SFMA has held the distinction of being the #1 resource for manufacturers in South Florida since 1961 – saving its members time and money through advocacy, networking and resources. SFMA prides itself on being member driven – creating new products and services as members’ needs change.
Founded by a group of realtors who understood the importance of manufacturing to a strong economy the South Florida Manufacturers Association (SFMA) has served manufacturers and related industries for over 55 years. A non-profit trade association, the mission of the SFMA has remained constant though out its history: To Serve Manufacturers.
5,000 Thriving Manufacturers, 1 Voice
Advocacy – Networking – Resources
Manufacturing in Florida is unique. Of the approximate 15,000 Florida Manufacturers 95% have less than 25 employees. This distinct demographic benefits greatly from association advocacy and other support. There are 13 manufacturing associations throughout the state of Florida with SFMA being one of the largest. SFMA operates the only Manufacturers Training Institute in the state providing training and development to all south Florida manufacturers.
Over its long history, SFMA has had a hand in establishing the Broward Economic Development Council (now the Ft. Lauderdale Alliance), the Florida Sterling Council (Florida’s Quality Council and Award), the Manufacturing Extension Partnership in Florida (today FloridaMakes) and the Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF).
Membership in SFMA is company based allowing all employees of member companies to participate in activities. To keep the focus on manufacturing, SFMA membership consists of 70% manufacturers. A 501c6 not-for-profit organization, SFMA is governed by a Board of Directors and is owned by its members.