Source: The Communities of Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay area's manufacturing cluster is diverse and much of it has a high tech component. From food processing to packaging, pharmaceuticals to defense, microelectronics to medical devices, Tampa Bay's manufacturers are a powerful engine with the region.
Medical Device Manufacturing
Tampa Bay ranks in the top 20 nationwide for medical device manufacturing clusters. The industry employs more than 10,000 people with an average wage in excess of $49,000 and produces over $2 billion worth of goods and services for an economic impact of more than 51,000 jobs and $5 billion.
Tampa Bay's history of manufacturing for the defense industry has created a workforce skilled in high-precision fabrication of electronic parts and assemblies and experience in dealing with government relations, easing the transition to the highly regulated medical manufacturing industry.
A sampling of medical manufacturing firms in Tampa Bay:
- Baxter Healthcare Corp.
- Bausch & Lomb
- B&M Precision
- Cardinal Health Inc.
- Doyen Medipharm
- Florida Infusion Services, Inc.
- Halkey-Roberts Corp.
- Hoveround, Inc.
- Linvatec Corporation
- Maxxim Medical Inc.
- NDH Medical, Inc.
- SRI/Surgical Express, Inc.
- Transitions Opitcal, Inc.
- Twin Star Optics
- VLOC Inc.
Microelectronics / Nanotechnology
Researchers at the University of South Florida's Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Research Center (NNRC), H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and the Center for Ocean Technogy at USF's College of Marine Science are researching how to use nanotechnology for a myriad of targeted uses including drug delivery, mechanized microsurgery, customized laser microchips, ways to turn sunlight into electricity, purifying water, storing hydrogen in small nanotubes, designing and developing marine sensors using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and curing cancer.
Leading high-tech manufacturers that call Tampa Bay home include:
- Jabil Circuit
- Tech Data
- Lockheed Martin
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