FloridaMakes, an Orlando-based public-private initiative that works with the statewide network of regional manufacturing associations, has forged a strategic partnership with Associated Industries of Florida. AIF works to advance policies at the state and federal levels to help Florida manufacturers and is the state’s official representative in the National Association of Manufacturers. Together, they will represent the state’s 20,484 companies and 377,400 employees in manufacturing.
“This partnership brings together the collective interests of Florida’s anchor manufacturing enterprises, predominately multinational, through AIF with the state’s small- and medium-sized manufacturers, largely privately held, through the regional manufacturing associations,” said FloridaMakes CEO Kevin Carr.
Tom Feeney, who formerly represented Florida in Congress and served in the state House of Representatives and as Speaker of the House, is president and CEO of AIF. He said this about the partnership: “We look forward to the momentum and impact this collaboration will bring as we work together to strengthen the competitiveness and profitability of manufacturers in the State of Florida.”