2017 Legislative Days

Last month, FCMA held our annual Legislative Days event in Tallahassee. Our group represented a cross section of manufacturers and partners. This year we invited members of other regional manufacturer associations (RMAs) from across the state. The event was attended by twenty-four representatives from multiple companies, including representatives from six RMAs.

Each legislative session brings a number of challenges and opportunities that potentially impact manufacturers, either positively or negatively. This year there are a number of issues that were presented to our attendees for discussion with members of the legislature. The following are some important issues that we are keeping track of following our event, action continues on these issues until the close of session on May 5.

  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Enterprise Florida
  • FloridaMakes Funding
  • QTI Funding
  • Commercial Rental Sales Tax Elimination

Click here to read the full report on these legislative items.


Welcome to…

Adecco Staffing
Contact: Jennifer Merida
Phone: (904) 232-4520
10151 Deerwood Park Blvd #250, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Staffing company, specializes in general and industrial staffing

Sponsor: FCMA

Gilbane Building Company
Contact: Ryan Sitnik, Business Development Manager
Phone: (904) 900-6346
4190 Belfort Rd, Ste 305, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Provides global integrated construction and facility management services.

Sponsor: FCMA

HPE Automation
Contact: Brian Hord, President
Phone: (954) 429-9560
1020 NW 6th St, Bldg E, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

The leading technical distributor for industrial automation solutions in Florida since 1980.

Sponsor: Dean Cotton, Johnson & Johnson VisionCare

LG2 Environmental Solutions
Contact: Leesa Gerald, President
Phone: (904) 288-8631
10475 Fortune Pkwy, Ste 201, Jacksonville, FL 32256

A professional environmental consulting services firm.

Sponsor: Vince Seibold, Anheuser-Busch MCC

Golf Tournament

Friday, April 7, 2017
St. Johns Golf & Country Club
7:00AM Registration/8:00AM Shotgun Start

The FCMA Golf Tournament is sold out! The proceeds from this year’s event will fund scholarships for local students.
Contact Maria for more information.

Thank you to our sponsors!


New Member Orientation

FCMA’s New Member Orientation is not only limited to New Member companies. FCMA offers this orientation to your employees who you want to be active in the association.

When: Thursday, April 13 and Thursday, May 4
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.


Millennials Workshop

Topic: Millennials, Who Are They, And How Do You Manage Them
Where: FCMA (1615 Huffingham Rd, Ste 2, 32216)
When: Wednesday, April 26, 7:30AM - Registration; 8:00-9:30AM - Workshop
Cost: $25.00 Members price; $50.00 Non-Members
Click here for more information. Contact Jessica to sign up.


Workers’ Memorial Day Event

Friday, April 28, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Northeast Florida Safety Council
(1725 Art Museum Drive)

Please join us as we commemorate employees lost throughout 2016. Speaker’s will include OSHA’s Jacksonville Area Office Director, Brian Sturtecky & Sheriff Bill Leeper of Nassau County.

In addition to attending, please show your commitment to raising awareness of workplace safety in Northeast Florida by signing our Safety Pledge here.


EEOC Workshop

Topic: The EEOC’s Strategic “Enforcement Plan”
Where: FCMA (1615 Huffingham Rd, Ste 2, 32216)
When: Wednesday, May 24, 7:30AM - Registration; 8:00-9:30AM - Workshop
Cost: $25.00 Members price; $50.00 Non-Members
Click here for more information. Contact Jessica to sign up.


We Make It Here Showcase

This year we are celebrating what we make RIGHT HERE ON THE FIRST COAST. This Showcase event that will give you the opportunity to tell your story with your products.

Our Showcase will also include an opportunity for our local schools to compete in our first annual Engineering competition. Schools will get a chance to compete for scholarship and school resource prizes.

FCMA, along with our partner FloridaMakes, is putting together an event that will inform and impress the public and our members. Plan to join us on Thursday, May 25!

Click here for more information about the event. Click here for sponsorship information.

April General Meeting at Anheuser-Busch

Our next General Meeting will be held on Monday, April 24, from 4:00-6:00 PM at Anheuser-Busch, located at 111 Busch Drive in Jacksonville. Anheuser-Busch’s Jacksonville brewery, which opened in 1969 on the City’s north side, is the firm’s fourth largest U.S. plant. It is an integral part of a brewing operation focused on delivering the freshest, high-quality beer. The Jacksonville brewery operates around the clock, seven days a week and averages about 400,000 cases of beer every 24 hours. RSVP by e-mail to information@fcmaweb.com.

Thank you to our refreshment sponsor Pivot CPAs!

Thank you to Vac-Con for hosting our March General Meeting! Vac-Con is the fastest growing combination sewer machine manufacturer in the United States. They pioneered the use of polyethylene water tanks to end water leakage, and created a modular subframe so that components could be repaired or replaced easily.

Thank you to our refreshment sponsors IPS Injury Prevention Specialists and HIT Center!

Governor Scott at Harbinger

Governor Rick Scott held a business round table discussion at Harbinger, an FCMA member, last month to talk about the importance of saving Enterprise Florida And Visit Florida. In order to protect future jobs and to continue the bolstering of the local economy through the recruitment of manufacturing, FCMA has joined the Governor’s campaign to prevent the elimination of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida by the Florida Legislature. Both Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida are state agencies that use state funds to promote tourism and business relocation to the state.

Membership Workshop

Our March Membership workshop on Proven Best Practices - Sales, Marketing, & Networking Workshop was a great success, selling out well in advance. Thank you to Nelson Bruton of Interchanges for speaking about this important topic for our members!

EHS Committee Meeting

Thank you to Cheryl Mitchell from Florida Department of Environmental Protection for speaking to the EHS Committee last month about what is new at the FDEP.

Crisis Communications: How to Manage Bad News to Media, Customers, The Community

While most days are “business as usual,” companies of all sizes sometimes face critical issues that require the communication of bad news – such as an accident at a plant, a leak or spill that has environmental repercussions, or a safety issue that necessitates a product recall.

Join FloridaMakes’ 1-hour webinar on Thurs., April 20 from 9 – 10 a.m. ET and gain a framework for how to communicate bad news and manage communications during a crisis – with a responsible and effective approach for communicating with media, your customers and the community. The webinar is free; registration is required here by April 19. Learn more; commute less.


Abatix… invites FCMA members to a free lunch & learn on Silica Risks, Regulations & Prevention on April 11. Click here for more information.

Brown & Brown Insurance… would like to invite FCMA members to their Cyber Security & Privacy Seminar Luncheon on May 11, 12:00-2:00PM, at 10605 Deerwood Park Blvd. Contact Brenda Lewis for more information or to sign up.

Jacksonville Port Authority… Board of Directors has appointed Eric Green as JAXPORT interim CEO. Click here to read more.

Jaxon Industrial… is pleased to announce that Roland Hernandez has successfully completed the University of South Florida OSHA Training Institute Education Center Professional Certificate Program in the General Industry.

Trihydro Corporation… announces its acquisition of the Texas-based consulting firm River City Engineering. The acquisition supports Trihydro’s continued expansion into Texas and enhances the company’s ability to serve the region with its environmental and engineering capabilities, including water and wastewater services.

UF Health… is holding their UF Health Jacksonville Workers’ Compensation Symposium on Thursday, May 18, from 7:30a.m. to 1p.m. The event is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP no later than Friday, April 29 by emailing peter.wright@jax.ufl.edu.

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