FloridaMakes and the Florida Sterling Council Announce Winners for the 2021 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards

SMBE Awards LogoORLANDO – The Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes announced the 18 manufacturing companies in a field of over 140 nominees who have been named as winners of the Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence (SMBE) Awards. The winners were announced during the MakeMore Manufacturing Summit – Business Growth Segment June 22-23. Winners earned their place in three categories, Bronze, Silver, and Gold, depending on evaluated level of performance.

The Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes collaborate on these statewide annual awards to recognize the state’s high-performing manufacturers and to elevate performance of the entire manufacturing sector. Companies were judged in seven categories of criteria, including: leadership; strategy; customers; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce; operations and results. This year’s winners demonstrated outstanding leadership and management systems to meet the needs of customers and stakeholders.

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Winners of the 2021 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards are:

SMBE Gold Winners
CAE Healthcare, Inc. Sarasota
Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, NAS Jacksonville
Lockheed Martin Aerostructures, Pinellas Park
Pierce Manufacturing, Bradenton
Slice Engineering, LLC, Gainesville

SMBE Silver Winners
BAE Systems – Jacksonville Ship Repair, Jacksonville
CMC Steel Florida, Jacksonville
Easy Foods Inc., Kissimmee
MAG Aerospace, Fort Walton Beach
RND Automation & Engineering, Lakewood Ranch
Q’Straint, Oakland Park
Team Solutions Dental, Sanford
Trane Lynn Haven, Panama City

SMBE Bronze Winners
Cavaform International LLC., St. Petersburg
Kira Labs Inc., Pompano Beach
Made in Space, Inc. (RedWire), Jacksonville
Stellar Energy Americas, Inc. Jacksonville
Veethree Electronics, Bradenton

“I complement and celebrate the SMBE winners for their commitment to excellence and for moving Florida manufacturing forward toward Florida’s goal of being a top manufacturing state,” said Kevin Carr, CEO of FloridaMakes. “We will call on these companies often during the year to share their award-winning best practices with other Florida manufactures through webinars, tours and more!”

A team of Florida Sterling-trained examiners and manufacturing community representatives contributed their time and expertise to evaluate nominations, including virtual site visits and interviews with managers and employees of finalists.

In addition to recognizing Florida companies, the awards provide a framework for sharing manufacturing best practices and take advantage of opportunities for improvement. FloridaMakes will be working with the winners and their corresponding regional manufacturers association to network and share knowledge, such as with plant tours, webinars, and leadership events to benefit Florida’s manufacturing sector.

“Manufacturing is a critical industry here in Florida, and our manufacturers set the bar for the rest of the nation,” said John Pieno, Chairman of the Florida Sterling Council. “We are pleased to honor these eighteen outstanding Florida organizations who are role models in their industries and are deserving of this prestigious award.”