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Pelican Wire Donates Wire for Face Masks

Naples, FL, May 13, 2020:  In an effort to contribute directly to the fight against COVID-19, Pelican Wire has donated a large quantity of precision wire to ZSK, an embroidery equipment manufacturer that specializes in technical embroidery for putting wires and nonstandard materials into fabrics. Bendshape, a wearable electronics company, is also a development partner in this project with ZSK, […]

Highlights from the National Survey

25% looking to increase automation as a result of COVID crisis 63% looking to re-shore some portion of their supply chain as a result of the COVID crisis (10 percentage points higher than response to same question in March 2020) 15% of manufacturers surveyed shifting to produce PPE 56% of manufacturers surveyed have not laid […]

AIF in Partnership with Space Florida and FloridaMakes Accelerates Critical Connections Between Florida Manufacturers & Businesses During COVID 19 Pandemic

The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) in partnership with Space Florida and FloridaMakes today announced the deployment of an online database for Florida’s small to large manufacturers to engage in the marketplace. The online database, Connex Florida, started as a disaster risk mitigation effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and is proving to be a critical […]

FloridaMakes Works with Industry to Sponsor the First Statewide Online Manufacturing Apprentice Program

FloridaMakes is sponsoring a statewide registered apprenticeship program –– the FloridaMakes Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship. The first program offered will focus on entry-level skills for new and existing employees in the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) occupation. With online, on-demand access to the foundational Manufacturing Skills Standards Council’s (MSSC) Certified Production Technician training curriculum, this new approach brings […]

SBA Disaster Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness […]


Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response

Employee Rights

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family leave and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

COVID-19: Are You Prepared?

As the COVID-19 health crisis impacts global supply chains, Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association as part of the FloridaMakes Network is stressing the importance of having a plan in place prior to disruptions to your supply chain. Click to download the following checklist to help your company react to and prepare for disruptions.

Operational Excellence the TOYOTA Way

If you missed February’s roundtable discussion, you missed a great presentation on Operational Excellence and the Toyota Way. But you can view the presentation from the meeting by clicking the image below: Be sure to check our upcoming event list for future events and don’t miss out!

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