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OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE & COMPANY RECOGNITION

2019

EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The FCMA Excellence Awards are presented to outstanding employees and

companies in the Northeast Florida manufacturing industry.

The outstanding employee award is to honor the contributions made by

employees to the betterment of the workplace and Florida’s First Coast

community. In addition, FCMA annually recognizes outstanding companies

for contributions to the goal of manufacturing excellence.

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2019 FCMA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

From the President

Excellence in Manufacturing on the First Coast

of Florida is celebrated annually to recognize the

outstanding employees of our companies. These

individuals and teams represent the top workers

who make a difference by work effort and resourceful

thinking to create best practices and products.

Northeast Florida is home to over 40,000 manufacturers

workers. The impact of this force represents

about 15 percent of the region’s GDP.

The First Coast Manufacturers Association is

pleased to recognize these dedicated workers and

congratulates them on a job well done. As we celebrate

their work, we hope that families, friends and our

communities will extend their congratulations as well.

We are also pleased to recognize our outstanding

performing manufacturing companies as top performers.

Several of the products made on the First

Coast are exported worldwide and make a difference

in improving the quality of life for many people.

Join with us in congratulating these fine companies

and the workers that make these companies great.

Lake Ray

President

2019 FCMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Auld & White Constructors................................................................................. Steve Auld

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies.....................................................................Pat Cusick

Dupuy-Silo Facility LLC...........................................................................................John Butz

Florida Power & Light.............................................................................................. Jim Bush

Johnson & Johnson Vision ............................................................................. Les Rodriguez

Johnson Controls, Inc.................................................................................... James O’Berry

Krystal Klean.................................................................................................... Tony Morgan

Miller Electric Company................................................................................. Mike Brannen

Nu-Trend Plastics................................................................................................ Kelly Wood

Polyhistor International............................................................................ Peter Schonning

Proforma Northpoint.......................................................................................... Blair Wygle

Progressive Power Products..............................................................................Larry Kates

Rulon International.............................................................................................Brian Tuttle

Saft America, Inc..............................................................................................Jody Beasley

Smith Gambrell & Russell................................................................................. Patricia Hill

Vac-Con, Inc................................................................................................... Darrell LeSage

Vak Pak...................................................................................................... David Sutherland

2019 TRI CHAIRS

Rob Caldwell……………………….....................................................................…..Vac-Con, Inc.

Trent Schmidgall…………………………...........................Carlisle Interconnect Technologies

Kelly Wood…………….........................……………................................……… Nu-Trend Plastics

Darrell LeSage (on truck) and Vac-Con employees celebrate in 2017 the company’s

8,000th truck built at the company’s Green Cove Springs plant.

Vac-Con’s Darrell LeSage

receives President’s Award

FCMA’s outstanding individual

award is the President’s Award. The

award is given to recognize careerlong

achievement and contribution

in manufacturing.

This year, we are pleased to recognize

Darrell LeSage, a founder

and CEO of Vac-Con. He located a

newly forming business to develop

a vacuum truck for cleaning sewer

lines in Green Cove Springs in 1986.

The first year, two newly designed

trucks rolled out of the plant and the

business was off and running.

Today, Darrell is recognized by

many in the industry as the patriarch

of modern vacuum sewer cleaning

industry. Over the years, he

has grown the business to over 300

employees. manufacturing one truck

a day. Many have spotted the red

Vac-Con truck in our area or elsewhere

around the world.

Darrell continues to improve the

lives of his workers in caring about

them and helping them succeed with

a terrific career in manufacturing.

With over 40 years in manufacturing,

Darrell represents the

entrepreneur spirit, ingenuity and

drive to make a difference at work

and in our community.

Join with us in celebrating

Darrell’s great honorable career

as our 2019 President’s Award

recipient.

FCMA President

Lake Ray and

Manager

of Business

Development Clay

Yarborough present

Vac-Con President

Darrell LeSage

the President’s

Award during the

Excellence Awards

banquet, held

Sept. 27 at UNF’s

Adam W. Herbert

University Center.


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

promanufacturing 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 nearly 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: advocacy, 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.

