Made in Brevard Expo showcases local manufacturing companies


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Jason Jones, the business director for Sentry View Systems, Inc., proudly debuts a mobile self-powered platform for the rapid deployment of CBRNE at the fifth annual Made in Brevard Expo.

VIERA VOICE Wendy Scheuring

Hundreds of Brevard County residents flocked to the Fifth Annual Made in Brevard Expo at the Radisson Resort at the Port in Cape Canaveral.

Sponsored by the Regional Manufacturer’s Association of Florida’s Space Coast (MASC), an initiative of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC), the event May 3 showcased the latest products from Brevard’s manufacturing industry.

Representatives from Lightwing Studios, the Florida Beer Company and Richard’s Paint Manufacturing talked about “locally made consumer products and how you can buy local,” according to the official Expo Guide. Other live tech talks discussed manufacturing talent, the new space age and transformational technology.

Twenty-four Brevard manufacturing companies manned booths to showcase their wares, products, and technologies, and shared their knowledge with attendees.

The Made in Brevard Expo also introduced the mobile CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) Warning and Protection System, according to Jason Jones, business director of Sentry View Systems, Inc.

“The Sentry Mobile line of mobile self-powered platforms allow for the rapid deployment of CBRNE, surveillance and ALPR,” according to the Sentry View System Inc.’s company literature.

Sentry View Systems, Inc.’s partnership with Ensco, which manufacturers the CBRNE, provides an innovative way to protect crowds and large populations from terrorist attacks.

On the other end of the spectrum, a product for dogs called Swift Paws, founded by Meghan Wolfram and co-owned with John Ritter, is a new, healthy and safe way for dogs to get their exercise in their own backyards.

Swift Paws currently is live on Kickstarter and already has raised $73,608 toward its original goal of $20,000 on the crowdfunding platform. The product will go into production in July and will be shipped to consumers in September.

The only home-based business in the EDC — LightWing Studios, LLC, co-owned by the husband and wife team of Patrick and Lyuba Pearce of Titusville — manufactures AxeShield.

It is a washable-protection cover tailored for a wide-variety of guitars, bass guitars, violins and amplifiers.

“The covers take away 70 percent of humidity and save musicians $400 yearly in instrument maintenance,” said Patrick Pearce, who added that 40 percent of their sales are exports.

Leaning to the esthetical side, Steven Slatem was on hand to launch Limellian Plaster, Stucco and Coatings, LLC’s new lime/ ceramic interior ceiling and wall texture coating plasters, according to the website Limellian.com.

The company, which is based in Cape Canaveral, manufactures “lime-based plaster, stucco and coatings,” in a variety of combinations with marble, quartz, coquina and cotton for the home’s interior. This gives it an exquisite feel and adds to the value of a property. The company also manufactures primers and paints for exteriors as well.

For more information on the EDC of Florida’s Space Coast, go to spacecoastedc.org.