September VOICE Newsletter

Hello friends,
It is time for one of our favorite events of the year - our Excellence in Manufacturing Awards!
Our annual Excellence in Manufacturing program provides the opportunity for you to have your employees recognized and honored with dinner and a special moment just for them. 
This year’s program will be held Friday, October 22 from 5:30 – 9:00 PM at Adam W. Herbert University Center. 
Nominations are due by September 24. Please click here for the Employee Nomination Form.

New this year: our Regional Manufacturing Awards for Outstanding Companies will be added to this event! As we did at our 2020 Symposium, we look forward to recognizing excellent companies this year in the following categories: 

Partner: Partner of the Year, Economic Impact & Community Support, Innovation & Continuous Improvement, Workforce Development (Includes Education), Safety, Health and Environmental, Outstanding Logistics Company

Manufacturer: Manufacturer of the Year (Greater than 75 employees), Manufacturer of the Year (75 or Less employees), Economic Impact & Community Support, Innovation & Continuous Improvement, Workforce Development (Includes Education), Safety, Health and Environmental, Outstanding Logistics Company

We hope to see you on October 22nd! 

Thank you, 

Lake G. Ray III, President
First Coast Manufacturers Association

Cliff Berry Inc.

Cliff Berry, Inc. has been offering comprehensive Environmental Services for over 57 years and today is comprised of over 135 full time employees. Their thorough understanding of governmental regulations and skill in managing complex projects has earned CBI national recognition as a leader in the environmental industry. By combining technical expertise and problem solving skills, they assist customers in developing proven programs that are cost effective and minimize risk to the environment. Contact: Ron Chandler rchandler@cliffberryinc.com

Manufacturing - Gaining the Edge 

On Thursday, August 19 at the 
World Golf Village Renaissance St Augustine Resort, nearly 100 of our members and partners met to enhance their understanding of topics such as energy, training resources, human resources, cybersecurity and more at our 2021 FCMA Symposium. Thank you to our amazing speakers - Kevin Doyle, Jim Bush, Roben Faircloth, Robert Wood, Rob Caldwell, Dr. Jerry Parrish, Dominic Calabro, Ian Jones, Kevin Johnson & Representative Kat Cammack. 

Thank you to our sponsors who supported our event!  
Silver Sponsor: Centerline Steel
Bronze Sponsors: Golder, Arnau Consulting, Florida Power & Light, Jim Moran Institute, ARCO Design/Build, CareerSource Northeast Florida & Dupuy Silo Facility

Committee Meetings
Our August Environmental Health & Safety speaker was Yaniv Zagagi of Golder. Yaniv spoke virtually to our committee on Combustible Dust. Golder develops creative, comprehensive and sustainable engineering solutions for a future where society can thrive.

Our August Government Relations speaker was Representative Chuck Brannan. The Honorable Chuck Brannan was elected to serve as representative for the Florida House District 10 and currently serves on Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee of which he is Vice-Chair, the Judiciary Committee, Public Integrity & Elections Committee, Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations & Children, Families and Seniors subcommitee. He is pictured with Roland Hernandez, Jaxon Industrial.

Thank you for dedicating time to speak with our FCMA members & partners! 

September General Meeting at Rulon International

Rulon International has been manufacturing wood ceilings and acoustical wood walls for over 25 years. Come take a tour & learn about all the upcoming events and programs from FCMA. 

When: Monday, September 27, 3:00 – 5:00 PM 
Where:  Rulon International, 2000 Ring Way, St. Augustine, Florida 32092

RSVP to information@fcmaweb.com. Special thanks to our Refreshment Sponsor IMCO Software! 

FloridaMakes MakeMore Manufacturing Summit
Outlook 2022

Monday, October 25 - Virtual or In-person
Register Here
As 2021 comes to an end, the sector leaves behind an unprecedented time of change, adaptation and resilience. Change, however, is always on the horizon. The emergence of the Smart Factory and its transformation of the sector continues. Keeping our workforce skilled while growing the next generation is ongoing. This session will take a bold leap into 2022 with a “future focused” agenda that brings together industry experts and trailblazers ready to tackle the big issues.

Fall Leadership Classes Starting This Month - Don't Miss Out! 

We are taking online registrations for this Fall - they are filling up fast so act now

Find out more and register for these courses at this newly redesigned page on our website! 

Wage Survey 
Knowing how important “wages” is these days with keeping the employees you have and recruit when needed, the wage survey is a useful tool. FCMA wants to help keep your business competitive. All who completed the Wage Survey will have it in your hands before the end of September.  
We are sending a special thank you to those who stepped up in sponsorship to help with printing costs: JaxPort, PNC Bank, Sy-Klone and The Benefits Department

Fall 2021 UNF Recruiting Events - Hire an Osprey this Fall!
September means that UNF recruitment events and activities are now in full swing, including our UNF Career Week and other industry-focused fairs like our Health Career Fair and Accounting Career Fair. Don't miss this opportunity to meet our Ospreys both on-campus and virtually! 
Upcoming Events: 
Osprey Career Fair - September 29th 
STEM & Construction Career Fair - September 30th 
Virtual Career & Internship Fair - October 1st
For more details & to sign up, contact Sean Sukys at Sean.Sukys@unf@unf.edu

Manufacturing is a steadily growing industry sector in Northeast Florida and the trend is expected to continue for years. The coronavirus pandemic increased interest in Jacksonville as a site for manufacturers that want to expand operations or open new facilities.

“Before COVID, about 20% of the projects we were working were manufacturers. Now it’s about 50%,” said Aaron Bowman, JAXUSA PartershipRead more.

Atlantic Logistics expanding Mandarin headquarters
Read more. 

Concealment Express a garage success story
Read more. 

Jacksonville shipyard makes shortlist for $1 billion Navy contract

BAE Systems’ Jacksonville shipyard and Fincantieri Marine Systems North America in Virginia received a $1.3 billion contract from the Navy for ship maintenance.

Another $965 million contract will be awarded to several other ship repair companies in the Jacksonville area. The money is specifically to maintain Littoral Combat Ships, based in Mayport. Read more. 

Miller Electric Lights Way for Improved Industry Diversity
In 2020, the contractor donated $1 million to help expand diversity initiatives across the Jacksonville community. Read more

Johnson & Johnson Vision sales jump 70.1%

Johnson & Johnson Vision, which produces contact lenses and eye surgical products, reported second-quarter sales jumped 70.1% from the second quarter of 2020 to $1.183 billion. Contact lens sales rose 56.7% to $868 million, while the eye surgical products business doubled in revenue. Read more. 

We'd love to feature your news or events in the Members Corner in next month's FCMA Voice! Contact information@fcmaweb.com to be featured. 

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