2019 FCMA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

23rd 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. This year,

we would like to honor all of our members

for their outstanding work that they do

every day. Thank you to all the companies

who submitted for the company awards.

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Company Excellence Awards

MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR: VAC-CON, INC.

FOUNDERS SERVICE AWARD: JOHNSON & JOHNSON VISION

In 1987, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Inc. introduced the world’s first mass-marketed disposable

soft contact lens under the ACUVUE Brand name manufactured at its global

headquarters in Jacksonville. Johnson & Johnson is high-volume contact lens manufacturing

site, which focuses on precision injection molding, automation, robotics and optical tooling

fabrication. The company serves a global marketplace with more than 4,000 team members

in 52 countries worldwide; more than 2,200 employees in Jacksonville; and produces

more than 4 billion contact lenses per year while ensuring to commitment to quality and

its customers. As it continues to develop and launch new products, Johnson & Johnson’s

production provides direct financial gain to its employees and the community in wages,

benefits, and charitable contributions to many worthy organizations. Through this growth,

Johnson & Johnson is in the process of hiring over 50-plus employees into the manufacturing

area with expertise in engineering, manufacturing/production and quality.

Vac-Con, Inc. has been a principal manufacturing enterprise on the First Coast for more

than 33 years. In 1986, the formation of Vac-Con was a business strategy to support the continuity

of its original parent company, Dunbar Kapple, after the 1980s’ grain embargo. Today,

Vac-Con is a leading manufacturer of industrial vacuum sewer cleaners and hydro-excavation

machines for municipal, private, and federal markets. The same innovation-driven

mentality is instilled in the culture of Vac-Con, propelling it to be one of the top businesses

and employers in Clay County and on the First Coast. Vac-Con is named Manufacturer of the

year for its commitment to improving the economy, for its protecting the environment, the

commitment to educating its workforce and for its commitment to FCMA.

ENVIRONMENTAL

AWARD: JEA

As the regional water supplier

for the Jacksonville

area, JEA provides 120

million gallons per day

(mgd) of potable water to

meet customer’s needs.

Currently, all of the water

supply is from the aquifer,

which is a finite resource.

As our community continues

to grow, additional

water will be needed. In

planning for future water demands, JEA proactively began an investigation into alternative

sources of water supply. One innovative initiative is water purification. From 2017 to 2019,

JEA tested two industry-leading technologies at two different water reclamation facilities to

determine the feasibility of water purification as an alternative water supply. The testing results

determined that it is cost-effective compared to other alternative water supplies available, technically

feasible at continually protecting public health, and protects the water resources of the

region by provide a long-term, drought-proof water supply for future generations. As a result,

JEA is proceeding with demonstration and implementation. This step includes an initial 1 mgdcapacity

facility fully expandable to 10 mgd to further demonstrate the technology, optimize

performance and engage the public in the benefits of water purification. By doing this, JEA is

leading the state and region in the application of potable reuse.


2019 FCMA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

2019 Employee Excellence Award Recipients

AULD & WHITE CONSTRUCTORS, LLC

Johnathan Marshall

BAE SYSTEMS SOUTHEAST

SHIPYARDS

Roy “Gris” Grizwold and Kenny Walters

CARLISLE INTERCONNECT

TECHNOLOGIES

Kaizen Team Braidy Bunch: Donna

Fahrney, Johnathon Jankowski, Donnie

McClain, Wendy Puckett, Jeff Santos,

Erica Urbanczky and Jim Wynn

GEORGIA-PACIFIC CORPORATION

Tim Bellamy

AngelSoft Converting Team: Michael

Belcher, Morris Jeffers, Kyle Nail,

Nathaniel Perry, Chase Richardson, Will

Sullivan and Shawn Williams

Boiler Maintenance Team: Daniel

Fisher and Randall Sanchez

GP Lighthouse Project Team: Jill Daily,

Grace Gomez, Stuart Jergensen and Ryan

Williams

GP Robotics Team Mentors: Shawn

Barnard, Justin Byrd, Grace Gomez,

Chris-Annie Joseph, Rob Knutsen, Carl

Rush and Bridgette Wagner

Kraft Papermaking Water Conservation

Team: Bob Blankenship, Matthew Branch,

Jonathan Henley and William (Bill)

