Sy-Klone Receives Bronze SMBE Manufacturing Excellence Award

FloridaMakes Network, in Partnership with The Sterling Council, Announces Eleven Florida Manufacturers Have Won the 2022 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence (SMBE) Award.

ORLANDO, FL – Eleven Florida manufacturers have received the 2022 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence (SMBE) Award. The SMBE Awards are given annually to Florida manufacturers who achieve high levels of performance in several categories, including leadership, strategy, customer and market focus, measurement, analysis, knowledge management, workforce, and operations.

The 2022 SMBE winners are:

Gold Winners

    • BAE Systems -Jacksonville Ship Repair (Jacksonville)
    • Lippert / Taylor Made (Bradenton)
    • Stryker (Weston)

Silver Winners

    • Bacardi Bottling Corporation (Jacksonville)
    • Harmar Mobility (Sarasota)
    • Shaw Development (Bonita Springs)
    • Unison Industries (Jacksonville)

Bronze Winners

    • Biorep Technologies, Inc. (Miami Lakes)
    • MULLET’S Aluminum Products, Inc. (Sarasota)
    • Solar Stik, Inc. (St. Augustine)
    • Sy-Klone International (Jacksonville)

“It’s an honor to recognize Florida manufacturers who are superlative examples of the state’s manufacturing prowess,” said Kevin Carr, CEO of the FloridaMakes Network.

“These eleven winners went through a stringent assessment process to get an SMBE award and their dedication to the process was inspiring. They truly represent the best of the best among manufacturers in Florida. On behalf of the entire FloridaMakes Network and our statewide partners, I want to congratulate each company on its well-deserved SMBE award.”

The 11 winners were chosen from 23 finalists. Over 160 Florida manufacturers were nominated for this year’s award. A team of Sterling Council-trained examiners and manufacturing community representatives contributed their time and expertise to evaluate nominations, including virtual site visits and interviews with managers and employees of semi-finalists.

The FloridaMakes Network will feature the finalists and winners in webinars, plant tours and events that share best practices to benefit Florida’s manufacturing sector.

For more information about the SMBE Award, please visit

About the Governor’s Sterling Award
Established in 1992, the Sterling Council is a public/private not-for-profit corporation supported by the Executive Office of the Governor. The Council oversees the Governor’s Sterling Award for Performance Excellence, presented annually by the Governor to high performing, role-model organizations, both private and public, who demonstrate superior management approaches and role model results. Sterling’s conference teaches participants how to elevate performance and increase productivity. Nearly 600 executives and professionals gather at this event for a one-stop source for education, information and inspiration. The conference concludes with the recognition of best practices, the Team Showcase Champion, and the presentation of the Governor’s Sterling Awards, the highest award an organization can receive for performance excellence in Florida. For more information, please contact John Pieno at (850) 922-5316 or visit

About the FloridaMakes Network
The FloridaMakes Network is a statewide, industry-led, public-private partnership operated by an alliance of Florida’s regional manufacturers associations with the sole mission of strengthening and advancing Florida’s economy by improving the competitiveness, productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on small and medium-sized firms. It accomplishes this by providing services focused on three principle value streams: technology adoption, talent development, and business growth. The FloridaMakes Network is the representative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network in the state of Florida, a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. For more information about the FloridaMakes Network, please visit and follow @FloridaMakes.

About Sy-Klone International
Sy-Klone International, founded in 1986, is a manufacturing and technology company that creates industry-leading air filtration solutions. Sy-Klone has recently been recognized for revenue performance, innovation, and employee engagement, including being selected as one of 50 honorees on the 2021 GrowFL Companies to Watch list, and receiving the First Coast Manufacturers Association’s Workforce Development award for a demonstrated commitment to employee training and development.

Sy-Klone’s customers range from heavy equipment manufacturers, to the U.S. government and international militaries, to distribution that supplies end users of heavy equipment across the globe in the most intensive, debris-laden industries. Over decades, Sy-Klone has established a wide range of proprietary solutions that increase uptime for heavy equipment engines and keep operators safe and healthy with clean air environments.

With over 100 patents and registered trademarks worldwide, Sy-Klone continues to grow and provide innovative solutions to meet complex customer needs, especially in the area of market-leading air quality delivery systems and advanced technology filtration for high-debris environments.

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