Published Thursday, June 6, 2019

June 6, 2019 - PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLA – Two Palm Beach County-based manufacturing companies received statewide recognition at the Governor’s Sterling Awards Banquet in Orlando on May 31. Habilitation Center of Boca (HABCO), located in Boca Raton, and Lockheed Martin, located in Riviera Beach, were both “2019 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence” winners, a portion of the banquet devoted to awarding business excellence in manufacturing.

Habilitation Center of Boca won in the category for “Independent Companies with up to 25 Employees.” The company manufactures printed circuit board assembly, cable assembly/wiring harnesses, as well as provides product testing, cell phone repair and permanent employment for disabled workers. Lockheed Martin won in the category for “Corporate-Backed Companies with More than 200 Employees”. The company manufactures manned and unmanned submersibles.

The Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes collaborated on these statewide awards. Companies were judged on leadership, strategy, customer and market focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce and operations.

Overall, the South Florida Manufacturing Association had five member companies as finalists out of the 33 total state-wide finalists. The two winners were in Palm Beach County. In fact, the SFMA is hosting a “Manufacturer of the Year Winner Plant Tour” at HABCO to showcase their facility and give an inside look at what they do and how they do it in Boca Raton.

“The competition this year was very strong and it’s a testament to the strength of manufacturing in Palm Beach County,” said Matthew Rocco, President of the South Florida Manufacturing Association.

“The BDB congratulates the 2019 Winners and is proud to have them call Palm Beach County home,” said Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO of the Business Development Board. “The manufacturing industry here is so diverse and it’s great to receive state-wide recognition for it.”


About the South Florida Manufacturers Association (SFMA): The SFMA has held the distinction of being the dedicated resource for manufacturers in South Florida since 1961 saving its members time and money through advocacy, networking and resources. SFMA prides itself on being member driven – creating new products and services as members’ needs change. The mission of the SFMA has remained constant though out its history: To Serve Manufacturers. The SFMA advocates for manufacturers across the South Florida Region covering 8 counties that include: Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee, and Indian River.  This territory serves 6,000 manufacturers. For more information, please visit

About the Business Development Board (BDB): The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County is the official public/private economic development organization for Palm Beach County and Enterprise Florida.  Founded in 1982 as a not-for-profit corporation, our primary purpose is to attract and retain new industry, business investment, high quality jobs and workforce development through corporate relocations, expansions and international trade. During the past five years, the BDB has assisted companies that have created more than 12,822 direct jobs with average salaries greater than $69,062, resulting in more than $777 million in capital investment to Palm Beach County and an economic impact that exceeds $6.87 billion.  Additional information can be found at the BDB’s web site,


SFMA Contact: Matthew R. Rocco, President,

BDB Contact: Kristen Boyd, 


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