Murray

Maintenance Safety Committee:

Rodney Carnes and Kyle Gaylord

JOHNSON & JOHNSON VISION

Supply Chain Core Team: Mark

Blayney, Eric Convenido, Richard

Fiacable, Shawn Hardy , Joseph Ricard,

Sasha Sierra, Joshua Wartzok and Donald

Welch

MEDTRONIC

Janna Donofrio and Steve Hollis

EMG COS Team: Babak Akbarian,

Brent Cary, Joseph Derome, Dave Errico,

Rene Halili, Grecia Laboy, Jim Polk, Cole

Rittenhouse and Sameer Shums

EMG 1st Shift: Aldrin Benitez, Nathacha

Berens, Annie Downey, Yoni Fisher, Linda

Hak, Saron Kim, Onell Layola, Erlinda

Macarthur, Vilma Robinson, Angie Silva,

Lyndale Smith, Chetra Thiounn, Angela

Thomas and Roberta Wilson

EMG 2nd Shift: Sam Hev, Eli Matos,

Vanna Nhem, Julianne Palomo, Michael

Piedad, Emelie Reodica and Isabelo

Tosoc

Machine Guarding Team: Kevin

Anderson, T.J. Barner, Jesus Caracoza,

Paul Dejno, Ryan Dugan, Grecia Laboy,

Chuck Peterson and Kyle Smith

MORAN ENVIRONMENTAL

RECOVERY — WATER

RECOVERY DIVISION

Megan Bockmeyer and Stephen

Williams

PINE CASTLE

Tiffany Hall

TIMES-UNION MEDIA

Barry Ekstrom

VAC-CON, INC.

Chris Ford, Brian Guidi and Marco Paul

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Meet the Employee Excellence Award Winners

AULD & WHITE

CONSTRUCTORS, LLC

Auld & White Constructors provides

a variety of design-build,

construction management, and

general contracting services for

the new construction and renovation

of commercial, healthcare

and public facilities throughout

Northeast Florida.

Johnathan

Marshall

Auld & White

Constructors

Roy Griswold

BAE Systems

Southeast

Shipyards

Kenny Walters

BAE Systems

Southeast

Shipyards

Tim Bellamy

Georgia-Pacific

Johnathan Marshall

Johnathan is excelling as an

Apprentice, both in the classroom

and on the jobsite. His co-workers

describe him as dependable, safe,

productive and well-rounded.

Johnathan is mindful of the client

and works to build a trusting relationship

throughout the project.

BAE SYSTEMS

SOUTHEAST SHIPYARDS

BAE is part of the BAE Systems

Ship Repair sector and is a leading

U.S. non-nuclear ship repair,

modernization and conversion

company strategically located

near Naval Station Mayport and

East Coast shipping lanes. They

are a full-service facility that

provides ship repair and new

construction services to U.S.

government-owned vessels, commercial

vessels and mega-yachts.

While having state-of-the-art

capabilities, it is the skill,

experience and dedication of its

exceptional employees providing

unparalleled service that

establishes them as a world class

shipyard.

Roy "Gris" Grizwold

Gris is a recognized motivator,

mentor, and gentleman. Each

day, he demonstrates through his

leadership the traits associated

with operational and professional

excellence. Along with his wife,

Josefina, they raised their six

children on the First Coast. Gris’

entire professional life has been

serving his country by maintaining

and repairing the Navy’s

warships.

CARLISLE INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGIES

Kaizen Team Brady Bunch: Donna Fahrney,

Johnathon Jankowski, Donnie McClain, Wendy

Puckett, Jeff Santos, Erica Urbanczky and Jim

Wynn (pictured in no particular order)

Kenny Walters

Kenny’s ability to handle complex

repairs on multiple shipboard systems,

combined with his extensive

mechanical knowledge and skills,

are the hallmarks of a true professional.

His leadership in areas of

workplace and job safety and his

dedicated focus on mentoring

his workforce and demonstrate

his integrity and his personal

leadership.

