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All About Florida Manufacturing: Top Manufacturers & Key Statistics

Posted by IndustrySelect on Friday, October 16, 2020


For those looking to do business with Florida manufacturing companies, it helps to have an inside look at the key trends and statistics on the state’s manufacturing sector. At MNI, we collect detailed information on 500,000 U.S. industrial businesses, including the 15,000+ manufacturing companies in Florida.

Today, we’re going to take a look at the state’s manufacturing sector, including statistics on manufacturing executives in Florida.

We’ll also provide a list of the top ten manufacturing companies in the state of Florida.

Key Facts on Florida Manufacturing Companies

According to MNI, compiler and publisher of the industrial data that powers IndustrySelect, Florida is home to 15,596 manufacturers employing 492,248 workers. MNI reports there are 42,047 executive contacts among Florida’s industrial companies, including 8,066 presidents, 3,832 owners and partners; 3,906 vice-presidents and 3,796 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.

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3% percent of Florida manufacturing companies are women-owned, according to MNI, while another 2% are minority-owned. This is slightly ahead of our nationwide numbers of 2% women-owned companies and 1% minority-owned nationwide.

Other facts to know about Florida manufacturers, based on advanced criteria available to IndustrySelect subscribers:

• 8% are publicly owned companies. This is slightly higher than the national average of 5%.

• 13% import raw materials – 2% higher than the national average.

• 31% distribute their products internationally. This is notably higher than the 22% national average.

Top Manufacturing Industries in Florida

Florida’s is an industrial powerhouse, employing large numbers in the electronics, metal fabricating and industrial machinery sectors.

Florida’s top industry by number of employees is electronics, employing 57,299 workers. This is followed by fabricated metal products with 47,968 workers; food processing with 45,454 and industrial machinery with 41,863. Transportation equipment is also a major employer, accounting for 35,166 jobs.

Top Cities in Florida for Manufacturing

What is Florida’s top city for manufacturing? The city of Jacksonville ranks as Florida’s top manufacturing city by number of jobs. Currently, Jacksonville accounts for 644 manufacturers and 37,839 workers.

Orlando ranks second with 573 manufacturing companies and 35,850 employees.

Miami ranks first in the state for number of manufacturers (1,023) but third for number of employees, employing 30,239. Rounding out the list of top industrial cities in the state of Florida is Tampa, with 717 manufacturers and 24,833 workers and Melbourne with 149 companies and 18,352 workers.

Related: Top Cities in the U.S. for Manufacturing

Manufacturing Business Conditions in Florida

Florida’s abundance of capital and solid infrastructure has drawn some key enterprises to its borders, particularly in the aerospace and electronics industries, and the state has in turn secured significant post-recession manufacturing gains.

However, Florida faces tough competition from its neighbors, and finding skilled workers remains a challenge for many manufacturers.

According to CNBC’s Best States for Business ranking, the state of Florida ranks 12th in the nation for business conditions and 4th nationally for access to capital.

The state also receives high marks for its overall economy and business friendliness. 

Top 10 Manufacturers in Florida

Florida’s top manufacturers are representative of the state’s diverse economy, with some key players in the electronics and pharmaceutical industries, as well as some top defense companies.

Below is a list of Florida’s largest manufacturers, ranked by number of employees.

L3Harris Technologies, Inc.8,360MelbourneFL
L3Harris Technologies, Inc.3,590Palm BayFL
Northrop Grumman Corp.3,500MelbourneFL
Citrix Systems, Inc.3,000Fort LauderdaleFL
SHL Pharma, LLC3,000Deerfield BeachFL
Lockheed Martin Global Training & Logistics2,800OrlandoFL
CSX Corp.2,500JacksonvilleFL
Jabil Inc.2,500St. PetersburgFL
Black Knight, Inc.2,300JacksonvilleFL

Access Detailed Profiles of Florida Manufacturing Companies

For those looking to do business with industrial companies, IndustrySelect’s database of 500,000 U.S. industrial companies is a top resource for both developing and researching sales leads in the manufacturing sector.

An IndustrySelect subscription can put you on a first-name basis with Florida’s 15,000 industrial companies and 42,000 executives.

Subscribers can select up to 30 data points on any manufacturing company in the U.S. to help identify or pre-qualify leads.

Company profiles also include the contact information for hard-to-find executive decision-makers. Try a free demo today!

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Want to learn more about Florida manufacturing? Read our detailed report from the IndustryNet archives: Florida Manufacturing Continues to Rebound


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