Monday, November 18, 2013

Hernon Manufacturing’s Executive Presented with MACF President’s Award

Edgardo Rodriguez receives the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida’s Presidents Award 

Sanford, FL., November 18, 2013Hernon Manufacturing, the innovator in adhesives, sealants and dispensing equipment, is pleased to announce that its Sales and Marketing Director, Edgardo Rodriguez, was recently awarded the 2013 Manufacturers Association of Central Florida’s (MACF) Presidents Award.

The award categories honor recipients from the following categories:
 - Small Manufacturer (less than 100 employees)
- Large Manufacturer (101+ employees)
- Supply Chain/Associate Member
- Community Partner
- President’s Award & Outstanding Contributors (chosen by MACF Board President)

 All of the Candidates for the MACF Awards of Excellence were nominated from the local manufacturing community, with the exception of the President’s Award and Outstanding Contributors, which was chosen by Ken Brace, the MACF Board President. All nominated companies and individuals needed to be members in good standing of MACF.

“The Annual Awards for Excellence in manufacturing and supply chain performance are yet another way that MACF brings our community together and recognizes the hard work and dedication of the people in this industry,” said Edgardo Rodriguez, Hernon Manufacturing’s Director of Sales and Manufacturing. “I am honored to accept the MACF President’s Award.”

The Annual Dinner, which took place at the Lake Mary Events Center in October, featured a networking reception as well as a dinner and awards program. There were opportunities to sponsor corporate tables during the dinner, vendor tables during the reception as well as center pieces and program sponsorship opportunities.

During the event, in addition to the awards being presented, the keynote speaker, Dustan McCoy, CEO of Brunswick Corporation discussed the future of manufacturing.

Edgardo Rodriguez has been with Hernon Manufacturing for the past three and one half years. During that time his tenacity and drive has propelled the company to new heights including a 32% increase in annual revenues last year. The company employs 40 people within its manufacturing and research laboratory in Sanford, Florida. Rodriguez is an active member of the MACF.

The MACF is a non-profit organization enhancing the manufacturing industry in Central Florida. For more than twenty years, the MACF has worked as a not-for-profit organization; to not only elevate the image of Central Florida’s manufacturing sector, but also to be a tangible resource to local manufacturers.

HERNON Manufacturing has been committed to delivering world class adhesive, sealant, and impregnation solutions along with precision dispensing systems for nearly four decades. A long-time member of Central Florida’s industrial manufacturing community, HERNON offers strong brands and technologies, all made in the United States, for a diverse range of industries including: Energy/Power Generation, Medical, Electronics, Electrical, LED, Automotive, Appliances, Sporting Goods, Ammunition, Communications, Aerospace, Aviation, High Tech Audio, Defense, Fire Suppression, Transportation, and Marine. HERNON Manufacturing is proud to be an ISO-9001 and ITAR registered company whose products meet or exceed Mil-Specs.

 • Awarded 2012 ThinkGlobal Exporter of the Year
 • Nominated one of Florida's Top Companies to Watch in 2012
 • Received the 2012 William C. Schwartz Industry Innovation Award
 • Named 2013 State of Florida Small Business Exporter of the Year

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Are You Ready for a Test?

In the next paragraph we’re going to ask you one question and we need you to answer with the first thing that pops into your head. Ready? Ok, here we go!

What can our company, American Facility Services, do for you? 
Ok, what was the first thing you thought of? Did you answer “Parking Lot Sweeping” or “Porter Services”? If you did, you’re not alone.

 While we have serviced many customers over the years in these two areas, it’s not the only things we do. Did you know that?

 AFS is a Full Service Commercial Building Services 
Whether you’re looking to have your parking lot maintenance needs taken care of or have our company take care of your porter services, we can do that. But, we can do a lot more for your facility too.

AFS is Not Just Sweeping & Porter Services! 
We are your go to people for all of your commercial facility needs. So, what does that mean, really? Well, American Facility Services provides custom designed facility maintenance service for commercial property manager and owners throughout Florida. We offer a complete range of commercial building services so our clients have the convenience of working with a single provider for all their commercial property maintenance needs. Our Services Include:

• Building Maintenance Services
• General Contracting
• Bulk Debris Removal
• Janitorial Services
• Pressure Washing
• Hydro-Cleaning
• Sealcoating
• Line Striping
• Asphalt Repair Services
• Commercial Painting
• Parking Lot Maintenance
• And, of course sweeping and porter services!

 Because we provide a complete range of services, our customers have the convenience of working with a single provider for all their commercial property needs. AFS is a fully insured, commercial facility service provider who puts uncompromising emphasis on safety, quality and customer service in all divisions.

 Ready to take that test again?

About American Facility Services Providing both interior and exterior commercial building services throughout the state of Florida since 1993, American Facility Services (AFS) has built a solid reputation based on safety, quality and customer service. With offices in Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa, AFS’ portfolio of commercial facility services enable our clients the convenience of working with a single provider for all their commercial property needs. Contact AFS today at 866-793-3735 or visit our website at for an online proposal.

Parking Lot Safety

If the parking lot safety of your facility isn’t on your radar yet, it should be moved to the top of your list to prevent accidents and to protect both pedestrians and occupants of vehicles that visit your facility.
 Depending on how much foot traffic and vehicle traffic that your facility has, certain measures should be taken to protect the security, safety and property of your tenants, their visitors and yourself. The formula is simple, the more visitors, the more traffic, the higher the risk of injury.

If you don’t already have a set parking lot safety policy, each facility should develop a set of guidelines or rules and regulations to prevent crime and accidents on their property. Some facilities take care of this process by posting safety signs throughout their parking area, using asphalt pavement markings, and parking lot line striping.

If crosswalks are not properly marked or safety signs, like “No Parking” and “Fire Lane” indicators, it can be a recipe for disaster.

Taking safety measures into account helps reduce the risk of personal or property injury at your commercial facility. Everyday pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists navigate through your parking lot. Having proper pavement markings and safety signage to direct traffic, impose speed and parking regulations, and mark areas for pedestrian crossing is a must.

Parking Lot Safety Help
Contact your facilities maintenance company for a free, no obligation parking lot assessment. A representative from the company can come out to review the current conditions of your parking area. He or she can determine if your asphalt is in good repair, if your parking lot layout meets ADA requirements, and if there are any obvious safety concerns with traffic patterns or obstacles.

Safety Tips
In general, there are some standard parking lot safety tips everyone should take into consideration:
• Never leave personal belongings unattended
• Keep your valuables out of sight and reach.
• In order for people not to know where your valuables are, secure them before coming into a parking area or parking garage
• Report any suspicious activity to the security or building manager.
• Lock your car and keep your keys in a safe place.
• Report lost or stolen properties immediately. The faster you report, the better the chances to recover them. • Stay alert and tuned into your surroundings. Be aware who is around and prepared to react accordingly.
 • If you are a victim of a crime, please report it immediately to the security office and/or the police.
• Drive slowly and follow the rules and directions of the parking signs and any traffic personnel.

About ABC Paving and Sealcoating
With more than 20 years of experience, ABC Paving and Sealcoating is Florida's leading paving contractor. ABC Paving and Sealcoating provides commercial organizations with the highest level of customer service, professional workmanship and services including: asphalt paving, asphalt repairs and prevention, pothole repairs, sealcoating, line striping and marking, thermoplastic, crack filing, signs and safety devices, concrete sidewalks, concrete curbs, site preparation and signs and safety devices. We use our experience and the latest equipment available to get the job done right the first time in a timely, cost effective manner. For more information about ABC Paving and Sealcoating, visit our website at or call 866-934-7623 for a free estimate