CARLISLE INTERCONNECT

TECHNOLOGIES

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies

is a wire and cable manufacturing

facility serving the Aerospace

industry, Medical Equipment suppliers,

and Test and Measurement

markets. But CIT doesn’t just

manufacture interconnect components,

it makes the critical

connections that allow surgeons

to save lives, commercial pilots to

deliver families safely to their destination,

and enable fighter pilots

to maneuver at twice the speed

of sound. CIT makes the amazing

possible by making critical

connections when performance

matters.

Kaizen Team Braidy Bunch

Donna Fahrney, Johnathon

Jankowski, Donnie McClain,

Wendy Puckett, Jeff Santos, Erica

Urbanczky and Jim Wynn

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies

St. Augustine held a Shopfloor

Kaizen Breakthrough to improve

GEORGIA-PACIFIC

Angel Soft Converting Team: Morris Jeffers, Michael Belcher, Kyle Nail,

Nathaniel Perry, Shawn Williams, Chase Richardson and Will Sullivan

(pictured in no particular order; Will Sullivan is not in photo)

its current process for our braid

operation. This particular operation

costs the company about

$150K year over year in scrap

and this amazing team was

able to implement changes that

will potentially cut this cost

in half. Future state includes

robust Standard Work and

Troubleshooting guide, with highlighted

steps for easier training of

new and current manufacturing

associates. The team has also

revised their internal training process

to ensure all aspects of the

braid operation is being covered

going forward.

GEORGIA-PACIFIC

CORPORATION

Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's

leading makers of tissue, pulp,

paper, packaging, building products

and related chemicals. Our products

are part of everyday life. While

they fill a diverse range of home,

commercial and industrial needs,

they have one thing in common:

they're all made to high standards

of quality and safety. Our Palatka

Operations includes nearly 1,000

team members committed to quality

and safety every day.

Tim Bellamy

As a recovery process operator

for GP Palatka, Tim has continuously

demonstrated our Guiding

Principles in helping our campus

transform to new technology

and processes. Recently, Tim

embraced an opportunity to

help our entire company demonstrate

technological capability to

improve our remote operations

capability. Tim spent two weeks

near our company headquarters

in Atlanta learning the use of

advanced monitoring equipment

that optimizes our processes at

the mill and beyond.

Angel Soft

Converting Team

Morris Jeffers, Michael Belcher,

Kyle Nail, Nathaniel Perry, Shawn

Williams, Chase Richardson and

Will Sullivan

Beginning April 2018, Angel Soft set

out on a learning adventure in prep

for starting up a major investment

in the Palatka facility. The project

involved installing three manufacturing

lines of new technology and

capability. The team rose to the

challenge to safely and successfully

start the converting machines

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a transformation to become

technicians and master technicians,

where flow to the work

and autonomous maintenance

become an everyday part of life.

The entire 50-employee department

embraced this challenge and

the constant learning environment

in which development of on-shift

capability became a main focus of

the team.

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GEORGIA-PACIFIC

Kraft Papermaking Water

Conservation Team: Jonathan

Henley, Bob Blankenship, Matthew

Branch and William (Bill) Murray

(pictured in no particular order)

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to support the business while

transforming how we achieve success.

A concerted effort involved

the team’s opportunity to help

establish operational standards

for the entire facility. During this

process, operators went through

Kraft Papermaking Water

Conservation Team

Jonathan Henley, Bob

Blankenship, Matthew Branch and

William (Bill) Murray

Jon Henley led GP Palatka’s

Kraft team in an effort to reduce

water consumption — part of

GP’s continuing commitment to

environmental stewardship. Jon

sponsored a Mill Improvement

Process team that spearheaded

a reduction of the Kraft

Department’s water over a

10-week time period. The team’s

efforts helped reduce our hourly

GEORGIA-PACIFIC

GP Robotics Mentorship Team: Shawn

Barnard, Justin Byrd, Grace Gomez,

Chris-Annie Joseph, Rob Knutsen, Carl

Rush and Bridgette Wagner (pictured

in no particular order)

water usage by 40% — which

equates to a truly sustaining

improvement. This team’s effort

fully demonstrates our company’s

principle of mutual benefit by

supporting not only our mill but

helping our society through environmental

sustainability.

