Products Made in Lakeland

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We’d like to officially propose a new slogan for Lakeland, FL – “We make that here.” Why? Because from lottery tickets to cottage cheese and fragrances to citrus juices, we have a lot of locally made products.

We wanted to know more about what brings businesses to Lakeland and what they’re making. Here’s what we found.

The bigger the better

When you talk about locally made products, Lakeland has some heavy hitters (think Publix, The Pepsi Bottling Group + Pepperidge Farm). The Lakeland-Winter Haven metro area has a diverse manufacturing economy (ranked no. 8 in the nation for manufacturing jobs). Food manufacturing employs a large number of people, along with printing and machinery manufacturing. There’s no surprise then in us being recently ranked as one of the best places to work in manufacturing.

So what makes Lakeland a good home for these large-scale companies?

Workforce

Thanks in part to our growth rate (no. 10 in mid-sized metro job growth), Lakeland-Winter Haven has a strong labor pool. The current workforce is skilled – with a total employment of 259,500 and access to 11+ million people within a 100-mile radius specializing talent in distribution, tourism, logistics, health care, financial services, IT, aviation, and more – but there’s also a strong emphasis on preparing the next workforce. Polk County Public Schools have the second-highest number of National Career Academy Coalition accredited academies in the nation (that’s over 50, to be exact). Plus, we have six colleges and universities with 17,000 college students.

Location, location, location

~35 miles southwest, Tampa. ~55 miles northeast, Orlando. If you’re transporting goods by land, Interstate 4 offers direct access to major markets. Other options for transportation include Lakeland Linder International Airport (for jet use and Amazon Prime) the CSX Rail Access, and two major airports (TPA and MCO) less than one hour away.

Business Climate

Florida has the fourth-best business tax climate in the country. Plus, the state has no individual income tax.

Aside from taxes + incentives, Lakeland promotes research and innovation – evidenced in programs like Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute and the Advanced Mobility Institute within Florida Polytechnic University.

Last (but certainly not least) Lakeland is a nationally recognized communitya.k.a. places people want to live. We’re well-ranked as a safe place to live, the hottest housing market in the U.S., the most philanthropic city, and the top city to buy a home.

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Ready to explore who is here and what are they making?

Don’t forget the “little” guys

The big names account for a lot of Lakeland’s reputation as a manufacturing hub, but the mid-size + small businesses are an important part of our economic fabric.

Lakeland’s resources target the specific needs of mid-small sized businesses – like the Chamber’s Leads Groups, Business After Hours, and New Business 101 sessions. Catapult Lakeland provides educational programs, workshops, and mentoring opportunities for entrepreneurs. Additional resources include the Lakeland Economic Development Council, Lakeland CRA, Central Florida SCORE, and many more.

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Here are a few (of the many) mid-level to small businesses in Lakeland.

The main takeaway is this: Lakeland attracts and sustains businesses. We have a growing workforce, prime location, and resources to support a variety of industries.

We’d love to know which products you’re proud to have made in Lakeland. If we didn’t mention them above, drop a note in the comments below.