Recognition of Retiring Leaders

The strength of any organization rests with those privileged to serve as officers and leaders and we feel our leaders set us apart from other organizations. These volunteers give tirelessly to help promote FCMA’s goals and objectives and we appreciate their dedication. The following individuals and companies are completing their service and we want to thank them for their dedication.

Board of Directors:

  • BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards
  • Glass Distributors
  • Maxwell House-Kraft
  • Medtronic
  • Owens Corning
  • S&P USA Ventilation Systems
  • Swisher International, Inc.
  • Aerostar SES LLC

Committee Leaders:

  • EHS – Mike Lunsford, CSX (Assistant Chair)
  • Public Relations – Terry Hadaway, Georgia-Pacific (Chair)
  • Government Relations – Ron Avery, ICON-Industrial (Chair); Neil Hancock, Golder Associates Inc. (Assistant Chair)

FCMA will continue to be a strong association and voice for manufacturers in the region and state under their leadership. We are proud of our volunteer leaders and thank you all for your dedicated service and commitment to advancing the mission of FCMA.


Welcome to…

Environmental Services, Inc.
Contact: John Culver, Senior Scientist
Phone: (904) 470-2200
7220 Financial Way, Ste 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256

…a leading environmental consulting firm with international experience. Founded in 1986, ESI has nine offices with headquarters in Jacksonville.

Sponsor: FCMA

Garland Company
Contact: John Bugg, Technical Representative
Phone: (904) 419-7754
2249 Dellwood Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204

…a full service manufacturer of waterproofing materials and services to solve water infiltration problems.

Sponsor: Wolf Arant, Cascade Water Services

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, December 4
Time: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: FCMA office (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2)
Please contact Maria to sign up.


Holiday Social

Where: FSCJ South Campus, Wilson Center (11901 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32246)
When: Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Cost: $45
Register: Online / call (904) 296-9664 / email Maria

This is a pre-paid, members ONLY event. Significant others are welcome. Tickets are non-transferable/non-refundable. You will receive your Holiday Social tickets in the mail at your company address, unless you specify otherwise.

Click here for more information.


Professional Progress


The Professional Progress class is gearing up for 2015 planning. If you are interested in reserving space for one of your employees, we encourage you to sign up early since class size is limited to 25. For additional information on the program, click here. Click here for the nomination form for the Class of 2015.


2015 Crane Awards

Announcing the Crane Awards
Outstanding Employee Award Banquet
UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center, Jacksonville, Florida
Friday, March 6, 2015, 6:30–9:00PM


Click here for more information about the Crane Awards and how you can get involved, including registration forms.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

FCMA is looking for sponsors for the 2015 Crane Awards. Click here to find out about sponsorships opportunities. If you are interested please contact Maria.

January 26 at J-Tech Institute


Our January General Meeting will be held on Monday, January 26 from 4:00-6:00 PM at J-Tech located at 8813 Western Way in Jacksonville. J-Tech is a member of the Compass Rose Foundation Integrated Education System. J-Tech Institute is committed to offering the best education and training possible by partnering with industry-leading corporations and working with professionals that truly care about the advancement of the automotive, diesel, and transportation industry. You don’t want to miss the tour of their modern 168,000 square foot facility.


Thank you to S&P USA Ventilation Systems for hosting out November General Meeting. GS&P USA manufactures and stocks a wide range of air moving products for a diverse client base, located all over the world. The Jacksonville facilities have over 130,000 square feet of manufacturing and distribution warehouse space.

Thank you to our refreshment sponsor Danis Construction!

Healthcare Update Workshop

Our November Healthcare Update Workshop with presenter Laura Andrew of Smith Gambrell & Russell was a huge success. Attendees learned about topics including: the SHOP exchange for small employers, the second open enrollment period for the Marketplace, and the upcoming employer mandate.

Special thanks to Kevin Algee of Ennis Pellum & Associates for providing lunch and to Ralph Stolze for hosting at National Financial for the November meeting. The committee completed questionnaires for 2015 candidates. Stay tuned for additional information on interview dates and locations. We will need plenty of volunteers to complete the task!

EHS Committee

In lieu of its regular monthly meeting, the committee joined Abatix for their annual Thanksgiving Turkey Fry and food drive. Members brought in donations to benefit the City Rescue Mission. Thank you to all the folks at Abatix for allowing us to participate in this worthy cause!


FSCJ Survey – In order to provide the training opportunities needed for industry, FSCJ is requesting feedback from our members. Please see the survey and respond to Jorge. He will also be able to let you know what free training may be available to your company!

FCMA Member Key Contacts

We are asking all of the FCMA members to provide us with updated key contact information as well as identifying any subject matter contacts in specific areas of interest. Our goal is to create and sustain an accurate database that will help each of us access key member contacts when we need them. As a result FCMA will be better able to assist you with your business challenges!

Please go to our online membership directory and take a look at the contacts we have listed for you company by searching by your company name. You can send any changes to your company profile and contacts to Amanda. Also, please fill out the subject matter contact form and send it to Amanda.


Ergonomics Certification Practicum

Ergonomics Certification class at First Coast Technical College in St. Augustine on December 3-5.

This is an entry-level course for all interested in engaging Continuous Improvement in their workplace. Attendees will develop easy-to-learn and apply analysis methods for evaluation of multi-task jobs in manufacturing, offices, and a variety of settings. Click here for more information.


Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Instructor at Peterson Receives the FLATE Educator Award

This year marks the eighth year for the FLATE Educator award program. The awards serve as a mark of recognition for educators like Russ Henderlite who has been a strong supporter of Manufacturing Education and outreach at the secondary education level. Click here for more information.


Able Trust Internship Training

FLATE has partnered with a technical high school that is offering a Seminar on Developing an Internship program whose mission is to supply Floridians with disabilities opportunities for jobs. The program is geared towards small businesses, but still relevant to all businesses, and it will provide participants with all the necessary information and tools to create an internship program at their own business or organization. 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 office.


Akerman… has tapped state justice to lead the firm’s pro bono efforts. Click here to read more.

Batson-Cook Company… hired Ed Varnes as vice president of business development.

Ellis & Associates… hired Andrew (Toby) Benoit as a Senior Geologist in their Environmental Engineering Department.

The Haskell Company… has bought one of the oldest design firms in the country in an acquisition that broadens its service offerings in the health care marketplace. Click here to read article.

Paul Davis Restoration… hired Jeff Berkowitz, Phil Craine, and Rick Valente as project managers; Chris Roland as an estimator; and Lori Yelton as an estimator assistant.

Saft America… was featured in an article in the JBJ.

TD Bank… hired Danny Smith as senior loan officer, health care finance.

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