Valpak models what’s needed to grow the Tampa Bay manufacturing sector

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    Valpak, a direct marketing company with a massive automated printing facility in St. Petersburg, is a great example of how to create a brighter economic future for a region, according to a national leader in advanced manufacturing.

    The company has successfully combined technology and talent, and that’s a big part of what’s needed to compete in the global manufacturing industry, said Byron Clayton, CEO of Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing, a Pittsburgh-based public-private partnership that focuses on robotics and workforce innovation.

    The big challenge that’s facing Tampa Bay and other regions is building a coordinated talent pipeline, said Clayton, who spoke Tuesday morning at Valpak at a breakfast hosted by executive search firm Winner Partners.