FCMA Excellence Awards

We are pleased to announce that our Excellence in Manufacturing Awards Dinner and Crane Awards for Outstanding Employees will continue this year as one celebrated event. Following our planning meeting last year, we reviewed these two events and concluded that both programs are dedicated to excellence in manufacturing and should be recognized jointly. The interest and excitement in both events will provide a great way to celebrate our employees and companies’ accomplishments throughout the year. Our employees will have the opportunity to participate in the awards ceremony for our companies and more company members will have the opportunity to congratulate our employees on the outstanding achievements.

The program will be held at our usual location at University of North Florida on September 8, just in time for us to announce and publish our award winners leading into Manufacturing Month in October.

We are expecting a sellout crowd for this grand event and encourage you to sign up early to ensure your participation.

Stay tuned for more information on how to register.


Welcome to…

The Grimes Companies
Contact: Frank Rodriguez, Packaging Production Manager
Phone: (904) 446-4843
600 North Ellis Road, Jacksonville, FL 32254

The Grimes Companies has over 40 years of experience and expertise in the logistics and transportation industry. Grimes boasts five successful divisions, a growing fleet of trucks, multiple 3PL warehouses in Jacksonville, and employs more than 100 logistics professionals.

Sponsor: FCMA

Weatherproofing Workshop

WEATHERPROOFING…Building Exterior Asset Management, Wednesday, June 14 at 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch included - $25 to Members and $50 to non-members. (Value $500)

Be Proactive and save time and money!

Managing your facility exterior wall and roof assets, common waterproofing problems, solutions that have worked for you, waterproofing materials on the market today, using Drones to examine the building envelope and trade “war stories”. How can we get the most out of our exterior wall and roof assets, and is it possible to save a ton of time and money along the way?

Who should attend: Facility Professionals and Owners

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


FCMA Social Connection

When: Tuesday, June 27, 4:30-6:30 PM
Where: BlackFinn located in Markets at Town Center
(4840 Big Island Drive)
Happy hour specials: $3 domestic drafts, $4 well cocktails, $5 house wines
* Complementary valet parking available, tip not included.

Please RSVP to maria@fcmaweb.com.


New Member Orientation

FCMA’s New Member Orientation is not only limited to New Member companies. FCMA offers this orientation to your employees who you want to be active in the association.

When: Friday, July 14
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.

June 26 at Harbinger

Join us for June General Meeting at Harbinger, located at 5300 Shad Road in Jacksonville, on Monday, June 26, from 4:00-6:00 PM. Harbinger manufactures illuminated and non-illuminated signage, both exterior and interior for accounts such as Gate Petroleum, Baptist Hospital, Edwin Watts, Baker Distributors, Inmotion and 7-11.

Thank you to our refreshment sponsor Exceptional Case Services!

FCMA had a great turnout at our annual Open House, which was the official launch of the new FCMA website and our 28th anniversary celebration. Thank you to everyone who attended! We were also joined by several elected officials, including: State Senator Aaron Bean; State Representatives Cyndi Stevenson, Cord Byrd, Jason Fischer, Jay Fant; Jacksonville City Councilmembers Al Ferraro, Danny Becton, Matt Schellenberg, Aaron Bowman; and St. Johns County Commissioner Paul Waldron

Thank you to our refreshment sponsors Abatix, Courtyard by Marriott I-295/East Beltway, Gas South, Jaxon Industrial Services, Kilwins, Randstad, TD Bank!

How to Make Customers Workshop

Thank you to Nelson Bruton of Interchanges for presenting this great workshop. Attendees learned how to be competitive in today’s environment; how to create a pipeline of sales leads; how marketing has changed in the past 12 months; how to use speed as an advantage and what tools to use; and how manufacturers should plan their marketing mix.

Last month the Professional Progress class met at the St. Johns River Center in Palatka and learned about environmental awareness, natural resources, conservation, and sustainability. Special speakers included Mandi Tucker from City of Palatka and Terry Hadaway from Georgia Pacific.

Our May Workforce Development workshop on The EEOC’s Strategic “Enforcement Plan” was a success! Thank you to Asghar Syed of Smith, Hulsey & Busey for speaking to the group.

FCMA Manufacturers Recognized with 2017 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards

FCMA manufacturing companies received statewide recognition at the 2017 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards. The awards, recognizing high performing manufacturers in six categories, were announced and presented at the 2017 Governor’s Sterling Awards Banquet on June 2 in Orlando. Click here to read more.

The FCMA winners and runners-up were:

Companies with more than 200 employees:

  • Runner Up: Beaver Street Fisheries, Jacksonville, makes fresh and frozen seafood products, meat items, protein combination meals and condiments for retail and food service customers.

National companies with up to 500 employees:

  • Winner: Rayonier Advanced Materials, Fernandina Beach, a global leader in highly purified softwood cellulose specialties products.
  • Runner Up: UTC Aerospace Systems – Engineered Polymer Products, Jacksonville, which designs, manufactures, services and tests composites and urethanes for the defense and aerospace markets.

National companies with more than 500 employees:

  • Winner (TIE): Johnson & Johnson Vision, Inc., Jacksonville, which designs and manufactures medical devices to correct vision disorders; and
  • Runner Up: Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, St. Augustine, which designs and manufactures high performance wire and cable, fiber optic cable, RF/microwave connectors, avionics trays, racks and integrated system and complex cable assemblies.

Are You Exporting? Learn How to Expand Internationally in June 29 Webinar from FloridaMakes

Did you know that companies that export grow 15% faster and are 12% more profitable? And nearly 70% of Florida exports are from small businesses. Find out how your company can expand internationally during FloridaMakes June 29 webinar, featuring Deborah Lanford, International Trade Specialist from the Florida Small Business Development Center at Palm Beach State College. The webinar is free, but advance registration is required; register here by June 28.


Champion Brands… will now receive 20 percent of its power from the sun after A1A Solar installed 340 photovoltaic panels on its Jacksonville headquarters. Click here to read more.

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast… Change of Command will take place on July 20 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville from 9:00 to 10:00 am, with reception at the Officer’s Club to follow. Florida Governor Rick Scott has been invited to speak at the event. All FCMA members are encouraged to attend, but must RSVP in order to get base access and seating. RSVP to Ms. Terri Davis at 904-790-5663 or terri.davis@navy.mil, with name, company and phone number, and indicate FCMA membership. Click here for more information.

Lewis Longman & Walker… attorney John W. Wallace was recently selected to join the 2018 Class of Leadership Jacksonville. Wallace represents public and private clients in the areas of environmental, land use and governmental law.

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