Northwest Florida Manufacturing News Monthly
Save the Date: January 2019 General Membership Meeting
Please join us for the first General Membership meeting of 2019. Hosted by the Port of Pensacola, the meeting will be held at the Pensacola Museum of Commerce on Wednesday, January 16. A bus tour of the port will follow the meeting. To RSVP and receive additional updates as they are available, please visit the meeting's event page.
PHS Manufacturing Academy Receives Donation
Earlier this month, Paul Miller, NWFMC Program Manager, and Mary Nutial, FloridaMakes Business Advisor, attended the Escambia County Manufacturing Advisory Council Meeting at Pensacola High School. During that meeting, PHS manufacturing teacher Susie Montalvo mentioned a list of needed supplies that she had created to give to Escambia County Workforce Education Director, Dr. Michelle Taylor. At the request of Paul and Mary, Susie also shared this list with the Council. After sending the list to the NWFMC, new Council member Manfred Laner of Custom Control Solutions offered his help. Manfred personally purchased the requested tools and had them delivered to Susie. Custom Control Solutions also donated eight Swagelok Kits to the school to help the students in to read and complete electrical circuits manuals.  

“I would like to take the time, on behalf of myself and all the students at the PHS Manufacturing Academy to thank Paul Miller and Manfred Laner from Custom Control Solutions for the kind donations of brand new tools and the Swagelok engineering kits,” said Susie. “Our students are very excited over the fact that they are much closer to creating a completed product because of the much needed tools. In addition, they have truly enjoyed the Swagelok kits.”
2019 Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award
FloridaMakes is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence (SMBE) Award. The SMBE award serves to recognize high-performing Florida manufacturers, offer an avenue for networking, and provide feedback and encourage high performance among participating companies. All manufacturers with production facilities in Florida are eligible to participate. Nominations can be made by any individual or organization and self-nominations are also acceptable.

To learn more about the award and to submit a nomination, visit Nominations are being accepted through Thursday, December 20.
Process Mapping
Wednesday, January 9 and Thursday, January 10
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
UWF Fort Walton Beach
Wicked Problem Solving
Tuesday, February 19
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
UWF Fort Walton Beach
General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, January 16
1 - 2:30 p.m.

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Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Tuesday, February 5 - Thursday, February 7
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
UWF Fort Walton Beach

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