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Paul Miller, NWFMC President
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Zoraida Velasco, FloridaMakes,
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MakeMore Manufacturing Summit to showcase
ne of Florida’s strongest sectors

Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council alongside Florida’s economic powerhouses join to lead a discussion about the future of FL Manufacturing in Four (4) Virtual Segments

ORLANDO, FL – (March 3, 2021) – Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council (NFLMC) is proud to join the Hosting Partners of the 2021 MakeMore Manufacturing Summit in the announcement of this year’s event. The Summit will kick off April 27 and is hosted by the Associated Industries of Florida, CareerSource Florida, Enterprise Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and FloridaMakes. Launched in 2018, MakeMore is a statewide initiative providing a platform to exchange ideas about how our state resources are addressing the impact of market dynamics, economic trends and policies, and new technologies in the manufacturing sector.

“Florida’s manufacturing sector quickly responded to the Covid-19 pandemic by pivoting to make everything from PPE to ventilators to hand sanitizers,” said Kevin Carr, CEO of FloridaMakes. “The MakeMore Manufacturing Summit 2021 is the catalyst to plan for the future by fostering a dialogue about how best to leverage our ecosystem resources, shore up our state’s supply chains, identify emerging growth, develop our workforce, and ultimately grow Florida’s manufacturing sector.”

The MakeMore Manufacturing Summit will feature in-depth discussions that strengthen and advance Florida’s economy through innovation, talent development, and leveraging the state’s resources to accelerate the manufacturing sector’s productivity and technological performance.

Flexible Schedule Engages the Ecosystem and Accommodates Diverse and Busy Schedules
The Summit includes four virtual segments to allow for more engagement amongst the manufacturing sector and accommodates diverse schedules amongst varied stakeholders. Segments will take place every two months kicking off on April 27 as follows:

  • Business Growth – April 27-28
  • Talent Development – June 22-23
  • Technology - August 24-25
  • Outlook 2022 – week of October 25

“Manufacturers in Northwest Florida not only contribute to local and state economies but create and rely on products essential to our ever-changing world. It is critical that Northwest Florida manufacturers are included in these events,” said Paul Miller, president of the Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council. “We are grateful for the opportunities FloridaMakes gives us to do that.”

Speakers and presenters from across Florida and the country will be featured. For complete event agenda, registration, and sponsorship opportunities, visit

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The Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council represents manufacturers of all sizes and partners in the Northwest Florida region to include Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Calhoun, and Liberty Counties as a voice to address common interests. The NFLMC advocates on important business climate issues to manufacturers in the region and aims to serve to deepen the manufacturing talent pool, shore up talent support for manufacturers and make the region ripe for future industry investment and job creation in the manufacturing industry.

About FloridaMakes
FloridaMakes is a statewide, industry-led, public-private partnership operated by an alliance of Florida’s regional manufacturers associations with the sole mission of strengthening and advancing Florida’s economy by improving the competitiveness, productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on small- and medium-sized firms. It accomplishes this by providing services focused on three principal value streams: technology adoption, talent development, and business growth. FloridaMakes is the official representative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network in the state of Florida, a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. For more information about FloridaMakes, please visit and follow @FloridaMakes.