SFMA Hosts Recognition of Excellence Ceremony on June 20

Attendees are encouraged to register.

The South Florida Manufacturers Association (SFMA) proudly announces its upcoming Recognition of Excellence Ceremony on June 20, 2024. The ceremony promises an extraordinary evening that will leave attendees mesmerized. Randstad is proud to present the prestigious 2024 Manufacturer-of-the-Year and Employee-of-the-Year awards, which honor outstanding manufacturing operations and talent development achievements. There are 25 finalists for the Manufacturer of the Year and 110 Employee of the Year nominees from Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach counties, and the Treasure Coast, all vying for these esteemed accolades.

The 2024 Manufacturer of the Year finalists are:

Category 1: The Micro Giants (1 to 20 Employees)

  • Advanced Technical Sales (Jo-Kell) – Broward County
  • Fortress Marine Anchors – Broward County
  • Grain Machinery Manufacturing  – Miami Dade County 
  • Kohtler Elevator Industries, Inc. –Miami Dade County

 Category 2: The Breakthroughs (21 to 75 Employees)

  • AccuDock – Broward County
  • Bahama Boat Works – Palm Beach County 
  • CMN Steel Fabricators – Miami Dade County
  • OCULUS Surgical – St. Lucie County
  • Stanron Steel Specialties – Broward County

Category 3: The Mavericks (76 to 130 Employees)

  • Atlas Sign Industries of FL, LLC – Palm Beach County
  • Dunham-Bush USA – Miami Dade County
  • Silver Wings Aerospace, Inc. – Miami Dade County
  • Slate Solutions – Broward County

Category 4: The Trailblazers (131 to 199 Employees)

  • Hog Technologies – Martin County
  • Hollywood Woodwork – Broward County
  • International Medical Industries – Broward County
  • Parker-Meggitt – Miami Dade County
  • Stimpson – Broward County

Category 5: The Titans (200 Employees and Above)

  • Amerikooler – Miami Dade County
  • HOERBIGER Corp of America – Broward County
  • Noven Pharmaceuticals – Miami Dade County
  • Natural Vitamins Laboratories – Miami Dade County
  • Demetech – Miami Dade County

“At the SFMA, we believe in celebrating excellence at every level of the manufacturing ecosystem,” says Matthew Rocco, president of SFMA, a nonprofit trade association founded in 1961 to support and promote manufacturers in South Florida. “Our Recognition of Excellence Ceremony is not just a night of glamour; it’s a tribute to the dedication, innovation, and talent that drives our industry forward.” 

Rocco emphasized that as Florida has become the 10th largest state in the nation for manufacturing, South Florida will undoubtedly be in the spotlight, showcasing the strength of manufacturers in our region. He also mentioned that this gala event guarantees an unforgettable experience, bringing together manufacturers, suppliers, and industry leaders for an evening of networking and celebration. 

For more information and registration, visit www.sfma.org/roe

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.