October 2022

Paradigm Parachute & Defense to double Pensacola operations

FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance announced that Paradigm Parachute & Defense, a disabled-veteran-owned small business, is expanding their manufacturing operations in Pensacola. The military parachute manufacturer received a grant through the Industry Resilience and Diversification Fund (IRDF). The fund was established by the Florida Legislature, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and UWF to help Northwest Florida businesses grow, innovate and thrive.

“The leadership from the FloridaWest team and UWF was invaluable to the success of being awarded this grant, which means we’ll be able to serve even more important endeavors around the world,” said Aaron Nazaruk, CEO of Paradigm. READ MORE

WEBINAR: The Future of Operational Efficiency

Monday, November 14

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Many manufacturing managers know the problems of missing revenue opportunities, demanding rigorous OT on employees and losing productivity due to dips? There is always an ebb and flow dilemma happening which makes it impossible to maximize productivity with a fixed labor model.

In this webinar, VERYABLE, an online marketplace that connects businesses to workers, presents solutions to increase OTIF, productivity, agility, flexibility and satisfaction while decreasing overtime, recruiting/onboarding, turnover, lead times and cost per unit. VERYABLE’s labor marketplace unlocks a third option: build a bench of skilled and highly rated on-demand workers (called: “your labor pool”) to bring in at a moment’s notice. The result is a just-in-time, flexible workforce that empowers your operations to perfectly balance business demand with workforce supply at zero cost to scale.

Join Wes Wood, as he presents VERYABLE's innovative solution to solving these talent issues. An Army veteran, Wood has a bachelor's degree in finance and an MBA and has spent the last eight years helping manufacturing and logistics companies solve workforce challenges.

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MakeMore Manufacturing Summit

By Jolee MartinFloridaMakes Business Adviser

I can’t even begin to cover all the great information that was shared during the Summit. Rather, let’s take some bit sized chunks and begin our chat.

I know many of you are focused on talent acquisition. There are some VERY creative ways to address staffing, more info to come from the Council. Additionally, in speaking with Career Source, many of you might be in a position to take advantage of the Registered Apprentice Program or the Quick Response Training Grants, in addition to the Incumbent Worker Training Grant. Contact me to find out more.

FloridaMakes and the Council are working to bring up to date content to you through webinars, in-person meetings, and a “Townhall” discussion. Stay tuned for these dates, and be sure to register.

As always, FloridaMakes is your partner in the community. Whether it is supply chain challenges, training and upleveling the team, driving improvement / sustainability, or just plain brainstorming, you can reach me at 636-288-8756 or via email at jolee.martin@floridamakes.com. You can even schedule some time in my calendar for a quick chat by clicking here. Talk soon.

Inaugural 2022 Florida Manufacturing Employers of Choice recognizes top-ranking manufacturers

As part of the 2022 MakeMore Manufacturing Summit, the inaugural Florida Manufacturing Employers of Choice were announced. The recognized companies were categorized by size. The Employer of Choice program, conducted by Personnel Dynamics Consulting through a no-cost 40 question survey, focuses on educating employers about improving their workplace, while at the same time recognizing the best manufacturing employers in the state of Florida. Personnel Dynamics calculates a total of 37 different measurements, including turnover rates, growth percentages, employee development spending, promotion percentages, insurance packages and retirement plans. Read more including the full list of Florida Manufacturing Employer of Choice companies HERE.

Governor Ron DeSantis announces nearly $5m for infrastructure in rural Northwest Florida communities

Governor Ron DeSantis announced $4.9 million in infrastructure investments to eight rural Northwest Florida communities through the Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF) program. Awards include $982,850 for Jackson County to design, permit, and construct a public roadway and utility infrastructure for Project TAP, an advanced manufacturing facility creating or retaining 25 jobs and a $3.5 million capital investment in the area. READ MORE

Resia to invest $40m and create 200 jobs in Bay County with new manufacturing  operation

Resia will invest more than $40 million to establish a new manufacturing operation in Bay County, FL. The Miami-based vertically integrated real estate company expects to create 200 new jobs at the 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. Formerly known as AHS Residential, Resia is in negotiations to build the factory on a site in VentureCrossings Enterprise Centre

Resia develops, builds, and manages multifamily communities across the U.S. The company currently has more than 5,000 units under development in fast-growing metros in Florida, Texas, Georgia, and has plans for Colorado, the District of Columbia, and Arizona. Resia’s modular construction approach enables the company to build apartment communities 30 to 40 percent faster than traditional methods, and plans to deliver 8,000 new apartment units annually by 2025. READ MORE

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