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2019 FCMA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Scenes from the 23rd Excellence Awards Banquet

ABOVE: FCMA President

Lake Ray greets guests at

the 23rd annual Excellence

Awards banquet, held

Sept. 27 at UNF’s Adam W.

Herbert University Center.

Some 91 employees from

10 companies were recognized

for outstanding work

performance.

FCMA Tri Chairs had the pleasure of presenting the Employee Excellence Award on stage

to honored employees, including these members of the Kaizen Team Braidy Bunch from

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, a Gold sponsor.

RIGHT: Four members of

UNF’s Army ROTC unit

approach the front of the

room to retire the colors.

Several members of Johnson & Johnson Vision, a Platium sponsor, enjoy dinner.

Georgia-Pacific, a Platinum sponsor, was well represented at the FCMA Excellence

Awards banquet, including guests at this table.

FCMA President

Lake Ray (right)

welcomes Trent

Schmidgall,

Tri Chair

from Carlisle

Interconnect

Technologies,

whose message

to the audience

was on the

importance of

excellence in

the workplace

on the First

Coast.


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ABOVE: Honored Medtronic employees enjoy getting together for a post-dinner photo.

Medronic was a Bronze sponsor.

TOP LEFT: Times-Union Media’s Barry Ekstrom enjoys the banquet with wife Sam. The

Times-Union was an Event Partner.

LEFT: Representatives and honored employees from BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards

are recognized as a Gold sponsor of the banquet.

ABOVE: It’s a fun evening for Vac-Con employees, honorees and guests at the banquet.

Vac-Con was a Gold sponsor.

LEFT: These guests enjoy dinner with representatives of JEA, a Silver sponsor.

Arlington Flower Shop sponsored the banquet’s centerpieces.


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Guests who served in the military stand up and get recognized for their service.

ABOVE: FCMA President Lake Ray and Tri Chairs

Kelly Wood, NuTrend; Trent Schmidgall, Carlisle

Interconnect Technologies; Rob Caldwell, Vac-Con;

and Abe Alangadan, Johnson & Johnson Vision =

Leadership in FCMA.

LEFT: Former Terry Parker High Schoiol classmates

Barry Ekstrom of Times-Union Media and FCMA

President Lake Ray share a laugh as they meet for

the first time after many years.

FAR LEFT: Managing Editor of Specialty Audience Joe

DeSalvo gets together for a photo with the FCMA’s

Amanda Starling (left) and Maria Corby. The Times-Union

has been an Event Partner of the banquet for 10 years.

ABOVE: Brian Guidi of Vac-Con is appreciative of

being recognized as he comes up to the stage for his

Excellence Award.

LEFT: Specially designed FCMA Excellence Awards are

showcased on stage.


Maintenance Safety Committee

Kyle Gaylord and Rodney Carnes

Kyle Gaylord and Rodney Carnes serve

as safety committee co-facilitators for

the GP Palatka Maintenance Team. This

year, Rodney and Kyle volunteered to

facilitate and establish on-shift ownership

of our department safety performance

and advancement. Under their leadership

as Maintenance Safety Committee

Co-facilitators, our safety participation

rate was 90% for July and 98% for

year-to-date.

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JOHNSON & JOHNSON VISION

Johnson & Johnson Vision, Inc., also known

as VISTAKON, introduced the world’s

first mass-marketed disposable contact

lens under the ACUVUE brand name in

1987. Johnson & Johnson Vision now

employs over 1,900 people and exports to

Europe, Japan, and the Pacific Rim. The

Jacksonville site houses global headquarters,

the research and development facility,

a distribution facility, and a state-of-the-art

manufacturing plant.

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GEORGIA-PACIFIC

Boiler Maintenance Team: Randall

Sanchez and Daniel Fisher

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GP Robotics

Mentorship Team

Shawn Barnard, Justin Byrd, Grace Gomez,

Chris-Annie Joseph, Rob Knutsen, Carl Rush

and Bridgette Wagner

The GP Robotics Mentorship Team provided

mentorship to area high school students

participating in after-school robotics competition

programs. The group mentored three

teams of students: the Palatka High School

Robo-Panthers, Interlachen High School

Ram Automa and the Palatka Girl Scouts

team. Additionally, the Mentorship Team

helped host the very first robotics competition

in Putnam County. The team’s work and

guidance help prepare the students for the

work force of tomorrow by providing them

GEORGIA-PACIFIC

Maintenance Safety

Committee: Kyle

Gaylord (right) and

Rodney Carnes

valuable hands-on knowledge and skills

needed for careers in Science, Technology,

Engineering, and Mathematics.

