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Aircraft Manufacturing Industry Taking Off in Florida
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 17:40

Florida's booming aircraft manufacturing industry is helping to diversify the state, according to a new report from Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research institute. The report, Ready for Takeoff: Florida Can Lead The Nation In Aircraft Manufacturing, shows that Florida is the most attractive state for aircraft manufacturing, illustrated by the number of industry companies relocating to the state.

"Florida is a great place to do business, and the state's commitment to investing in aircraft manufacturing is ensuring that Florida's economy continues to benefit from this important industry sector," said Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute and government watchdog.

Commercial aviation is expected to increase by 5 percent annually during the next 20 years, and further investment in Florida's existing aircraft manufacturing companies, as well as continued emphasis on relocating companies to the state, will ensure Florida's economy is poised to benefit from this future growth.

The high-skill, high-wage jobs provided by aircraft manufacturing industry companies often require specialized knowledge that can be found in Florida's existing workforce. The average salaries for aircraft manufacturing, aircraft engine parts, and other aircraft parts are $72,010, $81,091 and $57,120 respectively.

To ensure Florida can continue to reap the benefits of the aircraft manufacturing industry, the report notes that investment in education and student preparation in STEM are crucial to address a skilled labor shortage.

"Expanding the aircraft manufacturing industry helps the state retain STEM talent," said Jennifer Linares, TaxWatch Research Analyst. "However, the shortage of qualified technical employees could be an impediment to the industry's future growth in Florida."

The aircraft manufacturing industry's attraction to Florida is due in part to a favorable tax climate since the implementation of the manufacturing equipment sales tax exemption in April of this year, and incentives awarded through the state's principal economic development organization, Enterprise Florida. More than 30 incentives have been provided to Florida aircraft manufacturing companies.

Home to 249 aircraft or parts manufacturing companies, Florida has the most number of these industry companies, second only to California. However, the report points out that Florida is not the least expensive state for the aircraft manufacturing industry, which could cause Florida to lose some of the industry's market share.

"Florida's Legislature and Enterprise Florida have worked diligently to create a favorable climate for all businesses to be successful, including those in the aircraft manufacturing sector," said Robert E.Weissert, Esq., Chief Research Officer for Florida TaxWatch. "To ensure the future growth and success of this industry in Florida, policymakers should continue to provide a competitive environment for aircraft manufacturers."

Click here to read the report.

 
Vistakon School Interns & Robotics program
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 13:46

JnJ vision care Dream It Do It program has 10 high school interns on campus this summer from 5 different high schools in Duval county. The interns will be working in the following departments: Operations, Quality Control, Quality Control Chemistry lab, Distribution, Computer Integrated Management, Environmental Health & Safety, Formulation, and Optical Tooling.

Last year the Dream It Do It program brought in 5 interns from Duval county. We now have 1 of the interns (Briana Shoaf) that interned last summer working full time as a JnJ vision care employee in the Quality Control lab. The goal of the Dream It Do It program is to inspire young people to seek careers in manufacturing and influence schools to embrace manufacturing careers.

Along with the summer internship, The Dream It Do It program here at JnJ vision care is kicking off its 1st Robotics program for the interns for 8 weeks. With a partnership with UNF we have an instructor that will be working with the interns over the next 8 weeks. The Dream It Do It interns will be given the opportunity to learn the TETRIX robotics platform for competing at the end of their internship. This is a robotics competition where the interns build a remote controlled machine in roughly 8 weeks in order to compete within in 3 teams. Interns will get to learn the functionality of our equipment and technology that we use daily but on a smaller scale with robots that will introduce them to controls, programming, design, and other aspects of STEM.

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AME in Jacksonville
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 18:57

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) will be delivering a world-class, international lean conference in Jacksonville in November 2014.

AME's vision is to provide conference attendees with a first-rate learning experience to show how continuous improvement saves both time and money and positively impacts their bottom line.

Plan to attend the largest lean conference in the world. Join AME in Jacksonville, Florida, to learn lean best practices from other lean practitioners.

For more information, go to: AMEJacksonville.org.

 
FCMA Holds Golf Tournament to Raise Funds for UNF Engineering Scholarships
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 19:36

Northeast Florida Manufacturers Hold Golf Tournament to Raise Funds For UNF Engineering Scholarships

The First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) held its 24th annual golf tournament to fund engineering scholarships to the University of North Florida (UNF).

Approximately 142 golfers participated in the event held at the Eagle Landing golf course in Orange Park. Over 55 area companies were represented.

“Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards paying for engineering scholarships each year, in addition to building our college endowment program,” said Lake Ray, FCMA president.

The team from Vistakon won the FCMA tournament with Republic Services coming in second and the team from Abatix Corporation taking third place. Mike Marlette of Aerotek served as chairman of this year’s event.

FCMA is a non-profit trade association serving Northeast Florida. There are over 1,500 manufacturing companies on the First Coast, supplying over 30,000 jobs and generating nearly 15% of the total gross regional product. Additional media information on FCMA is available at www.fcmaweb.com.

 
STEM Manufacturing Forum
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 12:51

The Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF),  the MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence (MAF Center), thirteen state colleges and workforce boards, and the Florida Sterling Council invite you to attend the upcoming Florida STEM Manufacturing Education Forum on May 29, 2014, at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes Hotel, Orlando.

During this Summit we will hear from those that are deeply committed to preparing a manufacturing workforce in Florida, provide an opportunity for your input though discussion groups, and learn about best practices in manufacturing education from the finalists in our first ever manufacturing Education Program competition.  The event will end with the winning schools being announced.

FCMA President Lake Ray will be on a panel discussing "From Student to Manufacturing Professional - Connecting the Dots."

You can find the agenda at: http://www.floridasterling.com/index.php. You may register and make hotel reservations with this link:  https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=10727574

We hope that you or someone from your company can attend this exciting event.  For more information, feel free to contact Nancy Stephens at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 850.402.2954.

 
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