I Made It in Hillsborough

Meet the future of manufacturing.

They’re from all walks of life and all points in their careers, with no two stories alike. The common thread they all share? They’re ready to make more of themselves and of the world we live in. And with the explosive growth of our manufacturing industry, these individuals are making their dreams come true, right here in Hillsborough County.

MICHELLE PUENTES

Michelle’s always loved to fly and dreams of doing hands-on work for an aerospace leader like Boeing one day. Thanks to specialized training, her career is set for take-off.

MICHELLE’S STORY

LESLY FRANCOIS

Rebuilding toy tanks was his childhood joy. In manufacturing, he’s forging a solid future - and living his dream every day.

LESLY’S STORY

MARK CAMPOS

You name it, Mark wants to know how it works. That’s why a future in engineering is this veteran’s perfect fit.

MARK’S STORY

ERIN WISE

She’s a rising-star welder and a full-time Mommy who wants to build a great life for her family, and have fun doing it.

ERIN’S STORY

JACOB VILLANUEVA

He may still be in high school, but Jacob’s got big plans for his future. And they include making a big difference for people in need.

JACOB’S STORY

NESTOR HECHEVARRIA

Nestor always knew he wanted to work with his hands. Now, they’re his biggest asset in building a career with endless potential.

NESTOR’S STORY

NIDIA MORALES

Nidia wanted to be a nurse to help people get healthier. Today, she’s building products that help people stay alive.

NIDIA’S STORY

ROBERT FALOR

A career in food service left Robert running ragged. After switching gears to manufacturing, he loves his work and his new quality of life.

ROBERT’S STORY

SHANNON SWEATMAN

Shannon’s no stranger to manufacturing. It’s the family business. She’s dedicated to developing the next generation thrive.

SHANNON’S STORY

You can make it in Hillsborough County manufacturing, too.

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