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The following is a listing of state, regional and national trade associations that may be of interest to Florida manufacturers.
Business / Industry
Associated Industries of Florida
Florida Association of Counties
Florida Chamber of Commerce
Florida Economic Development Council
Florida Export Directory
Florida High Tech Corridor Council
Florida League of Cities
Florida Medical Manufacturers' Consortium (FMMC)
FMMC exists to further the interests of the medical manufacturers in the State of Florida by providing opportunities for industry members to assist each other, interface with academic institutions, and promote the mutual interests of the industry and the community to the general public and governmental organizations.
Florida Research Consortium
Florida Retail Federation
Florida Sterling Council
Florida United Businesses Association
Manufacturing Site at Enterprise FL
National Federation of Independent Business
Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM)
The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) is a non-profit, non-partisan partnership formed to explore common solutions to challenging public policy topics such as job creation, infrastructure investment, international trade, and global competitiveness. AAM believes that an innovative and growing manufacturing base is vital to Americas economic and national security, as well as to providing good jobs for future generations. AAM achieves its mission through research, public education, advocacy, strategic communications, and coalition building around the issues that matter most to Americas manufacturing sector, and includes a Washington D.C.-based lobby and research operation and a national field staff. Current issues include promoting strong Buy American provisions at federal and state levels, advocating for fair trade, and promoting revitalization through a long-term national manufacturing strategy. Read "ManufactureThis" blog at http://www.americanmanufacturing.org/blog
American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC)
A trade association of manufacturing extension agents who work to improve the innovation and productivity of Americas manufacturing community.
Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)
The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is the premier organization for the exchange of knowledge in enterprise excellence. Members come together to explore Lean thinking and other enterprise improvement methods, exchange best practices and network in order to advance their careers and improve the competitiveness and overall value of their organizations.
APICS The Association for Operations Management
Bay Area Manufacturers Association
Covers Tampa Bay Area
Capital Region Manufacturers
Manufacturers Roundtable covers Leon, Wakulla, and Gadsden Counties
First Coast Manufacturers Association
Covers Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns Counties
Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)
The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) is a member organization focused on building strong leadership within manufacturing, and driving the growth, profitability, and stature of global manufacturers. MAPI contributes to the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing in several ways: 26 councils that executives use to exchange best practices with peers; Global forecasts, regulatory analyses, and industry surveys; and Independent, expert manufacturing data to promote U.S. and global manufacturing. For 75 years, MAPI has been dedicated to increasing productivity and innovation in manufacturing through quality research, education, and support for industry leaders, providing timely and unbiased information that business executives need to improve their strategies, boost productivity, and drive innovation.
Manufacturers Association of Central Florida (MACF)
Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF)
Marion Regional Manufacturers Association
Covers Alachua, Citrus, Levy, Marion and Sumter Counties
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the preeminent US manufacturers association consisting of 11,000 manufacturing companies as well as the nations largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs nearly 12 million workers, contributes more than $1.6 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, is the largest driver of economic growth in the nation and accounts for the lions share of private sector research and development. NAM is a strong force for sensible government policies that will reduce the cost of production and reduce barriers to exports and work on behalf of all U.S. manufacturers to advance policies that help manufacturers do what they do best: create economic strength and jobs.
National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS)
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) fuels innovative solutions for manufacturers. A nonprofit, member-based consortium, the organizations objective is to drive the global competitiveness of North American Manufacturers through collaboration, innovation, and advanced technologies.
Polk Manufacturing Association
Covers Polk County
Sarasota Manatee Manufacturers Association (SAMA)
SAMA is a non-profit state chartered organization managed by an executive board. Its income is derived from dues paid by members which include companies of all sizes and generally represents the majority of the manufacturing community in the Sarasota and Manatee County areas. SAMA addresses economic, civic, and educational problems as they relate to the future of manufacturing in the area and all efforts are targeted at making Sarasota and Manatee a superior environment for manufacturing.
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, magazines, publications and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities. A 501(c)3 organization, SME is a leader in manufacturing workforce development issues, working with industry, academic and government partners to support the current and future skilled workforce.
SME Chapters in FloridaSouth Florida Manufacturers Association (SFMA)
Central Florida No. 429, firstname.lastname@example.org, Melbourne
Florida Suncoast No. 159, email@example.com, Tampa/St. Petersburg
Southeast Florida No. 150, gil@SME150.org, Dade/Broward County
Southwest Florida No. 283, firstname.lastname@example.org, Sarasota
Covers Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties
SFMA is the #1 resource for manufacturers in South Florida since the 1960's – through workforce development, advocacy and networking. SFMA prides itself on being member driven – creating new products and services as members' needs change. A non-profit trade association, the mission of the SFMA is promoting the growth and economic well being of the region's manufacturers by acting as a unified force, representing common interests and providing needed benefits and services.
Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association
Covers Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, and Lee Counties
Upper Tampa Bay Manufacturers Association (UTBMA)
The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Florida MEP) to form the Upper Tampa Bay Manufacturers Association. The UTBMA is dedicated to serving the unique business and networking needs of the approximately 400 manufacturers located in the region. We can already claim a major success in putting 16 long-term unemployed individuals through M.O.S.T.® Training and on the job. Learn more.
Volusia Manufacturers Association
Covers Volusia and Flagler Counties
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--Jayne Fifer, Volusia Manufacturing Association (VMA) President/CEO
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