Northwest Florida Manufacturing News Monthly
Maker Faire Coming to Pensacola

The first annual Pensacola Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., November 16, 2019 at the Museum of Commerce, Museum Plaza, Voices and the J.Earle Bowden Building in downtown Pensacola. Admission is free and open to people of all ages. Free tickets are available at .

Presented by the UWF Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering, The Mini Maker Faire provides makers spaces for individuals and students for FREE! Commercial maker booth fees start at $125.

Opportunities for volunteers and sponsors are also available.
Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council members tour West Point Home in Washington County
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At Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council's last general meeting, members toured West Point Home and saw their ability to manufacture on both a large and very small scale. Education partner, Florida Panhandle Technical College then hosted lunch where a series of speakers discussed business development, agility and how NWFMC members, partners and affiliates are creating a strong eco-system for manufacturing while creating high-paying, clean, safe careers in NW Florida.

Thanks to FloridaMakes, UWF Haas Center, Central Gulf Industrial Alliance, Gulf Power Company, Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development and Dr. Frank Fuller for helping with such a great event.

Make plans to attend the NWFMC Annual Luncheon on October 16 at the Panama City Beach Sheraton.
The ​Haas ​Center ​Fall ​Forum ​is ​an ​event ​being ​curated ​by ​the ​University ​of ​West ​Florida's ​Haas ​Center ​and ​the ​Division ​of ​Research ​and ​Strategic ​Innovation. ​Our ​goal ​is ​to ​bring ​together ​bright ​minds ​and ​host ​data-driven ​discussions ​with ​a ​remarkable ​audience ​of ​developers, ​business ​leaders, ​and ​senior ​UWF ​students. ​The ​Forum ​is ​an ​excellent ​way ​to ​connect ​with ​current ​and ​future ​leaders! ​Forum ​attendees ​will ​leave ​with ​a ​clear ​sense ​of ​how ​to ​use ​data ​to ​better ​tell ​their ​story. ​

Registration is $150 and available online at
Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council Improves the Competitiveness and Productivity of Northwest Florida’s Manufacturers

Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council at Universtiy of West Florida, a member of the FloridaMakes network, announced that Florida manufacturers who received services through our state-wide FloridaMakes network have reported a combined total of over one billion dollars in measurable economic impacts and created or retained 6,953 manufacturing jobs since the program started delivering services in 2016.

Impact results represent data from 283 client engagements across the state and were obtained through a survey conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. On average, $3.7 million in total impact, and over 24 jobs were created or retained per firm (total survey data through Q1, 2019).

The numbers break down as follows:
• Increased and retained sales: $697 million
• Total cost savings: $97.9 million
• Total investments: $249.5 million 
• Jobs created and retained: 6953

Rex Lumber recently engaged services from UWF/FloridaMakes. The results from this engagement include $1,000,000 in new or retained sales, $25,000 in cost savings, $4,065,000 in new investment and 6 new or retained jobs. Follow this link to see the whole story ( ).  

NWFMC and UWF/FloridaMakes, who serve from Escambia County to the Apalachicola River are regional resources that help companies address current challenges, create new opportunities for growth, and achieve measurable results. To learn how we can unlock growth opportunities and cost savings for manufacturers, contact UWF/FloridaMakes Business Advisors, Daniel Krug at and Mary Nutial at

For more information, visit:
Want Space?
Space Commerce Speaker and Webinar Series

The Space Foundation has organized a series of webinars on doing business in the commercial space industry. These were developed as part of a grant from the Minority Business Development Agency (part of the Department of Commerce) and are offered free of charge through September 2019. They will be offered for a fee after that time (up to $799 in savings if you act now!).

Learn more and register here through September .
FloridaMakes offers a three-minute disaster impact survey to help manufacturers identify disaster preparedness gaps.

The five-minute Disaster Readiness assessment provides manufacturers an assessment of business continuity. The assessment includes a customized report on ideas to consider at a high level to improve and fortify your company.

Take one or both assessments today to determine if you need to take a deeper look at your business continuity plans for the longevity of your business, a continuation of revenue and service to customers. 

If so, FloridaMakes also offers a FREE deep-dive Business Continuity Assessment (BCA) custom-designed for manufacturers and conducted at your facility by a business adviser experienced in manufacturing. A confidential report is provided immediately following the BCA.

The free assessments are available until October 31, so take the three-minute or five-minute survey today at .
UWF Combines Units, Expands Haas Center
The University of West Florida announces the expansion of the UWF Haas Center. The Office of Workforce and Industrial Innovation along with the Sea3D Additive Manufacturing Laboratory now operate as
part of the Haas Center.

T he Haas Center will form a board of economic advisers who will provide thought leadership in the areas of market research, impact analysis and data analytics. The board will enable the team to adapt quickly to the rapidly changing business environment and simplify community access to demographic information.

Amy Newburn, Haas Center director of market research, will provide support for the board of economic advisers, which will be chaired by Dr. Jerry Parrish, chief economist and director of research, Florida Chamber Foundation.

The goal for the Haas Center is to accelerate technology adoption, talent development and business growth in an effort to expand the region’s workforce and industrial competitiveness.

For more information about the UWF Haas Center, visit .
Okaloosa Collaboration Raising Interest in STEM
INNOV8+ is a coalition of educational organizations from the eight coastal counties of Northwest Florida who share a common interest in creating transformational inspiration among students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The INNOV8+ steering committee includes representatives from: The HSU Educational Foundation, Doolittle Institute, Air Force Research Lab, Emerald Coast Robotics Association, Emerald Coast Science Center, Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast, and Okaloosa County School District's Career and Technical Education (CTE).

INNOV8's collective STEM programs raise interest and inspire Northwest Florida's K-12 students to prepare for careers of future demand. Robotics, Coding, Drones, 3D Modeling and STEM Competitions are just a few ways that Innov8+ introduces 21st Century learning to our youth. As students draw upon basic STEM concepts to accomplish missions of a scientific nature, they develop better tools for the modern world and become more confident in their ability to contribute. In turn, this empowers greater academic achievement in the classroom and cultivates interest in future career applications.

For more information on Innov8+ and our initiatives, or to become involved, please visit:
Regional Manufacturing Calendar
Board of Directors Conference Call
Wednesday, October 2nd
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. CDT
NWFMC Annual Luncheon
Wednesday, October 16th
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Panama City Beach Sheraton Hotel

This newsletter was developed in collaboration with the University of West Florida and FloridaMakes.