Excellence in Manufacturing Awards

The anticipation of this year’s awards recognizing the outstanding and unique accomplishments of our members through the year is growing. Plans for our annual Excellence in Manufacturing Awards dinner are being finalized for the evening of October 2, to coordinate with our 2014 Summit to be held at the Amelia Island Ritz Carlton.

Many of our members have accomplished significant improvements in processes, sustainable programs for natural resource uses, education, mentoring programs, or other accomplishments that we may not know about, but want to know. The Excellence in Manufacturing Awards is your opportunity to tell your story so we can all celebrate your accomplishments and properly recognize your efforts. This year some of our members will be nominated by other members.

You can find online applications on our website here, or you can pick up at the FCMA office or at one of our committee meetings. The application fee is $100, less than the cost of a banquet ticket. This year in order to encourage you to participate in the event, nominees will receive one ticket to the awards dinner—a discount of $25.

Last year a number of our nominees and winners were recognized in the state manufacturing awards. Gerdau won ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ and Vistakon won ‘Manufacturing Mentor of the Year.’ State finalists also included Saft America and Georgia-Pacific Corporation.

We look forward to your participation in this year’s event. If we can assist you, let us know.

Click here for more information on registration or sponsorship of the Excellence in Manufacturing Awards Dinner and the Summit.


Welcome to…

Defenshield Inc.
Contact: Collins White, President
Phone: (904) 679-3942
7000 US Highway 1 N, Ste 401, St. Augustine, FL 32095

…designs, sells and markets tools for war fighters. Specifically bullet, blast and fragment resistant products that are currently in use by all four branches of the DOD, the Secret Service. Deployments include the Pentagon, DHS Headquarters and nuclear plants in the US and Japan.

Sponsor: FCMA

tw telecom
Contact: Kevin O’Neill, Vice President/General Manager
Phone: (904) 394-2232
200 W. Forsyth St, Ste 1010, Jacksonville, FL 32202

…delivers managed data, Internet and voice networking solutions to businesses and large organizations throughout the U.S.

Sponsor: Neil Hancock, Golder Associates

Government Relations Committee Meeting

This month’s featured guest will be City of Jacksonville Public Works Director Jim Robinson. If you are interested in attending the July 8 meeting, please contact Debbie in the FCMA office. Special thanks to our host, David Davis and BBVA Compass.


FCMA Young Professionals (Aged 21 to 40) Group Meeting

Don’t miss the next Young Professionals Group meeting at the FCMA office. We will be having networking time and refreshments, as well as, a presentation to give the group a brief overview of FCMA and the benefits you receive as FCMA members.
When: Wednesday, July 16, 5:30-6:30PM
Where: FCMA office (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2)
RSVP: E-mail to Amanda

This is a FCMA members only group that allows for the perfect opportunity to interact with your peers and connect with other young professionals, aged 21 to 40. FCMA member companies can send any employees from their company who meet the age requirement. If you are interested in being a part of the FCMA Young Professional group, please let Amanda in the FCMA office know.


EHS Committee Meeting

Perfect timing for our monthly presentation… The July 17 meeting will be Hurricane Preparedness by Ken Wilkey of Anheuser-Busch. If you are not a regular member of the EHS Committee but are interested in attending, please contact Debbie in the FCMA office for details.

HAZCOM in the Workplace- OSHA Workshop

This month’s OSHA Workshop is on HAZCOM in the Workplace on Thursday, July 31 from 11:00AM-1:30PM at the FCMA office (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2). Lunch will be provided for $10 per person if you respond in a timely manner. All participants are required to complete the FSCJ application to receive certifications. For more information or to RSVP, contact Debbie.


2014 FCMA Summit & Excellence in Manufacturing Awards

The 2014 FCMA Summit and Excellence in Manufacturing Awards will be held on October 2-3, 2014 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Amelia Island. We are so excited about this event after the great success the first FCMA Summit was in 2013. Sign up today! There are plenty of sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities available. Click here for more information.

Click here to sign up for the Summit and/or the Excellence in Manufacturing Awards!
Click here to nominate your company for an Excellence in Manufacturing award.

July 28 Open House at FCMA


Join us for an open house at the FCMA office, located at 1615 Huffingham Road in Jacksonville, on July 28 from 4:00-6:00 PM.

Thank you to our Open House refreshment sponsors: Abatix, AlliedBarton Security Services, Liquid Environmental Solutions, Omni Hotel, Pal-King Pallets, Regions Bank, TECO Peoples Gas.

Thank you to TECO Peoples Gas for hosting our June General Meeting! We had great meeting and turnout! For more than 115 years, Peoples Gas has provided Florida residents and businesses with reliable, environmentally-friendly, economical natural gas products and service.

