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September VOICE Newsletter

LAKE'S TAKE
Dear FCMA Members and Partners,
 
It goes without saying: these are unprecedented times. Your business has faced unparalleled challenges this year. I’ve spoken with many of you directly to discuss your concerns and to offer support as you work through these complex issues. Many of our members have emerged stronger, more resilient and more resolved than ever before to see our industry roar back to life.
 
It is for these reasons we have gone forward with our 2020 FCMA Symposium & Regional Manufacturing Awards. We recognize and value the safety measures our members have implemented to keep employees safe and we pledge to do the same. The event safety plan includes sanitation, Social Distancing and limiting the number of attendees to the event. Out of an abundance of caution, wellness checks upon entrance and face covering usage will be encouraged.
 
As President of FCMA, I firmly believe we are better when we as an industry stand together. The FCMA Symposium is an opportunity for you and your employees to learn about industry standards, partake in meaningful discussions with policymakers and get an insider’s perspective on the 2020 election. Don't miss out - learn more and REGISTER HERE! 

Let's Make it Here, 
Lake Ray, President
First Coast Manufacturers Association 
FloridaMakes COVID-19 Resource Page
FCMA Symposium & Regional Manufacturing Awards 
"Making Our Way to the Future"
Friday, September 25 - 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort
500 S Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL 32092
Register online - Event Flier
 
FCMA Symposium agenda is slated to include:
  1. Leading in a Remote Environment
  2. Health & Safety – COVID-19 Update and Current Thinking
  3. Political Point Counter Point with Ed Dean
  4. 2020 Elections Analysis and Predictions
  5. Regional Manufacturing Awards with elected official keynote speaker
Cost - $199 per person
Price includes breakfast, lunch, keynote speakers, sessions, awards ceremony for Regional Manufacturing Awards, and access to exhibit booths with SBA loan information and UF Health information about affordable health insurance.

Accepting Nominations until Sept 8 for our Regional Manufacturers Awards
Nominations are open for all categories - small and large companies, manufacturers and partners. Winners will be presented at the Symposium.

Cybersecurity Forum 
September 16 & 17

FloridaMakes will co-host the Cybersecurity Forum Virtual Event on September 16th and 17th. The Forum will be co-hosted by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Foundation of Associated Industries of Florida, and the Workers' Compensation Institute (WCI) with special keynote speakers U.S Senator Marco Rubio and Katherine Arrington, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. Click here for more information. Cost to attend for FCMA members is $49. Register here.


Zoom General Meeting with Virtual Tour of Dimension Works
Join us for our Virtual General Meeting on Monday, September 28, at 3:30PM! At the meeting we will have a virtual tour of Dimension Works.

Dimension Works is a full-service 3D Printing Firm. Our portfolio of services includes CAD & Design, 3D Scanning, 3D Printing and Printer Sales. RSVP to information@fcmaweb.com for log-in details.

SBA/FCMA Webinar
“Financing Resources for Your Domestic & International Expansion”

Wednesday, September 30, 10:00AM – 12:00PM, via Zoom
Event Flier  - Sign Up
  • Learn about federal loan programs such as SBA and USDA to access financing. 
  • Become familiar with local, state, and federal resources to assist you in your business expansion.
  • Participate in virtual meetings with lenders in your area to discuss your financing needs. 
SAVE THE DATE - FCMA Webinar
5 Tips to Optimizing Scheduling for Shop Floor Control
Thursday, November 5, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Stay tuned for more information.

 

Excellence Awards

After taking into consideration feedback from our Members, we have decided to move the in-person 2020 Employee Awards event from October this year to January 29, 2021. 

While the in-person event will be moved, FCMA still wants to recognize your employees this year, so we will be hosting a virtual event in October during which all submitted winners will be recognized and honored ahead of the formal January event. If you wish to participate and have your employees recognized, please submit the application and your photos. The winners will receive a special announcement about the process that will take place leading up to the events.  

In this critical time, it is important to let your employees know how much they are appreciated and that they have not been forgotten.

