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.
Tri-Chairman - Carlos Zanoelo, Gerdau (Remains on Executive Committee as Nominating Chair)
Executive Committee, Nominating Chair - Michael Corrigan, Nu-Trend Plastics
Board of Directors:
- Nu-Trend Plastics
- Patillo Industrial Real Estate
- The Ronco Group
- Community Relations - Jenn Grimes, Peak 10 (Chair)
- Membership Services - Bonnie Quasnick, Pal-King Pallets; Wanda Fort, Aflac (Co-Chairs)
- Public Relations - Tom Jody, Vac-Con (Chair)
- Workforce Development - Neil Ross, Milton J. Wood (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.
Last Call for Tax Advantages Expiring December 31, 2013
Examples impacting our FCMA members:
- An immediate 100% tax deduction for qualified equipment and machinery purchases up to $500,000 will end on December 31, 2013. Beginning in 2014, this limit is scheduled to decrease to $25,000. The remaining purchase price would be depreciated over the life of the equipment.
- The Work Opportunity Credit ends on December 31, 2013. To qualify for the credit, an employer must hire members of certain targeted groups and have those individuals start work before January 1, 2014. The credit is generally equal to 40 percent of the qualified worker’s first-year wages up to $6,000.
|For more details on these examples and other year-end planning ideas for businesses click here and for individuals click here provided by our partner member Dixon Hughes Goodman.|
Finger, Nelson & Maguire, PLLC
Contact: Rich Maguire, Partner
Phone: (904) 673-1665
1650 Margaret St, Ste 302 #258, Jacksonville, FL 32204
…a boutique environmental law firm that utilizes innovative strategies to solve complex environmental challenges.
|Where: Home of Lake Ray
When: Friday, December 13, 2013, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Cost: Early bird discount has been extended! - $35 per ticket by Monday, December 2, $45 per ticket after that
RSVP: Call (904) 296-9664 or email Maria
This is a pre-paid, members ONLY event. Significant others are welcome. Tickets are non-transferable/non-refundable.
Click here for more information.
FCMA Young Professionals (Aged 21 to 40) Group
|Join the new FCMA Young Professionals Group! This FCMA members only group will be meeting quarterly starting in 2014. This is a perfect opportunity to interact with your peers and connect with other young professionals, aged 21 to 40, in FCMA. 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.|
Our first meeting will be an informal networking event.
When: Tuesday, January 14, 5:30-7:00PM
Where: Brio at the St. Johns Town Center (4910 Big Island Dr.)
RSVP: E-mail to Amanda
There is no cost to attend other than buy your own drinks/food.
Announcing the Crane Awards
Outstanding Employee Award Banquet
UNF University Center, Jacksonville, Florida
February 21, 2014 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
|Click here for more information and registration forms.
Sponsorship Opportunities - FCMA is looking for sponsors for the 2014 Crane Awards. Click here to find out about sponsorships opportunities.
All Crane Award winners will be listed in a Florida Times-Union Inset following the event. Click here to view last year’s insert.
We kick-off our 18th year of this program in February and encourage you to sign up early to reserve your space for the Class of 2014! This program provides instruction, interaction and discussion related to skills necessary for success in today’s workplace. Professional Progress offers courses such as: time/stress management, teambuilding, conflict resolution, presentation skills, basic law, civic pride, cultural awareness and overall professional development—while providing great opportunities for networking beyond your workplace. Because we limit the class to 25, it usually fills up before the deadline. Don’t miss out–click here for the 2014 nomination form.
January 27 at FSCJ
Join us from 4:00-6:00 PM at Florida State College at Jacksonville, located at 401 W. State Street in Downtown Jacksonville. FSCJ provides the community with professional, technical, transfer, and lifelong educational opportunities.
We will be recognizing our retiring Board of Directors and Committee Chairs at the meeting, as well as, introducing our new Board and Committee Chairs.
November 18 at Southland Waste
Thank you to Southland Waste Systems for hosting our November General Meeting. This awesome state of the art, LEED certified Single Stream Recycle Center includes new technologies such as optical sorters, which identify and separate different types of recyclables, and magnets that separate the different metals to be recycled.
Employee Engagement Lunch & Learn
|The Workforce Development Committee’s first Lunch & Learn focused on Employee Engagement. Cheryl Fogel with Metal Container (Anheuser-Busch) shared techniques that have proven to be very successful. Other companies that shared strategies were Safariland, Milton J. Wood, Saft Batteries, Kelly Services. We were glad to see so many new faces interacting! And a special thank you to Cheryl Fogel for hosting the group and to Neil Ross with Milton J. Wood for sponsoring the lunch. Be on the look out for our next Lunch & Learn in February 2014. Details to follow.|
|The Honorable Doyle Carter, Jacksonville City Council District 12, was our guest in November. He expressed his appreciation for all the manufacturing in his district and the jobs they bring to the Westside. Special thanks to Peter Anderson of Pattillo Industrial Real Estate for hosting and sponsoring lunch.|
|Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection Northeast District Director Greg Strong was our November guest. He shared with the committee how the agency is focusing on streamlining their processes to increase efficiency, while expanding their outreach. They track customer feedback to improve their operational effectiveness and have improved permit processing time while increasing compliance.|
We had a fantastic turnout at our November Decompression event at Brio at the St. Johns Town Center, with over 30 people present! Decompression has been created so that FCMA members can get to know each other and network on a casual basis. You don’t want to miss the next one!
|FCMA wishes to extend a special thank you to Nanette Munoz of UTC Aerospace who offered–at no charge–our members the opportunity to fill a few open seats in a three-day ergonomics class they were providing for their employees.|
“The Ergonomics class was very informative—we learned that there are different formulas to adjust the work station to the employee. The instructor was very knowledgeable and showed us many different ways to use the formulas to make adjustments. Overall the class was great. Thank you FCMA and UTC for giving us the opportunity to take this class because it can and WILL do a lot of good here.” - Jesse Dear, Safety Supervisor, Southeastern Metals
We mark the end of an era as Phil Norman of Colomer USA prepares for retirement in the coming month. Phil has been an asset to not just the EHS Committee, but also to FCMA, by keeping safety issues at the forefront—even when he was not serving as the committee’s Assistant Chairman. He has generously shared his vast library of safety manual templates for the benefit our members’ safety. We wish Phil health and happiness in his much-deserved retirement years—you will be missed!
Holland & Knight LLP… hired Michael Gropper, Jennifer Kifer, Drew O’Malley, and Ray Treadwell as associates.
Jacksonville Aviation Authority… SilverAirways will resume weekly nonstop service from JAX to Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, beginning in February, adding an additional Sunday flight beginning in March. Click here for more information.
J. C. Renfroe & Sons, Inc… and The Caldwell Group have merged to create an organization capable of providing a significantly broader array of lifting solutions to its global customers. Click here for more information.
My Executive Solutions… was recently recognized as one of the top 10 fastest growing women-owned businesses in the state of Florida. Click here for more information.
NuStar Energy LP… Jacksonville Terminal has achieved OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star status.
Raymond James - Otterson Allison Group… hosted their Annual Holiday Luncheon at the River Club last month, with special guest speaker Philip Orlando chief equity market strategist of Federated Investors Inc. (pictured right with Patty Otterson, senior VP of investments of the Otterson Allison Group). Click here for more information.
Do you have something exciting going on at your company? Let Amanda know.