Northwest Florida Manufacturing News
Manufacturer Highlight
American Elite Molding is America's leading manufacturer of nylon cable ties. Located in Crestview, Florida, our state-of-the-art facility operates 24/7/365 and boasts the most advanced production processes in the U.S. We offer an extensive line of cable ties in a variety of lengths, tensile strengths, and colors, plus accessories such as mounting pads and cable clamps. American Elite Molding's specialty products include EZ-Off™ ties, releasable ties, custom-printed ties, and HVAC duct straps. All cable ties use virgin nylon 6/6 to guarantee superior quality and are UL Listed and Mil-Spec approved. We maintain a full inventory of all cable ties for Just-in-Time delivery from one of our four new stocking locations to our national distributor network. American Elite Molding is committed to continuous improvement in quality and service in all areas. We focus on customer success as well as satisfaction, and all American Elite Molding products are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. 
Nominate a Manufacturer by February 13
FloridaMakes is working with the Florida Sterling Council on the new Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award, designed to recognize and support high-performing Florida manufacturing companies and offer a framework for sharing manufacturing best practices.

Who's eligible: All manufacturers with production facilities in Florida. It is not necessary to be a member of any association.

Who can nominate: Self-nominations are encouraged, as are nominations by any individual, industry group, supplier, customer, workforce or economic development organization, or government agency.

Nominations are due by Feb. 13 and awards will be presented during the Florida Sterling Annual Conference, May 31 - June 2.

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MAF Legislative Report, 1/23-1/27
Governor Announces Tax Cuts
On January 25, Governor Scott announced the annual tax cut package for which he is famous! This year he is proposing $618 million in tax cuts. Once again, he is carrying the torch for one of MAF’s top priorities: a 25% reduction in the tax on commercial leases and rents. This is expected to save Florida businesses $454 million a year. Other tax cuts proposed are:
  • Four sales tax holidays – a 10-day back to school holiday; a 9-day disaster preparedness holiday; a 3-day veterans sales tax holiday; a 1-day camping and fishing sales tax holiday
  • A one-year sales tax exemption on college textbooks
  • Increasing the corporate tax exemption from $50,000 to $75,000
  • Exempting school book fairs from sales tax
Senator Hukill Files Tax Cut Bills
Also on January 25, Senator Hukill filed bills in the Florida Senate to cut taxes on commercial leases and rents (SB 484) by decreasing the tax from 6% to 5% and increasing the corporate tax exemption from $50,000 to $75,000 (SB 486). You may recall that Rep. Ahern filed HB 223 that provides an increasing exemption each year for sales tax paid on commercial leases and rent. Beginning in 2018, the first $10,000 of sales tax paid will be exempt. By 2026, it will increase to the first $90,000. 
Environmental Pollution Reporting
Rep. Peters will file a bill on this subject, on which she has worked in concert with MAF and other industry leaders. In short, the House bill will NOT require regulated and unregulated businesses to directly notify the public of any pollution spills. Accidents would still be reported to the State Watch Office and FDEP. FDEP would then be responsible for making that information available to the public. Nancy Stephens met with Senator Galvano’s office on January 24 to discuss his proposed bill, SB 532, which was then filed on January 26. MAF also met with the Governor’s staff on January 25 to discuss their insistence on businesses directly reporting to the public and providing them with reasons why that is not a good idea. We should see a bill filed in the House any day now.
Is Regulation Necessary?
The House Committee on Careers & Competition met on January 25 to grapple with this question. They invited The Florida United Business Association, Florida League of Cities, Florida Association of Counties, Greater Tallahassee Chamber, Lake Tire & Auto, and the Institute of Justice to be panelists. Panelists provided information on why certain regulation is important for public health, safety, and welfare and how certain local governments have done away with local business license taxes. The Institute of Justice said the least amount of regulation was the best amount of regulation. They also said that Florida is the fourth worst state in the country regarding occupational licensing. One in four Floridians need a license to practice their profession. The average local business tax is $116/year.  
Welcome to SolidWorks Apps for Kids Beta!
Since SolidWorks World, we have been working hard to get Apps for Kids ready for testing. Please follow the link below to set up your account and review a short introductory video that explains how to submit feedback or report bugs. For the best user experience, we recommend using Chrome or Safari as your web browser.

By agreeing to the terms of use and privacy policy, you also agree not to share information about the SolidWorks Apps for Kids Beta program other than with SolidWorks brand employees.
We are very excited to share SolidWorks Apps for Kids. Have fun! We appreciate your willingness to create, invent, and shape the future of this product!

As a reminder to our members, SolidWorks was selected to be the application taught to secondary students as they move through the manufacturing program. It is the most commonly used program in the industry for the design of products, particularly as 3D printing is becoming more and more a standard practice. The use of this product begins in the 8th grade and is being taught in the robotics program at the University of West Florida. With this in mind, we are always looking for ways to get students involved, and this is a great start. If you have children, let them become a part of the beta testing for the SolidWorks App for Kids.  Just click "Start Beta Now" and let SolidWorks know what you and your kids think!
Call to Action Reminder!
As a reminder, the NWFMC now has an approved Strategic Plan addressing the Council's Next Steps; however, we need your involvement to complete the plan. We believe with the involvement of our members through either the Marketing Committee or the Workforce Training & Education Committee we can accomplish the Next Steps. We are hopeful you will identify something you believe you would enjoy being involved with, and therefore add value. We have registrations below for the two initial Committee meetings (March 8 morning and/or March 8 afternoon) and hope you register to attend either or both to determine your role.

We have great plans that will strengthen manufacturing in Northwest Florida, which will in turn strengthen our regional economy, but CANNOT do it without you! Please register below and be a part of the Council's success! 

Register Now
February/March Calendar
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, February 16
3:00 - 4:30 PM
Conference Call
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, March 16
3:00 - 4:30 PM
Location TBD
Process Mapping
February 22 - February 23; 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Gulf Coast State College
Education and Workforce Committee Meeting and Marketing Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 8
9:30 - 11:30 AM and 1:00 - 3:00 PM
UWF Ft. Walton Beach
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This newsletter was developed in collaboration with the University of West Florida.