FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 18, 2019, the South Florida Manufacturers Association (SFMA), along with Dyplast Products in Opa Locka, Florida, hosted U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Secretary Ross met with manufacturing industry leaders to discuss the important contributions of the manufacturing industry to the U.S. economy.
During his visit, Secretary Ross spoke with industry leaders about policies and recent congressional and administrative actions spurring industry growth. The discussion also focused on ways in which apprenticeships and on-the-job training can be designed to be more skill focused and provide hire-ready individuals with relevant skills needed to be employed in manufacturing. South Florida is home to approximately 5,000 manufacturing companies and workforce readiness is at the top of their priority list. "Thank you to the South Florida Manufacturers Association for hosting me and for representing so many great manufacturing companies located in South Florida," said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. "As we all know, manufacturing is the backbone of the American economy, and its continued health is the focus of everything we are doing in Washington, D.C."
During his visit Secretary Ross, Ted Berglund, President & CEO of Dyplast Products, and Matthew Rocco, President of the South Florida Manufacturers Association held a roundtable where local manufacturers were able to share their input on what needs to happen for apprenticeships and skills upgrade training in the manufacturing industry. There was also a dialogue on how to attract talent to the industry, especially with the youth in South Florida, and what resources were needed to keep Florida's manufacturing industry strong.
About the South Florida Manufacturers Association (SFMA): The SFMA has held the distinction of being the dedicated resource for manufacturers in South Florida since 1961 saving its members time and money through advocacy, networking and resources. SFMA prides itself on being member driven – creating new products and services as members' needs change. The mission of the SFMA has remained constant though out its history: To Serve Manufacturers. The SFMA advocates for manufacturers across the South Florida Region covering 8 counties that include: Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee, and Indian River. This territory serves 6,000 manufacturers. For more information, please visit www.sfma.org.
SOURCE South Florida Manufacturers Association