FCMA Held Open House in July

We had a great time at our third annual FCMA Open House in July. There were over 140 FCMA members in attendance!

We were honored to have Governor Rick Scott stop by and speak to the group at the event. FCMA recently endorsed Governor Scott for his reelection. Click here to read more.

Thank you to our Open House refreshment sponsors: Abatix, AlliedBarton Security Services, Kelly Services, Les Loggins Marketing, Liquid Environmental Solutions, Omni Hotel, Pal-King Pallets, Regions Bank, Sticky Fingers, TECO Peoples Gas, Wahby Financial Group.

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Welcome to…

Champion Brands
Contact: Earl Benton, President/CEO
Phone: (904) 268-1220
5571 Florida Mining Blvd. S, Jacksonville, FL 32257

…a distributor of 1,200 SKU’s/62 suppliers of foreign and domestic beer and distributor of Red Bull.

Sponsor: FCMA

Flotech Valve and Automation
Contact: Justin Ingram, Inside Sales Manager
Phone: (904) 265-9762
3485 Evergreen Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32206

…stocks and sells valves, actuators and controls. Manufactures brackets, couplings, extensions, and parts.

Sponsor: Bob Schindler, RL Harris

Personality/Leadership Assessments On a Shoestring Workshop

Save the Date - The August Workforce Development Workshop will be on Personality/Leadership Assessments On a Shoestring on Wednesday, August 27 from 7:30-9:30AM in the FCMA training (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2). Stay tuned for more information. Contact Sherri to sign up.


Respiratory Protection Class - OSHA Workshop

This month’s OSHA Workshop is on Respiratory Protection on Thursday, August 28 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

Get your Summit tickets before they’re gone! - Sign up today for the 2014 FCMA Summit and Excellence in Manufacturing Awards that will be held on October 2-3, 2014 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Amelia Island. Also check out the sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities that are 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 or for more information about the Awards.

August 25 at GE Aviation, Unison


Join us at GE Aviation, Unison, located at 7575 Baymeadows Way in Jacksonville on August 25 from 4:00-6:00 PM. GE Aviation is a leader in the design and manufacture of electrical components, sensors, and systems for aircraft, industrial, marine, and space uses.

NOTE: The plant tour will be limited to the first 50 people to sign up. To register e-mail information@fcmaweb.com with your name, company, business phone, business address, and citizenship status. To go on tour you must be a U.S. citizen. No open toed shoes and no heels will be allowed. Pictures and use of cell phones are not allowed on the tour.

Thank you to our refreshment sponsor AlliedBarton Security Services.

Speakers’ Bureau Presentation

Terry Hadaway, Public Affairs Manager at Georgia-Pacific, who is also the FCMA PR Chairman and member of the FCMA Board of Directors, spoke to a local Jacksonville SCORE chapter about the importance of manufacturing in Northeast Florida. If you know of a group who would benefit from this presentation on manufacturing, please let us know.

Click here to view more photos from this event.

Young Professionals Meeting

The FCMA Young Professionals Group had a great July meeting at the FCMA office with 20 people in attendance - on a stormy afternoon! 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.

Click here to view more photos from the event.

Jim Robinson, Director of City of Jacksonville Public Works shared with the committee projects that are in the works as well as projects that have been changed or delayed. Special thanks to David Davis of BBVA Compass for hosting this lunch.

EHS Committee

Ken Wilkey shared the Anheuser-Busch Hurricane Response Plan, which is specific to the Jacksonville Brewery but can serve as a template for companies who need to prepare or update their facility’s plan. The document is available on FCMA EHS webpage for members to tailor to their company’s needs. There is also a guide for home preparedness.

August 12 meeting will feature presentation by Bud Para of JEA on Effects of EPA’s Proposed Rule Regulating CO2 Emissions (Greenhouse Gas) on Utility Costs. If you are interested in attending this informative briefing, contact Debbie in the FCMA office.


Notice of Development of Rulemaking:
Department: Department of Environmental Protection
Division: Departmental
Rule No.: 62-40.210, 62-40.410, 62-40.473, 62-40.520, 62-40.531
Purpose: The purpose of the rulemaking effort is to provide additional guidance and increase consistency among the water management districts in carrying out regional water supply planning, consumptive use permitting and the implementation of minimum flows and levels pursuant to the direction in Chapter 373, F.S.
https://www.flrules.org/gateway/View_Notice.asp?id=14870990

Founding Member

While Plant Manager of SCM Glidco (now Renessenz), George helped found FCMA. He served as Tri Chair from 1983 until 1985 and helped grow and mold this organization into what it is today. George was appointed to the City’s Environmental Protection Board in 1989 and helped this Board understand that manufacturers were not the bad guys and started a trend that has insured manufacturers’ voice was heard and industry needs were being considered. Although he “retired” in 2002, he never stopped working. He is the group chair of Vistage Florida and serves on the Board of directors of ACG. He was appointed by the Governor in 2011 to the Board of the St. Johns River Water Management, where he continues to serve. George continues his leadership in FCMA by facilitating our Manufacturing Executives Special Interest Group.

FCMA nominated the late Rich Maguire for the Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board Charles E. Bennett Champion of the Environment Award and he will be awarded this honor posthumously at the lunch at the EPB symposium to be held Friday, August 15th at UNF. Click here for details so you can join us!


ACTS… has been voted by the JBJ as one of the top 50 fastest growing companies in Jacksonville. ACTS also sponsored a dance-a-thon fundraiser in July to support the back-to-school needs for many low income, at-risk children in Jacksonville. Funds raised purchased school supplies and materials to prepare these children for a successful 2014-15 school year.

Advanced Disposal… construction account representative Mauri Elledge has been named the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Florida First Coast Chapter’s Marketing Professional of the Year.

Auld & White Constructors… has appointed Nathan Marty as CEO and Tim Conlan as COO. The transition of leadership will be completed in 2017. Steve Auld and Ed White will remain part owners as well as advisors and mentors to the company and the new leaders.

Danis Construction… had two projects in the ABC Excellence in Construction Awards Healthcare Under $10M category: Flagler Hospital Lobby Renovation won the Eagle Award and Mayo Clinic Dialysis Building won the Pyramid Award.

Ellis & Associates… director Michael Gruber received the ABC Individual Award of Excellence in the Subcontractor Marketing Professional category at the Florida First Coast ABC Chapter’s 2014 Excellence in Construction Awards.

Ennis Pellum & Associates… has been recognized once again this year as a Best Place to Work by the JBJ. With the 2014 award, the firm celebrates a total of 10 national, state and local awards by Accounting Today magazine, Florida Trend magazine and the Jacksonville Business Journal. Click here to read more.

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast… is first Navy depot slated to repair F-35 aircraft components. Click here to read more.

Gerdau… presented a $10,000 scholarship to Tyler Braddy, a student at Baker County High School. He is one of 15 students to receive the scholarship, which is open to the children of Gerdau employees.

Science First… Vice President Aaron Bell has been appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council, Region Four. Congratulations!

Terminix… recently announced the rollout of an environmentally friendly mosquito service for both residential and commercial. The service will include the use of a new, patented mosquito control technology. This service would be very beneficial in light of warnings of Chikangunya disease. Contact Bill Knight at 904-945-4788.

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