September 24, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Demand for the phrase “Made in America” is returning. As consumer attitudes change, Florida’s industrial manufacturing leaders, including Embraer, Lockheed Martin, Saft and Siemens, are jumping on the trend and bringing work, meaning jobs, to Florida.
Thanks in part to its leading business climate, workforce and infrastructure, Florida ranks among the nation’s top 10 states for manufacturing. In fact, manufacturing employment increased in Florida for a second straight year in 2015, according to the 2015 Florida Manufacturers Register.
With more than 321,000 Floridians working in manufacturing, companies easily find the qualified talent needed to grow their businesses. The state boasts some of the highest ranked workforce training programs, like CareerSource Florida’s Quick Response Training (QRT). The QRT program provides grant funding for customized training to new and expanding industries, including manufacturing. Through this program, Florida is able to effectively retain and attract businesses that create high-quality jobs.
The state’s industry-specific tax advantages help keep costs lean. Florida offers unique sales tax exemptions for the manufacturing industry, including manufacturing machinery and equipment, electricity used in the manufacturing process, and labor, parts and materials for equipment repairs.
Featuring more than 100 airports, an extensive road and rail network, and a deepwater seaport within 90 miles of any business, Florida’s robust, multi-modal infrastructure will get products to market fast. Manufacturers help to drive Florida’s economy with $54.01 billion in manufactured goods exported in 2014. Florida exports 45 percent of what is produced in the state – higher than any other state in the country – and roughly one in seven Florida manufacturing jobs depends on exports.
Florida’s advanced manufacturing industries are diverse and include sectors producing intermediate and finished products. Read more on the strong industry assets that can help a manufacturing business ramp up in Florida.