Florida Manufacturer Innovates to Protect the Environment

June 4th 2021

June 5 is World Environment Day, a day that encourages worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Did you know there’s a Florida manufacturer who is coming up with innovative ways to help cities, counties, colleges, and other entities confronting wastewater treatment issues on a daily basis? 

Earn and Learn: In-house training is the key to solving Florida’s manufacturing shortage

May 28th 2021

Manufacturing has been a major industry for Florida since its inception, and now is home to more than 20,000 manufacturing companies. Companies here create all kinds of vital materials, fromelectric lines and life-saving medical equipment to the fuel that powers machines, among countlessother integral elements that keep our society moving forward. Considering how importantmanufacturing is to the strength of Florida’s economy, it’s no surprise that Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature have made it their priority as well.

However, we are now facing a massive shortage of skilled employees to keep our economic machinery surging forward. The bottom line is, a severe lack of quali?ed candidates exists to ?ll all the manufacturing jobs needed, a reality that is not good for the industry or for Florida’s economy. It’s a nationwide issue, as the skills gap is leaving an estimated 2.4 million positions un?lled between 2018 and 2028, with a potential economic impact of $2.5 trillion on the U.S.

Cheers! Florida Manufacturer, Monin, Makes All the Flavors in Your Favorite Drink!

May 4th 2021

National Beverage Day is all about enjoying your favorite drink. Whether it’s hot or cold, served in a cup with ice, poured from a blender and topped with an umbrella, or sipped from a hot mug from your favorite coffee shop, the chances are likely that one of Monin’s many flavors make your drink special.

Primarily a B2B company, Monin manufactures, bottles, and supplies America’s top restaurant chains, coffee shops, and food-service operators with its flavored products. While Monin has an array of widely known flavors, like vanilla, hazelnut, chocolate, blackberry, and lemon, Monin is also known for its innovative flavors like Strawberry Rose, Golden Turmeric and Dragon Fruit.

Founded in France in 1912, Monin is a 3rd generation, family-owned, and operated global company. Monin’s U.S. headquarters are in Clearwater, Florida, where they produce 90,000 – 100,000 bottles of flavoring a day – an average of 25,000,000 per year. One of the reasons Monin selected a Clearwater home base was because of the proximity to the Florida Everglades and the pure cane sugar that comes from that region, which is a key ingredient in Monin’s products.

Patti Gander: Speaking Up and Shaking It Up

April 1st 2021

Growing up, I wanted to be Angie Dickinson, who helped re-define women’s roles on television with her pioneering role on the 1970s show, Police Woman. As I got older, I realized that becoming Angie wasn’t an option for me; however, because of my father, manufacturing became interesting. From a young age, I would join him on the weekends as he went to work in maintenance at a manufacturing company. So, I guess you could say I have been in manufacturing since I was four! 

Angie Ruff: Success is My Noise

April 1st 2021

When I was younger, I knew that manufacturing was an option for me. I really wanted to become an engineer –– and I did! I've always been interested in how things work and how things are put together, which is what led me on the path I’m on today. I come from a family of farmers and manufacturing workers, and this gave me inspiration about manufacturing and solidified what I wanted for my career.



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