Registration Now Open for the 2016 FCMA Summit!

You won’t want to miss the fourth annual FCMA Summit being held Thursday, October 13! The event serves as a forum to address and discuss key issues affecting local manufacturers and related businesses.

Under the chairmanship of Blair Wygle of Proforma NorthPoint, Committee leaders are in the process of finalizing an outstanding group of professionals who will speak at general sessions and panel discussions that will help you avoid being blindsided in your day-to-day business. Also during the Summit, you can visit the fantastic exhibitors in the day-long expo hall. Exhibitors are limited to the first 19, so sign up early!

The Summit is being held in conjunction with our annual Excellence in Manufacturing Awards Banquet to recognize outstanding member companies on the evening of October 13. Both events will be held at the fantastic Renaissance Hotel at World Golf Village, which offers more space than previous locations. The event is open to any manufacturer or associated business for a low registration fee.

Click here for more information and to register.

Welcome to…

Bacardi Bottling Corporation
Contact: Frank Tagliarini, EHS Manager
Phone: (904) 446-2349
12200 N. Main Street, Jacksonville, FL 32218

Process and bottling of Bacardi Rum.

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, June 2
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.

Young Professionals Meeting

Join us at the June Young Professionals (FCMA members only, aged 21-40) meeting. We will be hearing from special speaker Heidi Barfield of Dynamic Corporate Solutions. Heidi will be sharing best practices for career development.

“Are you happy in your current position? Do you know what it’s going to take to be promoted or advance in your industry? We’ll spend time reviewing career moves, best practices in advancing in your organization and determining an appropriate career path.”

When: Thursday, June 9, 11:30-12:30
Where: FCMA Office (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2)
Lunch will be provided for $5.00
RSVP: E-mail to Amanda

Thirsty Thursday

Join us for our first “Thirsty Thursday” networking event on Thursday, June 23 from 4:45-6:45PM at Blackfinn (4840 Big Island Drive) at the St. Johns Town Center. There is no cost to attend other than buy your own drinks/food. This is an FCMA members only event! Please let us know you’re coming by e-mailing

Managing a Diverse Workforce - Workshop

SAVE THE DATE - The June Workshop will be on June 29, at 7:30AM-9:30AM at FCMA (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2) Managing a Diverse Workforce, including Millennials. RSVP by e-mail to

Machine Guarding & Amputation Hazards - Safety Class

The June safety class is on Machine Guarding & Amputation Hazards on June 30, 11:00AM – 1:00PM at FCMA (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2). You must RSVP to the FCMA office by phone (904-296-9664) or e-mail at least 48 hours prior to each class (preferably sooner so that we can ensure the minimum is reached). Thank you to our lunch sponsor Abatix! Click here for the schedule of classes.

July 14 Open House at FCMA

Join us for an open house at the FCMA office, located at 1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2 in Jacksonville, on July 14 from 4:00-6:00 PM. This is an FCMA members only event!

Thank you to our Open House refreshment sponsors: Abatix, Courtyard Marriott, and JPMorgan Chase. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Maria.

Annual Wage & Benefit Survey

FCMA is encouraging ALL Manufacturers a chance to participate in the 2016 FCMA Wage & Benefit Survey this year. This has proven to be a great tool for HR and if you have participated in the past, we thank you and greatly appreciate it. Remember…you will receive a free copy for participating and it will be sold to members only for $75 once it is complete. Click here for the questionnaire.

June 20 at Anheuser-Busch

Our next General Meeting will be held on Monday, June 20, from 4:00-6:00 PM at Aheuser-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.

Thank you to our refreshment sponsor Krystal Klean!

Thank you to Carlisle IT for hosting our May General Meeting! Carlisle IT is one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of high performance wire and cable. We had a great turnout at the meeting! Attendees were treated to an in-depth, high tech tour!

Thank you to our refreshment sponsor Pal-King Pallets!

FCMA Leadership Academy Graduation

The winter 2016 class of the FCMA Leadership Academy - Frontline Supervisor Training graduated last month at Anheuser-Busch. Luvenia Exson, Manufacturing Unit Manager, from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care spoke to the group and graduating students presented how they will apply what they have learned from the program on their jobs. Congratulations to all the students!

Florida Disaster Awareness Safety Class

We had a full house at our May Safety Class on Florida Disaster Awareness! Thank you to our refreshment sponsor - Abatix!

Social Media Policies Workshop

Pat Hill of Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP presented our May Workshop on Navigating The Minefield Of Workplace Social Media Policies. Attendees learned about what a social media policy can state, when to discipline for social media posts, and NLRB decisions regarding non-union facilities.

The May Professional Progress class was on environmental awareness, natural resources, conservation, and sustainability. The class met at Guana Tolomato Matanzas Education Resource Center and had special speakers from U.S. Green Building Council, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and St. Johns River Water Management District, as well as participating in a nature hike and seining.

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.
Please share any internship opportunities at your facility. We would like to track and measure the openings your company is offering. Please contact the FCMA office for further information.

*Don’t forget about the statewide “Drive to 1,000“ campaign and partner to help place FSCJ students in jobs at local businesses and companies throughout the Northeast Florida region and throughout the state. Click here for more information.

**Click here for further information on FSCJs Trade Program.

Abatix… is offering free training to FCMA members this month. Click here for more information.

AlliedBarton Security Services… and Universal Services of America are merging to create leading security company in North America. The combined company, to be named AlliedUniversal, will provide localized response and national support with approximately 140,000 security officers. Click here for more information.

BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards… was awarded its second major Navy contract and featured in the JBJ.

EnSafe… welcomes three new employees to the Jacksonville branch: Shannon Hill, Project Manager; Nick Zakoske, Environmental Specialist; and Alex Kiuri, Health and Safety Specialist.

Jacksonville Port Authority… manager of its Foreign Trade Zone, Lisa Diaz, was featured in the JBJ about why logistics professionals should consider using an FTZ.

W.W. Gay… was featured in the JBJ about a Naval contract they received.

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