Northwest Florida Manufacturing News Monthly
New Member Highlight: Mine Survival, Inc.
Located in Panama City Beach, Mine Survival, Inc. (MSI) manufactures small, lightweight rebreathers. These rebreathers allow for voice communications and are used for rescue missions, self-escape, and high-rise breathing. Visit’s MSI’s website to learn more about their company, products, and breathing simulator.
Ascend Performance Materials Plant Tour
Sixty-three students and faculty members from Milton High School and Ernest Ward Middle School recently toured Ascend Performance Materials. These students are members of Milton’s Advanced Manufacturing Academy and Ernest Ward’s Fabrication and Engineering Program. Site Director John Johannemann, NWFMC board member, and a tour team greeted the students and guided them through a typical day in the manufacturing facility. Thanks to Ascend for giving these students a glimpse at a real-life manufacturing operation.

Overall, nearly 2,000 students are estimated to participate in manufacturing tours this fall. Take a look at the tour schedule to see a list of past and future tours.
Manufacturing Technician Competencies Survey
FloridaMakes, Polk State College (PSC), and the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) request your valuable participation in a short 15-minute survey. This survey is designed to define curriculum content of schools who are preparing a competent manufacturing workforce. Your feedback is appreciated and results will be shared when the data have been compiled. The survey will close on November 22, 2017.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the survey team members:

Mori Toosi, Polk State College
(863) 837-5937

Marilyn Barger, FLATE
(813) 259-6578

Phil Centonze, FloridaMakes 
(954) 648-2642
The CEO Forum - Northwest Florida Region
On Tuesday, December 5, UWF and GrowFL will present The CEO Forum. Featured presenter Robert Sires, CEO of American Elite Molding (AEM), will discuss American manufacturing, the growth of AEM, and his management philosophy. Learn more and register for The CEO Forum today.
New CPT Recipients
Megan Altman (left) and Emily Phillips, sophomores at Freeport High School, have completed their Certified Production Technician (CPT) certifications. Megan was the first female student to complete the CPT and was followed by Emily, her friend and classmate. Both Megan and Emily hope to continue their educations in manufacturing and engineering.
Board of Directors Conference Call
Thursday, November 30
3:00 - 4:30 PM
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The CEO Forum
Tuesday, December 5
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Tuesday, December 12 - Thursday, December 14
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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