New FCMA Training Initiative

Did you know that…

  • The lack of a qualified workforce is a top concern among our employers?
  • The inability to effectively enhance existing employees’ skills is a major challenge?

Are your…

  • Team leaders properly trained in the skill sets required to effectively do their job?
  • Prospective supervisors requiring formal training before advancing to leadership roles?

FCMA has been working hard through with the Workforce Development Committee and local educational institutions to develop a specific manufacturing focused supervisory training program. This program—through UNF—will only be available to our members. Our strategy and approach is based on the following:

  • Vision – Establish a consortium process to promote workforce education, training and development opportunities for existing and entry-level employees to improve availability and quality of skilled workers in our region.
  • Process – Recognizes FCMA’s role as the primary connector between members and the training/education providers.
  • Value Proposition – Advancement of the global competitiveness of our members companies and the First Coast by delivering innovative workforce training and development opportunities.
  • The Offering – Aligns members with specific resources required to meet critical training needs.

We are excited to announce the launch of the FCMA Leadership Academy. Our first curriculum will focus on Front-Line Supervisors, Lead Operators and Team Leaders. It is designed to provide formal college level education and training opportunities combined with exposure to multiple FCMA member locations and their leaders who are in these positions today. The curriculum has been designed in collaboration with the University of North Florida with courses being taught by UNF instructors and program administration falling under the oversight of a joint FCMA/UNF Advisory Board. Classes are limited to 25 and our first session has early commitments to fill the class.

If you are interested in learning more about our new strategic training initiative or in participating in future program development for technical skills, please contact Mike Templeton or Sherri Mitchell. Click here for more information.


Welcome to…

Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers Inc.
Contact: Aaron Bellemore, Service Sales Rep.
Phone: (904) 742-0664
11326 Distribution Ave W, Jacksonville, 32256

…one of the largest life safety companies in the Southeast with experience in installing, maintaining and servicing fire sprinkler and alarm systems.

Sponsor: FCMA

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, March 5
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.


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. 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Maria.

Thank you to our event sponsors:
Platinum – Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Vistakon
Gold – Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, JEA, Safariland, Vac-Con
Silver – Auld & White Constructors, Tom Nehl Truck Company
Bronze – Champion Brands, CSX Transportation, Jacksonville Port Authority, Medtronic, Moran Environmental Recovery, United States Gypsum Company


FMLA Workshop

This month’s workshop will be on FMLA Abuse and How To Handle It. Stay tuned for more information.

Where: FCMA Training Room (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2)
When: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 7:30 – 9:30 AM
Cost: $10 Members; $25 Non-members
RSVP: FCMA (904) 296-9664 or Email to Sherri


Fall Protection - OSHA Workshop

Are you taking advantage of our OSHA certified 2-hour safety classes as part of the FSCJ Susan Harwood Grant? Check the schedule out and make sure you sign up! The March class will be on Fall Protection on Thursday, March 26 from 11:00AM-1:30PM at the FCMA office (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2). To RSVP contact Debbie.


Tallahassee Trip

FCMA’s annual Tallahassee lobbying trip is on March 25-26. Contact Debbie for more information.

Golf Tournament

Friday, April 10, 2015
Eagle Landing Golf Course
7:30AM Registration/8:30AM Shotgun Start

Fore!!! - this is a warning that there are only 7 foursomes left!! Don’t delay…sign-up TODAY!
We are collecting 175 items for the “goody bags” and we are looking for Silent Auction items such as baskets of products made by our members.
Click here for more information.

As part of its commitment to workforce education, FCMA is a strong supporter of the University of North Florida’s Science Engineering Program; approved technical institutes that offers an advanced manufacturing platform. We have created a scholarship to benefit these students. The proceeds from this year’s event will fund our FCMA Scholarship Program.

Contact Maria for more information.


Manufacturing Career Fair

Be on the look out for more information about our Manufacturing Career Fair at FSCJ Advanced Technology Center. We are excited to team up with Career Source Northeast Florida and Florida Trade Advanced Manufacturing. Please stay tuned for further details.


FCMA Summit

Mark your calendars - The 2015 FCMA Summit will be held on October 8 and 9 at the Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine with a new and updated format. The Excellence in Manufacturing Awards will be on October 7 at a new location in St. Augustine: The Treasury Building.

  • Both events are limited to the first 150 attendees
  • Exhibit booths are limited to the first 20
  • Limited number of discounted rooms at the Casa Monica hotel
  • You don’t want to miss this event!

March 30 at G2 ID Source


Our March General Meeting will be held on Monday, March 30 from 4:00-6:00 PM at G2 ID Source located at 1511 Montana Ave in Jacksonville. G2 manufactures labels of many shapes, sizes, and colors, but specialize in custom product labels. In addition G2 supplies total solution packages. Hardware and software solutions range from mobile computing, wireless infrastructure and data collection to asset tracking and inventory control.


