AME National Convention Coming to Jacksonville
The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) hosts a national convention every year in cities like Dallas, Baltimore, Chicago, and Toronto. Jacksonville has been selected to host this convention in 2014, which is the largest Lean Conference in the world. It all started about 10 years ago when Lad Daniels and Jerry Bussell started the buzz in Jacksonville and now we have grown into one of the most recognized cities for Lean.
We now have the wonderful opportunity to showcase our cities hard work and successes in government, manufacturing and even health care facilities So far we have commitments from FCMA member companies like Swisher, Rex Corporation, Medtronic, Pilot Pen Corporation, Vac-con, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, UTC Aerospace Systems, and Anheuser-Bush.
The economic impact of this event brings millions of dollars to our area. It will also bring some of the people who buy our products, use our services, and are the decision makers for where their new businesses locate.
On Nov 10th – 14th the conference will be held at the Hyatt on the Riverfront and the theme, which is fitting for Jacksonville, is “Strategic Success Through People Powered Excellence.” In the First Coast we have be doing just that with FCMA, Jacksonville Lean Consortium, and the City of Jacksonville.
Who Is AME? - The Association for Manufacturing Excellence is North America’s premier organization for the exchange of knowledge in organizational excellence through the implementation of techniques such as lean tools, leadership, lean product development, lean supply chain, and lean accounting.
AME Mission. - To inspire a commitment to Enterprise Excellence through Experiential Learning by bringing people together to Share, Learn and GROW.
Contact: Helen Angel, District Sales Manager
Phone: (904) 614-3521
3362 Powers Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32207
…every year dispatches approximately 400,000 Temporary Associates to jobs in construction, manufacturing, hospitality, events, restoration, auto services, logistics and warehousing, retail support, waste and recycling and more.
SunTrust Bank, North Florida
Contact: Tammy Molter, First Vice President Commercial Relationship Manager
Phone: (904) 632-2597
76 South Laura Street, 20th Floor, Jacksonville, FL 32202
…offers a full range of banking and trust services, with special emphasis on corporate lending, corporate cash management, and investment banking.
The next “Decompression Thursday” will be held on Thursday, May 16 from 4:00-6:00PM at Bahama Breeze (10205 River Coast Drive) at the St. Johns Town Center.
Decompression has been created so that FCMA members can get to know each other and network on a casual basis. There is no cost to attend other than buy your own drinks/food. Please let us know you’re coming by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE - Our workshop on Wednesday, May 22 from 7:30-9:30AM will be on I9’s presented by Jeff Watson and Melissa Dearing of Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP. Don’t miss it! The presentations and handout created by our presenters for attendees are always a good tool to have and the best practices shared are priceless! Click here for more information. E-mail Sherri to sign up.
3M (Members Meeting Members) with Lake Ray
|The focus of these casual lunches are:
The lunches are available to any and all members regardless if you have attended a lunch or not. The times for all of the lunches will be 11:45 AM – 1:30 PM. Dates available:
- Wednesday, May 8
- Wednesday, May 15
- Friday, May 24
To sign up for a lunch e-mail Maria. There are a limited number of slots for each lunch, so reservations are on a first come first serve basis.
2013 Crane Awards
Announcing the Crane Awards
Outstanding Employee Award Banquet
UNF University Center, Jacksonville, Florida
May 31, 2013 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Click here for more information about attending the event.
FCMA is still looking for sponsors for the 2013 Crane Awards. Click here to find out about sponsorships opportunities. Click here to learn more about FCMA’s partnership with the Florida Times-Union. If you are interested please contact Maria.
2013 Wage Survey
Don’t Forget to Fill Out Your Wage Survey! Click here for the questionnaire. If you participated last year and your wages have not changed, please let us know and we will reuse your information with your approval. Your information is held in the strictest confidence.
Manufacturers receive a complimentary copy for completing the survey! We publish this annual survey for the benefit of our members only. Contact Sherri if you have questions.
2013 FCMA Summit
FCMA is beginning a new annual signature event on October 2-4, 2013
FCMA has begun the process of conducting its largest and most exciting event in the association’s history.
The event, known as the FCMA Summit 2013, will feature three days of conferences, an Expo, awards and recreation, all in St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city. Stay tuned for updates regarding special speakers and seminar topics.
