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The Sterling Council and FloridaMakes announced today the 23 manufacturing companies in a field of over 160 nominees who have been named as finalists for the Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence (SMBE) Awards. Five of the finalists are headquartered in the Sarasota-area. Not only does Sarasota have the worlds #1 beach and recognized as the #1 city in the USA, Sarasota can also stake claim as “one of the top manufacturing markets in Florida”. The winners, chosen from among the finalists, will be announced during the 30th Annual Governor’s Sterling Awards Banquet on June 3 at the Gaylord Palms resort in Orlando.

The Sterling Council and FloridaMakes collaborate on the SMBE awards to recognize the state’s high-performing manufacturers. Manufacturing companies were judged in several categories of criteria, including leadership, strategy, customers, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce, and operations. For more information about the process please visit www.FloridaMakes.com/smbe.

Sarasota County Finalists for the 2022 SMBE awards are:
Harmar Mobility, LLC
MDC Precision 
Mullet’s Aluminum Products, Inc. 
PPi Technologies Group 
Sarasota Medical Products, Inc. 

“These companies are fantastic examples of manufacturing excellence in Florida, contributing to Florida’s continued advancement through the rankings of the top states in the U.S. for manufacturing productivity,” said Kevin Carr, CEO of FloridaMakes. “On behalf of everyone in the FloridaMakes Network and our partners across the state, I want to congratulate the finalists on their achievement and commitment to this rigorous assessment process.”

A team of Sterling Council-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 semi-finalists. In addition to recognizing Florida companies, the awards provide a framework for sharing manufacturing best practices and discovering opportunities for improvement. FloridaMakes will work with the finalists 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 sector here in Florida, and our manufacturers set the bar for the rest of the nation,” said John Pieno, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Sterling Council. “We are pleased to honor these twenty-three outstanding Florida organizations who are role models in their industries and are deserving of this prestigious award.”

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About the Governor’s Sterling Award
Established in 1992, the Sterling Council is a public/private not-for-profit corporation supported by the Executive Office of the Governor. The Council oversees the Governor’s Sterling Award for Performance Excellence, presented annually by the Governor to high performing, role-model
organizations, both private and public, who demonstrate superior management approaches and role model results. Sterling’s conference teaches participants how to elevate performance and increase productivity. Nearly 600 executives and professionals gather at this event for a onestop
source for education, information and inspiration. The conference concludes with the recognition of best practices, the Team Showcase Champion, and the presentation of the Governor’s Sterling Awards, the highest award an organization can receive for performance excellence in Florida. For more information, please contact John Pieno at (850) 922-5316 or visit www.floridasterling.com.

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