FCMA Summit 2014 is Almost Here!

You don’t want to miss the second annual FCMA Summit, being held on Friday, October 3. The Summit is designed discuss and address key issues affecting local manufacturers and related businesses.

FCMA has gathered an outstanding group of professionals who will participate in panel discussion and question & answer sessions that could help you avoid being blind-sided in your business. During the Summit, you can visit the fantastic exhibitors in the day-long expo hall. Just like last year, we will be having a “Recreation Day” after the Summit, where Summit attendees can sign up for fishing or to play golf.

We are excited to announce some of our confirmed specials speakers are State Senator Aaron Bean, Secretary of the DEP Herschel Vinyard, and Dr. Hal Resnick, a Leadership Development Consultant, entrepreneur, university professor, and author.

Summit Breakout Topics include:

  • Supply Chain: Securing Your “Preferred Vendor” Status
  • Manufacturing Technology: 3D Printing to the Cloud – Profiting or Perishing?
  • Utilizing the Best of Lean Strategies to Suit Your Business
  • ISO in an Hour – Who Needs It?
  • Strategies for Engaging Tomorrow’s Workforce
  • Sharing Best Management Practices – From Injury Prevention to Conservation
  • Maximizing Millennials – Learning to Work with a New Generation
  • Northeast Florida International Trade Roundtable

This one-day Summit at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is open to any manufacturer or associated business for a low registration fee. Click here for more information and to register.


Welcome to…

Beaver Street Fisheries Inc./Sea Best Corp.
Contact: Lathun Brigman, President
Phone: (904) 634-6607
1741 W. Beaver Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

Tracing back to the 1950s, Beaver Street Fisheries, Inc. has built a global presence as one of the top distributors and manufacturers of quality frozen seafood. Today, the Sea Best® brand is asked for by name, in both the retail and food service sectors.

Sponsor: Mike Templeton, Templeton Manufacturing Solutions

Silver Oaks Advisors
Contact: Jeff Talton, Senior Director
Phone: (678) 848-2571
2700 Cumberland Blvd, Ste 525, Atlanta, GA 30339

…specializes in property tax issues, while providing full service personal property and real estate compliance & consulting services, with extensive state and local tax experience relating to the various complexities associated with property tax.

Sponsor: Ed Salek, Dixon Hughes Goodman

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, September 4
Time: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: FCMA office (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2)
Please contact Maria to sign up.


Performance Management Workshop

Save the Date - This month’s Workforce Development Workshop will be on Performance Management on Wednesday, September 24 from 7:30-9:30AM in the FCMA training room (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2). Stay tuned for more information. Contact Sherri to sign up.


Confined Space Entry Hazards - OSHA Workshop

This month’s OSHA Workshop is on Confined Space Entry Hazards on Thursday, September 25 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.

2014 FCMA Summit & Excellence in Manufacturing Awards

Get your Summit tickets before they’re gone! - Sign up today for the 2014 FCMA Summit and Excellence in Manufacturing Awards that will be held on October 2-3, 2014 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Amelia Island. Also check out the sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities that are available. Click here for more information.

Click here to sign up!


Manufacturing Day 2014

Manufacturing Day and its mission to familiarize non-manufacturing audiences with contemporary manufacturing, particularly students, by giving manufacturers an occasion to open their doors to the public. So we need you to offer a tour of your facility to students on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014 or any time during the month of October (Manufacturing Month). Click here for more information or contact Sherri.

September 22 General Meeting

Save the Date - Our September General Meeting will be held on Monday, September 22 from 4:00-6:00 PM. The location is TBA. Stay tuned for more details!


Thank you to GE Aviation for hosting out August General Meeting. We had great meeting and turnout! Many attendees were treated to an in-depth tour of the facility. GE Aviation is a leader in the design and manufacture of electrical components, sensors, and systems for aircraft, industrial, marine, and space uses.

Thank you to our refreshment sponsor AlliedBarton Security Services.

Personality/Leadership Assessments On a Shoestring Workshop

Holly Hickman with Anheuser-Busch (pictured below with WFD Assistant Chair Guy Colombo) shared the ”Personality/Leadership” workshop to a full house. The world-known Myers Briggs test was given and all attendees brought in their results to share with one another and learn how to implement within their own companies! A great handout and links to follow-up on were distributed. This was a fun and interactive workshop the members really enjoyed!

Bud Para, Chief Public Affairs Officer with JEA gave a presentation on the Effects of EPA’s Proposed Rule Regulating CO2 Emissions (Greenhouse Gas) on Utility Costs at the August meeting. EPA’s goal is to reduce power generation from fossil fuel fired generators, shifting to more use of natural gas. The impact of the plan will have a major impact on Florida utilities and the way energy is generated. Our special thanks to Peter Anderson and Pattillo Industrial Real Estate for hosting this meeting at one of their Northside properties on Jacksonville Port Parkway. The presentation, as well as JEA’s white paper on GHG, is posted on the committee webpage.

EHS Committee

Special thanks to this month’s presenter, Chris Rivera with Ellis & Associates Inc. His presentation was on Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures—Lessons Learned in Stormwater Run-off. We appreciate your willingness to share your experience with our members!

Nassau County Manufacturing Forum


Special thanks to RockTenn for sponsoring the August 26 Manufacturing Forum presented by the Nassau County Economic Development Board. Along with Carl Rorick of RockTenn, manufacturing panelists included Rayonier General Manager CA McDonald and Joe Oller of Florida Machine Works. Input from our Nassau County manufacturers will assist FSCJ in developing training programs that can be administered at the Betty Cook Campus in Yulee. FSCJ panelists included Ernie Friend and Bill Formanek who continue to work with FCMA to help develop training and certification programs for our members.


Florida Trade Grant

Did you know… Through the Florida TRADE Grant prospective manufacturing employees are receiving industry certifications at FSCJ. Click here for further information. If you have questions, contact Mike Collins at FSCJ. We are also interested in any intern opportunities at your facility—please contact Sherri in the FCMA to office.


Atlantic Logistics… CEO Robert Hooper was featured in the JBJ Fast 50. Click here to read more.

BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards… won a contract for structural work and extensive repairs and maintenance on the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg.

Champion Brands… CEO Earl Benton was listed in the JBJ’s Ultimate CEO Awards. Check it out here.

Compass Rose Foundation… new technical school Jones Technical Institute (J-Tech) filled its first Automotive and Diesel Technology classes. After three short weeks and an overwhelming response, J-Tech will be starting full classes on Monday September 29th.

GrayRobinson PA… hired Patrick Krechowski as of counsel.

Paul Davis Restoration… finds one local family in need of major home repairs and does it all for free. Click here to check out the video about the elderly man they helped recently.

Vistakon… Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP) is coming into its sixth consecutive year. The program has graduated its first class of YLDP students who joined the program their 9th grade year. YLDP has a 100% graduation rate for all the students that have participated and completed the program. YLDP leaders are also working to expand the framework of YLDP to other companies in the local Jacksonville area to incorporate the YLDP program to other prospective high schools.

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