At FCMA, we are focused on four pillars: advocacy, business to business, education and workforce development. One of the best ways to reach our goals is through events like our May "Make It Matter, Make It Here" Symposium. At our 2018 Summit, we received feedback that a one-day, local event would be of interest to our members. You asked and we answered!
It takes a village to put on events that bring you maximum value. First, thank you to Maria and Amanda, our dedicated FCMA staff, for all the time and energy you put into the day. I also send a big thank you to all who attended this great event, especially our sponsors, exhibitors, and panelists!
Sponsors: FSCJ, Miller Electric, Vac-Con, Johnson Controls, Remedy Intelligent Staffing and Rulon International
Exhibitors: Adams, FSCJ, Johnson Controls, Miller Electric Company, Nalco Water: an Ecolab Company, Polyhistor International, Secure Ideas, Turner Pest Control
We had dynamic featured sessions that focused on our pillars and topics you requested:
Manufacturing Tax Breaks and Training Dollars Available
Panelists: Saul Crafton, Strategic Systems; Candace Moody, CareerSource; and Paula DeLuca, FloridaMakes. Moderated by Roben Faircloth, CareerSource.
Being Mickey in a Goofy World: Understanding User Attacks (Cyber Security/Ransomware)
Keynote Speaker: Kevin Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Secure Ideas. Moderated by Blair Wygle, Proforma Northpoint.
Developments in Employment Law
Panelists from Smith, Gambrell, & Russell LLP: Pat Hill, Yash Dave, and Ian Jones.
Political Analysis with Local Talk Show Personalities
Panelists: Barney Bishop, Associated Industries of FL; Ed Dean, Dean of FL Talk Radio; Kevin Derby, Sunshine News; and Kent Justice, News4Jax. Moderated by Lake Ray III, FCMA.
Advanced Manufacturing 4.0, The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Panelists: Michael Wasilenko, Medtronic; Jesus Caracoza, Medtronic; Dr. Douglas Brauer, FSCJ; John Freeman, JAXUSA. Moderated by Luvenia Exson, Johnson & Johnson Vision.
As business to business networking is at the core of what we do, we hope you made new contacts and enhanced your industry knowledge.
Thank you again to all who attended. As always, we welcome your feedback to enhance our future offerings. Please send any thoughts about the event to Maria@fcmaweb.com.
Let’s Make It Here,
Lake Ray, President
First Coast Manufacturers Association
Opportunities for you to learn, grow and interact with other manufacturers.
EHS had a special guest speaker Martha Ira from Golder Associates, pictured here with committee leaders Leesa Gerald and Vince Seibold.
Martha spoke about EPA Accidental Release Prevention Requirements for Risk Management Programs (40 CFR Part 68)
May provided a great opportunity for our Young Professionals to network & learn!
Abe Alangadan from Johnson & Johnson spoke to more than 20 attendees.
Stay tuned for our next meeting!
The May 2019 Government Relations Committee meeting featured special guest speaker Commissioner Jimmy Johns from District 1 in St. Johns County. Thank you for joining us, Commissioner!
WFD May Workshop
Thank you to those who attended our workshop on 'Applying for Training Grants' Wednesday morning!
We appreciate our presenters: Roben Faircloth, CareerSource Northeast Florida; Ernie Aglugub, BAE Systems; and Paula DeLuca, FloridaMakes, pictured below.
What our members are up to.
Our Members Make Headlines
Do you have something exciting going on at your company? We want to know!
Tell Amanda to be included in next month's Voice.
Jim Moran Institute - Small Business Executive Program (SBEP) helps business owners and CEOs think differently and become more efficient. Focused on growth, leadership expertise and financial success, SBEP participants explore a broad range of topics including the Business Model Canvas, strategic thinking, digital marketing, financial analysis and human resources.
Businesses operating for three years or more and with five or more employees are eligible to apply. Twenty participants from non-competing businesses will be accepted into the four-month program that will begin in August. Sessions will take place once a month for four hours. There is no cost to participate. For additional information, visit https://jmi.fsu.edu/programs/small-business-executive-program
Florida State College at Jacksonville & the America’s Promise Grant would like to provide you with fresh, certificated talent in CNC Machining, Hydraulics & Pneumatics, Welding, Electrical and Safety. They will fully fund on-the-job training experiences through reimbursement to your company for their wages. FSCJ’s 100 hour Boot Camp course provides training in OSHA 30 General Industry, Hazwoper 24 and 5S Lean, designed to give graduates training needed to get their foot in the door with a company for mentoring and career opportunities.
If you need an entry-level operator ready to hit the ground running, contact Michael Collins at 904-598-5688 or email@example.com.
Relevant to your business
Millions in Impact Reported by Manufacturers Working with FloridaMakes
We are excited to report that Florida manufacturers who received services through FloridaMakes have reported a combined total of over $906 million in measurable impacts (total survey data through Q4, 2018). The results break down to include:
The survey results represent data from 266 firms. On average, $3.4 million in total impact and over 22 jobs were created or retained per firm. The findings were reported directly by manufacturers through a third-party outside survey conducted on behalf of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
FloridaMakes is a great resource and can help your company address current challenges, create new opportunities for growth and achieve measurable results. To learn how FloridaMakes’ services can unlock growth opportunities and cost savings for your company, contact your FloridaMakes’ Business Advisor Paula DeLuca at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (904) 385-2123 (cell).
Hurricane Season Begins Again June 1. Are you ready?
Summer is coming, and so is another hurricane season. As we saw last year and the year before with Hurricanes Michael and Irma, there is potential Florida will be impacted – physically, financially, emotionally. While NOAA and other forecasting models try to give us a heads up, hurricanes and tropical storms are unpredictable. They do what they want. As a business leader, you can get ready. Be prepared. Save your business, save jobs in your community, save the economy by making your business more resilient. Our association is offering FREE tools to help you. Complete one or all the free tools below and get a customized feedback report for each one FREE:
Welcome to the FCMA family!
Consolidated Rigging & Lifting Products
John Raulerson, Sales Manager
4700 N. Pearl Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206
A full line rigging shop. For over 50 years, Consolidated Rigging & Lifting Products has represented a variety of product lines with the largest inventory in the southeast.
St. Johns River State College
Jay Paterson, Dean of Workforce and Technical Education
5001 St. Johns Avenue, Palatka, FL 32177
St. Johns River State College is a public institution of higher education.