Subject: SFMA August Monthly News

You are cordially invited to SFMA’s 59th Annual Meeting held at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel, Golf Club & Convention Center! This  will be a great way to connect with many other SFMA members and other supporters from the business community. This also will be a night of celebration and accomplishments for the manufacturing industry and SFMA. 

We are privileged to have Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, who will give an address on the State of Manufacturing in Florida and South Florida as well as a collaborative vision with the SFMA and other key, statewide stakeholders to make Florida a “Top 5 State for Manufacturing” by the year 2030.

Here are just a few reasons/benefits of attending:
  • Networking: Connect with over 300 from the community.
  • Manufacturers Showcase: Gain access to visit the booths of 50 of our local businesses that will be showcasing the amazing products and services they offer. You will also see some of the manufacturers-of-year from 2019 that will be on display.
  • Keynote Theme and Address: Enjoy a wonderful dinner and hear from this year’s Keynote Speaker, Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The Keynote theme is: The State of Manufacturing in Florida and the “Florida 2030 Blueprint. and Hear about where manufacturing is today for Florida and South Florida and where we are headed and Learn the vision for making Florida a top 5 state for manufacturing.
  • Manufacturing Excellence: Celebrate the Manufacturers-of-the-Year from 2019 from South Florida and learn how you can take part in this for this year.
  • SFMA Announcements: Learn all the exciting things happening with the SFMA in 2019-2020.

There is an exciting and unique SFMA member event happening on August 27 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Our partner Brightline is hosting us at their Miami-Dade station and complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. This will be a great opportunity to meet other SFMA members and learn about some exciting news and developments for the SFMA, as our fiscal year started July 1.

If you have ever wanted to collaborate more with members from the different counties served by the SFMA without having to face the South Florida traffic, we have the solution and created a unique opportunity: A limited number of complimentary roundtrip tickets are available on the Brightline train for those who need to travel from the Downtown West Palm Beach and Downtown Fort Lauderdale stations. You will be able to enjoy a short train ride and arrive in style in Miami to join your fellow members. You also will be able to connect with other SFMA members on the train. Here are the details:

Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Location: Brightline Miami Station - 616 NW 1st Ct, Miami, FL 33136
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

We hope that you will be able to attend. Complimentary Drinks and Hors D’oeuvres will be served. For more information, please reach out to Kaitlin Centonze at Here is the link to the event:

Please regularly check the schedule of events on the SFMA website for for a listing and summary of all the events being hosted throughout the year. Here are just a few scheduled: 
  • Aug. 27, 2019 - SFMA Member  Connect - Brightline Station Miami
  • Sept. 5th - Business Readiness & Continuity
  • Sept. 10, 2019 - Alro Metals Plant Tour
  • Oct. 3, 2019 - SFMA 59th Annual Meeting
To see a complete listing of all upcoming events, click here. 

Bench Technician Needed If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, SV Microwave is the company that will further your experience and career growth.  Consider the position for a Bench Technician. : Electro/mechanical product; candidate should be analytical; no experience necessary as long as pertinent mechanical courses have been completed. Contact  Chuck Brunelas, Director of Operations at 561.840.1800 x177 or
CareerSource Broward and CareerSource South Floirda have created grants to help employers pay for a portion of their apprentice’s wages for up to approximately 600-800 hours on the job. Generally, the grants will be a 50% reimbursement of wages with a max wage of $19.51/hr.

Two major requirements of the grants: Employee must be employed for at least 90 days upon approval and they must be in a local apprenticeship. There are other tracking requirements, but none of these should dissuade anyone from the benefits of participating in the grant. SFMA strongly believes that CareerSource Palm Beach will be participating in this type of grant also.

If your business is in Palm Beach and you are interested, please advise the SFMA. We will contact CareerSource Palm Beach to verify their involvement.

SFMA has two Registered Machinist Apprenticeships. There is a limited number of seats open for the Fall Term, but there will be more seats opening up come January, 2020 which will be eligible for the grants. If you are interested in entering employee(s) in the SFMA Machinist Apprenticeship, contact Dennis Battistella, Coordinator at or at 954-292-0040.
Concept II Cosmetics LLC (2019 SFMA Manufacturer of the Year Runner-up – 1 to 25 employees) Founded in 1988 and located in Miami, Concept II Cosmetics manufactures high quality personal care products, specializing in fragranced body mists, body lotions and shower gels. Their global network serves as the primary route to sell quality “Made in the USA” beauty products at a fraction of comparable U.S. brands. Five years ago, Concept II Cosmetics was present in 35 countries and today, their reach is in over 55 countries. The manner in which they connect and befriend their distributors helps business to flow and is a key competitive advantage. Each employee, from the factory floor to the sales team, embodies an entrepreneurial spirit, ensuring nimble customer service for each client.

On behalf of the SFMA Executive Team and Board of Directors, SFMA welcomes the newest member companies to the SFMA “family.” Please join us in welcoming them into the Association and visit their website to learn more about what they do. We are thrilled to have these organizations as part of the South Florida Manufacturers Association!

Summit Dental
Tower Commercial Real Estate
Tower Optical

Interested in learning more about SFMA membership?  Contact Candace Rojas, Membership Sales Manager, at
From the Law Firm of K&L Gates

To date, the United States has imposed tariffs on US$250 billion worth of Chinese-made products while China has imposed retaliatory tariffs on US$110 billion worth of U.S.-produced goods.

