Legislative Update

There is a saying that you are never safe when the Legislature is in Session. The last several years may have helped to prove the saying wrong. Typically government is looking for ways to find more money for more projects or more government programs. The Governor and Legislature have worked over the last five years to reverse the old trend in government. The track record of reducing government and taxes is impressive and continues into this year’s session.

FCMA joined MAF (Manufacturers Association of Florida) and other regional associations to develop an effective legislative agenda for this year’s session. The two issues that top the list are permanent elimination of the sales tax on manufacturing equipment and the permanent elimination of sales tax on commercial rentals. The permanent elimination of sales tax on manufacturing equipment has been included in the proposed House of Representatives tax reduction package. Sales tax on commercial rentals has also been included in the proposed package. Sales tax on rental properties will be reduced permanently by 1% (out of 6%) as a part of the proposed plan. The long term plan is to reduce the commercial rental tax by 1% each year until it is eliminated altogether. The plan will be presented in full committee the first week of February. The Senate is expected to propose a similar tax package.

Another important bill is extension of the Better Jacksonville Plan sales tax, for the purpose of bringing into balance the Police and Fire Pension Plan fund. This pension has been the focus of discussion for years due to underfunding and mismanagement. Unfortunately, there are few options available to resolve the problem, short of the City of Jacksonville declaring bankruptcy. The plan calls for extending the current tax which ends in 2030. This will free funding up in the regular City budget for other concerns, including more police protection. The extension of the sales tax will require the approval of the legislature to allow the City to place the issue out for a public referendum. The sales tax extension provides the least painful effects to manufacturers in resolving the problem. The House and the Senate have both passed the bill through the first committees.

The progress on these three bills is encouraging, however we are early in the process. We need all members to join us in continuing to keep the pressure on both chambers of the legislature to ensure their passage.

This year we continue our tradition of traveling to Tallahassee to lobby with our legislators to pass these bills. The event is scheduled for February 10 and 11. Please consider joining us, it’s still not too late to sign up to participate. We have a great group of speakers who will be with us. We look forward to seeing you.


Welcome to…

BTE Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Matt Jeffs, Workforce Solutions Clinical Specialist
Phone: (904) 377-1527
906 Shore Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32086

Provides advanced evidence-based physical evaluation systems for clinics, hospitals, and private practices.

Sponsor: Matt Jeffs, Ability Rehab

Jax Box LLC
Contact: Robert Arranz, Plant Manager
Phone: (904) 619-4750
101 S. Myrtle Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Manufacturer of corrugated cardboard boxes.

Sponsor: FCMA

Roller Die + Forming
Contact: Gregory Nunnelley, Vice President, HR
Phone: (502) 475-6424
4650 County Rd 209 S, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

Custom roll forming company

Sponsor: Mike Templeton, Templeton Manufacturing Solutions

Tillman Roofing
Contact: Terry Tillman, President/CEO
Phone: (904) 527-1362
108 Halsema Rd N, Jacksonville, FL 32220

Commercial and industrial roofing contractor specializing in roof repairs, maintenance, modifications, and waterproofing.

Sponsor: Bill Gay, WW Gay

Crane Awards

Announcing the Crane Awards
Outstanding Employee Award Banquet
UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center, Jacksonville, Florida
Friday, March 4, 2016, 6:30–9:00PM

Click here for more information about the Crane Awards. Nominations are closed, but you can still attend the event. All Crane Award winners will be listed in a Florida Times-Union insert following the event. Click here for sponsorship information.

Golf Tournament

Friday, April 8, 2016
Eagle Landing Golf Course
7:30AM Registration/8:30AM Shotgun Start

Fore!!! - this is a warning that FCMA expects a complete sell-out this year at the Golf Outing. Don’t delay…sign-up TODAY! The proceeds from this year’s event will fund scholarships for local students.
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.

Contact Maria for more information. Click here to sign up.


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, February 4
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.


Affordable Care Act Workshop

SAVE THE DATE - Don’t miss our February 23rd workshop on the Affordable Care Act, the ever evolving ACA and the newly required IRS Forms. Presented by one of our favorites - Laura Miller Andrew with Smith Gambrell & Russell. Click here for more information.


Tallahassee Trip

This year’s trip will be February 10-11 due to the session’s earlier start. Click here for information.

