Six Florida Manufacturers Recognized with 2019 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards

Six Florida companies received statewide recognition as the 2019 winners of the third annual Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards including one Sarasota County company winning and two others placing in their category. The awards, recognizing high performing manufacturers in six categories, were announced and presented May 31 at the Governor’s Sterling Awards Banquet in Orlando.

The Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes collaborated on these statewide awards. Companies were judged on leadership, strategy, customer and market focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce and operations.

The 2019 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Sarasota County winners were:

Independent Companies with up to 25 employees:
Winner: Habilitation Center of Boca, Boca Raton, which manufactures printed circuit board assembly, cable assembly/wiring harnesses, as well as provides product testing, cell phone repair and permanent employment for disabled workers.
Runner Up: Sarasota Medical Products, Inc., Sarasota, which manufactures ostomy accessories, ostomy pouches, laminate rolls and wound care products.

Independent companies 51-125 employees:
Winner: PPi Technologies Group, Sarasota, which manufactures stand-up pouches, vial and tray solutions.
Runner Up: Kira Labs, Inc., Pompano Beach, which manufactures personal care and cosmetic products.

Corporate-backed companies with more than 200 employees:
Winner: Lockheed Martin RMS Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, which manufactures manned and unmanned submersibles.
Runner Up: PGT Innovations, Venice, which manufactures impact-resistant windows and doors.

The winners were selected from among 33 award finalists; 110 manufacturers were nominated. FloridaMakes will feature the finalists and winners in webinars, plant tours and events that share best practices to benefit Florida’s manufacturing sector.