Manufacturing has a long history in Tampa Bay, where it is a source of innovation to a wide range of industries. From precise military specifications to the creation and development of medical devices and manufacturing in highly regulated industries, our businesses are pioneering the art of modern manufacturing technology.
As the industry shows continued signs of recovery and expansion, Tampa and Hillsborough County are well-positioned to leverage this momentum. Currently there are more than 2,000 manufacturers in the county, representing over 61,000 employees. Tampa and Hillsborough County manufacturers who recently announced major expansions include James Hardie, Tampa Tampa/Florida Structural Steel, and Acoustiblok. Manufacturing is also vital to attracting investment from overseas. Close to 500 foreign-owned companies representing more than 40 nations have set up shop in Tampa Bay.
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Among the reasons manufacturers choose Tampa and Hillsborough County is our low cost of doing business, skilled workforce, mild year-round climate, and wide-ranging logistical infrastructure. For manufacturing and light industrial projects, established business parks leverage access to an extensive and advanced network of intermodal transportation options, from a world-class airport to deep-water sea port and convenient access to a network of rail and interstate highways systems, allowing businesses to reach customers, suppliers, and distributors around the nation and the world with unparalleled ease.
Port Tampa Bay‘s strategic location, at the intersection of the major east-west and north-south trade lanes and in close proximity to an expanded Panama Canal, makes it ideally positioned for businesses to benefit from expanded trade with Asia and the vibrant markets of Latin America. To enhance the Port’s connectivity to its customers, a new dedicated truck ramp leading directly to and from the interstate highway system, and the recently completed Tampa Gateway Rail Terminal, extend the Port’s reach beyond the Florida market to the Midwest, Northeast, and other U.S. destinations throughout the CSX Rail network. Tampa now handles a much diversified traffic base including containers, breakbulk, petroleum, and automobiles, while remaining a major center for shipbuilding and repair.
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The Tampa International Airport (TPA) offers nonstop service to over 70 domestic and international destinations at fares lower than most major metro areas. Serving approximately 17 million people annually, TPA ranks among the top North American aviation facilities and has been consistently named one of the “most-loved” airports in the world.
The workforce needs of the manufacturing industry have been a regional focus in Hillsborough and neighboring Pinellas County for several years. Tampa Bay’s top business and economic development organizations have come together to identify the current workforce needs of area manufacturers, and to create unique workforce development programs, such as apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and fellowships, as well as programs for continuing professional education and partnerships with local colleges and national universities, as we prepare for anticipated growth in the manufacturing industry.
And the support continues with a network of industry associations focused on manufacturing success, including the Bay Area Manufacturers Association (BAMA), Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium (FMMC), Florida Aviation & Aerospace Alliance (FAAA), and the Florida High Tech Corridor (FHTC).
Tampa and Hillsborough County put it all together to assure success for our manufacturing companies.