by Amy Keller
Updated 4 months ago
• NatLabs: Automation enabled the Bradenton-based manufacturer of dental prosthetics to move much of its production from China back to Florida. The company aims to phase out 200 jobs in China and move all production back to the U.S. over the next five years, creating about 283 jobs.
• SB Manufacturing: The company plans to move manufacturing of aluminum castings for the automotive parts industry from China to Pasco County. Its reshoring effort is expected to create 75 jobs with an average annual wage of $40,000, which is 126% of the Pasco’s average annual wage.
• RF Micro Devices: The global designer and manufacturer of semiconductor components, which already employs 68 workers in Hernando County, is hiring another 15 to do work previously done in China. The company received a $30,000 job creation incentive from the Hernando County Commission.
• Sleek Audio: After experiencing quality-control problems and other headaches, Sleek Audio moved production of high-end earphones from Chinese suppliers to its plant in Manatee County in 2010.
• Genicon: The Winter Park company, which makes laparoscopic surgical equipment, moved its manufacturing back from China 2009 after encountering problems with quality and intellectual property theft. The reshoring effort created 50 jobs.
• Aquateko: The Ponte Vedra Beach-based fishing products company used to produce its Knot2Kinky fishing line leader in Taiwan. Today, the product is produced and packed in Jacksonville by employees with disabilities through an employment program run by the non-profit Pine Castle. Pine Castle employees also package Aquateko’s “InvisaSwivel,” which allows bait to twirl in the water or a hooked fish to spin without twisting the fishing line. The company says the arrangement has improved the quality of its product line and lowered costs through savings on freight costs and import duties.