Sy-Klone International

Sy-Klone International, founded in 1986, is a manufacturing and technology company that creates industry-leading clean air and filtration solutions that protect heavy equipment engines and machine operators in heavy-debris work environments, such as mining, agriculture, forestry, and military applications.






Duval County


86% increase from
2017 – 2020


8% increase from
2017 – 2020

Amy Rice


Tell us a bit about your background. What brought you to Sy-Klone?

The opportunity to scale the business and realize its commercial potential is what brought me to Sy-Klone. The company has decades of research and development under its belt and a lot of valuable intellectual property. And the opportunity to bring that to market in a meaningful way is what appealed to me.

What value does Sy-Klone bring its customers?

We have patented technology for cleaning the air of dirt and debris. Our products are used primarily in heavy equipment to protect the engines and the operators. Engines need clean air to work properly and obviously, people need clean air to breathe. Our products perform best in the harshest environments, whether that’s mining or forestry, or waste, for example. Sy-Klone’s products provide clean air that keeps heavy equipment running longer and we reduce health risks for the employee populations that work on those sites.

What would you say your competitive edge over others in your market?

I think it starts with our people. We have an innovative team that has created a portfolio of unique intellectual property and products. That’s a large part of our competitive edge. The other portion of it is the relationships we’ve built across the industry. Our customer base includes nine of the ten largest global construction and mining equipment manufacturers. We’re in the right places right now, and that has become a competitive advantage.

What is it like to work at Sy-Klone?

We have spent a lot of time deliberately building our company culture. We know we’re growing quickly, and if we want to have a clear corporate identity, we have to be intentional about that. We want to make Sy-Klone a place that is engaging, and where people want to work, grow and progress in their careers. We introduced a new set of company values early in 2021 that guide how we work, and importantly, how we work together. Our values are transparency and trust, which is a big one in mypersonal leadership book, particularly the rough times of change; high performance, where we hold each other accountable and celebrate our wins; innovation and growth, both how we grow and innovate as a company and also how we develop personally and professionally; collaboration, how we partner across departments to win together; and lastly, the whole person: we value our people at work and outside of work.

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What is your work structure like?

At this point, we have a hybrid structure. Of course, our manufacturing and support staff are in-person full-time, but a lot of our front office is doing a few days per week in the office and a few days remote. That seems to be working really well for us. After the changes brought on by COVID, some of our team didn’t want to come back in-person full-time, but they still wanted to be together at times. So, the hybrid model has been a good fit.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced while growing your business?

Of course, the pandemic created a host of challenges for everyone. We were still able to grow and perform during the pandemic, and 2020 was a record year for us, although probably not to the extent it would have been if we weren’t facing unprecedented challenges and disruptions. More recently, like many of our peers, the supply chain has been very challenging. Increasing scarcity in supply, the rising cost of materials, a tightening labor market – those have all been issues we have had to stay up against. However, with elongated planning cycles, strong supplier relationships and terrific collaboration between our sales and operations teams, our on-time shipments to standard lead time remain above 95%.

You had to not have been at Sy-Klone long before COVID hit, how did you continue to lead in your new role?

I was at Sy-Klone for less than four months when COVID happened. While there were some things in my background that were helpful to the situation, nothing that I’ve done prepared me for a global pandemic. One helpful item was my experience in a railroad environment, where safety is a paramount focus, yet operations must continue through myriad challenges. COVID was similar in having to figure out, how do you keep your people safe when halting operations is not an option?

Another helpful practice was providing a lot of communication in times of uncertainty. Even if we didn’t have all the answers – and we didn’t, especially early on – we gave frequent updates and tried to help people understand what was happening. One silver lining of the rapid onset of COVID is that it served as a catalyst to force us to get modern overnight with respect to accommodating a remote workforce and using remote collaboration tools; Sy-Klone was a little bit behind the times in its receptivity to a remote workforce prior to COVID.

What are some of the goals you have for the company?

Right now, we’re building a lot of momentum, which is exciting. My focus coming in, and remains, to scale the business in a managed way. We’re investing in people, processes, and infrastructure. The talent development side is especially fun, as it’s creating opportunities for Sy-Klone employees. In terms of where we’re going, the business is going to continue to grow aggressively. But along the way, the Company’s impact and our brand should become much more prominent. Right now, Sy-Klone is not a household name, even in Jacksonville, and we are starting to develop an identity that is more meaningful. That’ll be great for employees and it’s a good thing for Jacksonville’s advanced manufacturing segment as well.

Do you have a proudest moment as CEO?

I would say my proudest moments are when I’m watching our team members learn to collaborate through challenges. Those moments are really gratifying. That’s not necessarily a native skill for people to think, when there’s a roadblock, how do we come together to solve the problem? That is something we have worked a lot on during the time that I’ve been here. I continue to see more and more success stories where we face challenges, and win together. The team is living the values that we’re putting forth and that’s exciting to see.

What does it mean to be selected as an honoree this year?

It’s a great honor. We’re really proud and excited about it. The recognition helps us share our story. The Company has been around for 35 years, but we’re really just starting our major chapter of growth. It’s been great to share in the recognition with a number of other companies that are doing great things in Florida.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank?

I’m proud of our team and want to thank them for not only the results that they are generating but also how they are going about creating those results and helping Sy-Klone succeed. Our employees see the potential of our products and our company and are working towards achieving that potential every day.

My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is…

"Focus on creating a culture of engagement and buy in. Once you have that, the power of the team pulling in the same direction makes it much easier to build out processes and scale execution."

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