Boiler Maintenance Team

Randall Sanchez and Daniel Fisher

Randall and Daniel developed a repair procedure

to correct a recurring problem with

boiler leaks that would routinely cause the

need to shut down the mill. Previous repairs

were unsuccessful. Randall and Daniel combined

their welding inspection knowledge

and skill to develop a new method, which

has proven to be effective in eliminating the

facility’s top downtime cause. Since implementation,

the boiler has operated reliably

with no leaks and created significant savings

for the mill from reduced downtime.

GP Lighthouse Project Team

Stuart Jergensen, Ryan Williams,

Grace Gomez and Jill Daily

Stuart, Ryan, Grace and Jill spearheaded

a special project during an eight-week

period this past summer. Their leadership,

knowledge and collaboration came

together to help our mill identify and

execute performance improvement

opportunities. This leadership team led

significant and rapid operating improvements

during the period — and helped

demonstrate our strength and capability

as we focus on continual transformation.

Supply Chain Core Team

Mark Blayney, Eric Convenido,

Richard Fiacable, Shawn Hardy,

Joseph Ricard, Sasha Sierra, Joshua

Wartzok and Donald Welch

The Supply Chain core team is responsible

for delivering new manufacturing

capacities of the ACUVUE OASYS 1-Day

for ASTIGMATISM Brand. The JJV team

has executed significant line improvements

in 2019, which drove both capacity

and capability improvements to the product

and enabled the brand to meet the

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GEORGIA-PACIFIC

GP Lighthouse Project Team: Stuart Jergensen, Ryan Williams, Grace Gomez and Jill Daily


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JOHNSON & JOHNSON VISION

Supply Chain Core Team: Mark Blayney, Eric Convenido, Richard

Fiacable, Shawn Hardy, Joseph Ricard, Sasha Sierra, Joshua Wartzok

and Donald Welch (pictured in no particular order)

Janna Donofrio

Medtronic

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growing demand for this brand. These

line improvements included substantial

hardware, software, process upgrades, and

innovative solutions with completions on

schedule and full quality and safety standards

in place.

MEDTRONIC

Steven Hollis

Medtronic

The Medtronic Restorative Therapies Group

develops products and procedural solutions

for neurosurgery, spinal & orthopedic

surgery, as well as ENT. This includes

solutions for the diagnosis and treatment

of chronic diseases and disorders of the

ear, nose, and throat; surgical devices and

implantable products for the treatment of

cranial, spinal and specialty small- bone

conditions; and advanced navigation and

imaging solutions used in operating rooms.

Janna Donofrio: Janna has outstanding

individual contributions in her short period

of time in Operations Quality. As a site

lead and representative on a high-visibility

division-level project that required among

other things: rigorous thinking, demanding

timelines, understanding of quality requirements

and co-leading kaizens and events,

Janna has surpassed all expectations of

Senior Management on this project.

Steven Hollis: Steven of the Facilities

Department facilitated the project

management of the Fall Protection

Improvement for the Jacksonville Facility.

An EHS assessment and audit identified

gaps with the site’s walking/working surface

and fall protection program for three

buildings. Steven worked closely with the

contractor & subcontractors to lead and

execute the fall protection improvement

project.

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MEDTRONIC

EMG COS Team: Babak Akbarian, Brent

Cary, Joseph Derome, Dave Errico,

Rene Halili, Grecia Laboy, Jim Polk,

Cole Rittenhouse and Sameer Shums

(pictured in no particular order)


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MEDTRONIC

EMG 1st Shift: Aldrin Benitez, Nathacha Berens, Annie Downey, Yoni

Fisher, Linda Hak, Saron Kim, Onell Layola, Erlinda Macarthur, Vilma

Robinson, Angie Silva, Lyndale Smith, Chetra Thiounn, Angela Thomas

and Roberta Wilson (pictured in no particular order)

