Four reasons why manufacturing is ramping up in Florida


Florida delivers the connectivity you need with a robust, multi-modal infrastructure.

Featuring more than 100 airports, an extensive road and rail network and a deepwater seaport within 90 miles of any business, Florida’s top-ranked infrastructure will get your products to market fast. And with more than 20,200 manufacturing companies calling Florida home, the supply chains you need are already in place.


Assemble the talent you need from a labor pool with the fourth-lowest unionization rate in the nation.

With access to more than 354,000 industry employees and 9.6 million workers statewide, you’ll have no trouble assembling the talent you need for any project. Fortify your competitive advantage in a right-to-work state with one of the lowest unionization rates for private sector manufacturing in the country.

3Global Access

Florida’s strategic location offers unbeatable global access.

Manufacturing accounted for 93 percent of all state exports, cementing Florida’s position as the top state for Manufacturing Export Intensity in the country. With the expansion of the Panama Canal, trade with rapidly expanding markets in Latin America and Asia is expected to increase even more.

4Tax Advantages

Florida’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.


Florida offers a broad range of industry expertise to power your business.

Companies in Florida

Home to the nation’s top manufacturers

  • Actavis
  • Danfoss Turbocor
  • Embraer
  • Gerdau Ameristeel
  • Harris Corp
  • Saft
  • Heico
  • Jabil
  • Johnson & Johnson Vision Care
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Mitsubishi Power Systems
  • Motorola
  • Sun Hydraulics
  • Siemens Power Systems

Areas of Excellence

cover-brief-manufacturing-floridaThanks in part to its pro-business policies, strong workforce, and trade infrastructure, Florida ranks among the nation's top 10 states for manufacturing. Florida's manufacturers produce a wide variety of goods including aerospace products, batteries, food and beverages, communications equipment, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, boats, and more.


Florida is an economic superstate: home to 20+ million residents and home-away-from home for 100+ million annual visitors. Whether you and your customers are serving Florida's large market, the U.S., Latin America, or the globe, Florida can help you find new growth opportunities anywhere.


Nothing is more important to a company's success than its workforce. More than 354,000 Floridians work in the state's manufacturing industries and our training schools, community colleges, and universities are among the nation's top producers of STEM graduates. So while we’re helping you succeed with today’s talent, we’re also preparing tomorrow’s.


Consistently ranked one of the best states for business, Florida is committed to keeping regulatory requirements and business taxes low. That, along with a strong economy and zero personal state income tax, make it a great place to do business. We won’t stand in the way of your success. We’ll pave the way for it.

Why Florida?

Florida's 20,200+ Manufacturers Produce Nearly Everything, Including Success.

Advantages For Manufacturing Companies in Florida

Workforce Expertise


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State Business Rankings

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