Electrical Hazards - Safety Class

The February safety class is on Electrical Hazards on February 25 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. The price is $10 per person and includes lunch. You must RSVP to the FCMA office or Debbie at least 48 hours prior to each class (preferably sooner so that we can ensure the minimum is reached). Click here for the schedule of classes.

February 29 at Glass Distributors

Our next General Meeting will be held on Monday, February 29, from 4:00-6:00 PM at Glass Distributors, located at 5355 Shawland Road in Jacksonville. Glass Distributors is a fabricator of glass and mirror, a division of Lee & Cates Glass Company.

Thank you to FSCJ for hosting our January General Meeting! We had a great turnout for our first meeting of 2016! Florida State College at Jacksonville provides the community with professional, technical, transfer, and lifelong educational opportunities.

Thank you to our refreshment sponsor American Electrical Contracting!

Young Professionals Group Meeting

We had a great turnout at the Young Professionals meeting in January! Thank you to Katharyn Smith of Raymond James Otterson-Allison Group for speaking to the group about retirement planning. If you are interested in being a part of the Young Professional Group, let Amanda know.

Our first workshop of the year was on Fair Labor Standard Act with Suzi Lemen of Dynamic Corporate Solutions presenting. The Independent Contractor classification review was very enlightening. Raising the minimum salary level for exempt employees was also an eye opener. We want to thank Heidi Barfield and Suzi with DCSI for sharing their insight on this specific issue that will affect so many businesses. A follow up on this one is already in the works! Details coming soon. Pictured below: Valerie Witt and Sheryl Williams with Jaxport stayed back for some one on one with Suzi.

Our special guest at the January meeting was the Honorable Joyce Morgan, Jacksonville City Council District 1. She shared with the group some of her responsibilities and goals for her term. Special thanks to our host Tom Cancellare and Marriott Courtyard for hosting and providing a wonderful lunch.

EHS Committee

Ken Wilkey gave a Tier II update regarding requirements of Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department. He talked about activities of the Northeast Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee and free workshops being offered on how to comply (EPCRA) and E-plan for chemical inventory reporting and compliance. Click here for free workshops this week!

FCMA Testimonials
Check out this video testimonial from FCMA Member Safariland. If you are interested in being part of a video testimonial please contact Amanda.


Teacher Recognition

WFD Subcommittee Workforce For Tomorrow, headed up by Bonnie Quasnick (Pal King), is on the hunt for our Educator for the Teacher Recognition Award 1st Quarter, 2016. Looking forward to meeting him or her at the March General Meeting. Click here for the application.


Made in St. Johns County

Check out the Made In St. Johns County Exhibit until February 19, 2016 at the St. Johns County Administration Building. Residents and visitors will have the opportunity to learn about local businesses and enjoy this month-long display. Click here for more information.


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.


Did you know…? FCMA has a Job Board available on our website with job openings at FCMA member companies and resumes of candidates looking for jobs in manufacturing. Check it out here.


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

CSX Transportation… was featured in an article in the JBJ.

Dixon Hughes Goodman… hired Jen Koopman as tax manager and Anthony Watson as a tax associate.

Dynamic Corporate Solutions… hired Kelly Kilgore as a certified compensation professional and HR consultant and Terry Osman as an HR consultant.

Georgia-Pacific Corporation… teamed up with Palatka High students on project. Click here to read more. Also - check out GP’s new Sparkle Minis at a Dollar General near you!

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care… will be hosting a Manufacturing Institute (National Association of Manufacturers) session February 24 from 8:00-11:30 AM. The presentation will be Recruiting Florida’s Brightest: Talent Strategies for Manufacturers. Click here for additional information.

Lewis Longman & Walker… attorney Brenna Durden was recently appointed to serve on the city’s Downtown Investment Authority. Click here for more information.

University of North Florida… has an opportunity to participate in an upcoming workforce training grant. Click here for details about the February 4 meeting at the UNF Herbert Center from 8:00-9:30 AM.

Vac-Con… was visited by Governor Scott last month during his ‘Million Jobs’ Tour. Click here to read more.

WhiteWave Foods… was featured in an article in the Jax Daily Record about an expansion into its Westside manufacturing plant.

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