Press Releases

Local Manufacturer Expanding in Indian River County

October 30, 2020

PCP Tactical LLC, a manufacturing firm located in Gifford, is expanding its current operations in Indian River County. PCP Tactical is a defense contractor founded in 2010, specializing in lightweight small-arms ammunition design and manufacturing. The company is planning to construct a 30,000sf facility in Gifford, doubling its current employment by adding 22 new jobs with wages that pay more than 115% of the county’s average annual wage, and estimates a capital investment of $4- million.


June 25, 2020

Manufacturing is not simple or easy, but the contribution to our economy is tremendous!


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Manufacturing on the Treasure Coast Podcast

June 22, 2020

Treasure Coast Manufacturers Association President Jerry Jacques, GM at Advanced Machine and Tool, Inc and Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County President Pete Tesch podcast interviewed by Ellen ContrerasTreasure Coast Connector, talk about opportunities for careers in manufacturing. 

Phoenix Metal Products, Inc. Ribbon Cutting & Open House

December 03, 2019

The ribbon cutting ceremony at Treasure Coast International Airport featured speakers U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, St. Lucie County Commission Chair Cathy Townsend, County Administrator Howard Tipton, Phoenix Metals President Brooks Price and Vice President Bill Wilcox.

October 03, 2019

TCMA partnered with CareerSource Research Coast at the October 3rd State-of-Jobs Conference held at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. During the half-day conference, nearly 600 high school juniors and seniors from Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties explored career pathways in six high-demand industries: manufacturing, skilled trades, healthcare, hospitality, art and design, business and financial services.  To read more...

School Counselors Visit Industry Partners

September 18, 2019

In partnership with the Economic Development Council, St. Lucie Public Schools toured the facilities of their local industry partners. Up to 30 School counselors, graduation coaches, Career Technical education teachers, and District support staff were provided an inside look at each business, complete with production capabilities and needs. In an effort to reduce the Skills Gap, the tour provides counselors an understanding of the needs of the industry Partners concerning employment. St. Lucie Public Schools counselors and teachers can identify students that fill those needs. St. Lucie Public Schools is making students college and career-ready, successful, and filling the pipelines to ensure that students are on the correct Pathway to success.

Ready-to-Work Boot Camp in St. Lucie

June 07, 2019

In its second year, St. Lucie County boot camp participants graduated June 7.  Twenty-three young people participated in manufacturing or skilled trades programs, learning soft skills and about career opportunities at 15 local businesses.  The boot camp was held in partnership with St. Lucie Public Schools, TCMA, EDC and TCBA.

First IRC Manufacturing Boot Camp a Success!

May 15, 2019

The Chamber’s Economic Development Office is proud to announce the success of the first Manufacturing Boot Camp in Indian River County.

The program introduced eight recently-graduated high school seniors to the manufacturing industry, providing them an opportunity to explore potential careers in this industry sector or decide to pursue a college degree. During the week-long program, the students toured ten companies, asking questions of owners and facility managers about the skills needed, entry-level pay scales and job responsibilities. 

TCMA Director Presented Leadership Award

May 10, 2019

Tammy Roncaglione, community president for CenterState Bank, was presented with the prestigious Pete Hegener Leadership Award by the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County at its 7th annual leadership dinner on May 9. 

SFMA Unveils the 2019 Manufacturers of the Year

March 15, 2019

Expert Shutter Services Inc. announced as Runner-Up in Manufacturers 26 – 75 Employees category.   Companies judged on leadership, strategy, customers, measurement, knowledge management, workforce, and operations. 

Training on tap at Islamorada Beer Company

December 21, 2018

Islamorada Beer Company’s Fort Pierce employees recently received more than $15,000 in career training opportunities, paid for in part by a State of Florida Incumbent Worker Training Grant.

The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Office has implemented a Manufacturing Boot Camp program for high school seniors, replicating a successful program in neighboring St. Lucie County. The program is designed to provide students an alternative career path, especially for those who are not college-bound, while strengthening the local talent pipeline.

A five-day Ready to Work Manufacturing Boot Camp was designed to prepare high school graduates for immediate high-demand careers. Students, were hand-selected by their school guidance counselors, visited Silver-Line Plastics, Southern Eagle Distributing, Phoenix Metal Products, Walmart Distribution Center and Pursuit Boats.

The boot camp arose out of the St. Lucie EDC's 2017 Skills Gap Initiative and the Workforce Readiness Task Force, which works to bridge the gap between the region's current workforce skills and those that will be needed by area employers in the future.

Florida's Online Global Program

July 09, 2018

Learn how to leverage your online presence to increase your brand awareness, visibility, and sales in your international target markets. IBT Partners teamed up with Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) to provide a program that will deliver websites for any international market, backed by an EFI Grant.


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Go Global with Website Localization and Social Media Marketing - July 23 - 27, 2018 - Miami | Ft. Lauderdale | Tampa | Orlando | Jacksonville | Pensacola

2018 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards

June 05, 2018

Fort Pierce manufacturer, Advanced Machine & Tool Inc. named one of six Florida companies to receive statewide recognition as the 2018 winners of the second annual Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards.  The awards, recognizing high performing manufacturers in six categories, were announced and presented June 1 at the Governor's Sterling Awards Banquet in Orlando.

Signing Day: Career Edition

June 04, 2018

Student athletes have signing days, now St. Lucie County students seeking careers in manufacturing, trade and distribution have one too. 


On June 15, 22 recent graduates of St. Lucie Public Schools will celebrate their completion of the county’s first Ready to Work Manufacturing Boot Camp with an opportunity to sign on as employees with local manufacturing, trade and distribution companies.  

April 18, 2018

This summer, 30 Treasure Coast residents will be the very first in the State of Florida to learn a skilled trade while earning money through a dynamic, fast-track comprehensive manufacturing apprenticeship program. An apprenticeship is a combination of paid on-the-job learning and related classroom instruction.

March 27, 2018

Treasure Coast based manufacturers dominated this year’s South Florida Manufacturer’s Association (SFMA) Manufacturer of the Year Awards, presented this month at the organization’s 39th annual recognition event.  Five of the 18 finalists and three of the eight award winners were Treasure Coast companies. 

August 02, 2017

Dignitaries from across the region helped the Treasure Coast Manufacturers Association mark its first anniversary at the organization’s annual meeting on August 2, including U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, keynote speaker.

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