Business Growth & Innovation

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Interested in growing your business? We’ll help identify strategies for growth, from working with you to identify new customers and new markets for your existing products and services, to supporting innovation for service and product development. We will facilitate market viability assessments and connect you with tools and resources for product design, development and commercialization.

2018 Finalists for the Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award

FloridaMakes and the Florida Sterling Council congratulate all of the 2018 Finalists for the Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award. The award - and the process leading to the award - are designed to: 

  • recognize high-performing Florida manufacturing companies; 
  • offer a framework for sharing manufacturing best practices; and 
  • provide participant companies with feedback and opportunities for improvement to develop high-performance manufacturing companies throughout the state.

The 2018 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence winners are:

Companies with fewer than 30 employees:

  • Winner:  Pro-Tools, Temple Terrace, which manufactures and distributes specialty metal fabrication tools to custom fabricators in the racing and off-road industries, as well as custom machining and fabrication services.
  • Runner Up: Architectural Metal Flashings, LLC, Cape Coral, which fabricates and services custom, architectural and standard metal flashings, metal panels, accessories, and ductwork for the roofing and construction industries.

Companies up to 64 employees:

  • Winner: Dyplast Products, LLC, Miami, which manufactures polyisocyanurate and polystyrene insulation products.
  • Runner Up:  RND Automation & Engineering, LLC, Sarasota, which engineers, designs, manufactures, and retrofits custom automation and material handling machinery across diverse industries.

Companies up to 99 employees:

  • Winner:   Advanced Machine and Tool, Inc, Fort Pierce, which fabricates, assembles, and tests new high-end, large, metal components and repairs customer components for the power generation, aerospace, amusement, and water treatment industrial sectors.
  • Runner Up: Data Graphics, Inc., Mount Dora, which manufactures custom labels, nameplates, overlays, roll labels, unique identifiers, barcodes, and corporate apparel.

Companies with up to 199 employees:

  • Winner:  ACR Electronics, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, which manufactures safety and rescue products for the marine, aviation, outdoors, and military markets, including emergency positioning beacons, life jacket lights, and searchlights.
  • Runner Up:  Seaway Plastics Engineering, LLC, New Port Richey, which produces prototype and low volume production injection moldings, in-house mold making, micro-molding, over molding, and full-service mold making.

National companies with up to 350 employees:

  • Winner:  National Molding, LLC, Miami Lakes, which manufactures injection molded components for automotive, medical and military customers.
  • Runner Up:  Lockheed Martin Space, Cape Canaveral, which assembles, integrates systems, and tests the Orion spacecraft for deep-space human exploration of the solar system.

National companies with more than 350 employees:

  • Winner: L3 Crestview Aerospace, Crestview, which fabricates and manufactures assemblies for aviation platforms, in addition to aircraft modifications, maintenance, repair and overhaul.
  • Runner Up: Sparton DeLeon Springs, LLC, DeLeon Springs which manufactures and assembles anti-submarine warfare sonobouys for the U.S. Navy.                       

The winners were selected from among 27 award finalists; 120 manufacturers were nominated. FloridaMakes will feature the finalists in webinars, plant tours and events that share best practices to benefit Florida’s manufacturing sector and at the Make More Manufacturing Summit to be held on July 26 in Orlando.

FloridaMakes can help your company innovate and grow through:

Lean product development. By applying the waste-elimination approach to the product development process, your company can reduce: time to market, development expense and product development risk. Firms that apply Lean Product Development have reported*:

  • Up to a 50% reduction in product launch time;
  • Dramatic improvements in gross margin;
  • Enhanced customer satisfaction.

*Source: NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Commercialization. FloridaMakes can help your company bring your new products and processes to the market with services to support you throughout the 6 stages of commercialization.

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*Source: NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Support for SBIR Awardees. FloridaMakes works with companies that have received Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards. Services include assistance with product design and testing, R&D, manufacturing processes, quality control, supplier identification, certification and commercialization. Since the inception of the SBIR program, more than 3,200 awards have been made to Florida firms, totaling more than $843 million.

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