Dr. Todd Bowden, Director of SCTI.
Precision Machining Instructor, Ed Doherty
Peter D. Straw, SAMA Executive Director and member of SCTI School Advisory Council

Sarasota County Technical Institute Inaugural Precision Machining Class Graduation.
Peter D. Straw, SAMA Executive Director and Precision Machining Instructor Ed Doherty congratulate 16 graduates.
All 16 already have jobs in local manufacturing.

"Peter D. Straw, Executive Director of SAMA is greeted by Governor Rick Scott at the Community Leadership Reception and Dinner held at the Governor's Mansion Oct. 21, 2013. A group of 24 community leaders shared ideas over dinner with the Governor. Accompanying Mr. Straw are Barbara Page and Florida First Lady, Ann Scott."

2013 Golf Tournament Pictures Online

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    Message From The President


    The Sarasota Manatee Area Manufacturers Association is the voice of manufacturing. SAMA advocates on behalf of manufacturing at a local, state and national level.

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    Workforce Education Initiatives

    Despite popular myth American manufacturing still holds first place in the world. According to the National Association of Manufacturers the United States accounts for 21% of the world?s production; China is second with 14%, Japan 3rd with 9%.

    Here in Florida, we manufacture everything from microchips to potato chips. Manufacturing accounts for 5% of our state?s GDP. The majority of our manufacturing operations, roughly 80%, employ less than 50 people. These employees are technically skilled and highly productive.

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    Our Benefits

    As a member of SAMA you'll receive significant benefits which help to enhance the growth of your company. Some of the benefits are listed below.

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