FCMA’s 2015 Goals

As we begin a fresh start of the New Year, we hope that each of you had an opportunity to reflect and refresh during the holiday season. Last year was a very successful year for FCMA. The Annual FCMA Planning Session was held in October, at the Amelia Ritz-Carlton in conjunction with the Excellence in Manufacturing Dinner and the Summit. The planning meeting drew ideas for strengthening and growing the importance of our Association. Some of the ideas discussed in the planning session were presented and addressed in the Summit, which indicates that there is common thinking and interest among our members.

2015 Goals:

  1. Develop a long term strategy for FCMA. The association has evolved from our original purpose of protecting manufacturers from over reaching government driving them away from the region and State. Our focus will be ways to continue to meet long term needs of manufacturers.
  2. Explore and evaluate our windows of opportunity. Keys to FCMA’s historical position has been highlighting the importance of manufacturing including jobs and the value manufacturers bring to the region. In developing our strategies and focus through the year, we should consider ways to capitalize on the value we bring to the region.
  3. Sharing Knowledge and resources. FCMA was been a repository of industry knowledge through working experience of our members. One benefit of the Association is understanding issues that affect or potentially affect our operations as learned by experience or networking. A better plan for sharing and disseminating industry knowledge should be considered including membership forums.
  4. Other goals include: Share FCMA member stories and testimonials; Encouraging member to member business; Increase younger member participation; Develop a core of common issues for FCMA including: Power, workforce development and professional development
  5. 2015 Crane Awards

    FCMA is pleased to announce that our 2015 Crane Awards Banquet will be March 6. The event is one of our most esteemed and recognized activities of the year. We host a banquet dinner complete with special awards to recognize our company member’s outstanding achievement throughout the year.

    The awards banquet gives FCMA members an opportunity honor employees who have gone above and beyond during the previous year. Crane Awards recipients are individually recognized on stage with our FCMA leadership team before their co-workers, managers, family and friends. All who have volunteered at the event agree this is one of the most exciting and humbling events, especially as these mostly quiet honorees, who aren’t accustom to a lot of fanfare on their behalf, receive their awards.

    This year the event will again be held at the UNF University Center. The program will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30, followed by the banquet dinner and awards ceremony. The ceremony typically finishes by 9:00.

    We look forward to having you join us and hope that you will take this opportunity to honor your outstanding employees, who help make our manufacturing operations run.

    Click here for more information or to registration for the event.


    Welcome to…

    AT&T
    Contact: Heather Duncan, Regional Director External Affairs
    Phone: (904) 307-1970
    10375 Centurion Pkwy N, 4th Floor, Jacksonville, FL 32256

    …bringing it all together for customers, from revolutionary smartphones to TV and broadband and solutions for businesses.

    Sponsor: FCMA

    Securadyne Systems
    Contact: Joel Jester, Account Executive
    Phone: (904) 638-2605
    8936 Western Way, Bldg 6, Ste 11, Jacksonville, FL 32256

    …a full-service security solutions provider focusing on enterprise-class electronic security systems.

    Sponsor: Ken Wilkey, Anheuser-Busch

    Tetra Tech
    Contact: Gregory Kern, Senior Project Manager/SE Regional Business Development Lead
    Phone: (904) 636-6125
    8640 Philips Hwy, Ste 16, Jacksonville, FL 32256

    …worldwide premier engineering and environmental consulting firm.

    Sponsor: FCMA

    Transworld Business Advisors
    Contact: John Geiwitz, Senior Business Advisor
    Phone: (904) 412-5771
    7545 Centurion Pkwy, Ste 405, Jacksonville, FL 32256

    …private business sales and M&A, specializing in exit strategies for owners of manufacturing companies.

    Sponsor: Clay Churchill, Wells Fargo

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


    Workforce Development Workshop

    Save the Date - This month’s Workforce Development will be on Wednesday, January 28 at 7:30-9:30AM at the FCMA office (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2). Contact Sherri for more information.


    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. The deadline for registration is January 23. All Crane Award winners will be listed in a Florida Times-Union insert following the event. To view last year’s Times-Union insert click for here. Click here for the rate sheet for ads in the TU insert.

    Sponsorship Opportunities:

    FCMA is looking for sponsors for the 2015 Crane Awards. Click here to find out about sponsorships opportunities.

    If you have any questions, please contact Maria.


    Professional Progress


    The 2015 Professional Progress class is almost full! Class size is limited to 25 so if you are interested in signing up one of your employees, we encourage you to do so soon. For additional information on the program, click here. Click here for the nomination form for the Class of 2015.


    OSHA Safety Classes

    FOCUS ON SAFETY: We are pleased to announce that we will continue our partnership with FSCJ, under the Susan Harwood Grant, to offer members OSHA safety classes throughout the year. These are 2-hour classes with OSHA-certified instructors. As last year, the classes will be held from 11:00 AM-1:30 PM (lunch available for $10) typically on the last Thursday of the month at FCMA. Click here for the 2015 schedule and mark your calendars! Questions? Contact Debbie in the FCMA office.

    This month’s workshop is on Back Injury Protective Measures on Thursday, January 29 from 11:00AM-1:30PM at the FCMA office (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2). To RSVP contact Debbie.

    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.

    Holiday Social

    FCMA’s annual Holiday Social was held on December 12th at the FSCJ Wilson Center. We had a great turnout at the event, which was jam-packed with holiday food and fun!

    Click here for more photos from the event. Thank you to Dean Cotton with Vistakon for taking photos!

    MAF Manufacturers of the Year Awards

    At the 11th Annual Manufacturers Summit on December 4, Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) named the Manufacturers of the Year. Northeast Florida and FCMA were well represented at the event. UTC Aerospace Systems Engineering Polymer Products (pictured below left) won Manufacturer of the Year. Finalists in the competition included FCMA members Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, Safariland LLC, and Saft America. Congratulations to our winner and finalists!

    Click here for more photos from the event.

    The Passing of Wayne Holt

    FCMA is sad to lose long time member and contributor, Wayne Holt—Environmental Manager at BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards—before Christmas. Wayne served in leadership with FCMA on the Board of Directors, as Chair of the EHS Committee, and stakeholder on the TMDL Committee. He was also instrumental in forging strong industry-agency partnerships with the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection. Wayne had been on medical leave battling serious health issues over the past several months. Our sincere condolences to his family. RIP, Wayne—you will be missed by FCMA!

    A memorial service for Wayne is planned for 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 3rd, at Beaches Chapel (1701 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250)

    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.


    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.


    Holland & Knight… hired Mike Hightower to be a senior policy adviser on its Florida Government Advocacy Team.

    IFF Chemical Holdings… an FCMA founding member, celebrated their 125th anniversary in December. Congratulations IFF!

    LBA Group… promoted Eric Martinez to partner and Barbara Finke and Jason Lafser to principal.

    Mac Papers… promoted Graham Riley to director of business development for office products and Ray McGehee to director of marketing and communications.

    Paul Davis Restoration… won Northeast Florida Builders Association Remodelers Award for Commercial Remodel of the Year for Biscottis project. Click here to read more.

    Rayonier AM… has appointed Mark McHugh as chief financial officer and senior vice president and H. Edwin Kiker as chief accounting officer.

    Saft America… was honored by JAXUSA at its annual International Awards, winning International Medium Company of the Year. Click here to read more.

    TECO Peoples Gas… was featured in an article in the JBJ about natural gas on the First Coast.

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