FCMA Summit 2015 - Just Around the Corner

There is just a little over a month until the 2015 FCMA Summit on October 8-9 at the Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine. You are not going to want to miss this event, which is jam-packed with great speakers and breakout session topics!

Pegine Echevarria will be the opening keynote speaker at the Summit. Pegine is the author of Sometimes You Need To Kick Your Butt, Bragging Rights and I’ve Got The Power. She is the only Latina inducted into the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame. Her topic will be “Great Engaged Leaders Manifest Success (GEMS).” Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, will be the closing keynote speaker. He is a nationally known speaker on the economy, having served a Commissioner on the Congressionally-chartered Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission; a Director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office; and as the Director of Domestic and Economic Policy for the John McCain presidential campaign.

Summit breakout session topics include:

  1. Integrating Lean & Safety for Future Building & Continuous Improvements Parts 1 & 2
  2. Grooming Tomorrows Workforce
  3. Exploring Global Markets - Exporting
  4. Environmental Excellence – Best Practices from the winners & advice from a judge
  5. The Social Media Monster in the Workplace – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!
  6. Fuel Your Growth with Incentives and Training - Expansion Advice from the Pros for Both New and Existing Companies
  7. Exit of Talent

Another exciting event during this same time is the annual Excellence in Manufacturing Awards dinner, which will be held on the evening of October 7 at The Treasury Building in St. Augustine. This is an evening of celebration, honoring the great companies in our region.

Click here for more information about the Summit, including a detailed agenda. Click here to register to attend either the Summit and/or the Excellence in Manufacturing Awards dinner - while there is still space left!


Welcome to…

Bramid Limited
Contact: Joe Longobardi, Managing Director
Phone: (305) 439-7473
1347 Ashley Oaks Drive, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

… a supply chain finance company primarily involved in financing accounts payable/inventory purchases for clients on a unsecured basis.

Sponsor: Nelson Bruton, Interchanges

Carlton Construction
Contact: Matt Carlton, President
Phone: (904) 284-8321
4615 Hwy 17, Ste 1, Fleming Island, FL 32003

… a General Construction company with a team of 14 employees with extensive experience in all types of commercial and industrial work and good bonding capacity.

Sponsor: Bill Garrison, Clay County EDC

Neuco Distributors
Contact: Tommy Davis, Sales Manager
Phone: (386) 328-1257
1214 Highway 17 North, Bostwick, FL 32007

… a 33 year old company specializing in the manufacture and distribution of industrial lubricant and equipment through out Florida and Georgia.

Sponsor: FCMA

FCMA Summit & Excellence in Manufacturing Awards

Register today for the Excellence in Manufacturing Awards on October 7, at The Treasury Building and the FCMA Summit on October 8 and 9, at the Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine. Click here for more information about the events. View the agenda here.

Click here to sign up to attend or sponsor the Summit and/or the Excellence in Manufacturing Awards!


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 3
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.


HAZCOM in the Workplace - OSHA Workshop

The September 24 workshop will be the last in our 2015 series - Thursday, September 24, from 11:00AM-1:30PM at the FCMA office (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2). To RSVP contact Debbie. We look forward to working with FSCJ next year to bring you more of these safety classes under the Susan Harwood Grant. If there are any classes that you would like to see presented next year, let us know and FSCJ will do their best to meet our needs!


Retirement Ready Workshop

SAVE THE DATE - The September Workshop will be on Wednesday, September 30, 7:30-9:30AM at the FCMA office on the topic of Retirement Ready with presenters Patricia Otterson and Katharyn Smith from Raymond James. Stay tuned for more details. Contact Sherri for more information or to RSVP.


Manufacturing Day 2015

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 2, 2015 or any time during the month of October (Manufacturing Month). Contact Sherri for more information.

Manufacturing Job Fair

SAVE THE DATE - We are doing another Manufacturing Job Fair on October 30, 9:00AM-12:00PM at the FSCJ Advanced Technology Center. This is a great way to end Manufacturing Month! Please let Sherri know if your company is interested in securing a booth. Further details to follow. Click here to view the flyer.

September 21 at Safariland

Our next General Meeting will be held on Monday, September 21, from 4:00-6:00 PM at Safariland, located at 13386 International Parkway in Jacksonville. Safariland is a manufacturer of safety and protection products for law enforcement and military worldwide.

Flat, closed-toe/heel shoes required and no dangling jewelry. No cell phone use allowed in plant. Due to DoD contracts, there are citizenship requirements. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you MUST RSVP by Thurs 9/17 with country and last 4 digits of your SSN; if your company is a subsidiary of a foreign firm, advise with your RSVP. Follow FCMA signs for parking. FSCJ FL Trade students invited to tour. RSVP by email to information@fcmaweb.com.

Thank you to our September refreshment sponsor Kilwins!


General Meeting Locations

Ever wondered how your company could host a FCMA General Meeting?

  1. Manufacturers host the site
  2. Partners can sponsor the refreshments (cost average of $350)

Attendance is usually about 100 to 125 people, so we need an area for them to assemble, but we only need seating for about 75 as long as there is room to stand (a lot of people don’t sit down).
Parking: for up to 135 cars. Sometimes you can invite your surrounding neighbors and ask if they could provide overflow parking.

The meetings begin at 4:00 with registration, refreshments with networking allowed, and proceed as follows:
4:30 – FCMA Meeting
4:50 – Speaker or special topic
5:10 – Host presentation
5:25 – Host facility tour or demonstration

Contact Maria for more information.