If there is anything you would like for us to consider for the October virtual celebration, please do not hesitate to contact Maria Corby. There is no charge for the October event, but we will need you to submit the application to start the process. See here for the application.
 

FCMA Leadership Academy Classes
FCMA is very excited to offer three of our Leadership & Workforce Academy training programs beginning in September. Participant response continues to be overwhelmingly favorable in all these programs. Reserve your seats now!

Front Line Supervisor

Mid-Level Manager

Introduction to Manufacturing
Professional Progress Classes
Our FCMA Professional Progress thanks our August presenters: 

Andreas Wagner, M.Eng., CIH, ROH presented Best Practices on How to Prepare or Respond to COVID-19 Cases in Your Workplace. Andreas is a Principal and Senior Practice Leader of the US Industrial Hygiene group at Golder Associates, a global environmental consulting firm. He is responsible for the oversight of occupational health, safety and industrial hygiene services and the support of existing resources in these and related fields across the US, in North America, and globally. He has over 20 years of consulting experience that includes expert witness testimony, hazardous materials control and abatement, water damage and microbial assessments and remediation, indoor air quality and odor evaluations, vapor intrusion studies, occupational hygiene projects, and training. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH).
Professional Progress also thanks: 
Sean Hassan of The Doctors Center Health Services for presenting on COVID update in the Healthcare for work or home. During his time in high school and college Sean worked at nearly every level within The Doctors Center, Inc. and The Doctors Center Health Services, Inc. This experience has given him great insight into the processes and procedures associated with occupational health testing and services. He uses this insight to help companies local to Jacksonville and throughout the southeast develop and maintain best practices in regards to occupational health services. Sean is currently the Vice President of both The Doctors Center, Inc. and The Doctors Center Health Services, Inc. where he manages over 30 employees. As Vice President of The Doctors Center companies, Sean is responsible for the operational and financial performance of the companies. 

Are you Prepared for Hurricane Season?
Hurricane season started June 1 – are you ready? Does your organization have a plan in place to help you navigate through disasters? The FloridaMakes business continuity and resiliency page is dedicated to providing you with the resources you need to stay ahead and to stay prepared.

IMT Apprenticeship – Now Accepting Applications
The IMT Apprenticeship program is now live! To view a recorded webinar on how the application process works and to obtain details on how to sign up for this exciting opportunity click here. 

CONNEX Florida Online Database

Connex Florida is an online database that will connect Florida manufacturers statewide today and in the long-term beyond the current crisis. To take advantage of this tool, each manufacturer will need to upload basic company information into the database. Please note that only public information will be entered; no confidential or proprietary information will be solicited as part of this effort.

In addition to basic company information, more detailed voluntary information will be requested to help us better understand the current overall health of manufacturing in Florida and how we can best assist your company in returning to a healthy operational state. This additional information will not be uploaded to the database.

For detailed information about Connex Florida, click here. To obtain access to browse and enter your company's information into the database, please visit www.Florida.MFGConnex.com
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August General Meeting with Virtual Tour of IMCO Software
 
Thank you to IMCO Software for providing a virtual tour for our August 31 General Meeting! The IMCO team, with more than 130 years of combined manufacturing and supply chain management experience, understands the complex software needs of a variety of industries. Serving a range of manufacturing companies from discrete to process as well as wholesale and retail distributors, IMCO can help maximize ERP, SCM and WMS solutions.

Exclusive Conversation with CFO Jimmy Patronis
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our Conversation with Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis this month! We enjoyed hearing his breakdown of the Florida budget post-COVID19 and the tools in the state toolbox to balance the state budget moving forward, among other important topics. 

Government Relations Committee Meeting
Thank you to all who attended this month's Government Relations committee meeting with guest speaker Michael Boylan from Jacksonville City Council, District 6 (Mandarin). It is always great to hear from leaders in our region about their initiatives and teach them about manufacturing on the First Coast! 
First Coast Technical College – Located in St. Augustine, FCTC offers several certificate and credential programs for hands-on learners looking to gain a career in a high demand workforce. FCTC has programs in Automotive and Diesel Technology, Culinary Arts, Heating, Ventilation, Air-Condition/Refrigeration, Welding, Nursery and Landscape & Turf Management, in addition to health, public safety and human services. 

