FCMA Workforce Academy

In 2015, FCMA embarked on a new strategic training initiative that is gaining momentum and receiving very favorable feedback from participating members. As part of the new FCMA Workforce Academy, we have successfully launched a Front Line Supervisor Training program with a curriculum designed to teach critical leadership competencies for front-line supervisors, lead operators, team leaders or future candidates for these positions. The program has been designed in collaboration with the University of North Florida, is being taught by UNF instructors and is administered under the oversight of FCMA. In addition to the class room instructions, participating students also tour five different manufacturing facilities to observe best practices in action as well as interact with host company supervisors and other company leaders in open panel discussions.

To date we have engaged 100 students representing 30 different member companies. Our fourth program offering had their Kick-Off Luncheon last month (photos below). We will have two additional sessions offered in 2016, with our summer session starting on June 21 and our fall session starting on September 13. The classes are in very high demand, and we only have one spot open for each of the two remaining sessions. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact Amanda Starling. Note that we do plan on offering this course four times in 2017—more information about the schedule will be forthcoming in future VOICE editions.

Our Workforce Development Committee continues to work very hard for our members! If your company has any specific workforce training needs or would like to learn more about any of our current programs, please contact me for more information.


Welcome to…

JPMorgan Chase
Contact: Lisa Crowley, Vice President
Phone: (904) 513-5636
10151 Deerwood Park Blvd, Bldg 400, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Provides banking products and services to the local Jacksonville business community.

Sponsor: FCMA

MSC Industrial Supply
Contact: Rob Ferendo, Branch Manager
Phone: (912) 220-7695
8936 Western Way, Ste 8, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Industrial Supply Leader in providing resources to customer base allowing them to focus on core activities.

Sponsor: Earl Hildebrand, CF Machine & Tool

Sohacki Industries
Contact: Josh Sohacki, Vice President
Phone: (904) 826-0130
185 Cumberland Park Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32095

High precision machine shop manufacturing for new and repair parts, components and assemblies for aerospace and defense industries.

Sponsor: Bruce Press, Northeast Florida Safety Council

TraPac Jacksonville LLC
Contact: Dennis Kelly, Regional Vice President
Phone: (904) 696-4901
9834 New Berlin Road, Jacksonville, FL 32226

A leading container terminal operator and stevedore, offering high-quality port terminal service to the continental U.S.

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, May 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.


Social Media in Workplace Workshop

SAVE THE DATE - The May Workshop will be on Social Media in the Workplace: How to take advantage and get the Best for Your Company and What to Avoid! On May 25, at 7:30AM-9:30AM on at the FCMA Training Room (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2). RSVP: by e-mail to information@fcmaweb.com.


Florida Disaster Awareness - Safety Class

The May safety class is on Fall Protection on May 26 11:00AM – 1:00PM. 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.

FCMA Summit 2016

Mark your calendars - The 2016 FCMA Summit will be held on October 13 at the Renaissance Hotel World Golf Village in St. Augustine. The Excellence in Manufacturing Awards will be on that night in the same location.
  • The Summit will be loaded with opportunities to hear informative industry leaders and network with other FCMA members.
  • Limited number of Exhibit booths are available
  • Limited number of discounted rooms at the Renaissance Hotel
  • You don’t want to miss this event!

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.

May 23 at Carlisle IT

Our next General Meeting will be held on Monday, May 23, from 4:00-6:00 PM at Carlisle IT, located at 100 Tensolite Drive in St. Augustine. Carlisle IT is one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of high performance wire and cable.

RSVP is required—absolutely no walk-ups allowed! Deadline to RSVP is 5:00 PM Wednesday, May 18, by email to information@fcmaweb.com with ALL of the following information: Full Legal Name, Company, Company Address, Country of Citizenship (sorry–only U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents will be allowed to attend).

Thank you to our refreshment sponsor Pal-King Pallets!

Thank you to UNF for hosting our April General Meeting! This meeting was held at the same time as UNF Engineering Innovation Day. This annual event is held to showcase UNF engineering senior students where they display their senior design projects, engage industry in dialogue about these projects, and celebrating student academic achievement in utilizing engineering solutions to solve industry problems. After the meeting, attendees got to tour the displays, meet students, and learn about their senior design projects.

Thank you to our refreshment sponsor CORA Rehabilitation!

