Manufacturing has a long history in Tampa Bay, where it is a source of innovation to a wide range of industries. From precise military specifications to the creation and development of medical devices and manufacturing in highly regulated industries, our businesses are pioneering the art of modern manufacturing technology. The Tampa Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), is comprised of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties in west central Florida on the Gulf of Mexico.
In 2015, there were 61,180 manufacturing employees in the Tampa Bay MSA. Pinellas County has the largest manufacturing employee base among the four counties combined. Manufacturing is also vital to attracting investment from overseas. Close to 500 foreign-owned companies representing more than 40 nations have set up shop in Tampa Bay.
Fortune 500 company and global manufacturing services industry leader, Jabil Circuit, is headquartered in Pinellas. Corporate leaders with a significant presence in the county include: Honeywell, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, GE Energy, Baxter Healthcare, Johnson Controls, Monin Gourmet Flavorings, and Conmed Linvatec.
Currently there are more than 2,000 manufacturers in Hillsborough county, representing over 61,000 employees. Tampa and Hillsborough County manufacturers who recently announced major expansions include James Hardie; Tampa Tampa/Florida Structural Steel; and Acoustiblok.
Among the reasons manufacturers choose Tampa Bay region is our low cost of doing business, skilled workforce, mild year-round climate, and wide-ranging logistical infrastructure. For manufacturing and light industrial projects, established business parks leverage access to an extensive and advanced network of intermodal transportation options, from a world-class airport to deep-water sea port and convenient access to a network of rail and interstate highways systems, allowing businesses to reach customers, suppliers, and distributors around the nation and the world with unparalleled ease. Some major manufacturers in Tampa Bay include: BIC Graphic; Compu-link; ConMed Linvatec; Cott Beverages; Elreha; Heat Pipe Technology, Jabil Circuit; Lockheed Martin; Mettler-Toldeo; Monin Gourmet Flavorings; PACA Foods; Seal Dynamics; Southern Manufacturing Technologies; Sypris Electronics; and TSE Industricies. Close to 500 foreign-owned companies representing more than 40 nations have set up shop in Tampa Bay.
Wages from manufacturers in Pinellas total over $3.4 billion, and our average wage for manufacturing is $59,228. Responsive and collaborative training is available through our partners at Pinellas Technical College and St. Petersburg College. These organizations rely upon your input to ensure the curriculum is designed to produce graduates that are ready to work at your companies.
Hillsborough County government has partnered with the local school district, community college, workforce development board, and manufacturing industry associations and employers to create and support the Manufacturing Alliance of Hillsborough County. This collaborative initiative supports training programs, industry certifications, internships and career pathways to increase the pipeline of talent for manufacturers.
Responsive and collaborative training is available through partners at Pinellas Technical College and St. Petersburg College. These organizations rely upon local manufacturers input to ensure the curriculum is designed to produce graduates that are ready to work at your companies. Pinellas public schools, through career academies focus on problem solving in real world environments to prepare our students for the challenges of advance manufacturing careers. Additionally, Pinellas has partnered with Pasco and Hernando Counties to support AmSkills, the German apprenticeship model for education. This unique approach encourages mentorship and on the job training to drive innovation and create the ready workforce manufacturers demand.
Contributed to this article: Becky Burton, Executive Director, Bay Area Manufacturers Association; Ken Jones, Hillsborough Economic Development Department; Stacey Swank and Scott Talcott, Pinellas County Economic Development.
In 1961, our very first board of directors laid the groundwork of what today is the Bay Area Manufacturers Association of Florida. We are now over 120 members strong and our members provide over 2200 jobs locally. We have bonded together with common goals in support of BAMA and its mission. Over the past 55 years, we have established a wonderful legacy of an industry building better communities and It is my distinct honor and privilege to serve as the president for 2016-2017.
Since 2004, BAMA has given over $175,000 dollars to further education and devoted countless hours of volunteer work to exchange ideas and share best practice information to our community. We are committed to our mission of promoting the manufacturing industry in our community in order to ensure there are safe, clean, well-paying and meaningful jobs for our children.
Whether you are a member, a prospective member, or simply interested in learning more about BAMA, I invite you to explore our website and learn more about the opportunities to help impact the bay area community, and the opportunities involved in joining our efforts.
Rick Concotelli has been a member of BAMA for 12 years and on the Board of Directors since 2011, being appointed BAMA Vice President in 2012 and President in 2016. Rick works in Business Development at Lockheed Martin – Aeronautics Division in Pinellas Park. He’s been there for 15 years, working his way through the ranks from a manufacturing engineer, a project manager and then promoted at LM to his current position. Before coming to Florida, Rick started out at Lockheed in Ft. Worth, Texas re-designing the F16 for Japan. Rick is very active with BAMA in taking a leadership role in the Membership Committee. The committee goes out and visits local manufacturers that are not members to speak with them about the benefits of membership and inviting them to meetings and events.
Although Mike Brewster hasn’t been a BAMA Board for a long time, he has made a significant impact in several areas. It seems that Mike is the first person to volunteer help with curriculum at St. Pete College as well as serving on the Florida TRADE and Florida Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Leadership Council advisory committees. As the 2015 winner of BAMA Emerging Leader award, Mike has proven in a short time that he is committed to helping grow BAMA and working to improve our programs, relationships and manufacturing in Tampa Bay. Currently, Mike serves as the Vice President of the BAMA Board and is the Vice President of Plant Operations for Monin Gourmet Flavorings in Clearwater. Mike is the Chair of the Scholarship Committee.
Ann has a passion for manufacturers and the challenges that they face due to changing global markets. A long-time board member, she has been committed to BAMA programs that support the growth of manufacturing in Tampa Bay. As a CPA, Ann is committed to find ways to minimize tax liability and maximize income for manufacturers. From research & development (R&D) tax credits to tax planning and preparation for international business expansion, Ann is prepared to help manufacturers achieve their desired results.