On Friday May 3rd, SAMA was invited to Suncoast ABC7 for a round table discussion regarding the economy and manufacturing.  Representing SAMA were three board members, Bayne Beecher – SAMA President and Production Control Manager of PGT, Kevin Connelly – President of Apollo Sunguard, and Larry Bowman – Executive Vice President of Purmort & Martin Insurance Company.

While the unemployment rate is low, most Sarasota and Manatee families can’t afford to feed their kids, as the amount of children receiving free lunch in school exceeds 50%.  Higher paying jobs are needed, and manufacturing pays higher wages than tourism and retail industries, which is what Florida has focused on for many years.

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