2016 Golf Tournament

FCMA’s annual golf tournament was sold out on April 8! It was a major success for FCMA and provided an excellent opportunity for networking and fun. As part of its commitment to workforce education, a portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will go to fund local scholarship programs.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who participated!

First Place went to Republic Services!

Thank you to our event sponsors!

Hole Sponsors:

Abatix, Advanced Disposal, Aerostar, Aerotek, Aflac, Auld & White Constructors, CareSpot, Cascade Water Services, Coastal Industries, Colliers International, CORA Rehabilitation, Dupuy Silo Facility, G2 ID Source, Garland Company, Geosyntec Consultants, Harbinger, Haskell, IFF Chemical Holdings, JZ Logistics, Krystal Klean, Milton J Wood Company, Northeast Florida Heating & Air, NSC Technologies, Packaging Corporation of America, Randstad, Remedy Intelligent Staffing, Republic Services, Revlon, RL Harris LLC, Securadyne Systems, Swisher International, Tetra Tech NUS, The Doctors Center, The Jacksonville Bank, United States Gypsum, University of North Florida, Vac-Con, WJ Sapp and Son, WW Gay Mechanical

Prize Donors:

Abatix, Advanced Disposal, Aerostar, Aerotek, Aflac, AlliedBarton Security Service, Ameritape, Anheuser-Busch, CareSpot, Carlisle, Cascade Water Services, CF Machine & Tool, CORA Health, Dixon Hughes Goodman, Florida Machine Works, G2 ID Source, Geosyntec, Harbinger, Hytorc, JAXPORT, Jo-Kell, Kelly Services, Kilwins, Neptune Tech, Oasis Staffing, Pal-King Pallets, Pilot Pen, Pine Castle, Revlon, Sticky Fingers, Swisher International, US Gypsum, Wayne Automatic Fire, Weather Engineers, Wells Fargo, White Electrical

Thank you to our hardworking Golf Committee and Volunteers!

Charlie Moore,Republic Services, Chairman
Geoff Reichold, Aerostar SES LLC
Greg Itnyre, Aerostar SES LLC
Mike Marlette, Aerotek
Niki Howard, Aerotek
Wanda Fort, Aflac
John Vick, Allied Barton
Renee Soares, Ameritape
Wolf Arant, Cascade Water Services
Monica Pritchard, Jo-Kell
Mike DeRocher, JoKell
Esther Bullard, Kelly Services
Kim Lambert, Oasis Staffing
Bonnie Quasnick, Pal-King Pallets
Katharyn Smith, Raymond James - Otterson Allison
Jeffrey Smith, Sticky Fingers
Jason Lucas, Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers
Amanda Osborne, Wells Fargo
Jeff Evans, Colliers International
Jonathan Scott, Colliers International

Workers’ Memorial Event

Last month Workers’ Memorial Day was formally observed for the first time in the north Florida area. The Jacksonville Alliance for a Safe Workforce, which FCMA is a part of, held an event at the FSCJ Downtown Campus. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jordan Barab from Washington spoke at the ceremony that included the reading of 56 names of workers who lost their lives in 2015 in north Florida. Click here and here for videos about the event.

Employment Litigation Workshop

Our April workshop was on the Ten Commandments of Employment Litigation Avoidance with presenter Michael Prendergast, a partner at Holland & Knight. We had a great turnout! Attendees learned about best practices of hiring, firing, and background checks.

The Professional Progress class met at City Hall last month for their Community Awareness and Civic Pride class. Speakers included representatives from the Jaguars Foundation, Clara White Mission, Jacksonville Historical Society, and COJ Environmental Quality Division. The class also got to go on a fantastic Historic Tour of Downtown Jacksonville.

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.


Beaver Street Fisheries… Assistant General Manager Lloyd Carter was featured in an article in Florida Trend magazine.

Cushman & Wakefield… announced the appointment of Larry Kahn as a director in its industrial brokerage services group.

Florida Power & Light Company… After 43 years of Service Dave Cobb, Florida Power & Light North Area External Affairs Manager, retired April 1, 2016. Dave has been a member of FCMA for 20 years, and served on the Governmental Relations Committee. Replacing Dave in the role will be Jim Bush.

Georgia-Pacific Corporation… was featured in an article in the Times-Union about GP engineers working with Palatka High School students on real application for STEM concepts.

Mac Paper Converters… was featured in an article in the JBJ about how they are winning awards with an everyday product.

Rayonier Advanced Materials… was featured in an article in the JBJ about their new building in Nassau County.

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