Excellence in Manufacturing Awards

The anticipation of this year’s awards recognizing the outstanding and unique accomplishments of our members through the year is growing. Plans for our annual Excellence in Manufacturing Awards dinner are being finalized for the evening of October 7 at the Treasury Building, to coordinate with our 2015 Summit on October 8-9 at Casa Monica in St. Augustine.

Many of our members have accomplished significant improvements in processes, sustainable programs for natural resource uses, education, mentoring programs, or other accomplishments that we may not know about, but want to know. The Excellence in Manufacturing Awards is your opportunity to tell your story so we can all celebrate your accomplishments and properly recognize your efforts. This year some of our members will be nominated by other members.

You can find online applications on our website here, or you can pick up at the FCMA office or at one of our committee meetings. The application fee is $100, less than the cost of a banquet ticket. This year in order to encourage you to participate in the event, nominees will receive one ticket to the awards dinner—a discount of $25.

Last year a number of our finalists and winners were recognized in the state manufacturing awards. UTC Aerospace Systems Engineering Polymer Products won Manufacturer of the Year. Finalists in the competition included Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, Safariland LLC, and Saft America.

We look forward to your participation in this year’s event. If we can assist you, let us know.

Click here for more information on the nominating process for the Awards.

Click here to register to attend the Summit and/or Awards Dinner.


Welcome to…

Cummins-Wagner Florida, LLC
Contact: John Jakowitz, Branch Manager
Phone: (904) 874-9910
108 Badger Park Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32259

…provides industrial products and services. Also offers highly specialized system engineering, including the design and development of custom chemical feed systems.

Sponsor: Nick Dobransky, WhiteWave Foods

EnSafe, Inc.
Contact: Anthony Wagner, Sr. Project Manager/Sr. Geologist
Phone: (904) 301-4517
7775 Baymeadows Wy, Ste 105, Jacksonville, FL 32256

…a global professional services company providing engineering, environmental, health & safety, and information technology services to industry and government.

Sponsor: FCMA

FPL Energy Services
Contact: Rene Sanchez, Sr. Natural Gas Consultant
Phone: (904) 940-6805
52 Tuscan Wy, Ste 202-129, St. Augustine, FL 32092

…a leader in providing solutions for customers’ challenges. Offers a wide assortment of products and services with expertise in the Natural Gas and C-I Lighting.

Sponsor: FCMA

Trinity Consultants
Contact: Shreyas Erapalli, Senior Consultant
Phone: (979) 571-7697
4460 Hodges Blvd #506, Jacksonville, FL 32224

…an environmental consulting company that specializes in industrial air quality. Helping organizations comply with regulatory requirements and optimize performance.

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, July 2
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.


Forklift/Tow Regulations - OSHA Workshop

Mark your calendars for the next class which will be on Forklift/Tow Regulations. Make sure you are taking advantage of these classes. Check the schedule out.
Thursday, July 30, from 11:00AM-1:30PM at the FCMA office (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2). To RSVP contact Debbie.

Social Media Workshop

SAVE THE DATE - The August Workforce Development Workshop will be on Wednesday, August 26, 7:30-9:30AM at the FCMA Office (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2) on the topic of Social Media and how to use it effectively. Contact Sherri for more information.


Maintenance & Reliability SIG

FCMA Members: You are invited - Wednesday, August 26, 11:00AM - Maintenance & Reliability Special Interest Group (SIG). Jim Reese with Hytorc will be providing a special presentation on how a hands-free hydraulic torquing system can reduce leakage, decrease the amount of time it takes to torque bolts and improve safety. RSVP to Sherri.


FCMA Summit & Excellence in Manufacturing Awards

Registration is now open! The Excellence in Manufacturing Awards will be on October 7 at The Treasury Building. The FCMA Summit will be held on October 8 and 9, at the Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine. Click here for more information.

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

Click here to complete the application for your company to win an Excellence in Manufacturing award.


2015 Wage Survey

It’s that time of year again! FCMA Manufacturers: We invite you to participate in our annual Wage & Benefit Survey!
If you are a past contributor to our annual Wage and Benefit Survey, we know that you appreciate this tool and its value when more companies participate. We have extended the deadline to July 11 to help us reach our goal of 50 companies. If you are a manufacturer, please remind your HR contact that there is still time! Participating companies will receive a complimentary copy when distributed in early August.

Click here for more information and to go to the survey.


FCMA Leadership Academy

Registration is now open for the Fall Session of the Leadership Academy Front Line Supervisor class. There are only a few spots available! Click here for more information or contact Sherri.

