Registration Now Open for the 2015 FCMA Summit!

You won’t want to miss the third annual FCMA Summit being held October 8-9 (Thursday-Friday) with a new and updated format. The event serves as a forum to address and discuss key issues affecting local manufacturers and related businesses.

Under the chairmanship of Blair Wygle of Proforma NorthPoint, Board and Committee leaders are in the process of finalizing an outstanding group of professionals who will speak at general sessions and panel discussions that will help you avoid being blindsided in your day-to-day business. Also during the Summit, you can visit the fantastic exhibitors in the day-long expo hall. If you are interested in exhibiting, booths are limited to the first 19.

The Summit is being held in conjunction with our annual Excellence in Manufacturing Awards Banquet to recognize outstanding member companies on Wednesday, October 7, at the Treasury Building in historic downtown St. Augustine. We will return to the beautiful Casa Monica Hotel for our Summit. The event is open to any manufacturer or associated business for a low registration fee. Both the Summit and Excellence in Manufacturing Awards are limited to the first 150 attendees–so, register early! There are a limited number of discounted rooms at the Casa Monica hotel for Summit/Excellent participants.

Click here for more information and to register.

Legislative Watch List Update (Week 9)

The legislative session ended in a surprise move by the Speaker of the Florida House. The budget discussion between the House and the Senate were at an impasse with the Senate determined to expand Medicaid coverage available from the Affordable Care Act. The House had remain committed to rejecting those federal dollars. The background is that the State accepted Medicaid funding from the Federal Government in 2002 impacting the budget by about $6Bn in the current budget proposal the funding has increased to about $23Bn. Accepting more Medicaid money will increase at a minimum an additional $1Bn annually, however the long term projections are very significant. Accepting those funds and entitlements could eventual direct spending and consume almost all dollars in the State for dedicated expenses…Click here to read more.

Welcome to…

Jacksonville Lean Consortium
Contact: Elizabeth Sims, Manager
Phone: (904) 281-9026
9802-12 Baymeadows Rd #134, Jacksonville, FL 32256

…collaborates to improve the performance of businesses on the First Coast, and promotes economic growth through the implementation of Lean thinking methods and tools.

Sponsor: FCMA

New Member Orientation

FCMA’s New Member Orientation is held at least once every month and it is not limited to just the New Members. FCMA offers this orientation to your employees who you want to be active in FCMA.

When: Thursday, May 7
Time: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: FCMA office (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2)
You must RSVP to attend. Please contact Maria to sign up.

Coaching Your Team - Workshop

This month’s workshop will be on Coaching Your Team. Stay tuned for more information.

Where: FCMA Training Room (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2)
When: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 7:30 – 9:30 AM
Cost: $10 Members; $25 Non-members
RSVP: FCMA (904) 296-9664 or Email to Sherri

OSHA Rights - OSHA Workshop

Members continue to take advantage of the OSHA training opportunities with monthly workshops. The April class was on Florida Disaster Awareness—just in time for the hurricane season. The May class will be on OSHA Rights. Make sure you are taking advantage of these classes. Check the schedule out.
Thursday, May 28, from 11:00AM-1:30PM at the FCMA office (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2). To RSVP contact Debbie.

FCMA Summit

Registration is now open for the 2015 FCMA Summit! The Summit will be held on October 8 and 9, at the Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine. The Excellence in Manufacturing Awards will be on October 7 at The Treasury Building.

Click here for more information about the Summit.

Click here to register now!

2015 Wage Survey

FCMA Manufacturers: We invite you to participate in our annual Wage & Benefit Survey!

Remember— Results will be published in summary only and no individual company information will be divulged. Survey results should be available by August to all survey participants free of charge. Non-participating FCMA members will be charged $75. This survey is not for sale to non-members. Deadline for your response is June 26.

Click here for more information and to go to the survey.

May 18 at Carlisle Interconnect Technologies

Our May General Meeting will be held on Monday, May 18, from 4:00-6:00 PM at Carlisle IT, located at 100 Tensolite Drive in St. Augustine. Carlisle manufactures electronic test equipment and accessories, such as oscilloscope probes, differential probes, test leads, kitting solutions and other RF interconnect products used in the Test & Measurement market.

