Advocacy

For over 55 years, SFMA has been advocating on behalf of the south Florida manufacturing industry. Having a unified voice makes a difference in local, state and federal affairs. There is definitely power in numbers. SFMA advocacy was instrumental in the elimination of sales tax on capital equipment and research and development, saving members more than $500,000 in the first 18 months after its elimination. In 2016 this exemption became permanent. Working with the Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) and the network of regional manufacturing associations (RMA’s) – SFMA has helped secure millions of dollars in grant monies for manufacturing training.

The SFMA is continually looking for ways to make the business climate ideal for manufacturers in South Florida and throughout the state. Please contact SFMA President Matt Rocco at 954-682-7355 or mrocco@sfma.org if you have an issue you feel the association should address.

Membership Options

Manufacturers

To learn more about the membership benefits for manufacturers in detail, click below.

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Non-Profits

Educational institutions and non-profit organizations can become a members, learn more!

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Strategic Investors

We are currently on a wait list for Strategic Investors and Corporate Partners.

SFMA Events

SFMA offers many opportunities throughout the year for our members to network with each other. Check out our schedule of events.

Training

The SFMA Manufacturers Training Institute has been delivering training to manufacturers for many years. Learn more!

Benefits

SFMA is the only resource for manufacturers in South Florida saving its members time and money through Advocacy, Networking and Resources.

SFMA Has A Long History

Manufacturing in Florida is unique. Of the approximate 19,000 Florida Manufacturers 95% have less than 25 employees. This 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. The SFMA operates one of the only Manufacturer focused Training Institutes in the state providing training and development to all south Florida manufacturers.

Over its long history, the SFMA has had a hand in establishing the Broward Economic Development Council (now the Greater 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, the SFMA strives to keep 70% of its membership manufacturing companies. The SFMA is a 501c6 not-for-profit organization and is governed by a Board of Directors and is owned by its members.