Click here for details on reserving your room at the Casa Monica Hotel at a special discounted rate.
Click here for more information and to sign up.
May 20 at United States Gypsum Company
Join us from 4:00-6:00 PM at United States Gypsum Company, located at 6825 Evergreen Avenue in Jacksonville. United States Gypsum Company is a manufacturer of gypsum wallboard and joint compounds.
April 29 at Swisher International
Thank you to Swisher for hosting our April General Meeting. Due to a power outage during the meeting the tour had to be cancelled, but we are working with Swisher to reschedule it for June. Stay tuned for details. Swisher International is a Jacksonville based company since 1924, and is a leading manufacturer of popular priced cigars in the United States under the King Edward and Swisher Sweets brand names.
Thank you to all of those who braved the weather to attend our After Our’s at Benny’s at The Landing after the meeting! We had a great time continuing to network. Benny’s was a great host, providing us with free appetizers and drink specials.
2013 Golf Tournament
FCMA’s annual golf tournament was sold out on April 5! The tournament benefits our UNF Engineering School scholarship program. It was a major success for FCMA and provided an excellent opportunity for networking and fun.
Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who participated and helped to make FCMA’s 2013 Charity Golf Tournament such a big success!
First place went to Ray Green of Weather Engineers, Eric Schmidt of Trane, Jeremy Kittinger of Trane, and Drew Lindsay of Weather Engineers
Thank you to our 2013 Golf Sponsors!
Abatix, Aerostar SES, Aerotek, American Electrical, Auld & White Constructors, BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards, Berman Brothers, CareSpot, CH2M Hill, Colomer USA, CSX Transportation, The Doctors Center, Harbinger, The Hartley Press, The Haskell Co, IFF Chemical Holdings, JAXPORT, Krystal Klean, Medtronic, Milton J. Wood Fire Protection, Milton J. Wood Company, Milton, Leach, Whitman, D’Andrea & Eslinger, Peak 10, Remedy Intelligent Staffing, Rex Corp, RFW Wealth Advisors, R L Harris, Saft America, Rogers Towers, Southland Waste, Stronghaven/K&G Box, Structures International, Swisher International, The Trane Co, Vac-Con, Vistakon, W. J. Sapp & Son
Advantus, Aerostar SES, Aerotek, Aflac, Anheuser-Busch, Alternate Energy Technologies, American Electrical Contracting, ANO Safety Footwear, Bacardi, BB&T, Brown & Brown Insurance, CareSpot, Cascade Water Services, Cintas Fire Protection, Colomer USA, The Doctors Center, DSI Security, Dixon Hughes Goodman, Harbinger, Diversified Port Holdings/Seanous, GE Aviation-Unison, JAXPORT, Krystal Klean, Les Loggins Marketing, Maxwell House, McCurdy-Walden, Milton J. Wood Co, Milton Leach Whitman D’Andrea & Eslinger, New York Life, North Point Promotions, Omni Hotels, Pal-King Pallets, Peak 10, Pilot Pen Corp., Rayonier, Remedy Intelligent Staffing, RFW Wealth Advisors, Rogers Towers, Safe Lite Optical, Sauer Inc, Shaw’s Southern Belle Frozen Foods, Sticky Fingers, Stronghaven/K&G Box, Southland Waste Systems, Swisher International, Vac-Con, Waste Management, WhiteWave Foods
Thank you to our hardworking Golf Committee!
Kal Patel, Chairman, Aerotek
Mike Marlette, Assistant Chairman, Aerotek
John Townsend, Aerostar Environmental Services
Kim Alcorn, Aerotek
Wanda Fort, AFLAC
Matt Sloan, AFLAC
Greg Hough, American Electrical
Lisa Diaz, Jaxport
Jennifer Grimes, Peak 10
Charlie Moore, Southland Waste
Trina Williams, Sticky Fingers
Aimee Snowden, Stronghaven /K & G Box
Amanda Osborne, Wells Fargo Bank
Chris Quevedo, Wells Fargo Bank
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Workshop
Nancy Johnson and Tom Brice with McGuire Woods (pictured below) gave a great presentation on the need for respect in the workplace. Understanding Sexual Harassment and Discrimination at work is a must. There are so many different levels of harassment. This was very enlightening presentation. McGuire Woods strongly recommends best practice training for all employees of at least one hour per year and for Supervisors/Managers no less that two hours of training every other year.