MEDTRONIC

Machine Guarding Team: Kevin Anderson, T.J. Barner, Jesus

Caracoza, Paul Dejno, Ryan Dugan, Grecia Laboy, Chuck Peterson

and Kyle Smith (pictured in no particular order)

As part of the Jacksonville site’s efforts to

manage production capacity and mature

manufacturing lines, specific focus was

applied to the EMG Standard and Contact

Assembly Process. The line has undergone

prior COS conversions and this latest

instance is a reflection of our investment in

continuous improvement. Over the course

of five months, we had tremendous team

support that included Manufacturing,

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MEDTRONIC

EMG 2nd Shift: Sam Hev, Eli Matos, Vanna Nhem,

Julianne Palomo, Michael Piedad, Emelie Reodica and Isabelo Tosoc

(pictured in no particular; Julianne Palomo is not in photo)

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EMG COS Team

Babak Akbarian, Brent Cary, Joseph

Derome, Dave Errico, Rene Halili, Grecia

Laboy, Jim Polk, Cole Rittenhouse and

Sameer Shums

EMG 1st Shift

Aldrin Benitez, Nathacha Berens, Annie

Downey, Yoni Fisher, Linda Hak, Saron Kim,

Onell Layola, Erlinda Macarthur, Vilma

Robinson, Angie Silva, Lyndale Smith,

Chetra Thiounn, Angela Thomas and

Roberta Wilson

EMG 2nd Shift

Sam Hev, Eli Matos, Vanna Nhem,

Julianne Palomo, Michael Piedad,

Emelie Reodica and Isabelo Tosoc


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Continued from Page 13

Quality and Manufacturing Engineering, Released Product

Management, Quality Assurance Services, Purchasing

and Operational Excellence. Major outcomes include

output increasing from 600 units per day to 750 per shift

while yield for the line remains unchanged at 94%. We

addressed four of 12 Phase 1 and two of six first-time

quality risks; additional risk mitigation is underway with

improvements to leak testing.

Machine Guarding Team

Kevin Anderson, T.J. Barner, Jesus Caracoza, Paul Dejno,

Ryan Dugan, Grecia Laboy, Chuck Peterson and Kyle Smith

The Equipment Support and Engineering team worked for

over eight months to improve machine guarding for the

site which consisted of individual projects within various

departments. Their work included machine guarding for

two machines in molding, five machines in micro-machine,

all onsite Zebra printers and Urania sealers, and all production

hi-pot testers.

MORAN ENVIRONMENTAL RECOVERY —

WATER RECOVERY DIVISION

Water Recovery (WRI), a proud member of the Moran

“family of companies,” operates an Environmental

Stewardship Award Winning, Industrial Wastewater

Treatment Plant. WRI is permitted by JEA as a Centralized

Wastewater Treatment Facility with the capability to

manage the transportation and disposal of non-hazardous

wastewater from a wide array of customers. WRI operates

a Waste to Energy division and is permitted by FDEP as a

Used Oil Recycling Plant.

Megan Bockmeyer

Megan joined the team in 2017 as a laboratory technician

after receiving Bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical

Science and Biology from UCF. From the beginning, she

was recognized by management, teammates and customers

for her consistently high performance and exceptional

commitment to safety, compliance, customer service and

continuous improvement.

Megan

Bockmeyer

Moran

Environmental

Recovery

Tiffany Hall

As a Manufacturing/Production Supervisor, Tiffany has

been with Pine Castle for 18 years. She manages a team of

seven participant-workers in fulfillment and packaging of

the drug-testing device product line, consisting of 70-plus

device configurations. She teaches work and production

skills to empower participants to secure and maintain

community employment.

TIMES-UNION MEDIA

The Florida Times-Union and St. Augustine Record are

daily newspapers owned by GateHouse Media. Coupled

with the reach of Jacksonville.com and StAugustine.com,

they are the area’s No. 1 source for award-winning journalism,

along with advertising and marketing opportunities in

their core and ancillary publications.

Barry Ekstrom

In his 40-plus years at The Florida Times-Union, Barry

has always had a knack for the technical, and although

he spent most of his career on the production side of

the business, for the last several years he has honed

his tech skills as a desktop support technician in the IT

Department. Barry was instrumental in the Times-Union’s

seamless move from its Riverside Avenue building to its

new offices in the Wells Fargo Center.