Thank you BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards for hosting our August General Meeting! BAE operates both new construction and repair shipyards in Jacksonville, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama. The Jacksonville area shipyards have served both commercial and military customers for over 40 years and have built well over 200 vessels of up to 4,000 tons.

Thank you to our refreshment sponsor Fast Track Staffing!

Nelson Bruton with Interchanges delivered an informational presentation on: Leveraging Technology to Grow Sales Revenue. The objective was to eliminate the confusion about how manufacturers should use social media. Nelson highlighted the latest trends, and showed ways to identify and create lists of your ideal prospects. For further information or a copy of the presentation please contact the FCMA Office.

Council Staff Luncheon: The Committee hosted the City Council Staff at City Hall last month, and was able to meet with many of the new council members, as well as connect with current staff and council members. We appreciate our lunch sponsors – Republic Services and Advanced Disposal.


St. Johns County Commission, St. Augustine: Commissioner Rachel Bennett, Chair of the St. Johns County Commission, gave a State of the County Economic Development Update. Other commissioners in attendance gave updates on their districts. The county is very aware and much engaged in its manufacturers and looks forward to having FCMA back in St. Augustine for the Summit. Thank you to our sponsors, the “A” team: Advanced Disposal, AlliedBarton Security, and Atlantic Logistics.

EHS Committee

In August IFF hosted the committee off-site. Roger Chubin, EHS Manager, presented an overview of best practices and programs that IFF has implemented over the years—safety and environmental. He then led the group on a facility tour. The September meeting will feature an off-site as well. If you are interested in participating in this Committee, please contact Debbie in the FCMA office.

The class is winding down its year with only one more class to go before graduation. The August meeting featured environmental law and lobbying hosted by Swisher and Anheuser-Busch, respectively.

Tradeshow Tips

  1. Before the show, create a target or “hit” list of the prospects and customers you want to connect with while at the tradeshow. Things can be chaotic so having a game plan of who to watch for and keeping track of who you do speak with will help you track your results so that you can better assess ROI. (Remember that fellow exhibitors could also be on this list!)
  2. Once you connect with your prospects and customers, then what? Before the show, be sure that you create and have a plan to communicate a call to action. In other words, once folks are at your booth what do you want them to do? Do you want them to view your website for info or case studies, sample your product, view a demo, set an appointment to meet with you after the show, visit your facility for a tour, etc. Your call to action can be communicated via signage in your booth, pre or post show emails, branded giveaways or even just having iPads to schedule appointments on the spot.
  3. There is only one exhibit booth left! Click here for more information about the Summit or to sign up!


    2015 Wage & Benefit Survey

    Hot off the press! Contact the FCMA office to order your copy for $75. In addition to the participating members, we wish to express our appreciation to the following companies who helped underwrite the cost with their sponsorship: Foley & Lardner LLP, Holland & Knight, JAX USA Partnership, Kelly Services, Randstad, Smith Gambrell & Russell, and TRC Staffing. Special thanks to Raintree Graphics for working within our budget!

    Pine Castle Production Appreciation Day

    On September 4, the Production Dept. of Pine Castle is hosting “Production Appreciation Day” in appreciation for the hard work of its clients and supportive staff, and to observe Labor Day. They are looking for donations of products, giveaways or certificates that will be awarded as prizes during this celebratory event. Your donated gift is fully tax-deductible and is an opportunity to advertise your business support of the employees at Pine Castle. Since 1952, they have been providing residential, training, and employment opportunities to hundreds of First Coast residents with intellectual and physical disabilities each year. Contact Dodie Patton at 904-733-2650×241 to answer your questions or to arrange for pick-up of your donation by September 1.

    How to Maintain the Health of Your Business: Prevent Data Security Issues and Learn About Laws that Affect You

    Check out this GrowFL event on September 8 in Orlando. This event will bring together leaders of established growth-stage businesses to meet and learn from CEO peers and experts on topics that can help your company grow. 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.


    Abatix… is offering FCMA members credits towards free training or awards points to help offset costs by purchasing products from Abatix. Click here to read more.

    Akerman LLP… partner Cindy Laquidara was featured in a JBJ Women of Influence article.

    Auld & White Constructors… vice president of business development Teresa Durand-Stuebben was featured in a JBJ Women of Influence article.

    Carlisle IT… promoted Carl Collins to Corporate Talent Development Manager. Carl joined CarlisleIT in 2010 as that facility’s Training Manager. Carl and his team of Training Specialists built from the ground up a training infrastructure that on-boards new employees, provides core technical skills training, administers the operator certification process and manages the training record database for a 550 person workforce.

    EnSafe… welcomes Kelly Murray as the new EHS Compliance Practice Leader in the Jacksonville office. With over 25 years of regulatory compliance experience, she will be working to expand EnSafe’s southeastern market and supporting EnSafe’s position as a technical leader in full-service environmental consulting.

    Fleet Readiness Center Southeast… Capt. John Kemna relinquished command of FRCSE to Executive Officer Capt. Chuck Stuart during a change of command ceremony at NAS Jacksonville. Kemna is retiring from the U.S. Navy with 26 years of honorable service. Click here to read more.

    Lewis Longman & Walker… shareholders Wayne Flowers and Brenna Durden were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.

    Miller Electric Company… CFO Mariellie Mundy was featured in a JBJ Women of Influence article.

    Tom Nehl Truck Company… Owner Steven Bacalis was featured in the JBJ’s 2015 Ultimate CEO Awards.

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