The Public Relations Committee is continuing it’s efforts to educate people about the importance of manufacturing through our Speakers Bureau program. In April, Tom Jody of Vac-Con and FCMA PR Committee Chair spoke at the JAX Chamber North Council and Mike Templeton of Templeton Manufacturing Solutions and past FCMA Tri-Chairman, spoke at the San Jose Rotary Club. If you are a part of a group that we could come talk to about manufacturing, let us know.
Our April meeting was off-site at Metal Container Corporation (div. of Anheuser-Busch) and was our second joint meeting with ASSE. The May 16 meeting will feature a legislative update by Trey Mills of Rogers Towers to be held in the FCMA Training Room. The Committee’s June offsite meeting will be at Maxwell House.
The Committee met at the St. Johns County Commission where all but one of the County Commissioners were able to join us. Commissioner Cyndi Stephenson gave an update on new businesses moving into the county and other opportunities and Mike Templeton delivered the FCMA’s Speakers Bureau presentation to county officials. Special thanks to Advanced Disposal Services for providing lunch.
Highlights of the April Professional Progress class day on Community Awareness and Civic Pride featured a presentation by Emily Lisska of the Jacksonville Historical Society and an overview of the Public Defender’s Office by Matt Bisbee.
Abatix… join Abatix in celebrating their 30th year! May 10th at the Jacksonville Suns game. Click here for more information. Space is limited.
Advanced Disposal Services… hired Bill Wolfram as regional marketing and government affairs manager and Chris Hagan as municipal marketing and government affairs manager.
CSX Transportation & Vistakon… hosted the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation North Florida Walk to Cure Diabetes.
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP… is proud to announce that Jennie Muniz, who is also a member of FCMA’s Government Relations Committee, was honored by the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants as one of the top 26 CPAs under 36 in the State of Florida. She appeared on the cover of Florida CPA Today magazine.
FirstAtlantic Bank… hired Rick Patrick as vice president senior commercial banker, and named E. Zimmerman Boulos and Van Royal as members of their Board.
Golder Associates Inc… has announced the 2013 Principal and Associate appointments. The Florida Operations are pleased to announce that Ms. Manitia Moultrie and Mr. Neil Hancock, who is also assistant chair of the FCMA Government Relations Committee, have been appointed Principal of the firm and Mr. Karl Bullock has been appointed Associate.
Grubb & Ellis/Phoenix Realty Group… hired Anastasia Haney as property manager for PRG Developments.
Interchanges… hired Phil Aitken as director of business strategy.
The Jacksonville Bank… raised more than $1,200 for the 2013 Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon.
Mac Paper Converters… president David McGehee received the 2013 Stanly O. Styles Awards from the National Paper Trade Association Alliance.
McGladrey… hired Jessica Adams as business development director.
Renessenz… invited its neighbors to the Jacksonville plant for an open house on April 8. Besides a general company overview, neighbors had an opportunity for a plant tour and aroma testing of products made by Renessenz.
Stellar… launched Food for Thought, a blog serving the food processing and distribution industry.
Jacksonville Business Journal… the following FCMA members were listed as the top 40 under 40 in the JBJ:
Luis Barrenchea, Wire Mesh Corp; Ricardo Bedoya, Holland & Knight; Paul Eckert, Omni Amelia Island; Abel Harding, First Citizens Bank; Michael Holm, AMEC Environment & Infrastructure; Kenneth James, CSX Transportation; Renee Maxey, Holland & Knight; Jennie Muniz, Dixon Hughes Goodman; Trey Wilson, Smith Hulsey & Busey
Jacksonville Business Journal… the following FCMA members were listed as the top litigation practices in Northeast Florida:
1. Holland & Knight LLP; 2. Rogers Towers PA; 3. Smith Hulsey & Busey; 5. Akerman Senterfitt; 7. Boyd & Jenerette PA; 11. GrayRobinson PA; 14. McGuireWoods LLP; 20. Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP
Do you have something exciting going on at your company? Let Amanda know.