July 27 Open House at FCMA

Join us for an open house at the FCMA office, located at 1615 1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2 in Jacksonville, on July 27 from 4:00-6:00 PM. This is an FCMA members only event!
Thank you to our Open House refreshment sponsors: Abatix, Allied Barton, Courtyard Marriott, Danis Construction, Environmental Services, Liquid Environmental, Regions Bank, Sticky Fingers, TECO Peoples Gas


Thank you to JEA for hosting our June General Meeting. JEA is the eighth largest community-owned utility in the U.S. They provide electric, water, and sewer services to more than 750,000 accounts in northeast Florida. Attendees were treated to a fantastic tour of the facility!

Also at the meeting, FSCJ FL Trade mechatronics student Toi Chance-Sangthong spoke about her experiences in the program. (pictured right)

Click here to view more photos from the meeting.


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.

Mike Marlette Recognition

FCMA recognized retiring golf committee chair Mike Marlette with Aerotek! Thank you Mike for your service and hard work on the golf committee!

Process Safety & Risk Management Workshop

On June 23rd the EHS committee held a workshop in conjunction with Golder Associates Inc. to review potential regulatory changes for facilities with highly hazardous chemical processes. EHS Committee Chair Ken Wilkey (Anheuser-Busch) moderated the workshop, which was led by Martha Ira (Golder), along with industry panel representatives Lesley Toke (NuStar Energy) and Roger Chubin (IFF Chemical Holdings). The presenters and participants discussed potential changes to the OSHA Process Safety Management and EPA Risk Management Program rules which have been proposed in response to Executive Order 13650, Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security. The workshop was well attended and participants had many questions and concerns regarding the potential impacts of the proposed rule changes on their facilities.

EHS Committee

At our June meeting, Tracey Nelson, with St. Vincent’s First Care, presented on the importance of the employer-provider connection to improve workers comp return-to-work outcomes. She shared how they partner with regional employers to prevent and manage workplace injuries. The presentation is posted on the EHS webpage.

Wayne Young, JEA’s Director of Government Affairs presented on JEA programs developed to encourage economic development, including free consulting services, incentive programs, rate structures, and the different partnering organizations that help bring business to the region. His presentation is posted on the committee page of the FCMA website.

The June class focus was on Lean Manufacturing Concepts; participants learned about tools to measure and improve processes. A special thank you to Medtronic for hosting the day at their new Nelson Building located on their Southpoint Campus.

FCMA Summit - Tradeshow Tips

  1. DON’T SIT! Strange but true, sitting actually decreases the odds that you will make eye contact and engage in conversation with others who are standing or walking by.
  2. DON’T BE DISTRACTED! Although it’s tempting to check email or converse at length with boothmates, don’t allow these distractions to keep you from recognizing and capitalizing on opportunities to converse with attendees. Remember they are the reason that you are there!

Want more tradeshow tips and tricks? Attend the August workshop!
MANAGE THE MADNESS: MAXIMIZE YOUR TRADESHOW ROI
From Pre-Show Prep to Post-Show Follow Up and everything in-between!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20TH 8:00-9:30AM AT FCMA OFFICE
This $50 workshop is FREE to those exhibiting at the FCMA Summit!


Robotics Summer Camp

Frank H. Peterson Academy of Technologies is offering a Robotics Summer Camp for Middle Schoolers. Click here for more information. FCMA WFD Committee along with Pal King, SAFT, & Ameritape sponsored 7 students to attend the camp (pictured right).

Top Five Ways to Beat The Heat

  1. Cool down rooms/ tents
  2. Cooling towels
  3. More frequent breaks & offer unlimited Gatorade, icees, ice cream socials, watermelon, etc.
  4. Skull cap with gel
  5. Summer hour shift change/ starting earlier

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 training to FCMA members. Remember you can use your awards dollars toward your training. Click here to view the training calendar. E-mail Samantha with any questions.

ACTS… has attained a Gold Data Analytics Competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top one percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.

Advanced Disposal… hired Greg Huntington as municipal marketing and government affairs manager. In his new position, he will work throughout Florida and Southeast Georgia to position Advanced Disposal as the preferred provider of solid waste and recycling services.

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast… recently claimed top honors in the CNO Shore Safety Awards Program, earning the 2014 Safety Excellence Unit Award for medium industrial, shore activity. Click here to read more.

Kaman Aerospace… is celebrating their 70th anniversary this year. Congratulations!

Mac Papers… hired Kathleen Wentworth was director of human resources. And was featured in an article in the JBJ about its expansion.

Randstad… promoted Brittany Hygema to branch manager.

VAC-CON… broke ground last month on their construction site for an expansion at their facility in Green Cove Springs. The two-story, 63,000 SF project will require consolidating VAC-CON’s two existing truck assembly buildings into one large facility. Fellow FCMA member Sauer Inc. has been awarded the construction contract for the expansion at Congratulations to both! Click here for photos from the event.

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