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MSCA - News Letter

October 2020
Welcome to the October edition of the MSCA newsletter.  

In This issue we will feature:
  • MSCA member - Ferrera Tool
We will feature links and key data from our affiliated organizations, including:
  • Member news
  • Data and information from the manufacturing & supply chain world
  • Florida Makes
  • Area Economic Development Councils
  • Area Chambers of Commerce

Featured Member Business

Founded in 2005 by Brian Herrera, Cara Herrera and Derrick Fearnow, Ferrera Tooling's primary mission has always been focused on sustainability and process management.

In its 15 year history Ferrera Tooling has evolved from a small shop in Brian's garage to an impressive 18,000 square foot state of the art precision machining and design house, located directly at the airport in Lakeland, Fl.

Ferrera's target markets today are Commercial Space Flight, Aerospace, Packaging Industry, Amusement Industry and the US Military. Ferrera Tooling's core competencies are multi-faceted.

Ferrera Tooling specializes in providing complex machined precision components and complete manufacturing solutions. 

The Engineering Department is qualified to complete complex assemblies, develop 3D representations, and take your product from an idea to a tangible part for your projects. 

The Project Management team will help achieve project goals within the given constraints and take projects from project initiation all the way to project closure. 

Ferrera Tooling has invested heavily into their quality control and is now an AS9100 and ISO9001 certified facility. Customers can depend on Ferrera Tooling's products to meet all quality standards and pass any inspections. 

Ferrera Tooling's company culture is unique in the sense that individuality is highly encouraged. Learning from each other's differences to develop a synergy focused on providing a superior customer experience is the top priority.


MSCA Golf Tournament

We will feature a special edition next week with results and pictures.

Thanks to the following companies that have committed to Sponsorship:
  • Mine & Mill Supply
  • S&B Metals
  • Ruthvens
  • Caribbean Distillers
  • Publix
  • Packaging Corp of America
  • American Vulcan
  • Morgan Stanley
  • ResourceMFG
  • Nucor
  • Bank of Central Florida
  • Mfg GAP Solutions
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Publix
  • Createch
  • Streamsong
  • Winter Haven Country Club
The following teams participated:
  • Givaudan
  • FiFoil
  • Ferrera Tool
  • S&B Metals
  • Nucor
  • Createch
  • Ruthven
  • Saddle Creek
  • Florida's Carribean
  • MaxPak 
  • Container Graphics
  • Vulcan
  • Treatt (2)
  • A-C-T Environmental

Contact Bill Crowe ( for more details.
Members in the News:

Saddle Creek is an omnichannel supply chain solutions company providing a variety of integrated logistics services, including warehousing, fulfillment and transportation. Our founder, David Lyons, believed in the power and talent of his company's associates. We've come a long way since our first 12,000 sq. ft. warehouse to the millions of square feet and the hundreds of trucks we have today. A big reason for our continued growth and success is the deep sense of family that we have fostered since the beginning. Our associates know it isn't just about doing a job, it's about being a part of a community. At Saddle Creek, we are happy to support Wreaths Across America, The United Way and many other local charities throughout our 48 locations' communities. Thank you for being a partner and helping us to do "Whatever it Takes!" to make a difference.


Here's a little something on how safety pays off "behind the scene"
In pic from left to right, Rep from CoAdvantage, Larry Klemme (CFO), Anna Hall (Controller), Mary Ramsey (HR Director) and Rep from CoAdvantage
Here's a note from Larry our CFO........................
The State of Florida sets the rates for workers comp insurance, so the way I shop for our policy is to find the largest potential dividend based on our expected claims.
CoAdvantage offered us a tiered dividend based on our claims experience.
For the period from March 2019 to February 2020, we earned a premium rebate of $10,215 due to our limited claims.
Making safety a priority can pay dividends.


For more information contact 
Lori at

Visit the Lake Wales EDC Website

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. Visit and Apprentice Florida
to learn more about how you can get involved in NAW.


Lakeland Economic Development Council

Contact: Ashley Cheek @

Central Florida EDC

Amazon Air 
has completed its 223,000 sf air cargo facility at Lakeland Linder International Airport and in July welcomed its first Amazon Air aircraft, which traveled non-stop from Sacramento, CA. The regional air hub is Amazon's largest in the Southeast and includes two additional support buildings that are each approximately 30,000 sf. The e-commerce giant has already hired between 300-400 workers and will eventually hire up to 800. By mid-to-late August, there will be six daily Amazon Air aircraft flying in and out of the airport. Lakeland Linder International Airport invested over $45 million to upgrade their Instrument Landing System, add five fuel tanks and made significant runway improvements to ready themselves for this project. Amazon's capital investment 
is approximately $130 million for the construction of their facilities.

More info at: CFEDC
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