Thank you to IFF for hosting our February General Meeting. It was an awesome meeting with a great turnout! IFF is a founding FCMA member and manufactures fragrance ingredients for numerous home and personal care product lines. Their products are found around the world, in people’s home and work places.

Thank you to our refreshment sponsor, American Electrical Contracting!

Speakers Bureau

FCMA Tri-Chairman Tom Jody of Vac-Con spoke at the Downtown Rotary Club on the importance of manufacturing on the First Coast. FCMA Board member Bret Catto of Tom Nehl Trucking introduced him. Tom spoke to a great crowd of over 100 who were very excited and interested in manufacturing and related issues.

Bill Andrews with Gray Robinson presented the new changes in the legislature that included President Obama issuing executive orders that will allow governmental agencies to rewrite labor and employment laws. These actions will affect so many issues from the use of company e-mails to changes to the definition of overtime, background screening, Florida’s same sex marriages and so much more.

Our February guest was the Honorable Lori Boyer, City Council District 5, hosted by Dixon Hughes Goodman. She has been involved with Charter amendment recommendations from The Consolidation Taskforce’s findings as well as chairing the Capital Improvement Projects Special Committee which is looking at funding for City projects. The March meeting will feature Ted Carter of the City’s Economic Development Department, hosted by Jaxport.

FCMA Candidate Endorsements: Special thanks to all our volunteers assisting with candidate interviews – Joe Durkin, Republic Services; Rob Hooper, Atlantic Logistics; John Otterson, IFF; Steve Auld, Auld & White Constructors; Jeff Evans, Colliers International; Neil Hancock, Golder Associates; Roland Hernandez, Jaxon Industrial; Blake Brown, Safariland; Tom Jody, Vac-Con; Kevin Algee, Ennis Pellum & Associates; John Vick, AlliedBarton; Michael Garbee, Trihydro; Larry Kates, Progressive Power Products; Howard Caplan, Lewis Longman & Walker; and, Tracy Winfree, RFW Wealth Advisors. We also appreciate our hosts over the four-day process: Republic Services, IFF Chemical Holdings, Raintree Graphics, and Auld & White Constructors. Click here for the list of endorsed candidates.

EHS Committee

Melissa Long, Chief of the City’s Environmental Quality Division, gave an overview of her department and upcoming programs. Formerly in manufacturing and with FDEP, she brings a fresh perspective to the department. Our March meeting will be a joint meeting with ASSE for their annual OSHA Update, to be held on Wednesday, March 18, at the JEA Tower. The April meeting will feature an offsite meeting.

Maintenance & Reliability Special Interest Group

Steve Cooper of JEA hosted the February Maintenance & Reliability Special Interest Group this month at the JEA Northside Generating Station. The M&R SIGs group shared best practices on predictive maintenance/condition monitoring programs. JEA gave a fantastic presentation to the group.

Professional Progress

Class XIX kicked off the year with its annual ‘meet and greet’ reception at the Omni on February 19. 2014 graduates shared their overviews for the upcoming sessions, which begin March 17 at Georgia-Pacific. If you are interested in next year’s class, sign up early since we fill up every year! Click here for this year’s class.

FCMA Golf Scholarships/Engineering Week

FCMA members Heidi Barfield (of Dynamic Corporate Solutions) and John Vick (of AlliedBarton) were on hand during the Engineering Week kick-off luncheon and recognition of our UNF Golf Tournament scholarship recipients students Marshall Curry and Alex Knapp.

FCMA Website Updates

You can now easily pay your membership dues and other FCMA events on our website! Simply go to the homepage and scroll down to the Members Corner section on the left side. Contact us if you have any questions or need any assistance.


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.


ACTS… offering a special hands-on workshop with Microsoft Productivity tools on March 5. Click here for more information.

Atlantic Logistics… was recognized as a fastest-growing company at the Gator 100 for UF alumni. CEO Robert Hooper accepted the award. Click here to read more.

Champion Brands… along with more than 100 guests celebrated Northeast Florida’s first public access Compressed Natural Gas Station opening on Thursday, February 26. This historic project is the first of its type in Northeast Florida, and helps put Jacksonville and the region on the map. Click here for more information.

Lewis Longman & Walker… Jeffery Close recently joined in the firm’s Jacksonville office. Close was founding partner and shareholder of Close Law Office, and previously served as Senior Assistant General Counsel to the FL Dept of Environmental Protection.

Saft America… was recognized by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast District recently for its superior recycling efforts. In 2014, this Florida business facility achieved a recycling rate of 51.7 percent.

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