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October 21, 2013
River Ridge High School student featured on the New York Times Education Blog
In early September, Science Times published a special back-to-school edition about teaching and learning in the STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math — and the New York Times  joined in by announcing a student contest for the best answers to the question, What Memorable Experiences Have You Had in Learning Science or Math? Frank Magazu, a 3rd year engineering student at River Ridge High School entered the contest. While he did not get selected as a winner, Frank Magazu was selected as a finalist and The New York Times even used a video that was made last year about Frank and the River Ridge Engineering program on the front of their web site about the contest.

Click here to read the NY Times Blog about the STEM contest.

"Frank is a great example of the high caliber of students that our program is encouraging to reach their full potential," said Dave Hoffmann, MSCC, Lead Instructor at River Ridge High School Academy of Engineering. Below is the video that is being featured on The Learning Network of The New York: (Read More)

October 2, 2013
Pasco County celebrates National Manufacturing Day

On September 24, 2013, Pasco County Board of Commissioners proclaimed their county support of National Manufacturing Day on October 4, 2013 and urged all citizens to join in recognizing the value of our manufacturers and the importance they serve within our community. In observance of National Manufacturing Day, Pasco-Hernando Community College is partnering with local manufacturers to provide tours of manufacturer facilities to 160 engineering high school students from River Ridge High School in Pasco County  on Friday, October 4, 2013.

“Supporting National Manufacturing Day highlights the importance of manufacturing to Florida’s economy and supports manufacturers and school programs,”     -Margie Burnham, project manager, Florida TRADE Grant program at PHCC.

Local manufacturers will join others nationwide in opening their doors to demonstrate the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers. Pasco County manufacturers participating in the observance and welcoming local students include: Bauer Foundation, Baytech Industries, PharmaWorks, Seaway Plastics, VLOC, Pall Aeropower Corp., and more. To join in the celebration, Pasco County Public Schools issued a proclamation recognizing "Florida Manufacturing Day'. The proclamation reads, "Florida Manufacturing Day is an effective way to highlight the importance of the manufacturing in our nation's economy and to draw attention to the many rewarding, high-skilled manufacturing jobs; as well as supporting and celebrating Florida's manufacturers and school programs that prepare our future workforce." According to Pasco Hernando Workforce Board, Inc., Pasco County boasts over 320 manufacturing facilities providing over 3100 jobs involved with highly technical advanced manufacturing including thermoforming, pharmaceutical packaging, aerospace, military and defense manufacturing and the manufacturing of baking equipment and storm and lightening detectors. Manufacturing Day is a growing movement of manufacturers dedicated to overcoming the shared challenges facing manufacturers today, according to The most pressing issue facing manufacturers is a gap in skilled labor: 600,000 manufacturing jobs are currently unfilled in the United States due to a gap between the job requirements and the skills of those who are applying for them. For more information on Manufacturing Day activities coordinated by PHCC, visit, and for information on National Manufacturing Day visit

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September 9, 2013
Interview with Mike Froning, CEO of Adams Arms, Inc. a Tampa Bay manufacturer
Pasco EDC staff recently visited with Adams Arms, Inc. a local firearm and accessories manufacturer and talked with them about their rapid growth, and why they chose to locate in Tampa Bay, and specifically to Pasco County:   (Read More)

September 5, 2013
Adams Arms, Inc. wins 2013 Manufacturing Industry of the Year Award
Adams Arms, Inc. was recognized last week with the 2013 Manufacturing Industry of the Year Award, Category 2 at Pasco Economic Development Council’s 27th Annual Appreciation Banquet. Held annually at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Pasco EDC's Industry Awards Banquet recognizes local companies that exhibit exemplary growth in technology, innovation, job creation, capital investment and community service. “The entire Adams Arms team is honored to be recognized by the Pasco EDC. The support and partnership that we have received from the Pasco EDC team were a big part of why were able to invest heavily in building our staff and purchasing the machinery necessary to support our growth. Our team is committed to providing cutting edge products that are 100% American made, of the highest quality and supported with the best customer service in the industry. Thanks to Pasco County for making us feel welcome from day one.” said Michael Froning, President and CEO of Adams Arms. Adams Arms, Inc., manufacturers firearms and related accessories for the AR15 / M-16 Rifle Platform utilizing its patented Piston Systems that provide law enforcement and private citizens with a reliable and high performing product and a wide assortment of options to upgrade rifles already in the marketplace. With an incredible line up of products, the company has a dedicated staff of 100, and continues to grow and expand its business in Pasco County. “Adams Arms located to Pasco County in 2012 and has since experienced exponential growth,” said Skip Miller, Senior Vice President of SunTrust Bank and Chair of the Pasco EDC Banquet Award Committee. “Adams Arms has created 100 new jobs in Pasco County since their arrival, and are definitely a company to watch over the next year.” “Economic development in Pasco County is critically dependent on companies like Adams Arms,” said John Hagen, Pasco EDC President/CEO. “We are working every day to create a business climate that allows every business to achieve its economic potential and put our residents to work; we’re thrilled to have so many growing companies to recognize in Pasco County. It really validates our efforts.”   (Read More)

August 26, 2013
New sales tax exemption law for manufacturers is effective April 2014

On May 1, 2013 the Florida Legislature passed a new sales tax exemption law for manufacturers purchasing machinery and equipment that is effective April 2014. This allows manufacturers to invest more of their money in manufacturing machinery and equipment. By so doing they will be more competitive in the world marketplace and grow Florida’s manufacturing economy. Florida has made a significant investment in port and transportation infrastructure and career education. The missing piece was a show of confidence in an industry that can balance Florida’s economy, provide well-paying jobs and fill up those shipping containers. With passage of this measure, the circle is complete. Florida is the fourth largest manufacturing state in the U.S. in terms of establishments and 12th largest by employment. This measure will move Florida closer to the top in both of those categories. “To stay ahead of international competition and increase manufacturing production today, manufacturers must invest in advanced technology that requires more sophisticated machinery and equipment and higher skilled workers. This bill sets the stage for Florida’s manufacturers to purchase more equipment to beat the competition and ensure Florida’s manufacturing success. Not only is this important for growing the Florida manufacturing sector and manufacturing jobs, but for retaining manufacturing jobs,” said Al Stimac, President, Manufacturers Association of Florida. Florida is open for manufacturing business, and there is Room to Grow in Tampa Bay. Click here for a list of NAICS codes and the manufacturing sectors the exemption applies to: Source:

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