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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 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 Business Advisors provide customized services to meet the needs and opportunities of individual companies based on an enterprise assessment and include process improvement, business growth and innovation, supply chain optimization, product development, adoption of best practices and appropriate advanced technologies, sustainability, market expansion and other services.

FloridaMakes provides services through an existing network of Regional Manufacturers Associations and other organizations, and partners with public and private service providers—including research and education institutions, consultants, and training providers—to improve the overall performance of individual firms, create and retain an advanced manufacturing workforce and deliver measurable economic impact.

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Success Stories

CEO Roundtable Drives the Formation of a Cohesive Leadership Team

Reported Year
Sarah Laroque became president and CEO of EarthBalance without much experience running a business. She was unsure what to expect from being CEO and how she could best overcome the challenges that brought, like leading the team and putting the right people in the right places.

ISO Compliant Corrective Action Training Leads to Increased Sales

Reported Year
A large government customer sent all their suppliers notification that they must meet specific compliance requirements with their new standards which were nearly identical to ISO 9001:2015 standards. Though the processes and procedures Mullet’s Aluminum developed over the years complied with the many of the newly required standards, there were some

Sterling Assessment Leads to Business Improvements

Reported Year
Roomy Design Organizers ownership realized it was an opportune time to improve their employee culture and business practices as they moved into their 20,000 square foot facility in 2018, and enlisted the company in the annual Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence (SMBE) Awards process. The SMBE is a derivative of the national Malcolm Baldrige

"Throughout our ownership changes, location moves, and company acquisitions, a few things remain the same—one of which has been our commitment to manufacturing, and manufacturing quality products that save lives. Our manufacturing teams are heroes who save lives every day on the production floor. With oversight and validation from FloridaMakes, we are looking forward to sustainable profit growth, focusing on customers, and delivering operational excellence from a truly global network of companies, assets, and people."

—Gerry Angeli; Richard Horn, Executive Vice President; Vice President HR and Operations

Created March 18, 2019, Updated May 18, 2021