Legislative Session Begins
The Florida Legislature opens the full Session on Tuesday March 4. Following a series of committee meeting beginning in September last year, ideas for this year have been being considered. There are several important good bills which we are watching this year that are listed below. We are monitoring the other bills that have been filed and other amendments to bills to determine if there are any that may be detrimental to our industry.
Our 2014 Legislative Agenda includes support for the following:
- Manufacturing Research Funding
- Industry Certification Funding
- Export Assistance for Small Manufacturers
- Maintain Quick Response Training (QRT) Funds at $12 million
- Realignment of Economic Development Incentives
Click here for more information on all of these issues.
The realignment of economic development is my own bill that I have been working on with Enterprise Florida and several members of FCMA.
We will need your help again this year in the process by heading to Tallahassee for our Annual Legislative Days event. We have been lobbying our legislators for a number of years now to inform them of issues that are important to us. I hope you will consider joining us in Tallahassee on March 25 and 26 to make a difference in creating positive laws for the State. You still have time to sign up and join us for an informative two days of legislative activity. Click here for more information.
Contact: Megan Sproles, Marketing Coordinator
Phone: (904) 317-2140
2591 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
…a Florida-based technology solution provider working with businesses to leverage technology for competitive advantage.
Anderson Binco MFG
Contact: Jeff Suslak, President
Phone: (904) 502-5420
6721 Stuart Ave #5, Jacksonville, FL 32254
…a manufacturer of proprietary blended soaps, detergents, and specialty cleaners used for commercial and industrial applications.
Sponsor: Greg Hough, American Electrical Contractors
Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott
Contact: Cody Perkins, Sales/Marketing Director
Phone: (904) 741-3500
1300 Airport Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218
…Jacksonville area airport hotel featuring all new rooms and lobby.
Watson Commercial Realty
Contact: Mike Smith, Commercial Sales Agent
Phone: (904) 540-7480
4685 Sunbeam Rd, Ste 4, Jacksonville, FL 32257
…a full-service real estate brokerage for commercial property lease/rent, sales or acquisitions.
Sponsor: Stephanie Thomas, Regions Bank
Join in the discussion on other FCMA companies found that works in increasing employee’s engagement in safety and reducing injuries.
Click here for more information.
Young Professionals (Aged 21-40) Networking Event
|Join the new FCMA Young Professionals Group! 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.|
The March meeting will be an informal networking event.
When: Wednesday, March 12, 4:30-6:00PM
Where: Cantina Laredo (10282 Bistro Drive)
RSVP: E-mail to Amanda
There is no cost to attend other than buy your own drinks/food.
|Mark your calendars for our annual lobbying trip during the Legislative Session! We will be walking the halls March 25-26. If you have not had the opportunity to visit our state capitol, please consider joining us. Click here for more information or contact Debbie.|
Employee Handbooks Workshop
SAVE THE DATE - The March Workforce Development Workshop will be on Employee Handbooks on Wednesday, March 26 from 7:30-9:30AM at the FCMA office (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2). Stay tuned for details. Contact Sherri for more information.
Global Harmonization - OSHA Workshop
This month’s OSHA Workshop is on Global Harmonization on Thursday, March 27 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.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Eagle Landing Golf Course
7:30AM Registration/8:30AM Shotgun Start
|Fore!!! - this is a warning that FCMA expects a complete sell-out this year at the FCMA 2014 Golf Outing on April 11 at Eagle Landing Golf Course. Don’t delay…sign-up TODAY!
Click here for more information.
March 31 at Hytorc Wind
Thank you to Coastal Industries for hosting our February General Meeting! We had a great meeting with a fantastic turnout! Coastal Industries is a manufacturers of a complete range of standard as well as custom bath enclosure products.
A big Thank You to our refreshment sponsor Danis Constructors!
