FloridaMakes recently united Florida leaders in manufacturing to address talent solutions at its annual MakeMore Manufacturing Summit, October 12-13. Additionally, the State of Florida celebrated “Manufacturing Day” on October 22nd in conjunction with the National Association of Manufacturers and the other 49 states. For this special day, FloridaMakes coordinated efforts throughout its network of regional manufacturers associations to host events, showcasing the importance of manufacturing and promoting career opportunities across the sector.
FloridaMakes is a statewide, industry-led, public-private partnership operated by an alliance of Florida’s regional manufacturers associations with the sole mission of strengthening and advancing Florida’s economy by improving the competitiveness, productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on small and medium-sized firms. It accomplishes this by providing services focused on three principle value streams: technology adoption, talent development, and business growth. FloridaMakes is the representative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network in the state of Florida, a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
According to TheFloridaScorecard.org, manufacturing jobs had an average wage of $70,005 in 2021, fourth-highest out of 11 industry groups. The total number of manufacturing jobs in October 2022 was 421,700, an increase of 28,600 jobs over the year.
“In collaboration with our state partner organizations and agencies, we have the goal of making Florida a top five state in manufacturing by 2030,” said Kevin Carr, FloridaMakes CEO. “I’m thankful for the work of our regional manufacturers associations across the state who are bringing crucial awareness of manufacturing career opportunities to students and teachers, as well as the public, in general. If we’re going to reach our 2030 goal, we need more awareness of the great career opportunities that exist in manufacturing.”