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Monday, Jun 26, 2017

Made in Florida

BRANDON – Manufacturing Day 2014, Oct. 3, is a joint venture to show Florida students how many things are made in the state and how many career opportunities there are within the manufacturing industry.

Things that are made in Florida include beverages, guitar strings, medical instruments, pharmaceuticals, plastics, metals, household goods, masonry cement, electronics and technical instruments, components for the aeronautics and aerospace industries and other construction components.

“To date, 78 industry tours and two manufacturing open houses have been scheduled to take place in 34 counties (and counting) in October,” said Janice Mukhia, FLATE communications specialist. “In Hillsborough County alone we have students visiting 12 high-tech companies.”

Those 12 are Heat Pipe Technology, IC Mechanical, Odyssey Manufacturing Co., Plastipak Packaging Inc., Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Sypris Electronics, Tampa International Airport, TECO, EMS Inc., Chromalloy, Measurement Supply and TAW.

Manufacturing Day 2014 is the second annual event being presented by FLATE, the National Science Foundation Regional Center of Excellence in Florida, the Manufacturers Association of Florida, the Regional Manufacturers Associations and Florida TRADE.

“FLATE’s strategy last year enabled statewide participation and was recognized on a national level by the National MFG Day organizers,” said Mukhia. “We are confident this year, too … we will put Florida on the national map in terms of promoting manufacturing and STEM-based careers and education on a statewide level.”

Businesses may participate by hosting a Made in Florida tour with lunch for students, hosting an open house, adopting a school or sponsoring Manufacturing Day T-shirts.

Schools and companies interested in participating or learning more may contact Desh Bagley, FLATE outreach manager, bagley@fl-ate.org or (813) 253-7838 or Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE at barger@fl-ate.org (813) 259-6578.

Send news of community interest to Barbara.Routen@gmail.com.

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