and chaperones who were involved in the statewide Manufacturing Day tours. We will tabulate these numbers and statistics from the statewide Made in Florida industry tours and will provide a comprehensive report to all our partners and stakeholders across the state. Stay tuned for these stories that will be published in the upcoming editions of the FLATE Focus.

Aside from the student tours, there were and are many events happening in October across the state to mark manufacturing day and month. In the Tampa bay area which includes, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Sarasota and Manatee counties, FLATE and its network of partners that include the Bay Area Manufacturers Association, Upper Tampa Bay Manufacturers Association, Sarasota and Manatee Manufacturers Association, Florida TRADE at Pasco-Hernando College, Career Pathways at Polk State College, and the School Districts of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco-Hernando, Polk, Sarasota-Manatee School counties worked cohesively to host various manufacturing day related events and activities.

Outlined below are a list of event hosts/coordinators and list of manufacturing day/month events that took place and/or are scheduled to take place in October in the greater Tampa Bay region.

In addition to the MFG Day/Month events in the greater Tampa bay region, FLATE’s partners across the state took a leading role in hosting similar events for students and their local community members. Outlined below is a snapshot of statewide events for manufacturing day/month that happened across the state. 

Manufacturing Day/Month has kicked off to a promising start. FLATE would like to acknowledge and thank all our statewide partners who have played and continue to exert a pivotal role in making Manufacturing Day/Month a tremendous success. As of October, Florida is once again leading the nation in hosting the number of tours and MFG Day/month events. Ofcourse this would not be possible without the active participation and support from our statewide partners. Stay tuned for an in-depth report on the impact the Made in Florida industry tours made and continue to make on students, educators and industry hosts.

We would love to hear your stories/events that happened in your community on Manufacturing Day/Month. Do send us your thoughts and comments via email (, or sound off at any of our social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) using the hastag of the month #FLMFGMonth15 #MFGDay15. For information on manufacturing day/month tours and events visit the Made in Florida page at, or contact Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE at 

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