Statewide Industry Tours & Events Planned for 2016 Manufacturing Day/Month. Make Florida #1 Again!

October 7 is the official kick off for 2016 Manufacturing Day, and Florida is poised to celebrate
MFG Day/Month in a BIG way this October. Manufacturers, School Districts, Regional Manufacturers Associations, and hundreds of students, parents, and teachers throughout Florida are gearing to participate in the “Made in Florida” industry tours for 2016 Manufacturing Day/Month. Counties across the state are also set to issue proclamations marking October 7 as the official kick-off date for Manufacturing Day/Month. Additionally, several colleges and manufacturers will be hosting open houses on site with other statewide events planned throughout the month!

2016 is once again projected to be another banner year in Florida Manufacturing. “FLATE’s manufacturing day strategy and cohesive partnerships with regional organizations across the state has helped build an effective model that has over the years enabled greater involvement and statewide participation” said Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE. Even as old partners are empowered and have branched out independently on their own to host MFG Day/Month tours and events, there are new companies that have joined hands to make Florida Number #1 again. This strategy, Barger states, has also empowered many regional manufacturers associations across the state to take a leading role in implementing a customized, regional strategy for manufacturing day/month that has strengthened industry-education ties.

Outlined below are a list of industry tours that have been finalized so far in the greater Tampa Bay region that includes: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota counties. 

Industry Tour
MFG Day Team Coordinators
Hillsborough County
Cott Beverages Inc., Southern Manufacturing Technologies, SIGNSTAR, Measurement Supply Company, Somatron, EMS-USA, Tampa Bay Steel, Pro-Tools
Marilyn Barger,
Janice Mukhia.

Bay Area Manufacturers Association
Becky Burton,
Rick Concotelli, 

Upper Tampa Bay Manufacturers Association
Jerry Custin,

School District of Hillsborough County

Pinellas County
Hydro-Dyne, Lockheed Martin, Sign Age, Monin, Molex, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, American Tool & Mold, Conmed, Mastercut Tool Corp., Bausch & Lomb (Clearwater), H & S Swansons’ Tool Co. 

Bay Area Manufacturers Association
Becky Burton,

Upper Tampa Bay Manufacturers Association

Pinellas County School District
Mark Hunt,
Greg Taylor,
Marty Giancola,
Bob Hawkins,

Marilyn Barger,
Janice Mukhia.

Polk County
JC Machine, Inc., Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), Kegel, Inc., Rockford-Ettco Procunier, Coca-Cola, Givaudan Flavors Corp., Pepperidge Farm, MaxPak, ITW Professional

Polk State College
Christopher Yannes,
Howard Drake,

South West Florida
Sarasota and Manatee Counties
The Cavanaugh Company-Black Diamond Strings, PGT Industries, KHS USA, Inc.,

Danielly Orozco,

Sarasota County School District

Manatee County School District

Many regions across Florida are still in the process of setting up “Made in Florida” tours for Manufacturing Day/Month; FLATE will be updating this list on a continuous basis and posting it on the Made in Florida site at So stay tuned for news and updates on tours and events in your region, or contact one of the MFG Day Coordinators in your region listed below:

MFG Day Team Coordinators
Alachua County

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce
Baker & Columbia Counties
Florida TRADE at Florida Gateway College
Margaret Lee,
John Piersol,
North East Florida
Duval, St. John, Clay, Nassau
First Coast Manufacturers Association
Sherri Mitchell,

FL TRADE at Florida State College at Jacksonville
Michael Collins.
North West Florida
Escambia, Santa Rosa, Walton, Okaloosa, Jackson, Calhoun, Bay & Gulf Counties
Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council
Cindy Anderson,

Florida Heartland
Highlands County

Sebring Airport Authority
Beverly Glarner,

South West Florida
Lee County

Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association
Max Dean,

Polygon Solutions

Capital Region
Leon, Wakulla, Madison, & Gadsden Counties
Tallahassee Community College
Rick Frazier,
Marion County Region
Marion and Citrus Counties

Marion Schools

Marion Regional Manufacturers Association
Rob Adamiak,

Central Florida
Orange, Brevard, Lake, Seminole & Osceola Counties
Manufacturers Association of Central Florida
Amanda Marcusky,
Sherry Reeves,
Kenneth Bush,
Timothy Burdette,

South East Florida
Palm Beach & Broward Counties

Atlantic Technical College
Kevin Finan,

South Florida Manufacturers Association
June Wolfe,

HOERBIGER Corporation of America, Inc.

Pasco Hernando Counties

Pasco Hernando State College
Margie Burnham,
Jessica Ball,

Tom Mudano,
Jady Vargas,
Alissa Bosworth,

Following up on the successful model that FLATE has established over the years, FLATE will once again be surveying statewide industry hosts, educators and students who participate in this year’s “Made in Florida” industry tours for 2016 Manufacturing Day/Month. Post event surveys will be tabulated by FLATE and shared with statewide partners and stakeholders. FLATE will also help connect regional groups together, and will distribute MFG Day T-shirts, provide educator resources, write/publish/distribute and report on MFG Day/month related news, and compile all student, educator, host survey data.

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 There is even a 2016 Manufacturing Day in Florida 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: and

If you would like to be connected with a regional manufacturers’ association to discuss additional outreach activities for students in your community, contact Dr. Marilyn Barger at For tours in Sarasota and Manatee counties and “Made in Florida” lesson plans for manufacturing day contact Danielly Orozco, Associate Director of at For information on tours for Hillsborough & Pinellas counties contact Janice Mukhia, FLATE outreach/project manager at

We look forward to working with each of you and making it another successful 2016 MFG Day/Month! Let’s make Florida #1 Again! 

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