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EDC’S MASC holds 5th annual State of Manufacturing event 

Mayfield and Plasencia honored with 2020 Manufacturing Champion award 

SPACE COAST, Fla. (September 25, 2020) – The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast’s (EDC) Regional Manufacturing Association (MASC) celebrated its 5th annual State of Manufacturing event on Wednesday September 16, 2020. This year the event was held virtually in collaboration with FloridaMakes, the statewide, industry-led partnership that strengthens and measurably advances Florida’s manufacturing economy, and event sponsors Florida Institute of Technology, Bank of America, Jaycon Systems and Wild Manta. 

As the EDC’s signature manufacturing event, the State of Manufacturing celebrates modern manufacturing with a focus on inspiring the next generation of manufacturers and connecting to the community at large. The event also kicks off Manufacturing Month on the Space Coast. Manufacturing Month is a national grassroots effort that shapes the public perception of modern manufacturing, its impact on the economy, and the diverse and rewarding career opportunities it offers. 

“The Space Coast’s manufacturing sector is a big reason why Brevard County is the number one most industry-diversified economy in Florida and why we are weathering the COVID headwinds better than many other communities,” said EDC President and CEO Lynda L. Weatherman. “I want to thank Representative Plasencia and Senator Mayfield for understanding the significance of our manufacturing industry and championing the EDC’s Certified Production Technician program.” 

During the event, Florida State Representative Rene Plasencia and Florida State Senator Debbie Mayfield were honored with the 2020 Manufacturing Champion Award for their support in manufacturing-driven initiatives in the Florida Legislature. 

A consistent voice for manufacturing training initiatives in the Florida Senate, Senator Mayfield was recognized for helping to equip residents of Brevard with viable skills and career opportunities.

“Our community has been more resilient than many areas of Florida due in part to the work of Lynda Weatherman and the EDC to support manufacturing job growth,” said Senator Mayfield. “I’m proud to have worked alongside my colleagues in the state legislature to secure funding for manufacturing training to help connect our citizens to those job opportunities.” 

As immediate past chair of the Workforce Development and Tourism Subcommittee in the Florida House of Representatives, Representative Plasencia was honored as a supporter of workforce development to meet the needs of employers across the state, especially manufacturers in Brevard. 

“The best way for me to support manufacturing job growth locally is to work alongside partners like the EDC and to meet directly with manufacturers to make sure the decision we’re making in Tallahassee reflect a positive direction for manufacturing in the Space Coast and across Florida,” said Representative Plasencia. 

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About the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast
The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) is dedicated to attracting new business and investment and expanding existing industry throughout the Space Coast, influencing change on government laws and regulations affecting economic development, promoting the Space Coast to encourage new investment, supporting efforts of Space Coast military installations, and relaying new programs and procedures to assist manufacturing and high-tech companies. The EDC is a private, not-for-profit coalition whose stakeholders are business leaders committed to the economic growth and stability of Florida’s Space Coast. Visit


About the Manufacturers Association of Florida’s Space Coast (MASC)
The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast’s (EDC) Regional Manufacturing Association (MASC) serves as the succinct voice for Brevard County’s robust and diverse manufacturing base through action-oriented efforts. Established to serve the needs of regional manufacturing companies, membership is open to all eligible manufacturing companies on the Space Coast and investors in the EDC. Details on member benefits, membership structure, cost(s) and eligibility are further described at