Tallahassee Recap

Once again, the annual Tallahassee lobbying trip was a great success. The timing this year turned out to be fortunate, as we were there early in the session, and that allowed us to have some early influence on some important legislation. As always, being able to witness the legislative process is educational and gives us a much better understanding of what it takes to actually turn ideas into law. But for the FCMA group, this is also an important opportunity to show our support for those legislators who are trying to help with bills in the House and Senate that affect manufacturing in Florida. It also gives us an opportunity to socialize with some of our legislators after hours, which is both informative and fun.

This year’s agenda was a little different than in the past. The first day, we met in the Capitol Building in the House Majority Conference Room, where we had informative presentations all afternoon from a large cross section of influential speakers from different organizations, including MAF, the Florida Chamber, Enterprise Florida, AIF and the Natural Gas Council covering a variety of topics pertinent to manufacturing and transportation. We also enjoyed visits from Representatives Hooper, Baxley, Perry, Broxson and Moraitis, all of whom talked about issues important to business interests in Florida. During the entire day, Lake was able to spend most of the time with us, with occasional exits for necessary committee meetings and functions. We finished the day with a group photo in the House chamber with Representatives Perry and Ray, and from there went to dinner at a new location, the 101 Restaurant – great food and great company, including Representative “Doc” Renuart!! After dinner, in keeping with tradition, Lake conducted a tour of the old Capitol; his recall of Florida history is nothing short of amazing – always a great time!

The second day was more in keeping with our previous schedules, as we raced around the Capitol, visiting legislator’s offices all morning, fifteen to be exact. Most of the Representatives and Senators were in session, so we visited with many of their assistants to discuss our agenda and leave information about our legislative priorities. We did have a chance to visit with Senator Aaron Bean, who was very generous with his time.

The trip ended well, and we feel like we were able to make a difference with several bills working through the House and Senate. FCMA is well respected in Tallahassee for our support and appreciation of the work being done there. But, we do need more manufacturers to participate. Please consider taking a couple of days out of your busy schedules for next year!!

Click here to view photos from our Tallahassee trip.


Welcome to…

Arizona Chemical
Contact: Alan Phillips, Director - Sustainability & Government Affairs
Phone: (904) 928-8853
4600 Touchton Road E, Ste 1200, Jacksonville, FL 32246

…biorefiner of pine chemicals, providing natural pine-based materials in markets including adhesives, roads & construction, tires & rubber, lubricants, fuel additives, and mining.

Sponsor: Mike Templeton, Templeton Manufacturing Solutions

Fifth Third Bank
Contact: Christopher Clark, Middle Market Relationship Manager
Phone: (904) 655-5900
9716 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32257

…one of the top-performing banks in the country with over 150 years of success that comes from listening to customers and inspiring them with smart financial solutions.

Sponsor: FCMA

G2 ID Source
Contact: David Frederick, President
Phone: (904) 302-5899
1511 Montana Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207

…manufactures printed labels and custom product labels, and offers total solution packages for mobile computing, wireless infrastructure and data collection, asset tracking and inventory control.

Sponsor: FCMA

Trihydro Corporation
Contact: Michael Garbee, Senior Geologist
Phone: (904) 945-7501
3740 St. Johns Industrial Pkwy, Ste 14, Jacksonville, FL 32224

…full-service engineering, environmental, and information technology consulting firm with a network of 16 branch offices and staff resources covering 25 states.

Sponsor:Ron Avery, Industrial Construction Services & Design

Golf Outing

Friday, April 11, 2014
Eagle Landing Golf Course
7:30AM Registration/8:30AM Shotgun Start

Fore!!! - FCMA’s 2014 Golf Outing on April 11 at Eagle Landing Golf Course is completely sold out! Thank you to everyone who is participating!
Click here for more information on sponsorship and donation opportunities.

OSHA Rights - OSHA Workshop

This month’s OSHA Workshop is on OSHA Rights on Thursday, April 24 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.


