Northwest Florida Manufacturing News Monthly
January 2019 General Membership Meeting
We would like to remind you about the upcoming General Membership meeting at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) on January 16, sponsored by the Port of Pensacola. Come hear all of the exciting news regarding the Port and listen to keynote speaker Dr. Kenneth Ford speak about the exciting developments at IHMC. Learn more and RSVP on the meeting's event page.
SkillsUSA Worlds of Possibilities Expo
This year’s SkillsUSA Worlds of Possibilities Career Expo will take place on April 8-9 at the Pensacola Bay Center. We are seeking more manufacturers to participate with NWFMC as “Manufacturing World Leaders.” Please call Paul Miller at (315) 759-9254 or visit to learn more.
Millions in Impact Reported by Manufacturers Working with FloridaMakes
We are excited to report that Florida manufacturers who received services through FloridaMakes have reported a combined total of over $721 million in measurable impacts (total survey data through Q3, 2018). The results break down to include:

• Increased or retained sales: $475 million
• Total cost savings: $70.6 million
• Total investments: $175.7 million (equipment, new products, skills and other)
• Jobs created or retained: 5236

The survey results represent data from 241 firms. On average, $3 million in total impact and over 21 jobs were created or retained per firm. 

FloridaMakes is a great resource and can help your company address current challenges, create new opportunities for growth and achieve measurable results. To learn how FloridaMakes’ services can unlock growth opportunities and cost savings for your company, contact your FloridaMakes Business Advisors Daniel Krug at, (850) 612-5895 (cell), John Davis at, (850) 384-5275 (cell), or Mary Nutial at, (850) 426-9145 (cell).

The findings were reported directly by manufacturers through a third-party outside survey conducted on behalf of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

FloridaMakes is an industry-led public-private partnership operated by participating Regional Manufacturer Associations throughout Florida. As part of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership network, FloridaMakes is the official representative of NIST MEP in the State of Florida. Learn more at
New Member: Gulf Tool Corporation
We would like to welcome our newest member, Gulf Tool Corporation. Established in 1978 and located at 8470 Gulf Beach Highway in Pensacola, their services include tool and die, jig boring and grinding, precision grinding, fabrication, prototyping, welding, and several other specialties. Visit to learn more.
Tallahassee Days
New NWFMC Board Chair Wayne Henson, Treasurer Glenn Scharf, Program Manager Paul Miller, and UWF Director of Workforce and Industrial Innovation Nicole Gislason are headed to Tallahassee on January 22-24 to speak to Florida Representatives about the work we are all doing in Northwest Florida to create a fertile ecosystem for manufacturing. Voice your needs to Paul Miller ( to help make this endeavor even more successful.
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

Wicked Problem Solving
Tuesday, February 19
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
UWF Fort Walton Beach

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