To provide an environment for manufacturing companies, distribution centers, suppliers and educators to exchange ideas, share knowledge, discuss opportunities and share solutions for the mutual benefit of the manufacturing environment in Marion, Levy, Citrus and Sumter counties.
The Mid-Florida Regional Manufacturers Association (MRMA) , was initially formed in 1992 as a means of local manufacturing executives to meet and network with each other on a monthly basis. Membership was limited to manufacturing company presidents, general managers, and chief operations managers. It was a small group of people, but they were successful in legally setting up the organization, drawing up by-laws, and sparking interest in a regional manufacturing organization.
In the mid 1990’s, the organization formed an alliance with CF – College of Central Florida and focused much more on educational programs and tours of local manufacturers. Eventually, the Mid-Florida Regional Manufacturing Institute at CF was formed and the number of classes to meet the needs of local manufacturing companies was greatly expanded. Along with these changes, the monthly meeting and tours were opened to any employee at member companies. MRMA has become a resource to all departments within the member companies.
In 2004, MRMA joined the Manufacturers Association of Florida and became much more active in legislative issues in Tallahassee and Washington. MRMA Members participate in lobbying efforts at the local, state, and national levels to improve the business environment for manufacturing in Florida.
In 2012 MRMA formed a partnership with CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, the local workforce board, which allowed MRMA to hire an Executive Director. Besides managing the business of the association, this position works much more closely with our members and all manufacturers and distribution centers in Citrus, Levy, and Marion Counties to understand their training requirements, helps identify training providers, and helps to identify grants to assist the member company in funding the training. The Executive Director also directs outreach activities to schools regarding careers in manufacturing and logistics to help fill the pipeline with future employees for the manufacturing and logistics industries.
The Mid-Florida Regional Manufacturers Association is truly an advocate of manufacturing in Marion, Levy, Alachua, Citrus, and Sumter counties.