Tampa Bay EDC


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Mitchel Allen

Mitchel Allen

Senior Vice President, Economic Development

Manufacturing is Booming in Florida

Manufacturing might not immediately come to mind when thinking about Florida’s industry leaders, but manufacturing is booming in Florida. And the Tampa Bay region boasts the second largest manufacturing base in the state.

Findings from the 2023 Florida Manufacturing report recently released by FloridaCommerce and FloridaMakes, a public-private advocacy program for the industry, states Tampa Bay has more than 3,500 manufacturers and more than 68,000 workers. 

Over the last 10 years, aviation and aerospace manufacturing were the fastest-growing segments of manufacturing in Florida, according to the report. Furthermore, the state leads the country in boat building and is second in medical device and equipment manufacturing.

Upon expanding to Hillsborough County in 2022, New Jersey-based manufacturer Norwalt was immediately blown away by the high-quality talent they found here. 

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#2 highest manufacturing employment in the state

– JobsEQ, 2023

Tampa accounts for 18 percent of the total manufacturing employment share in the state

22 or Florida’s 24 MSAs outperform the national average in manufacturing job growth

– CBRE Econometric Advisors


We see huge growth potential in Tampa. With the larger space we were able to secure here, we expect to fill 80% of our global orders from the Tampa facility. I believe the migration of other tech companies out of California will continue over the next couple of years. We’re excited to be in Tampa and to help this market grow its reputation as a top global business destination.”

– Joseph Castonguay, president of Autoslide North America

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