2014 Crane Awards - Outstanding Employee Recognition
FCMA would like to thank all of the companies who participated in the 18th annual Crane Awards. The night was a huge success with 102 winners, 34 companies participating and over 375 in attendance! On February 21, these companies got together to publicly honor their outstanding employees. The winners will also be recognized on March 9 in a special Times-Union insert – thanks to our partnership with the Florida Times-Union! Click here for a full list of winners.
Click here for more photos from the event.
Thank you to our 2014 Crane Awards Sponsors!
|Special thanks to our night of event volunteers: (front row) Lake Ray IV; Geoff Reichold, Aerostar SES LLC; Joan Eicher, Regions Bank; Fraser Bowell, Raintree Graphics; (back row) Jenn Grimes, Peak 10; Wanda Fort, Aflac; Carl Bullard, Kelly Services; Stephanie Thomas, Regions Bank; Esther Bullard, Kelly Services|
We had a great turnout at our March Decompression event at Cantina Laredo! You don’t want to miss the next one!
QRT Funding Workshop
Phyl Renninger and Lesya Susid with FSCJ discussed the application process for the QRT Grant, which provides funding for customized training to new or expanding businesses. Five members have already received funding, and we are now looking to submit more applications on your behalf, so contact the FCMA office or Phyl Renninger at (904) 632-3327 for further details. Also, Donnie and Cynthia with CareerSource shared information on the Employed Worker Training (EWT) program, which is designed to provide financial assistance to employers that are investing in their employees and increasing productivity. You can reach Donnie at (904) 798-0060.
|Council President Bill Gulliford was our special guest at the February meeting hosted by Advanced Disposal (Philips Highway). President Gulliford shared his ideas on pension, JEA and taxes. Our March meeting will be hosted by Jetport, with CEO Brian Taylor our featured guest speaker.|
Manufacturing Days at the Capital
|FCMA joined other regional manufacturing associations from around the state for MAF’s Manufacturing Days at the Capitol February 4-5. In attendance were: Neil Hancock, Golder Associates; Chris Casey, Swisher; Dave Cobb, FP&L; Rob Hooper, Atlantic Logistics; Brenna Durden, Lewis Longman & Walker; and, Dr. Tracy Pierce, FSCJ.|
The Committee held its February off-site at Moran Environmental Recovery’s (MER) Water Recovery site and featured Confined Space Rescue (CSR) demonstrations using MER’s CSR Training Module. The training module allows for different scenarios of recovery, and representatives from Jacksonville’s Fire & Rescue Department talked about how training for the space improves outcomes. The presentation focused on applying OSHA standards for CSR and sharing best practices–or what to expect from outsourced CSR service providers. A special thanks to Greg Reynolds of Water Recovery for coordinating the demonstration with MER.
Abatix… would like to invite FCMA members to a cookout on March 7. Click here for more information.
Also, Abatix Learning Center has several great classes coming up that are available to FCMA members on topics such as Concrobium, Silica Exposure, HAZCOM/GHS, and Respiratory Protection/Fit Testing. Click here for more information.
Advanced Disposal… hired Mary Pat Stritof as senior director of information technology.
Auld & White Constructors… promoted Nathan Marty to vice president of operations.
Boyd & Jenerette… promoted Andrew Abramovich to partner.
Compass Rose Foundation… new institute J-Tech was featured on News4Jax about their vocational programs in Jacksonville, which include degrees in truck driving, automotive, and diesel technology. Click here for more information.
DeVry University… is proud of the 15 DeVry students that were on the national Olympic team at the Sochi Games in Russia. Click here for more information.
Pine Castle… welcomes the FCMA Membership to tour the campus facility and enjoy refreshments on March 18. Click here for more information.
Wells Fargo… promoted Kelly Smith to North Florida regional president.
WorkSource… has changed its name to CareerSource Northeast Florida as part of a new universal brand identity to align Florida’s nationally recognized workforce system and improve customer awareness of the system’s services and resources. Click here for more information.
Do you have something exciting going on at your company? Let Amanda know.