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  • Fighting COVID19

    FCMA is here to support you and your business during this critical time.
    Through our partnerships across the state, our staff is ready to assist however we can.

    What you need to know now about COVID-19 in Florida

    Florida Dept of Emergency Management (DEM) and Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)

    EPA Guidance and List of Effective Disinfectants

    Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

    Educational guides and direct support to help plan, prepare, protect, and recover your operations.

  • Business Resources & Recovery Assistance

    Loans & Programs to Help You Recover Financially

    Florida Small Business Network

    DEO – Rebuilding Florida Businesses  

    The loan is $50,000 but can be requested to $100,000.

    The interest rate is 0% for 12 months.

    U.S. Small Business Administration

    Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters - Three Step Process Explained

    FloridaDisaster.Biz

    Used to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey is managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

    Dept of Economic Opportunity

    Helps employers retain workforce in temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff.

    Dept of Treasury

    The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

  • Manufacturing Industry Updates

    How Manufacturers are responding to the changes in our country and adapting to new realities of the industry.

    Supplies Needed for Hand Sanitizer

    A local manufacturer is making hand sanitizer and needs the following materials:

    • Isopropyl Alcohol
    • Denatonium benzoate, N.F
    • Sucrose octaaacetate
    • Tert-butyl alcohol
    • Hydrogen Peroxide (3% or 35%)
    • Glycerin /Glycerol
    • 1 Gallon Plastic Containers capable of holding 80% Ethanol

    If you can help with any of these items, please contact amanda@fcmaweb.com

    Are You Helping? Tell Us!

    The Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence is looking to identify any manufacturers that are in process of making masks, ventilators, or other critical items or are looking to change their manufacturing capabilities to produce those critical items. Please fill out the below survey if your company is actively manufacturing, changing your manufacturing processes or are planning to change your plants to accommodate the surge in demand for these critical items.

    Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence COVID-19 Critical Supplies Survey

    Furloughed Workers

    A local manufacturer has reached out to see if any manufacturers have employees that they are furloughing that might be interested in working at with them temporarily. They are not looking to poach the employees. They are experiencing a temporary surge due to the virus. In you are interested, please contact Roben Faircloth, CareerSource Northeast Florida, Industry Sector Manager - Manufacturing, Aviation and Aerospace at rfaircloth@careersourcenefl.com, (904) 798-9229 ext. 2228 or (904) 688-5802

    Supply Chain Checklist from FloridaMAKES

    If your supply chain is already impacted:

    • Contact Rob Caldwell, FloridaMakes Business Advisor so he can advise of available resources or support.
    • Review potential short-term and long-term impacts to make business decisions. Develop a plan for immediately handling impacts. Existing sales orders, forecasted demand, criticalcustomers, work in process, inventory of raw materials, critical suppliers and their locations, and incoming materials on order can all affect a manufacturer’s ability to make sales and impact production schedule and staffing.
    • Communicate with current and alternate suppliers. They may be getting similar requests from other companies and have capacity limits and/or higher prices. Manufacturing suppliers may be impacted and distributors could see spikes in demand based on actual or perceived concerns.
    • Develop standard communications statements for your customers – both a response statement if a customer will likely be affected (your orders may be delayed) and a proactive, standby statement to reassure customers and quell concerns.
    • Contact FloridaMakes to find alternate suppliers within Florida or nationally through our NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Network™.

    If you suspect there may be disruptions to your supply chain:

    • Contact your suppliers, carriers, forwarders and brokers immediately to confirm.
    • If possible, build forecasted and reasonable inventories of raw materials for which you have limited inventory and secure production and transport capacity from your supply chain partners.
    • Review your alternate suppliers lists or start sourcing alternative suppliers, as needed.
    • Consider consulting with a third-party logistics company, distributor, or group purchasing firm to determine alternate means for acquiring materials. Have your specific, forecasted needs on hand.
    • Identify a resource at your company to monitor the crisis and potential impacts to your business.
    • Develop a communications plan and standby statements for customers.

