Northwest Florida Manufacturing News Monthly
2018 FLATE Distinguished Educator Awards
Ted Missildine, Manufacturing and Pre-Engineering Academy instructor at Freeport High School, was recently selected as the 2018 FLATE Distinguished Manufacturing Secondary Educator-of-the-Year Award recipient. This award recognizes high school educators for outstanding contributions to manufacturing and engineering technology education. Awardees are selected from statewide nominations and judged by an awards committee made up of FLATE Industry Advisory Committee members and the Florida Association for Industrial and Technical Educators.

The Awards Breakfast will be held on July 17 during the 52nd Annual FACTE Conference & Trade Show in Orlando, Florida.
MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit
The MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit is a leadership-focused meeting designed around connecting ecosystem stakeholders with the needs and realities of industry leaders from the manufacturing sector.

It intends to serve as an annual platform to exchange ideas around how our state resources are addressing the impact of market dynamics, economic trends and policies, and new technologies in this sector. Join in-depth discussions as we build a roadmap to strengthen and advance Florida’s economy through innovation, talent development, and resource leveraging to accelerate the productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector.

Key Themes
  • Technology acceleration
  • Talent development
  • Business growth
  • Business environment

Twenty-five speakers from across the state and nation will present on topics in their fields of expertise. A complete list of speakers and bios is available.

For more information on how to become a sponsor or register to attend this event on July 26, please visit
Port of Pensacola: Planning for the Future
During the week of June 25, the city of Pensacola hosted a number of meetings to gauge public opinion on the priorities of the Port of Pensacola as part of an effort to craft a strategic plan for how the port lands should evolve over the coming decades.

The city invited residents to participate in a conversation about its “Portside Vision and Reinvestment Strategy” in a press release issued on June 11. Pensacola’s 50-acre Port has been a significant contributor to our economy for centuries, but the city enterprise has hit hard times over the past three years.

Earlier this month, Mayor Ashton Hayward’s office announced it had hired Moffatt & Nichol, an international infrastructure advisory firm based in Southern California, to develop a new strategic plan for the port.

The meetings are designed to allow the public to talk with the project team about priorities for the port and hear their presentation. A second meeting will be scheduled for late July or early August.
John Davis, Business Advisor with Florida Makes and NWFMC member, attended the first meeting held on June 26 at City Hall in downtown Pensacola. “The meeting was informative and well-attended by local residents, business owners, and various interested parties. It is important for the members of the NWFMC and other regional manufacturing companies to be represented during these discussions. Any future changes to the Port of Pensacola could have an impact on our manufacturing community. Participating in the process will help our manufacturing community stay informed and possibly influence the overall outcome.”

Over the next four months, consultants with the firm will look at priorities for the port and develop a plan. A timeline for the project has the final plan going before the Pensacola City Council in October.
BOD Meeting
Thursday, July 19
1 - 2:30 p.m.
UWF Fort Walton Beach
Scholarship Committee Meeting
Friday, August 24
11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit
Thursday, July 26
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
BOD Conference Call
Friday, August 24
1 - 2:30 p.m.
General Membership Meeting
Thursday, August 16
1 - 2:30 p.m.
Pensacola (TBD)
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Strategies for Supervisory Success
Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Wednesday, Sept. 19
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
UWF Fort Walton Beach

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