Governor Rick Scott is pleased that more Florida residents are going back to work.
Scott visited the Hoerbiger Corporation, a manufacturer of valves, in Pompano Beach and said he believes things are looking up for working people in Florida.
"In June about 37,000 new jobs were created. Since I took office in 2010, about 620,000 jobs were created in Florida. I think we are doing things right," Scott told an audience of factory personnel and community leaders.
During the presentation, Scott promoted Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in education. He wants to reward teachers who can teach courses in math science and technology. Scott also wants to see state colleges in Florida offer a four year degree for $10,000. He believes this will encourage more people go to college and not have to face major debt problems following graduation.
Scott also stressed the importance of eliminating the manufacturing sales tax which is set to expire in 2017. He believes that by eliminating this sales tax manufacturing will remain a stable and growing pillar of Florida's economy. "This repeal will save Florida companies $140 million annually. This savings will allow the 17,500 manufacturing companies in Florida, who employ more than 300,000 Floridians to expand, invest and grow during the next four years," said Scott.
Also, Scott praised Hoerbiger for have a strong internal training and apprenticeship program.
And this is something that Hoerbiger is proud of according to David Gonzalez, who runs the apprenticeship program for Hoerbiger. "We have a four year apprenticeship program and train people to be machinists. There is a huge demand for people who are qualified as machinists," said Gonzalez.
Hoerbiger employs about 350 people in its manufacturing operation in Pompano Beach. The company has been successful and is expected to continue doing well, according to its president, Don York.