Students are ready for a career in as little as six to fifty-six weeks depending on the program. Career Navigators has partnered with FCTC since 2001 serving 16-24-year-olds through a federally funded grant program.  Once completed, the Career Navigator program will pay the student to work for up to six weeks to gain their work experience.  This can lead to gainful employment for the student, fulfill employer hiring needs and assure a stronger workforce for our communities. To learn more about start dates, costs and the enrollment process, head to FCTC.edu for more information.        

FSCJ and CareerSource Manufacturing/Trade Career Day – The purpose of the event is to connect students and attendees with employers from the Trade & Manufacturing Industry.  The event will be held in a virtual format on Thursday, October 8, 10:00AM – 1:00PM.  There is no fee to attend.  If you are interested in participating, please register at this link. 
 
JEBCO – Invites FCMA members to an upcoming Lunch & Learn on Maintaining Your Facility’s Roof & Exterior Wall System on Tuesday, September 29, 11:00AM – 12:30PM. Click here for more information. 
 
PNC Bank – During the week of September 14, PNC is hosting virtual programs every day as part of their 10th Annual Women in Business Week. They are covering everything from diversity and inclusion to fighting financial fraud to wellness activities for the mind and body, including a lively conversation with Orangetheory Fitness Creator and Co-Founder Ellen Latham. More information here. 
 
University of North Florida Small Business Development Center – The SBDC is open for business! As the state starts reopening, now is the time to start preparing for your business recovery and adjust to the ‘New Normal’. Many businesses are wondering what they can do to meet the challenges of COVID-19. The Florida SBDC at UNF has the resources your business needs to recover, rebuild, and grow. More information here: https://www.sbdc.unf.edu/cares/
 
UNF STEM & Construction Career Fair - Thursday, October 8, 12:00 – 4:00PM. The Employer Showcase is a great way to recruit graduating students and alumni, a chance to meet students that are interested in internships and co-ops, and an opportunity to publicize your organization to students. More information. 

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. 
AIT Environmental Technologies
https://aitfla.com/
Elaine Brown, Director of Community Affairs
(904) 318-5904
220 Ponte Vedra Park Drive, Suite 140
Ponte Vedra Florida 32082
 
We are experts in mold remediation and disinfecting. We offer 24 hours a day emergency services. Bacterial & Viral Disinfection, Mold Assessment & Remediation, Indoor Air Quality Testing, Water Extraction, Emergency Board Up. We operation in 18 states across the Southeast and Midwest. Locally owned and operated since 2006. AIT is a service-disabled veteran owned small business.
 
QuickTie
https://quicktieproducts.com/
Chris Mellott, CFO/COO/GC
904-281-0525
13300 Vantage Way, Jacksonville, Florida 32218
 
Quick Tie Products, Inc. manufactures and distributes the QuickTie System, a proprietary, patented hold down system for high wind and seismic construction.  We also manufacture and distribute various building materials components used in light frame wood single-family and multifamily construction, as well as products for masonry construction.
 
Servpro of Jacksonville South & Arlington/Jacksonville East
https://www.servprojacksonvillesouth.com/
Tyler Grissom, Marketing Representative
812-512-2521
1716 Harper Street, Jacksonville Florida 32204

SERVPRO offers comprehensive restoration solutions to our customers from our initial inspection of the damage to your property through the reconstruction and recovery of the home or business. Our experienced team of professionals has extensive training to obtain certifications in several categories of the restoration industry to offer our customers a single-company solution to overcoming disasters affecting their properties.
 
The Benefits Department
https://www.benefits-department.com/
Michael Smith, Managing Advisor
904-206-8642
3732 Pine Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32205
 
The Benefits Department is a unique healthcare and pension brokerage primarily focused on small manufacturers in North Florida. At this critical time, owners need their ever-rising healthcare overspend to move away from Big Insurance and its conflicted brokers towards payroll, innovation, growth, and EBITDA.
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