Subject: SFMA December Monthly News

The Recognition of Excellence Banquet recognizes and congratulates Manufacturers and Employees of the Year. Good manufacturing employees are VERY hard to find and even harder to keep. That's why this portion of our recognition banquet is significant. It's important to recognize and appreciate hard work in our industry and give examples of what a great employee looks like for all employees to emulate. Employee nominations are open now and will be accepted until Friday, February 2nd!

Nominations for Manufacturer of The Year ends Friday, December 15th. Take this opportunity to recognize one or more high-performing South Florida manufacturing companies now.

Recognition of Excellence Awards Banquet will take place on March 14, 2018 at the Signature Grand. Registration for event will open in January.

SFMA is pleased to announce the 2018 Events Calendar is being finalized and we will be offering new manufacturer related events, such as shop talk, best practices forums, seminars, and networking socials. Spearheaded by our Vice Chair of Service, Ana Sasmiresan, these events will be held each month and will be strategically rotated in each of the counties we serve.

The first event in 2018 will be held in Miami-Dade County with a targeted date of January 24. SFMA members Erika Ruiz and Jack Chadam representing the New Member Committee are finalizing the details and will soon be sending a Save-the-Date invitation. Other notable events for 2018 are the Recognition of Excellence Banquet in March and the SFMA Golf Tournament in May. Check the calendar of events on our website frequently for updated information. These events will be added soon. 

Despite a blip downward in new orders during October, manufacturing industries continue to be on a 14-month expansion roll. That puts the industrial sector on track for more investment outlays in 2018. Advanced manufacturing technologies make it more cost effective and easier to produce stateside.  Automation is boosting productivity and production quality is increasing.

Europa Manufacturing, Inc. – Europa Manufacturing’s high-level engineering services include: sheet metal and plastic fabrication, fiber laser cutting and engraving, metal forming, CNC machining, welding/brazing, and assembly. Their scalable production capabilities allow them to handle any size orders. A wholly owned subsidiary of SenTech EAS Corporation, announces expansion with the addition of new state of the art equipment. Europa Manufacturing located in Boca Raton, Florida, is a premier supplier to OEM's of precision metal fabrication serving customers nationwide for over 35 years.  Read more.

The 57th Annual Meeting was held on November 7th. Over 300 guests were in attendance with a sold out Expo of 50 booths. This Annual Meeting marked an important evening for the SFMA as Matt Rocco was formally introduced as the new President, replacing June Wolfe, who served for 31 years. The SFMA thanks June for her service and dedication and look forward to a new start with Matt’s vision for the association.

On behalf of the SFMA Executive Team and Board of Directors, SFMA welcomes the newest member companies to the SFMA “family.” Please join us in welcoming them into the Association and visit their website to learn more about what they do. We are thrilled to have these organizations as part of the South Florida Manufacturers Association!

TuffSkid Specializing in
Custom Built Commercial and Industrial Chemical Metering Skids
Luchner Tool -  Leader in Ground Support Equipment

The SFMA is pleased to announce the new Vice Chair of Manufacturing, Luis Gonzalez-Mendez. Luis
 began his career as a Materials and Process Engineer at the Procter and Gamble (P&G) Company in Cincinnati, OH. During his 10+ years at P&G, he led the development of the company’s most advanced manufacturing automation technology that would impact numerous manufacturing processes in the United States and internationally. The implementation of his new processes and equipment utilizing Lean Manufacturing techniques delivered significant improvements in manufacturing sites across the US, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. After his tenure at P&G, Luis moved to South Florida to join Trividia Health (formerly Nipro Diagnostics) as Director of Process and Equipment Development to lead the company-wide expansion of the Blood Glucose Monitoring system TRUE METRIX. During the past 5 Years, Luis has been an active advocate of Technology Development and Manufacturing in South Florida as a member of the board for the South Florida Manufacturing Association, a volunteer for BioFlorida Life Sciences Career Connections, and a life member of the Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE). For Luis, education and the passions for quality are the pillars of a strong manufacturing community.

FloridaMakes is  excited to report that Florida manufacturers who received services through FloridaMakes have reported a combined total of over $248 million in measureable impacts (total survey data through Q3, 2017). The results break down to include:

• Increased or retained sales: $166 million
• Total cost savings: $25.5 million
• Total investments: $56.6 million (equipment, new products, skills and other)
• Jobs created or retained: 2381

The survey results represent data from 128 firms. On average, over $1.9 million in total impact and over 18 jobs were created or retained per firm.

FloridaMakes is a great resource and can help your company address current challenges, create new opportunities for growth and achieve measurable results. To learn how FloridaMakes’ services can unlock growth opportunities and cost savings for your company, contact your FloridaMakes’ Business Advisor Jay Hess at or at (954) 494-4895 (cell).

Please take a look at the success stories here.

The findings were reported directly by manufacturers through a third-party outside survey conducted on behalf of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP).

Broward County Port Everglades Sets Records
for Containerized Cargo Volumes in FY 2017

Broward County's Port Everglades topped its previous record for containerized cargo volumes with 1,076,893 TEUs (the industry standard container measurement of 20-foot equivalent units) moving through the Port in Fiscal Year 2017, which ended September 30, 2017. The Port also experienced slight increases in cruise passengers and petroleum volumes according to unaudited reports. Read more. 
Hurricane Drove Up Florida Job Cuts

Hurricane Irma drove job cuts sharply upward in October, with Florida employers trimming 2,363 jobs, Challenger, Gray & Christmas said in its monthly job report Thursday. That’s a threefold increase from 561 job cuts last October.

Despite October’s job cuts related to the storm, Florida’s job market has been a healthy one this year, with low unemployment and robust job creation, especially in South Florida. Official government unemployment figures for the state are scheduled to be released Nov. 17. Nationally, employers announced 29,831 job cuts in October, down 3 percent from last October.

Employers announced 25 percent fewer job cuts than they did during the same period last year, said Challenger, a global outplacement company based in Chicago. So far this year, 351,309 job cuts have been announced, compared with 466,352 cuts from January to October 2016. “Companies are currently holding on to their workforces,” said John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

The Sept. 10-11 storm resulted in business closures and power outages that led to hourly employees, in particular, losing paid work time or being laid off. For employees who lost work because of power outages or other damage to their place of work, disaster unemployment benefits are available through Nov. 14.

Palm Beach County Unemployment Rate Drops to Decade Low of 3.6 Percent; Hiring Rebounds after Hurricane Irma

Reports released today from CareerSource Palm Beach County and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity show that Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate for October 2017 dropped to a 3.6 percent decade low – and down 1.4 percentage points below the year ago rate of 5.0 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate matched Palm Beach County, down from 4.9 percent last year, and both are below the 3.9 percent national rate, all numbers not seasonally adjusted. The county’s unemployment rate is the lowest since March 2007 when it was 3.5 percent. Read more

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