Did You Know: Florida’s Manufacturing Industry Employs More than 360,000 Floridians

In fact, Florida’s manufacturing industry is growing faster than the U.S.

The Florida Chamber Foundation met with hundreds of manufacturers from around the state at FloridaMakes’ Make More Manufacturing Summit last week in Orlando – a national hub for advanced manufacturing. From discussions on the future of Florida’s manufacturing industry and the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Trade & Logistics reports, to why the Move, Make, Multiply strategy is key to securing Florida’s global competitiveness and how we can continue to build our talent workforce- manufacturing leaders are making sure the right conversations are happening.

In a letter to the editor submitted to the Orlando Sentinel, Kevin Carr, CEO of FloridaMakes, discusses the importance of building Florida’s manufacturing economy:

“The development of a current and future talent base, the adoption and application of advanced manufacturing technologies, and an increase in our share of the domestic and international market for manufactured goods will translate to a more resilient and robust manufacturing economy in Florida.”

Share Your Thoughts on Florida’s Manufacturing Industry

The impact of manufacturing to Florida’s $1 trillion economy is significant. Tell us what you think about Florida’s manufacturing future by clicking here to take the Florida Chamber’s manufacturing survey.

Workforce Matters to Manufacturing


Download Florida Jobs 2030 and See What the Future of Manufacturing in Florida Looks like

“Workforce is going to be the differentiator between the economies that thrive, and the economies that fail.”

Kevin Carr, CEO, FloridaMakes


The Florida Chamber Foundation’s January 2018 edition of By The Numbers indicates manufacturing Florida has experienced a 4.5 % growth in manufacturing, with more than 16,200 jobs created in manufacturing this past year. With manufacturing growing, Florida can look forward to creating more high-wage jobs, and diversifying its economy.

What does the future of manufacturing look like in terms of talent?

Click the video below to hear Kevin Carr, CEO of FloridaMakes and Florida Chamber Foundation Board of Trustee member, discuss the importance of workforce to the future of Florida’s manufacturing industry.


Learn more about the needs of Florida’s manufacturing industry between now and 2030 by downloading the Florida Jobs 2030 report, which provides a detailed look at manufacturing and more.