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MSCA - News Letter

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

In This issue we will feature:
  • MSCA member - Createch Machine & Design
  • New Sponsors
    • Createch Machine & Design
  • New Members
    • Alro
  • Information about our upcoming charity golf tournament on November 9th.
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
Createch Machine & Design
Featured Member Business

Located in Lakeland, Createch custom designs machines with drilling, tapping, reaming, probe and flush capabilities.

We at Createch Machine and Design are proud of our heritage of providing innovative solutions to our manufacturing partners for the past century. Our heritage product lines Rockford Drill Head, Ettco Machine Tool and Procunier Safety Chuck have stood the test of time. Today, many of our machines produced decades ago are still producing high quality precision products for our satisfied customer's everyday.

Today's Createch Machine and Design product offering meets the increasing need of our customers for productivity and quality improvements, solutions to reduce cycle time, error proof processes, apply cellular technology and lean methodologies. Yet today's products are built with the precision and durability our customers have come to always expect from Rockford, Ettco, and Procunier.

4 Axis simultaneous tapping machine.

Ettco Machine (founded in 1901) and Rockford Drill Head (founded in 1972) were acquired by Larry Bull in 2006, where upon Larry consolidated operations in Lakeland, FL.

Contact: Larry Bull @

Registration is now OPEN!
MSCA Golf Tournament

Monday, November 9th will mark the MSCA's inaugural Charity Golf Tournament. The event will be held at Winter Haven CC and proceeds will go to area scholarship funds.  Teams will be competing for the coveted "Manufacturer's Cup".

We still have openings for golfers and sponsors!

Thanks to the following companies that have committed to Sponsorship:
  • Mine & Mill Supply
  • S&B Metals
  • Ruthvens
  • Caribbean Distillers
  • Publix
  • Packaging Corp of America
  • Saddle Creek
We have the following companies registered to golf:
  • Givaudan
  • FiFoil
  • McCain Mills
  • Ferrera Tool
  • S&B Metals
  • Nucor
  • Createch
  • Ruthven
  • Saddle Creek
  • ResourceMFG
  • Florida's Carribean
  • MaxPak 

Contact Bill Crowe ( for more details.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Silver Level:

      Createch Machine & Design

Custom designed machines with drilling, tapping, reaming, probe and flush capabilities.

Contact:  Larry Bull

Visit Createch website

Welcome New Members!

Alro Steel

The Glick family became well established in the scrap metals business and in the Jackson, Michigan community. This history laid the groundwork for brothers Al and Robert Glick to form Alro Steel in 1948. The company founded by their father Louis Glick was Glick Iron & Metal. Louis Glick moved to Jackson, Michigan, to start a scrap iron business in 1916. He arrived in Jackson with a sledgehammer, chisel, $800 in his pocket and a mind for business. Through Louis' strong leadership and business skills the business became one of the premier scrap companies in Michigan.
Today, a highway that runs through the heart of Jackson bears the name of Louis Glick, a tribute to his leadership in business as well as his support of the community, the people, and local sports programs.

Welcome to Your grocery store for metals! Alro is a distributor of metals, industrial supplies, and plastics. Beginning in 1948, Alro Steel was incorporated in a small garage in Jackson, Michigan. The name "Al-Ro" was derived from the first two letters from brothers Al & Robert Glick. Al began the company during a steel shortage in the 1940's which was due to the military demands of World War II. Al found a niche matching up companies with steel needs to companies with excess steel. Today, Alro has grown to over 70 locations in 12 states.
Alro processes and distributes metals, plastics and industrial supplies with next day delivery to over 25,000 customers in North America. To learn more, click on the product pages for Metals, Industrial Supplies, or Plastics.

Contact:  Jason Sauvageot at

Members in the News:

Compass Blending

Orlando-based Grow Florida released its annual list of finalists for the "Companies to Watch" awards and 19 Tampa Bay companies have made the cut. 
The awards highlight mid-stage companies throughout Florida. The 81 finalists represent nearly 3,000 jobs and generate $670 million in revenue. Of the 81 companies, 19 represent the Tampa Bay area. The finalists will compete for a Company to Watch honoree title, which will take place at 6 p.m. on Nov. 12 in Orlando. 
"[The finalists] have, and continue to, demonstrate the resiliency and tenacity that comes along with being an entrepreneur," Tom O'Neal, GrowFL founder, said in a statement. "We know this year hasn't been easy, so we're excited to recognize our state's admirable business owners and their teams. I have a feeling they're just getting started." 
The Tampa Bay finalists are:
Polk County 
 Compass Blending LLC

Contact:  Angie Ruff @

Congratulations to Angie Ruff and Compass Blending!

Mine and Mill Supply

Since 1909, Mine & Mill Supply has been a local business in Lakeland and Central Florida going on now for 111 years. Since 1934, we are one of the oldest Rust-Oleum distributor's in the country; 86 years and counting. We pride ourselves with fast dependable customer service. Our business is supplying our customers industrial and commercial supplies, and we have built a strong, local presence by supplying quality tools and materials to Central Florida facilities and contractors. We have extensive experience working with power generation facilities, theme parks, Florida agriculture, mining, and the various support industries that make up the industrial and commercial community. We offer a service like no other in our locale. As a single location, Florida based operation, we can offer services not common to larger organizations. 

Our ideal customer:
Our #1 commodity is Steel, Pipe and Tubing - all shapes and sizes. Our customers are backyard hobbyist's, Fabricator's, Manufacturer's, Construction Companies, Contractor's and Sub-Contractor's. We have paint, coatings, and specialty coatings for every type of application - home, industrial or commercial. We carry all the necessary supplies needed to get the job done and we deliver, we also have a Piggyback Forklift to unload your supplies at the job site.
Contact:  Bruce Eady  at


For more information contact 
Lori at

Visit the Lake Wales EDC Website


Lakeland Economic Development Council

Publix HQ expansion in Lakeland bigger than expected.  Due to open before the end of the year, the $65M Publix HQ expansion with comprise 190,000 sq. ft.  The new office space which will also include $19M in computer and office equipment will be the home to 700 additional employees.

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.

Contact:  Sean Mallot @   for more information

More info at: CFEDC
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