Manufacturers in China and the United States are facing hard choices, whether to absorb the additional tariff costs or to pass those costs onto their customers (and, eventually, the consumers). A large number of companies have chosen to diversify and relocate all or part of their manufacturing operations to countries outside of China and the United States. Of course, not all moves away from China are the result of the additional U.S. tariffs; the rapidly increasing cost of doing business in China has been a major push factor. The additional U.S. tariffs have just accelerated boardroom decisions to diversify manufacturing operations
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(Fort Lauderdale, Florida) July 24, 2019 – The South Florida Manufacturers Association (SFMA), a member of the FloridaMakes network, announced today that Florida manufacturers who received services through our state-wide FloridaMakes network have reported a combined total of over one billion dollars in measurable economic impacts and created or retained 6,953 manufacturing jobs since the program started delivering services in 2016.

The FloridaMakes network is a state-wide industry-led initiative operated by Florida’s Regional Manufacturers Associations in partnership with industry, research, educational, and economic development organizations, both public and private, at the state and national levels. The network’s mission is to improve the productivity and technological performance of Florida manufacturers by accelerating technology adoption, talent development, and business growth, and to strengthen the state’s high-wage manufacturing economy. The SFMA through it’s partnership with FloridaMakes helps companies address current challenges, create new opportunities for growth, and achieve measurable results.  Read full press release here.

FloridaMakes is a great resource and can help your company address current challenges, create new opportunities for growth and achieve measurable results. To learn how FloridaMakes’ services can unlock growth opportunities and cost savings for your company, contact your SFMA FloridaMakes’ Business Advisor Jay Hess at or at (954) 494-4895 (cell).

FloridaMakes is an industry-led public-private partnership operated by participating Regional Manufacturer Associations throughout Florida. As part of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership network, FloridaMakes is the official representative of NIST MEP in the State of Florida. Learn more at
Mission to Colombia : small and medium-sized manufacturers can apply for a Gold Key/Matchmaker Grant to help them generate or increase export sales overseas. The grant serves as a market development tool for companies that are new-or-infrequent exporters by subsidizing the cost of meeting with pre-screened and pre-qualified buyers, agents, importers, and representatives with an interest in their products or services.

The Gold Key/Matchmaker Grants reimburse qualified companies 100% of the Participation Fee for Enterprise Florida trade missions.

Please contact Christopher Munoz at or 305-808-3386 if you wish to inquire about participating. 

David Hammond, CEO of CSI International, Inc., Horizon Publishing, Opulence International Realty and Polaroid University. CSI is a provider of Facility Services in 18 states with over 2,500 employees and specialize in Corporate, Educational and Manufacturing facilities.

Prior to coming to CSI, David worked with Hewlett Packard and had served as an elected official for 6 years. David served in the US Navy Submarine service for 6 years. David serves as the Board President for the non-profit Boca Ballet Theater, the Board of Directors for South Florida Manufactures Association and the Board of Directors for Florida Gold Coast Swimming.


Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat Related Illness. Heat exhaustion is a heat-related illness that can occur after you've been exposed to high temperatures, and it often is accompanied by dehydration.

There are two types of heat exhaustion:
  • Water depletion. Signs include excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness.
  • Salt depletion. Signs include nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, and dizziness.
Although heat exhaustion isn't as serious as heat stroke, it isn't something to be taken lightly. Without proper intervention, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other vital organs, and even cause death. Read More

Safety First, Safety Last… Safety Always!  If you are interested in participating in Safety Committee contact  
Marty Perrone at and Sarah Chavez at
IOA is the largest independent insurance, employee benefits and risk management concern in the state of Florida and the 10th largest nationally. IOA’s business model places the client’s interests first with full disclosure and transparency. IOA also invests heavily in innovative risk management technology and delivers unparalleled value. The exclusive Risk Score technology will identify, measure and track both insurable and uninsurable business risk over time. The results are undisputed and impactful. Every year IOA redirects millions of dollars of insurance and employee benefits-related expenses straight to clients’ bottom lines. For more information, contact Rick Neyman or
Broward County’s job report indicated a 3.1 percent unemployment rate in March 2019. This rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the region’s year ago rate of 3.5 percent. Nonagricultural employment increased by 12,500 jobs (+1.5 percent) over the year, with an employment of 862,700 in the Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach MSA (Broward County). The region’s jobless rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the state rate (3.3 percent). The labor force was 1,033,300, up 1,761 (+0.2) over the year. There were 32,081 unemployed residents in the region.
CareerSource Broward (CSBD) Broward Workforce Board Launches New, Enhanced Website.  CareerSource Broward’s Online Tool Provides Resources for Job Seekers, Employers.  As part of its overall objective of being a one-stop resource for businesses and job seekers, CareerSource Broward has launched a new website that features a clean, easy-to-use online platform designed to deliver a positive user experience. Read more

Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate for June dropped to 3.6 percent from 3.9 percent a year ago. In addition, for eight consecutive months, there are more job openings in Palm Beach County than unemployed people – 29,866 job openings in the county in June vs. 26,329 unemployed people, according to the latest monthly reports released today by CareerSource Palm Beach County and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (all numbers not seasonally adjusted). Read More
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