Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
3:58 pm EDT
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Lake County to celebrate companies during Manufacturing Month

CaptiveAire Systems in Groveland produces commercial kitchen ventilation systems.

Lake County, home to more than 300 manufacturing companies with nearly 8,000 employees, announced a multi-faceted campaign to bring awareness to the importance of manufacturing to the county’s economy.

The initiative launches Oct. 1, the start of Manufacturing Month in Florida, a news release states. Lake County Economic Growth and the Communications Department will showcase businesses that are key cogs in creating a diverse and sustainable local economy. This will include spotlighting innovations by local companies such as Electron Machine, VacTron, Eagle Quality, CaptiveAire, and Qualtools, to name a few.

Lake County’s manufacturing workforce number of 7 percent is well above the state average of 4 percent. Manufacturing companies produce a wide variety of goods, including specialized tools, communications equipment, and aerospace, medical, and automotive products.

We have a vested interest in Lake County’s economic prosperity, and manufacturing is one of our most important niche markets,” Robert Chandler, Lake County Economic Growth director, says in the release. “Lake County’s economic base is the manufacturing industry, and we are proud to support both new and expanding manufacturing businesses, as well as the manufacturing workforce, because we know that manufacturers create high-wage jobs and strengthen our local and regional economy.”

Information about dozens of businesses can be found on the Made in Lake website at The site promotes local manufacturing companies, creates new connections, and gives businesses the available resources needed to prosper. Lake County manufacturers are welcome to register, free of charge, to benefit from this professional networking opportunity.

Additionally throughout the month, features on participating manufacturers will be shared on Lake County’s Economic Development Facebook page,, and can be found by searching for the hashtag #MadeInLake.

For more information about starting or expanding a business in Lake, call the county’s Economic Growth Department at 352.742.3918.

Photo provided by Lake County.