VAC-CON, INC.

Stephen

Williams

Moran

Environmental

Recovery

Tiffany Hall

Pine Castle

Barry Ekstrom

Times-Union

Media

Chris Ford

Vac-Con

Brian Guidi

Vac-Con

Marco Paul

Vac-Con

demands on Chris span many disciplines ranging from

CNC milling, lathing, bending, and rolling to automated

laser and plasma metal cutting and robotic welding.

Brian Guidi

Brian began his career at Vac-Con in 2011 as a Material

Handler in the Inventory Control Department. Over the

past eight years, Brian has been instrumental in the

continuous improvement and overall evolution of the

Inventory Control Department. Brian has played an integral

role in updating work orders, ensuring that the correct

material is delivered on time, accurate, and complete.

Marco Paul

Marco began his career at Vac-Con in July of 2015 as

an Electrical Engineer. Over the past four years, Marco

has been instrumental in establishing design standards,

creating standard work documentation, and performing

production troubleshooting. In 2018, Marco was promoted

to Lead Programmer where the combination of his drive,

dedication, and capabilities have propelled him to be an

integral member of our engineering department.

Stephen Williams

Steve joined WRI in 2015 as a Class A CDL tanker driver.

He continually and consistently demonstrates a “Can Do”

attitude often going above and beyond to help out a teammate

or a customer, even if it means coming in outside of

his scheduled shift at odd hours. His loyalty, dedication

and support has been a huge contributor in the success

and continued growth of the transportation department.

PINE CASTLE

Pine Castle, a non-profit agency, serves over 300 adults

with intellectual and developmental differences. They

provide work-skills training, job placement and residential

services.

Vac-Con, Inc. has been a principal manufacturing enterprise

on the First Coast for more than 33 years. In 1986, the formation

of Vac-Con was a business strategy to support the

continuity of its original parent company, Dunbar Kapple,

after the 1980’s grain embargo. Today, Vac-Con is a leading

manufacturer of industrial vacuum sewer cleaners and

hydro-excavation machines for municipal, private, and federal

markets. The same innovation-driven mentality is instilled in

the culture of Vac-Con, propelling it to be one of the top businesses

and employers in Clay County and on the First Coast.

Chris Ford

Chris began his career at Vac-Con in April of 2013 as a

member of the Plant Reliability and Maintenance team. As

a 2nd shift team member, Chris brings a set of strong and

reliable technical abilities to the night crew. The technical


FCMA Gives a Special ‘Thank You’

The FCMA would like to thank the following volunteers for their

assistance at the 2019 Excellence Awards banquet, held Sept. 27 at

the UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center. From left are Hampton

Ray, Steadfast Solutions; Monica Pritchard, Jo-Kell; Lake Ray IV; Roben

Faircloth, CareerSource; Tom Rice, Rulon International; Laura Caldwell,

Vac-Con; Lisa Crowley, PNC Bank; Sandra Lief and Keith Fairchild,

FairchildHR; Paula DeLuca, FloridaMakes; and Jessica Ray, Steadfast

Solutions. Pictured at right is Robin Davis of Mac Paper Converters.

This FCMA Excellence

Awards special section

was produced by

the Florida Times-Union

Specialty Publications

Department. It was coordinated

by Managing Editor

of Specialty Audience Joe

DeSalvo and designed

by the GateHouse Media

Editing and Design

Center. The cover image

was provided by Getty

Images and designed by

Caitlyn Broyles. Times-

Union Account Executive

Savannah Scherff coordinated

advertising support.

2019 FCMA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

About This Section

FCMA staff: Clay Yarborough, Maria Corby, Amanda

Starling and Lake Ray

Photographs were taken by Laurence Greene of Laurence Greene Photography;

Mark Krancer of Kram Kran Photo; or submitted by participating companies. The

Times-Union would like to thank the FCMA staff for their assistance — President

Lake Ray; Director of Member Relations Maria Corby; Director of Public Relations

Amanda Starling; and Manager of Business Development Clay Yarborough.

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