Meet the Honorees

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Mainstream Engineering Corporation

Mainstream Engineering Corporation is a Research and Development (R&D) structured organization that manufactures unique products in the thermal control, energy conversion, chemical, materials, and mechanical technology areas for government and commercial users.  We do not make me too products, instead we focus on novel, unique, patent-protected products that satisfy a previously unsatisfied demand in diverse industries

Founded in: 1986


Brevard County



Employee Growth 2019-2022

19% Increase

Revenue Growth 2020-2022

13% Increase

Robert Scaringe


Was there an “ah-ha” moment that led you to start your company?

Typically, high-tech R&D occurs in university graduate schools, but these organizations work slowly on a four-year Ph.D. timetable and are not well equipped to commercialize the technology. We formed Mainstream with the idea of performing university-level R&D on a faster schedule to convert our intellectual property into unique much-needed products protected by patents.

What’s your company culture like?

We realize our most important asset is our people and how they interact and work together. We have a full-time in-house recruiting staff to find the best engineers and technical staff in the country, and then we offer an outstanding work package and optimal working conditions. We work hard to avoid the isolation of silos and strive to develop well-rounded engineers who think outside the box and have no reason to seek employment elsewhere. We have extremely low employee turnover.

What is your competitive edge?

Our people.

We’ve utilized multiple resources, including the help of the USF Small Business Development Center and the Tampa Bay Chamber. I recommend that any small business owner seek out their local chamber of commerce for networking opportunities.

Our company commitment is to continue to grow product revenue at a rate of at least 20% per year, exceed $100 million in sales, develop at least three new products per year, and branch into a minimum of two new areas with additional spin-off companies.

Do you have a proudest moment so far?

There are many proud moments, but some of the proudest moments are when I see my employees explaining their accomplishments to their families and watching their excitement around the disclosure.

What does it mean to be selected as an Honoree?

It a great honor for our organization to be selected to be part of this elite group of very successful companies.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank for getting you to where you are now?

Every single employee at Mainstream is a critical part of the well-lubricated machine that is Mainstream. I would therefore like to thank all our employees for their dedication to the mission, hard work, and perseverance.

What is your advice for aspiring or fellow business owners?

As Thomas Edison said; “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” So don’t start if you’re not prepared to give 100%.

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