- Policy: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bz8jy5a58ailbca/Florida%20Jobs%20First%20Agenda.pdf?dl=0
- Fact Sheet: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jds829hrahkj4mq/Fact%20Sheet%20on%20Florida%20Jobs%20First.pdf?dl=0
Fort Myers, FL — Adam Putnam joined employees of Dean Steel Buildings, Inc., this afternoon as part of his “Florida Jobs First Agenda” tour. During his visit, Putnam focused on his plan to increase vocational and technical training opportunities for Floridians while highlighting the opportunities for skilled workers.
“We want Florida to be the place where any one of our kids or grandkids can find a job and not have to move off to Atlanta or Charlotte to find good work,” Putnam said. “It means we need to diversify our economy and have more manufacturing here in Florida.”
“We are not just tourism, we are not just agriculture, it’s not just home building, it’s all of those things and more. That’s the kind of Florida economy we can build by supporting small businesses, by keeping taxes low and by training the workforce of tomorrow. Vocational and technical training is how we are going to do it.”
“We need to reorient our education system to include technical and career education so that all of our kids have the opportunity to find their piece of the American Dream.”
“The Florida Jobs First Agenda is a fantastic plan for Florida,” said Nanette Dean, President of Dean Steel Buildings, Inc. “The people we are trying to draw in here at Dean Steel Buildings are just not here, most of the people that we are bringing in are from up North. Adam Putnam’s plan will strengthen manufacturing here in Florida, which is what we need.”
Charles Dean, Nannette’s father, purchased the business in 1973 from his father, Bob Dean, and reiterated his daughter’s concerns with finding talent here in Florida.
“Over the 50 years that I’ve been doing this, it has been very difficult to find and hire trained people. It has always been the problem, and we’ve had to look elsewhere in order to find our employees. We cannot find the talent here because it’s not taught in the schools. Adam Putnam’s plan is absolutely what we need in this state,” Dean said.
Dean Steel Buildings, Inc. is a family owned business and the largest manufacturer of metal building systems in Florida. The business continuously seeks skilled labor such as welders, machinists, machine operators, manufacturing programmers and robotics programmers. Businesses like Dean Steel Buildings, Inc., rely on skilled workers, and Adam Putnam’s plan aims to give Floridians the skills they need to compete for these jobs.