Subject: SFMA April Monthly News

Monday, May 14, 2018
Deer Creek Golf Club - 1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start

The 31st Annual SFMA Scholarship Golf Tournament, funding manufacturing education is May 14th at Deer Creek Golf Club. Sign up today before the tournament sells out!

There are many ways for you to participate and support manufacturing education – register for a foursome, become a sponsor, donate goodies for goodie bags or give a door prize. Click here for more details and to Register! 
Thank you to current event sponsors: Concept Elevator, GLE Scrap Metal and IBM Southeastern Employees’ Credit Union!

This year the scholarship monies will go to up to 3 member companies, to hire a manufacturing intern from any of our local schools, colleges and/or universities. Details and the Internship Scholarship application are available here.

Come meet and network with SFMA members, board members and invite new manufacturers. The manufacturing community gets together casually to build relationships, discuss business opportunities and share ideas Thursday, April 12, 2018 5:30 - 7:30 PM

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. Events are FREE to SFMA members! Here are just a few scheduled: 

  • April 12, 2018 - SFMA Member Connect at Duffy’s – Boca Raton
  • April 25, 2018 - SFMA Member Connect/Shop Talk/Plant Tour - Cordis
  • May 8, 2018 - NetFlex Lunch and Learn on Flexible Hybrid Electronics
  • May 14, 2018 - SFMA Golf Tournament - Deer Creek Country Club
  • June 7, 2018 - Exporting Seminar/Lunch and Learn – FIU Main Campus (Registration to come)
  • June 21, 2018 - SFMA Member Connect at Shula’s – Miami Lakes
  • August 23, 2018 - SFMA Member Connect – Funky Buddha Brewery
  • October 17, 2018 - SFMA 58th Annual Meeting – Coral Springs Marriott (Registration to come)
To see a complete listing of all upcoming events, click here. 


SFMA members collaborate to help high school robotics team.  Sonny’s Enterprises, a SFMA Manufacturer of the Year Finalist, is the lead sponsor of Tech-Tiger Robotics. Sonny’s provides substantial support, resources and working space for the team of high school students. David Guzman, Mechanical Engineer at Sonny’s, is the lead mentor, investing a huge amount of his time and expertise to guide the group, and is an inspiration to all.

Europa Manufacturing is a sponsor and provides the metal fabrication.  Check out the team's website.


Does trucking have an impact on your business operations? If so, we wanted to let you know of a federal proposal to allow operation of new, more productive and stable twin 33’ trailers across federal highways, which would also increase the efficiency of ground shipping operations.

A modest 5-foot extension in the length of twin trailers will significantly reduce the number of trucks on the road by economizing 6.6 million truck trips annually. Studies suggest this reduction in truck traffic will prevent more than 900 accidents per year, and reduce emissions by 4.4 billion pounds annually.  Learn more.

ACR Electronics, Inc. - Manufacturer Of The Year WINNER- is a leading development center for emergency beacons that are designed with one purpose in mind: Saving Lives. Through their technology expertise in the marine, aviation, outdoor and military markets, they design and manufacture cutting edge rescue beacons and survival gear for boaters, pilots, hikers as well as many of the leading boat builders and aircraft manufacturers in the industry. ACR doesn’t apologize for being overly meticulous, self-critical and obsessed with quality. Their products outperform any regulation set by government agencies because that is what customers expect, that is why the industry respects them, and more importantly, that is what they expect from themselves..

The SFMA proudly announces the formation of their newest membership benefit for 2018. Our newly formed Safety Committee lead by Chairperson, Martin Perrone, conducted their first meeting of 2018 in February which was hosted by our member, Trividia Health, Inc., a manufacturing facility located in Fort Lauderdale.

“Our new safety committee currently contains a handful of safety conscious SFMA members who are involved in and committed to a variety of Environmental Health & Safety and Risk Management positions in the respective companies,” said chairperson Marty Perrone.

In addition, Marty said, “the goal is to provide meaningful and effective EH&S guidance, real Risk Management solutions and better assist members in generating a strong Safety Culture within their manufacturing facilities.”

Any SFMA member or vendor member interested in learning more about our newly formed safety committee, reach out to Co-chairperson Sarah Chavez at or call Sarah at (954) 332-2127.


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!

Lean Enterprise Consulting - Lean Consulting
Thompson Construction Group - Construction & Maintenance Services
t  - Wheelchair Passernger Safety Solutions

Teri  Kaye, SFMA Board Member and Partner in Charge of the Fort Lauderdale Daskal Bolton office, will be recognized by the South Florida Business Journal at the 2018 Influential Business Women Awards on May 11, 2018. Click here for more information on the event.
Ana Sasmiresan is the Area Vice President with Randstad Inhouse Services covering Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade counties. Ana joined Randstad in 2006 in Sacramento CA and has relocated to FL in 2011.Ana supports employers with staffing, workforce optimization and planning, workforce attraction, retention and engagement services.

Ana is also the Vice Chair of Services on the SFMA Board of Directors and she is responsible of forming and developing the SFMA's Safety, Workforce and Financial Committees to promote safe and profitable manufacturing in South Florida. She is the Community Partner for the Project Magic School Bus and was awarded the Citizen of the Year award by the Broward County Schools in 2017. Ana also serves on the Palm Beach State College Supply Chain Management business partnership advisory council. Ana participates actively in community collaborations throughout the tri-county area focusing on workforce development, job placement and job upgrade.

Ana is originally from Transylvania (Romania). In her spare time, she enjoys the art of cooking and contributes to animal welfare charities.

Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) technology is taking the manufacturing industry by storm. Manufacturers across the world are already using FHE to increase their manufacturing capabilities. Are you familiar with FHE and what it can do for your business? If not, you should be.

In a nutshell, FHE eliminates many of the barriers associated with traditional rigid electronics and allows for new and exciting applications. Some examples may be process sensors resulting in improved shop floor efficiencies or sensors monitoring environmental conditions throughout transit.

With the emergence of technology within manufacturing the only consistency is change, but change can mean great things for manufacturers if you allow yourself to be exposed to new ideas and concepts to help grow your business.

FloridaMakes has three seminars to introduce you to Flexible Hybrid Electronics and to better understand how small to mid-size manufacturers can incorporate this into their plant. Presenters Phil Centonze, director of client engagement services at FloridaMakes and Andy Helm, strategic business manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute will introduce you to this exciting new technology.Register Now!
Fort Lauderdale Needs To Go Vertical

Fort Lauderdale is in the midst of significant commercial and residential development, yet there is an urgent need for action on mass transit, and the slow pace of construction, a shortage of land and lack of affordable and workforce housing remain pressing issues, developers, builders and Realtors said during a recent event organized by the Urban Land Institute and the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority.  Read more.
Palm Beach County Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.7 Percent From 4.3 Percent Year Ago; Trends Better Than State and Nation for 12+ Consecutive Months

West Palm Beach, Fla. (March 23, 2018) – Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate for February dropped to 3.7 percent from 4.3 percent a year ago and below January’s 4.0 percent. The county’s rate was lower than the state’s 3.8 percent and the nation’s 4.4 percent rates (all numbers not seasonally adjusted), according to reports released today from CareerSource Palm Beach County and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Read more

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