RSVP is required—absolutely no walk-ups allowed! Deadline to RSVP is 5:00 PM Monday, May 11, by email to with ALL of the following information: Full Legal Name, Company, Company Address, Country of Citizenship (sorry–only U.S. citizens will be allowed to attend).

Thank you to our refreshment sponsor AlliedBarton Security Services!

Thank you to L&J Diesel Service for hosting our April General Meeting. L&J Diesel Inc., is the largest, most diverse and complete, independent diesel shop of its kind in the southeast.

Thank you to our refreshment sponsor Pal-King Pallets!

Golf Tournament

FCMA’s annual golf tournament was sold out on April 10! It was a major success for FCMA and provided an excellent opportunity for networking and fun. As part of its commitment to workforce education, FCMA is a strong supporter of the University of North Florida’s Science Engineering Program; approved technical institutes that offers an advanced manufacturing platform. We have created a scholarship to benefit these students. The proceeds from this year’s event will fund our FCMA Scholarship Program.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who participated!

First Place went to The Weitz Company

Second Place went to Medtronic

Third Place went to The Haskell Company

Click here for more photos from the event.

Thank you to our 2015 Golf Sponsors and Donors!

Hole Sponsors:
Abatix, Advanced Disposal, Advanced Technologies Solutions, Aerostar SES LLC, Aerotek, Aflac, American Electrical Contracting, Atlantic Logistics, Auld & White Constructors, LLC, CareSpot, Cascade Water Services, The Doctors Center, Engineering Technical Resources, First Tennessee Bank, Golder Associates Inc., Harbinger, The Haskell Co., IFF Chemical Holdings, JAXPORT, Lewis Longman & Walker, Medtronic, NSC Technologies, Pilot Pen, Remedy Staffing, Republic Services, Revlon, RL Harris, Saft America, Securadyne Systems, Swisher International, Tetra Tech, Inc., Vac-Con, Inc., Vistakon, Water Recovery LLC, Weitz Company, WJ Sapp & Son, W. W. Gay Mechanical Contractors

Prize Donors:
Abatix, Aerostar SES LLC, Aflac, AlliedBarton, American Electrical Contracting, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Cascade Water Services, CF Machine & Tool, Inc., Courtyard Marriott, First Coast Technical College, The Griggs Group, Harbinger, Holland & Knight, JAXPORT, Jo-Kell, Inc., Kelly Services, Krystal Klean, Les Loggins Marketing, Maxwell House, Neptune Tech Services, Oasis Staffing, Pal-King Pallets, Pilot Pen, Pine Castle, Proforma NorthPoint, Rayonier, Republic Services, Revlon, RFW Wealth Advisors, Ritz Safety, Safariland Group, Safe-Lite Optical, SAFT America, Sticky Fingers, Swisher International, TECO Peoples Gas, Templeton Manufacturing Solutions, Tetra Tech, Inc., The Weitz Company, U. S. Gypsum Co., Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Wells Fargo

Thank you to our hardworking Golf Committee!
Chairman: Mike Marlette, Aerotek
Geoff Reichold, Aerostar SES
Greg Itnyre, Aerostar SES
Katie Zunick, Aerotek
Wanda Fort, AFLAC
John Vick, Allied Barton
Wolf Arant, Cascade Water Services
Lisa Diaz, JAXPORT
Monica Pritchard, Jo-Kell
Mike DeRocher, Jo-Kell
Esther Bullard, Kelly Services
Chad Tremaroli, Medtronic
Bonnie Quasnick, Pal-King Pallets
Katharyn Smith, Raymond James
Charlie Moore, Republic Services
Aimee Snowden, Safe Lite Optical
Trina Williams, Sticky Fingers
Jason Lucas, Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers
Amanda Osborne, Wells Fargo

Incoming Jacksonville City Councilman (District 11) Danny Becton was our guest in April. He ran unopposed and will take office July 1. He gave an overview of the newly defined district which provides a population shift from beaches citizens having a majority of the demographic. He feels his background as a small business owner and service on the JIA/CRA Board and True Commission, will serve him well as he begins his term. Special thanks to David Davis and BBVA Compass for hosting. Next month will be hosted by Lewis Longman & Walker and the invited guest is Councilman John Crescimbeni.

