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Florida journal set to rank marine industry performers

The Oct. 16 issue of the South Florida Business Journal will spotlight Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties’ marine industry.

The Oct. 16 issue of the South Florida Business Journal will spotlight Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties’ marine industry in the publication’s first-ever ranking of the industry’s top performers.

Called The List, company rankings in major sectors of the South Florida economy — banking, law, tourism, manufacturing, construction, real estate — appear throughout the year in special sections in the weekly business publication.

This is the first time the marine industry will be showcased in The List, according to Phil Purcell, executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.

“This is huge,” he said. “If you’re a lawyer and you have one of the top law firms, you want to be recognized,” he said. The same goes for marine businesses.

It also raises the industry’s profile in the business community, he said. The marine sector has an $11.5 billion impact regionally and now it will be profiled annually.

“Like other industries, we will be recognized in a respected business journal,” he said.

The List will break the marine industry down into its major sectors and list the top companies — probably 25 — in each one, based on the number of employees, MIASF director of public relations and marketing Sharon Abramson said.

In future rankings a mix of factors may be used in ranking companies’ influence and performance, she said. The special section also will feature articles on the industry.

The List of South Florida marine businesses also will appear in business publications in Boston, Dallas and Silicon Valley, raising the South Florida industry’s profile nationally, she said.

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