Governor Rick Scott Celebrates National Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing is a leading industry for Florida’s economy with 18,000 manufacturing companies employing 311,300 workers around the state

Today, Governor Rick Scott, Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, and manufacturing leaders recognized Florida manufacturers on the second annual National Manufacturing Day. The manufacturing industry is a key part of Florida’s economic success and manufacturing employees represent 5 percent of the state’s workforce. Governor Scott’s work to eliminate sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment last year will help make Florida a consistent leader in the industry.

Governor Scott said, “Florida has all of the necessary resources for a manufacturing company to succeed. This past spring, we worked with the Legislature to eliminate the sales tax companies’ pay when purchasing manufacturing equipment. With Florida’s incredible workforce, our 15 seaports, and our strong business climate, manufactures will be more compelled to move to the Sunshine State so they grow jobs and succeed. It’s WORKING in the Sunshine State.”

View Governor Scott’s proclamation.

Coupled with Florida’s top infrastructure, strong workforce pipeline, zero personal income tax and unmatched quality of life, the manufacturing machinery and equipment sales tax elimination will encourage manufacturers to locate and expand in the state. Of all industries in Florida, more economic activity is gained for investments in manufacturing than in any other industry. Each dollar invested in manufactured goods creates another $1.43 of activity in other sectors—a multiplier that is double that of the service sector in Florida.

Florida’s manufacturing sector has nearly 18,000 companies that employ more than 311,000 Floridians statewide. In addition, the state’s multicultural and multilingual workforce provides Florida manufacturers with an excellent advantage in conducting business overseas, accounting for 93 percent of Florida’s exports last year.

“Today is a day for us to recognize the positive impact of Florida’s manufacturing companies and their employees,” said Secretary of Commerce and president & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Gray Swoope. “Not only does Florida have the best infrastructure in the nation, but it has the second best business climate in the country. With Florida ranked among the top ten states for manufacturing establishments, we are creating the perfect climate for manufacturing companies in the U.S.”

Nancy Stephens, Executive Director of the Manufacturing Association of Florida said, “This past Legislative session was a great success. The manufacturing equipment sales tax exemption that our companies are receiving is tremendous. There are over 310,000 Floridians being employed in the manufacturing industry and that number will only continue to grow. It’s thanks to Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature for realizing how impactful the manufacturing industry is on Florida. I look forward to seeing our companies continue to create more and more jobs for Floridians throughout the state.”

Thomas Feeney, III, President and CEO of the Associated Industries of Florida said, “As a key foundational base for the economic engine of our nation and state, manufacturing is increasingly opening doors to new economic and job opportunities. With recent measures, such as the elimination of sales tax on the purchase of manufacturing equipment and machinery championed by Gov. Scott and passage of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Act, Florida is well positioned to reap the benefits of manufacturing’s renewed vigor. Gov. Scott and our state lawmakers understand the value this industry has and the potential it offers our state. As the state affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers, Associated Industries of Florida stands with Gov. Scott in celebrating National Manufacturing Day and we look forward to working with him to ensure shop floors across Florida have the people and policies they need to succeed.”

David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce said, “With more than 17,500 manufacturing companies employing more than 300,000 Floridians, our state’s manufacturing industry plays a significant role in Florida’s economy. The Florida Chamber of Commerce salutes Florida’s manufacturing industry and their efforts to provide the products, equipment and items we use every day.”

“National Manufacturing Day gives us a chance to look back on all that Florida has accomplished in the past year under Governor Scott’s leadership,” said Bill Herrle, NFIB/FL Executive Director. “Florida manufacturers large and small have benefited from Governor Scott’s business friendly policies, including the tax break on manufacturing equipment – policies that go a long way to level the playing field with other states, increase incentives for small businesses to hire workers and continue to improve Florida’s economy.”

Because of its leading business climate, workforce, trade access and transportation infrastructure, Florida ranks among the top ten states for establishments manufacturing a wide range of goods, including aerospace products, batteries, food and beverages, communications equipment, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, boats and more.

Recently announced manufacturing economic development projects include:

  • Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. – Jacksonville
    • VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. production of the ACUVUE® brand contact lenses
    • The company will save nearly $14 million in sales tax during this expansion as a result of the exemption.
    • 100 new jobs; $218 million in capital investment
  • Northrop Grumman – Melbourne & St. Augustine
    • Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence in Melbourne and an Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine
    • 1,000 New Jobs
  • Aveo Engineering – Palm Coast
    • Global producer of high-technology electronics for the aerospace industry
    • 300 new jobs; $7.5 million in capital investmen
  • Charles Composites – Okeechobee
    • Manufacturer of underground enclosures to large utility providers, telecommunication companies, wireless companies, and cable television companies.
    • 28 new jobs; $3.85 million in capital investment
  • Steripack Group – Lakeland
    • An international medical packaging manufacturing company
    • 65 new jobs; $4.45 million in capital investment

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