Decompression Thursday

Our next “Decompression” will be on Thursday, April 24 from 4:00-6:00PM at J. Alexanders’ (10296 Bistro Drive) at the St. Johns Town Center. There is no cost to attend other than buy your own drinks/food. Please let us know you’re coming by e-mailing information@fcmaweb.com.

HR 101 Workshop

SAVE THE DATE - The April Workforce Development Workshop will be on HR 101 (FMLA, ADA, Workers Comp) on Wednesday, April 30 from 7:30-9:30AM at the FCMA office (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2). Cost is only $10 for FCMA members. Stay tuned for details. Contact Sherri for more information.

April 28 at Bridgestone


Join us from 4:00-6:00 PM at Bridgestone, located at 4950 New World Avenue in Jacksonville. Bridgestone is a large multinational rubber and tire manufacturer distribution center.

Thank you to Hytorc Wind for hosting our March General Meeting! We had a great meeting with a fantastic turnout! Hytorc is the industry leading manufacturer in Hydraulic torque wrenches. Hytorc has implemented a new MOBILE SERVICE DIVISION called HYTORC WIND, located in Jacksonville to eliminate the down time in production and prevent the loss of tools in transit.

At the meeting, Joe DeSalvo and Nicole Szarlan from the Florida Times-Union presented FCMA with a plaque in honor of our 25th Anniversary (pictured below).

Click here for more photos from the meeting.

Young Professionals Networking Event

FCMA’s Young Professionals Group had a great second meeting at Cantina Laredo in March! Be on the lookout for more events with this group. If you are interested in being a part of the Young Professionals Group, let Amanda know.

Employee Handbooks Workshop

Gregg Gerlach with Ford & Harrison presented a workshop on Employee Handbooks: how to create one, what to avoid, how often do you revise one, and what IS the real purpose of an employee handbook. A great informative handout was distributed that can be used as a guide to develop your own handbook specifically for your company. Gregg stayed after to have one on one with members who had additional questions. Great workshop, well received!

Special thanks to Brian Taylor, CEO of Jacksonville Port Authority, for hosting the March meeting and serving as our special guest speaker. He updated us on issues such as port deepening, Mile Point, and funds that have been (or will be) approved for infrastructure improvements and expansion.

EHS Committee

The committee met jointly with ASSE in March for their annual OSHA Update at JEA, presented by Brian Sturtecky, OSHA Area Director. Our next meeting will be an offsite—if you are interested in joining us, please contact Debbie.


Advanced Disposal… hired hired Brian Beaudrie as vice president of maintenance.

Boyd & Jenerette PA… hired Patrick Hinchey and Jonathan Sang as associates.

DeVry University… Keller Graduate School of Management was included in the Jacksonville Business Journal’s list of top MBA programs.

Ellis & Associates… is proud to announce that Joseph M. Champion, P.E. won 2014 Young Engineer of the Year Award
and was selected for Jacksonville Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40.

Harbinger… promoted Steve Williams to CEO. He created Florida Mining Gallery, an art gallery located within Harbinger’s office. Williams was featured in an article in the JBJ about acquire his plans to renovate a historic Downtown building into a mixed-use hub of creativity and innovation.

Lewis Longman & Walker… hired Brenda Ezell as senior counsel in the firm’s Jacksonville office.

Omni Hotel Amelia Island… three award-winning golf courses – Oak Marsh, Ocean Links and Long Point have been selected to appear on Golf Channel’s popular BIG BREAK reality competition series.

Pine Castle… 2nd Annual “Run for the Roses” Derby Day Soirée is on May 3, 2014. Click here for more information.

Regions Bank… would like to invite FCMA members to a celebration of the new Project Atrium installation at MOCA on April 17. Click here for more information.

Smith Hulsey & Busey… promoted R. Christopher Dix to shareholder from associate.

TECO Peoples Gas… plans to extend its natural gas pipeline within Northeast Florida and increase the size of the pipeline to transmit more gas to the area. Click here for more information.

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