Your Blueprint for Success
With access to an unrivaled distribution network and extensive multimodal infrastructure, Polk County manufacturers are poised to succeed.
Located along Florida’s I-4 corridor, within the center of the state, Polk County attracts businesses and industries that need quick access to transportation alternatives, affordable energy and a talented workforce at a fraction of major metro costs. Add to that our business-friendly environment and customizable training initiatives and there’s no questioning why advanced manufacturing continues to flourish in Polk County and Central Florida.
Manufacturing employs more than 18,000 people in Polk County and in 2019 generated $24.4 billion in GRP. It’s part of a growing industry: more than 20,000 manufacturers call Florida home, employing nearly 380,000 workers.
Leading Education Programs
Polk County’s next generation talent is ever-growing and uniquely trained for success. Offering a pipeline fueled by seven institutions of higher learning like Polk State College, which will design curricula to meet an industry’s needs, and Florida Polytechnic University, which prepares students to work in STEM fields, Polk County is also home to top-tier vocational schools and technical colleges.
Polk State College – Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMI): Polk State AMI is home to the award-winning Mosaic EIA (Electrical, Instrumentation, and Automation) and Mechanic/Millwright Apprenticeship Programs. From industrial instrumentation to process control and automation, students graduate with the skills and experience necessary to find success in this thriving industry.
- Advanced Aluminum
- ButterKrust Bakery – Flowers Foods
- Florida Caribbean Distillers
- Integrated Metal Products
- Rubber & Accessories
- TriCircle Pavers
The Manufacturing and Supply Chain Alliance has supported and promoted local manufacturing for over a decade. It works with the Polk Legislative Delegation to influence legislation and helps its members apply for millions of dollars in grants to train employees or upgrade their skills, among other things. It’s just one more resource for local manufacturers to turn to for help in a county that’s ripe for continued growth in the manufacturing sector.
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