Apr 10

Five Points Pharmacy & Wellness

Posted on April 10, 2019 at 8:46 AM by Samia Singleton

Owner James Knight standing in front of Five Points Pharmacy and Wellness

Since 1958, Five Points Pharmacy has been serving the Cocoa community and beyond, located at 1108 Lake Drive, Cocoa, FL. Purchased in 2012 by brothers James Wright and Clint Wright, the pharmacy is a perfect example of a community-focused business. 

James, a Pharmacy School graduate, was seeking a challenge from the typical pharmacist job, when he learned Five Points Pharmacy was closed and for sale. He and his brother sprang into action, purchasing the business, updating the interior, modernizing equipment and software, and improving processes. Within seven months from its purchase, the brothers re-opened the longstanding Cocoa business. 
 
As one of the few independently owned pharmacies in Cocoa, Five Points Pharmacy holds its own against the major national providers. Proven by the pharmacy’s very high patient retention rate.  James attributes this to offering a consistent, personalized experience to the nearly one thousand patients they serve. From offering free deliveries to mailing prescriptions, this independent pharmacy believes in a personal approach. “I’ve even made house calls to deliver a patient’s prescription,” says James.

“Ninety percent of our patients are in Cocoa, which is why we believe our patients deserve choice, access and affordability,” says James. Five Points Pharmacy partners with local community organizations that assist Cocoa citizens with purchasing medication. 

Not unlike most pharmacies, Five Points Pharmacy does experience the challenges of navigating the regulatory environment and coping with the opioid epidemic. “When we opened in 2012, the opioid epidemic was beginning,” says James. “It’s very stressful determining how opioids should be distributed and I’ve had to turn patients away.” 

Five Points Pharmacy offers non-sterile compounding and plans to eventually offer sterile compounding. Additional plans include hiring more employees and purchasing the building where it is located. The pharmacy currently has seven employees.

For more information on Five Points Pharmacy, visit www.fivepointsrx.com. 

Apr 09

Mike Erdman Nissan & Toyota

Posted on April 9, 2019 at 2:12 PM by Samia Singleton

Councilman Don Boisvert, Assistant City Manager Matthew Fuhrer and Economic Development Manager Larr

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2017 by Erdman Automotive Group, on the 35 acre site west of I-95 off State Road 520 in Cocoa, which will be the new home of Mike Erdman Nissan, Mike Erdman Toyota, and Erdman Pre-Owned.  District 3 Councilman, Don Boisvert, Assistant City Manager, Matt Fuhrer, and Economic Development Manager, Larry Lallo were in attendance for this ceremonial event.  

The expansion to the new location includes 160,000 SF of buildings and an investment of nearly $30 million in new construction, machinery, and equipment.  It is also expected to create over 100 new jobs in the Cocoa community. The new facility is expected to open very soon with the Nissan dealership being completed first and then an opening of the Toyota dealership and the Pre-Owned dealership.  

On July 4, 2018, Mike Erdman Nissan & Toyota held a Flag Raising Ceremony at their new Cocoa location, which the Mayor and Members of Council were able to attend and help welcome the organization to Cocoa. The new facilities will be state-of-the-art with new enhanced computer systems, equipment, machinery, and other amenities to enhance the customer experience.  The equipment and software will facilitate and enhance the tracking of customer flow through the service lanes and other shops. 

Other efficiencies will include the diagnostic aspect of the vehicles, the monitoring of the sales process and time it takes to purchase a vehicle.  In addition, the on-site computer systems will be upgraded and enhanced and will utilize cloud technology for both technicians, staff, and customers.  These upgrades will allow a more efficient handling of the customers from the sale of the vehicle to the service of the vehicle.  

We are excited to welcome Erdman Automotive to Cocoa! 
Oct 08

October - Cutting Edge Machine & Fabrication, LLC

Posted on October 8, 2018 at 9:21 AM by Samantha Senger

Business Spotlight - Cutting Edge Machine & Fabrication, LLC
The City of Cocoa is proud to welcome a new small manufacturing business, Cutting Edge Machine & Fabrication, LLC.  Cutting Edge is a new startup founded by Martin Van Buren, a 2002 University of Florida Mechanical Engineering graduate.  

Cutting Edge Machine & Fabrication offers a full line of machining and fabrication services including, mechanical design, part design services, rapid prototyping abilities, machining, welding, sheet metal fabrication, CNC plasma cutting, finishing, product assembly and knitting, and has a Mechanical Engineer on staff.

Cutting Edge offers a commitment to quality that is designed to comply with their customers requirements.  They are consistently able to provide quality through the use of first article inspections of every manufacturing process and in-process inspections using calibrated measuring equipment.

“Engineering and Manufacturing have always been passions of mine, which is why I created Cutting Edge Machine & Fabrication.  I promise to carry that same passion and excitement through to our customer’s projects every day,” stated Van Buren.   

Van Buren selected the City of Cocoa for his business operations due to Cocoa’s ease of access to major transportation routes, availability of skilled labor, and proximity to regional industries in need of his services.  

Cutting Edge Machine & Fabrication, LLC is located at 534 St. Johns Street, Bldg. C, the site of the former Paragon Plastics operation.  

For more information on this new business, visit their website at www.cuttingedgemnf.com or call (321) 626-0588.    

We are excited to welcome Cutting Edge Machine & Fabrication, LLC to Cocoa!