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First Coast Manufacturers Association announces 2014 Manufacturers Awards

fcmaThe First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) announced the winners of its 2014 “Excellence In Manufacturing” awards at a banquet honoring nominees and winners at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island at its second annual Manufacturing Summit.

The three Manufacturer of the Year awards went to:

Georgia-Pacific Corporation

Georgia Pacific was recognized for its active participation in FCMA and through partnering with the City of Palatka to construct a new wetlands education resource center located in the city’s riverfront district. Called the St. Johns River Center: Adventures in a Wetlands Ecosystem, the project is a $1.2 million project designed to promote the ecological significance of wetlands.


Johnson Controls, Inc.

Johnson Controls provides subject matter experts related to logistics, lean manufacturing, sustainability, and environmental health and safety. They are committed to share their global knowledge and where applicable provide networking information in a business-to-business relationship.


CF Machine & Tool, Inc.

CF Machine has been an active member since 1997, chairing several committees, attending numerous Tallahassee lobbying trips and participating in the Professional Progress program. They are heavily involved in member-to-member business, working with fellow members such as Main Metal Recycling for metal scrap recycling; training through My Executive Solutions; and as well as serving as a vendor to many larger companies requiring their specialized machined parts.


The association also recognized other FCMA members with the following awards:


2014 Workforce Education Award: JEA

Since 1974 JEA has provided an Education Reimbursement Program for college and graduate school degrees, investing between $250,000 and $300,000. They hire approximately 30 college and high school students annually through partnerships with various organizations such as InRoads, the Mayor’s Summer Work Program, as well as colleges. They provide technical courses online via JEA training that enables its employees to obtain Associates degrees in Electrical Production.


2014 Environmental Award: Fleet Readiness Center Southeast

NAS Jacksonville partnered with the city and state on a $4 million reuse project to become the first major generator in North Florida to reach zero discharge in early 2015. It was the first military installation in the nation to change from aerobic treatment to chlorine dioxide disinfection/odor elimination, saving $107,000 per year. Examples of its recycle/reuse successes: transports treated sludge to private hay fields for fertilizer, saving $300,000 per year; recycled 17 tons of vegetable oil, 32 tons used oil, 373 tons range ordnance/targets and 737 tons of glass, paper, cardboard, plastic, wood, electronics and antifreeze last year.


2014 Economic Impact Award: Saft America, Inc.

Saft has made over $220 million in investments in its Jacksonville facility with state-of the-art machinery and production processes. Last year it spent an additional $20 million for a new production line and new products and an additional $1.4 million in R&D.  It localized a portion of its battery production by contracting with a local company (W.W. Gay) to wire for electrical systems, fire suppression and other jobs.


2014 Partner of The Year: Golder Associates, Inc.

Golder has actively participated with FCMA for nearly 20 years, holding leadership positions on its Board of Directors and Committees: EHS, Government Relations, Membership and Community Relations. Over the years they have participated in every major FCMA event. The company regularly serves as a resource to the association by presenting workshop topics by its resident experts related to environmental regulatory issues, remediation, industrial hygiene and permitting.


2014 Founders Service Award: Vistakon

Vistakon is an active supporter of Workforce Development initiatives (such as Advanced Manufacturing and the Maintenance & Reliability and Manufacturing Executives Special Interest Groups) and political action committee efforts. Vistakon is an active contributor to benchmarking amongst local manufacturers and organizations in sponsoring reciprocal tours with companies and governmental agencies, highlighting their commitment to strengthening manufacturing for all of the First Coast.



The First Coast Manufacturers Association is a non-profit trade association serving Northeast Florida. There are over 1,500 manufacturing companies on the First Coast, supplying over 30,000 jobs and generating nearly 15% of the total gross regional product. Additional media information on FCMA is available at


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