Northwest Florida Manufacturers Get Spotlight in October
The Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes announced the winners of the Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence (SMBE) Awards. The winners, chosen from among ten finalists, were announced at the 2020 Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards Virtual Celebration on October 1.
“Congratulations to all the winners,” said Kevin Carr, CEO of FloridaMakes. “They are a sterling example of manufacturing business excellence, beacons of what is possible. This recognition is a testament to the leadership of all these companies and their continued commitment to the pursuit of excellence. This is a rigorous process and Florida manufacturers, once again, showed the vitality and competitiveness of this vibrant sector.”
In addition to recognizing Florida companies, the awards provide a framework for sharing manufacturing best practices and take advantage of opportunities for improvement. FloridaMakes will be working with the finalists and NWFMC to network and share knowledge through activities, webinars, and leadership events to benefit Florida’s manufacturing sector.
In addition to the awards presentations, the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners presented the official proclamation recognizing October as Manufacturing Month. The Okaloosa Board also specifically recognized MAG Aerospace and Fort Walton Machining as two of only 10 SMBE finalists.
FloridaMakes Celebrates Sixth Annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) November 8-14, 2020
The U.S. Department of Labor announced that the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) will occur from November 8 -14, 2020. NAW is a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities, and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs and the value they bring to both economic and community growth. FloridaMakes is proud to celebrate NAW and encourage Florida manufacturers to participate in these valuable apprenticeship programs that grow and sustain the manufacturing talent pipeline.