The Workforce Development Committee recognized St. Johns Technical School teacher Linda Krepps (pictured below) for her outstanding manufacturing program and partnership with Carlisle IT.

Thank you to our refreshment sponsor Aerostar SES LLC!

Click here to view more photos from the meeting.

Government Relations/EHS Joint Meeting

The June meeting was our annual legislative report presented by Trey Mills with Rogers Towers to both EHS and Government Relations Committees. If you missed the meeting but are interested in the 2014 Legislative Update, click here for the presentation.

Onsite Occupation Athletics Lunch N Learn

Matt Jeffs with Ability Rehab Services shared useful insight at last month’s “Onsite Occupation Athletics - Beyond Worksite Wellness” session. Members took away tips that they could immediately apply in their own facilities or office. His successful game plan with Georgia-Pacific has proven to be an ideal model of promoting cultural well-being by building health awareness and increasing productivity. His preventative approach is key to a healthier workforce, and his rapid return to work strategies were priceless! For further information, contact Dr. Jeffs at (904) 377-1527 or email Matt.Jeffs@gapac.com. Job well done!

Professional Progress

This month’s class focused on the environment and sustainability held at the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas Environmental Education Resource Center in St. Johns County. Pictured above are groups creating and reporting out on their sustainable development plans. Also the class participated in two community projects this month (pictures below): the first at HabiJax on June 10; the second on June 28 at Catty Shack; a third project is scheduled for August at the Ronald McDonald House.

FCMA Member Testimonial

“Thank you to all involved, ie, Gov Relations, Lake, and all who took the trips to Tallahassee, for making it easy to get the tax exemption for new equipment. I just saved $4850 on a new piece of equipment by completing a very simple exemption certificate.” - Cindy Hildebrand, President, CF Machine & Tool


Vistakon School Interns & Robotics program

JnJ vision care Dream It Do It program has 10 high school interns on campus this summer from 5 different high schools in Duval county. The interns will be working in the following departments: Operations, Quality Control, Quality Control Chemistry lab, Distribution, Computer Integrated Management, Environmental Health & Safety, Formulation, and Optical Tooling. Along with the summer internship, The Dream It Do It program here at JnJ vision care is kicking off its 1st Robotics program for the interns for 8 weeks. Click here for more information.

Florida Trade Grant

Did you know… Through the Florida TRADE Grant prospective manufacturing employees are receiving industry certifications at FSCJ. Click here for further information. If you have questions, contact Mike Collins at FSCJ. We are also interested in any intern opportunities at your facility—please contact Sherri in the FCMA to office.


Abatix… has several classes coming up that are open to FCMA members. Click here for more information.

ACTS… has attained a Gold Digital Advertising competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top one percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.
Also, ACTS had a new case study about how they helped fellow FCMA member Advanced Disposal streamline business processes, maximize existing assets, and save money published here.

Auld & White Constructors… is doing a $546,300 interior build-out at Mayo Clinic and is also doing a $465,000 interior alteration at Bishop Kenny High School.

Danis Construction… is doing a $623,028 tenant build-out for The Corner Bakery Cafe in Southpoint.

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast… sailors delivered donated items, prepared, and served lunch to patrons of the I.M. Sulzbacher Center, a non-profit, homeless shelter in downtown Jacksonville. Click here for more information.

Georgia-Pacific Corporation… Palatka Pulp and Paper Operations will be investing approximately $20 million to upgrade major components of its No. 1 kraft paper machine. Planned upgrades will allow the mill to manufacture higher quality paper with more efficient utilization of natural resources.

JAX Chamber… FCMA members are invited to attend “Manufacturing Talent in Northeast Florida” on July 24, featuring Tim Ryan of Vistakon and other familiar FCMA faces. Click here for more information.

McGuireWoods… lawyers Scott Cairns and Melissa Nelson were named to Florida Super Lawyers for 2014 and Sara Holladay-Tobias was named a Rising Star.

Regions Bank… is offering tickets to FCMA members to one of these classic movies that will be shown on the big screen at the Florida Theater. If you are interested in tickets to please email Stephanie Thomas. The tickets are available at a first come first serve basis. All movies are on Sunday and start at 2pm Movie showings include: 7/20 Batman, 7/27 Gremlins, 8/3 Caddyshack, 8/10 Bedknobs and Broomsticks, 8/17 Viva Las Vegas, 8/24 Field of Dreams, 8/31 Goldfinger.

University of North Florida… Wellness Complex received the Building Design & Construction Award of Merit from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Do you have something exciting going on at your company? Let Amanda know.