When one thinks of business in Florida, most think of tourism — amusement parks, fishing, golf, and beaches — or Florida’s world-famous citrus agriculture — oranges, grapefruits, and strawberries. Perhaps Florida’s best kept secret: Florida’s manufacturing sector is surging forward.
In recent years, Floridians have become accustomed to Governor Rick Scott announcing manufacturing jobs being created across the state. Just in the last few months, another 380 jobs were added to manufacture luxury boats in Florida. Those are in addition to the 250 others to manufacture LNG Heat Exchanges, 100 more jobs for biotech manufacturing in Tampa, and 134 new positions to manufacture automotive components at VOXX International. Consequently, it should come as no surprise that Chief Executive Magazine recently ranked Florida the second best state for business.