    Preparing for the next disruption:

    • Complete a manufacturing Business Continuity Assessment (a risk assessment that includes your supply chain). Or, update your business continuity plan and implement changes to mitigate risks.
    • Conduct a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis to revisit overseas sourcing. Consider other countries of origin, as well as domestic suppliers who may be able to supply with shorter lead-times at lower transportation costs.
    • Consider dual sourcing (locally and overseas) for critical components.
    • Develop, refine, and train employees on your disaster response plan, and a broader business continuity plan. This would include a number of scenarios and risk mitigation measures.
    • Have a process to monitor global events to identify potential spikes in demand or supply chain disruptions early.

    Preventing and preparing for employee illness:

    • Promote a healthy workplace for employees to retain your team. Now is a great time to promote good health and wellness practices, especially proper handwashing. CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
    • Identify critical roles – from customer service to shipping – and consider immediate cross-training, system access, and have an employee back-up plan in place.
    • Review your employee skills matrix, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and work instructions to see who can jump into other roles quickly, if needed. Contact FloridaMakes for help creating these.
    • Encourage employees to review their health insurance coverages, and to take care of themselves and their families.
  • MEMBER INFORMATION

    Send us information about how you're responding to the Coronavirus - We want to support you!

    The Coronavirus is Giving Employers a Headache! 

    Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

    As the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, employers are facing an avalanche of uncertainty over what they must do, can do and should do. FCMA partner Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP has compiled a list of common questions employers are asking, along with insights on each topic. Read more here.

     

    Join for a webinar about The CARES Act - Opportunities for Plan Participants
    Considerations and Actions for Plan Sponsors

    Wednesday, April 8, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST

    RSVP here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_koyta05bRvqHE9EJ4TCSLQ

    Georgia Pacific Working to Meet Customer Demand 

    FCMA Members Hard At Work with COVID-19 Shortages

    Sales of bath tissue and paper towels have spiked due to coronavirus. FCMA member Georgia Pacific’s mill in Palatka produces, among other brands, Angel Soft and Quilted Northern toilet paper.

     

    “Inventory levels across our system remain healthy and we are working hard to maximize the number of deliveries we can load and ship out of our facilities – you can just load and unload so fast. Last week our mills and regional distribution centers managed to ship out 120% of normal capacity. We also are working with customers to have direct shipments when possible to reduce distribution time. We currently don’t have any issues with carrier capacity (trucks and trailers) to ship.” Read more here.

    A Challenge from Kaman Aerospace to You

    Dear Fellow Manufacturers,

    I am the VP/GM of one of the Aerospace Manufacturers here in Jacksonville. I wanted to know how we get a challenge out to the other manufacturing and operations facilities here in town. Last week when we got in, I asked my Safety Professional and Operations Director if we used N-95 masks in any of our processes. I actually didn’t know, but the answer was yes. I then asked for an inventory of the what we had. After doing the inventory I found that we had inventory that we could spare based on our usage. We are in the process of donating almost 40% of our stock to local hospitals. I would like to challenge other manufacturers to ask the same questions and see if they can donate? If I hadn’t asked, we probably wouldn’t have taken the action. My guess is there are other businesses in the area that have the ability to do the same thing but haven’t thought of it. Our first responders and hospital personal are depending on this PPE and if we can spare it we should.

    We have delivered 500 N95 masks to area hospitals. Can your company do something similar?

    - William Zmyndak, VP/GM, Kaman Aerospace

     

    How about it, members? How can you help? Let Amanda know what you're doing so we can report about it!

    Masks for Sale

    FCMA member Proforma Northpoint has sourced both surgical (3 ply) and respirator/filtration (KN95) masks with an estimated delivery of 10-14 days. They have FDA and CE certifications in hand as well as preliminary customs approval. Pricing info: Same price for any quantity. Customs, duty and freight included. Only add sales tax.

    3 ply surgical masks: minimum 2500; price: $0.84 ea. Delivered
    KN95 respirators: minimum 1500; price: $3.10 ea. delivered

    For more information, contact Blair Wygle at (904) 330-0162 / (904) 923-7364 / blair.wygle@proforma.com

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