Florida’s manufacturing industry is growing

Employment in the manufacturing industry is on the rise in Florida, according to Manufacturers' News, Inc. Florida manufacturers added more than 4,000 positions from March 2013 to March 2014, which accounted for a 1 percent rise in employment.

Much of the gain was seen in the fabricated metal industry, which increased employment by 4.6 percent, Manufacturers' News reported. The fabricated metal industry is the second-largest industrial sector in the state and has approximately 45,559 positions.

The largest industrial sector is electronics manufacturing with approximately 49,565 jobs, but employment decreased over the year by 1.6 percent, according to Manufacturers' News. The third largest industrial sector is food product manufacturing which has about 43,979 positions and has grown by 1.4 percent between 2013 and 2014.

South Florida in particular is seeing growth in its manufacturing industry, according to the Sun Sentinel. The area has manufacturing firms dealing with aircraft and aerospace parts, medical devices, marine products, electronics, metal products, pharmaceuticals and more.

Local officials believe the area has a lot to offer manufacturing businesses, including its strong workforce, cultural diversity, lower energy costs and educational facilities for training, the Sun Sentinel reported. The state is also helping bring new business to the state with sale tax exemptions on machinery and equipment and financial aid for skills training.

Florida Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope believes the state can compete with any other location in the U.S. for bringing in manufacturing companies, they just need to be able to meet with the decision-makers, the Sun Sentinel reported.

So far, companies like medical device company Bolton Medical, pharmaceutical company Actavis and yacht repairer Rybovich have all added positions in South Florida, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Businesses should work with manufacturing recruiters to find the most qualified candidates for their open positions.