Employee Retention Workshop

Megan Richardson with Dynamic Corporate Solutions did a great job in presenting to a full room on “Employee Retention”. This was a great workshop that covered diversity in the workplace and how to handle it, why employees are leaving, and what we can do to encourage them to stay. Sometimes the highlight of the monthly workshops is the sharing of best practices afterwards.

EHS Committee

Our April meeting was an off-site hosted by Anheuser-Busch. Environmental Health, Safety and Security Manager (and FCMA EHS Chair) Ken Wilkey gave an overview of Anheuser-Busch’s Safety Visualization Floor Communications Program and then led a tour of the facility showing how the program is used. The May meeting will feature the 2015 Legislative Update presented by Trey Mills of Rogers Towers.

The April class focused on community awareness, civic pride and volunteerism held at Jacksonville City Hall. The program continues this month focusing on the environment and conservation at the Guana State Park. If you are interested in putting someone through this program, make sure to sign up early since we max out every year.

Tradeshow Tips - Take Advantage of Sponsorships!

  1. Financial Benefits: Sponsorships are often more cost effective than purchasing benefits individually. For example, event registrations could be included or access to pre or post conference events. Plus, the advertising included with sponsorships can stretch your marketing dollars!
  2. Marketing Benefits:
    • Your logo/message included in press releases, banners, publications
    • Distribution of your information and/or products in welcome bags
    • Sponsor meals or cocktail mixers where your literature can be displayed plus leverage those networking opportunities
    • Utilize the list of attendees/exhibitors by contacting them before the event via email or direct mail as well as pre-booking appointments.
    • Premium booth placement can help drive more traffic.

Watch for the Tradeshow Workshop coming in August! Attend for FREE if you exhibit at the 2015 FCMA Summit!

Click here for more information about the Summit.

Crane Awards Winners; Sponsors; Members

Ever wished you could get your hands on more copies of the Times-Union insert that was created to honor the Crane Award winners? Times-Union Media dropped off extra copies. Come by the FCMA office anytime to get your extra copies….as many as you like!

MAF Weekly Report

Check out the MAF Weekly Report about the Legislative Session on our website.

Florida Trade Grant

Did you know… Through the Florida TRADE Grant prospective manufacturing employees are receiving industry certifications at FSCJ, this is in efforts to fill the gap of skilled workers, we encourage you all to consider hiring from the pool of candidates graduating from the FL Trade Program. If you are a Manufacturer we would also like to inspire you to add preferential hiring statements on your job applications. The intent is to get Manufacturers to use the words “XXX Certification Preferred” in the hiring documents/applications.
Lastly, Please share any and all internship opportunities at your facility. We would like to track and measure the openings your company is offering. Please contact Sherri in the FCMA office for further detailed information. Thank you for your continued efforts in all that you do with FCMA.

**Click here for further information on FSCJs Trade Program. If you have questions, contact Mike Collins at FSCJ.

Workers Compensation Symposium

UF Health would like to invite FCMA members to the free Workers Compensation Symposium on Tuesday, May 5, 7:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Click here for more information.

Advanced Disposal… hired Gary Parker as East region sales manager.

ACTS… is offering a special hands-on workshop with Microsoft Productivity tools on May 8 & 15. Click here to register.

American Electrical Contracting… hired Peter Sepesi a low voltage specialist designs and programs electronic automated systems, distributed A/V networks and surveillance solutions.

Courtyard Marriott… Director of Sales Thomas Cancellare was recently awarded the 2014 Sales Associate of the Year for Shaner Hotels Select Service.

Cushman & Wakefield… senior director Traci Jenks was named the NAIOP of NE FL Broker of the Year.

The Haskell Company… vice president of finance and accounting Christopher Eyrick was featured in the JBJ’s 40 under 40 list.

Interchanges… president Nelson Bruton was featured in the JBJ’s 40 under 40 list.

Mac Papers… director of marketing and communications Ray McGehee was featured in the JBJ’s 40 under 40 list.

Smith Hulsey & Busey… partner/shareholder Christopher Dix was featured in the JBJ’s 40 under 40 list.

Vistakon… was featured in an article in the JBJ about possibility of yet another expansion.

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