The South Florida Manufacturer Association (SFMA) recently appointed Yamilet Ramirez, MSHRM and PHR to its Board of Directors for a 3 year term. Ms. Ramirez, has been with Kingspan Insulation, LLC (formerly Dyplast Products) for 16 years, originally as the Vice President of Human Resources for Dyplast Products, and now as the Human Resources Director for Kingspan Insulation's Miami plant.

Ramirez will remain an employee of Kingspan while serving the Board of SFMA in its quest to solve the skills gap and worker shortage challenge at a time when supply chain disruptions, worker shortage and policy debates are impacting the manufacturing industry. Kingspan is very proud of the outstanding contributions Ms. Ramirez has made to Dyplast over the years, and the value added contributions she continues to make in her new role at Kingspan. Her volunteer work with SFMA has obviously impressed the SFMA executives – so much so that they have appointed her to the prestigious position of Board Member.

As quoted in the announcement, "The SFMA is pleased to welcome [Ms. Ramirez] to serve in a fiduciary capacity to carry out the mission of the SFMA and all the duties and obligations in the role as a board member." Yamilet is intimately familiar with the SFMA mission, organization, and activities and has worked hand-in-hand within SFMA in several capacities over the past decade, including participation in the SFMA's safety committee and the annual committee to select the Manufacturer of the Year Awards. [You may recall Dyplast itself was selected as Manufacturer of the Year in a year that Yamilet recused herself from participation].

SFMA has held the distinction of being the #1 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. As a non-profit trade association, the mission of the SFMA has remained constant though out its history: To Serve Manufacturers. 

There are 13 manufacturing associations throughout the state of Florida with SFMA being one of the largest. The SFMA operates one of the only Manufacturer focused Training Institutes in the state providing training and development to all south Florida manufacturers. Over its long history, the SFMA has had a hand in establishing the Broward Economic Development Council (now the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance), the Florida Sterling Council (Florida's Quality Council and Award), the Manufacturing Extension Partnership in Florida (today FloridaMakes) and the Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF). Membership in SFMA is company-based, allowing employees of member companies to participate in activities. To keep the focus on manufacturing, the SFMA strives to keep 70% of its membership manufacturing companies. The SFMA is a 501c6 not-for-profit organization and is governed by a Board of Directors and is owned by its members.