AIF & NAM Launch First-of-its-kind Digital Manufacturers Marketplace

Florida First Coast Hosts First of Multiple, Regional Events to Come

August 17, 2017

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF), in partnership with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), today launched the first-of-its-kind digital Manufacturers Marketplace at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Jacksonville, Fla.  

“We’re excited to be in Jacksonville today at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery to announce the first-of-its-kind digital Manufacturers Marketplace along with our partner, NAM, as well as several Jacksonville community co-hosts,” said AIF President & CEO Tom Feeney. “We created this product to help manufacturers gain exposure within the supply chain and grow their businesses.  This digital resource is a game-changer. Unlike current manufacturing directories, the Manufacturers Marketplace allows buyers to access companies’ capabilities in order to identify and engage the right supply chain partner for your needs.”

“We are pleased to partner with the Associated Industries of Florida on today’s launch of this unique digital Manufacturers Marketplace in Florida,” said NAM President & CEO Jay Timmons.  “This new digital marketplace will bring comprehensive search capabilities that allow buyers to quickly identify resourceful partners. Beyond the generic contact information circulating the marketplace, users may enrich their chosen facility profile with a vast array of additional information, including equipment, certifications, processes and much more.”

The Manufacturers Marketplace is a web-based, searchable buyer/seller network featuring listings of hundreds of thousands of manufacturers in the United States, including Puerto Rico.  Created in partnership with AIF and NAM, as well as other leading state manufacturing associations, the Manufacturers Marketplace is designed to bolster manufacturers in the United States by helping them find, get found and advance their businesses.

Co-hosting the Florida First Coast event in Jacksonville, Fla., were   FloridaMakesFoley & Lardner LLPJAXChamberJacksonville Electric AuthorityRayonier Materials and Space Florida.

The Florida First Coast event is the first of multiple, regional events that will take place around Florida.  Details regarding upcoming events will be announced at a later date.  


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Known as “The Voice of Florida Business” in the Sunshine State, the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) has represented the principles of prosperity and free enterprise before the three branches of state government since 1920. A voluntary association of diversified businesses, AIF was created to foster an economic climate in Florida conducive to the growth, development, and welfare of industry and business and the people of the state. AIF is also the Florida state affiliate of NAM. For more information about AIF, its Manufacturing Aerospace & Defense Council, or its other efforts on behalf of Florida’s business community, please visit

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the NAM or to follow the association on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit