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First Coast Manufacturers Association 2017 Excellence Awards

First Coast Manufacturers Association 2017 Excellence Awards

J-2 Sunday, October 15,

J-2 Sunday, October 15, 2017 · THE TIMES-UNION 2017 FCMA EXCELLENCE AWARDS From the President The First Coast Manufacturers Association’s time-honored tradition continues in our 21st year of recognizing our outstanding employees. We are pleased to join our member companies across Northeast Florida to celebrate individuals who have made a difference at their jobs. There are approximately 40,000 manufacturer workers in our region. These winners are the top performers in their fields of operations. Congratulations to each of our award recipients. We are pleased to celebrate your accomplishments. Our top-performing manufacturing companies were honored and recognized with our outstanding employees. We are pleased to share with you these winners. Please join with us in congratulating our winners on their successes and accomplishments of the past year Company Excellence Awards Education Award: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. In 1987, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. introduced the world’s first mass-marketed disposable soft contact lens under the ACUVUE brand name. Today, ACUVUE is the world’s most widely prescribed lens, manufactured by VISTAKON, a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. The company’s commitment to workforce education includes an individualized development plan for each employee, offering $8,000 per year for tuition reimbursement. Lake Ray President 2017 FCMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Anheuser-Busch, LLC ....................................................................................................................Craig Tomeo Atlantic Logistics......................................................................................................................... Robert Hooper Auld & White Constructors, LLC ................................................................................................Steve Auld Carlisle Interconnect Technologies .............................................................................................Pat Cusick Dupuy-Silo Facility LLC .............................................................................................................Caryn Sawyer IFF Chemical Holdings .............................................................................................................. John Otterson Johnson Controls, Inc .....................................................................................................................Nancy Sima Johnson & Johnson Vision Care ...........................................................................................Les Rodriguez Miller Electric Company ........................................................................................................... Mike Brannen Nu-Trend Plastics ...............................................................................................................................Kelly Wood Polyhistor International ......................................................................................................Peter Schonning Saft America, Inc. .........................................................................................................................Jody Beasley The Safariland Group ....................................................................................................................Blake Brown United States Gypsum Co .................................................................................................................Mike Favo UTC Aerospace ...............................................................................................................................Doug Cosmini Vac-Con, Inc ..................................................................................................................................Darrell Lesage Vak Pak .......................................................................................................................................David Sutherland Manufacturer of the Year: Carlisle Interconnect Technologies. The St. Augustinebased company manufactures electronic test equipment and accessories, such as oscilloscope probes, differential probes, test leads, kitting solutions and other RF interconnect products used in the Test & Measurement market. 2017 Tri Chairmen Abe Alangadan .........................................................................................Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Blake Brown ....................................................................................................................The Safariland Group Rob Caldwell .....................................................................................................................................Vac-Con, Inc. Founders Service Award: Vac-Con, Inc. The Green Cove Springs-based company is the fastest-growing combination sewer machine manufacturer in the United States. Vac- Con pioneered the use of polyethylene water tanks to end water leakage and created a modular subframe so that components could be repaired or replaced easily.

21st Annual Awards Employee Excellence Awards Employee Excellence Awards, previously Crane Awards, are presented to outstanding employees of FCMA member firms based upon criteria established by the company. The award is to honor the contributions made by our employees to the betterment of our workplaces and Florida’s First Coast community. Company Excellence Awards Since 1992, we have annually recognized outstanding companies for contributions to the goal of manufacturing excellence or to meeting specific objectives of FCMA. In addition, the Board of Directors may offer specific recognition to companies who make significant contributions to the betterment of our community. The awardees for this year are from the following categories: Education, Manufacturer of the Year and Founders Service Award. 2017 FCMA EXCELLENCE AWARDS The History of the FCMA During the mid-1980s, many issues demonstrating the need for a unified voice by manufacturers surfaced. An organizational meeting was held in late 1988 to explore creation of an organization focused specifically on issues affecting manufacturing. Our primary objective is to promote community awareness of manufacturing’s role in our economy and to thereby create a pro¬manufacturing attitude in the First Coast community. The 11 founding members were Anheuser-Busch, Inc., CSX Transportation, Jacksonville Port Authority, Jefferson Smurfit Corporation, Swisher International, Maxwell House Coffee Company, Reichhold Chemicals, Inc., Rex Packaging, Inc., Glidco/Millennium Specialty Chemicals, Inc. (Symrise), Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation (WestRock), and Union Camp/Bush Boake Allen, Inc. (IFF). FCMA’s current membership includes over 250 outstanding manufacturing and related companies in the First Coast. Our vision is to be the center of manufacturing excellence and growth in Northeast Florida. Our mission is to be a member supported association providing a united voice to government and pathways to member success through our pillars: education, workforce development, and business-to-business relationships. FCMA’s accomplishments are significant and its contributions have gained recognition and acceptance in the community. We are a strong voice at local and state levels. Through interactive partnerships and involvement in community affairs, we will continue to gain insight and bring valuable information, resources, and opportunities to the residents of Florida’s First Coast. J-3 THE TIMES-UNION · Sunday, October 15, 2017