Dear Friend,


    This year has been a banner year for manufacturing in Florida and our entire region. Our partners continue to be leaders in the industry, leading in advocacy, education and workforce development. The First Coast Manufacturers Association sets the stage for strong relationships through our membership’s commitment to business-to-business activities.


    Our year began with triumphs in our state government, where policymakers heard firsthand the challenges our industry faces. The successes continued with our 2019 Manufacturing Symposium, where members and partners gathered to learn, engage and strengthen our ties as manufacturers. We were proud of our 2019 Excellence in Manufacturing Award recipients and the businesses they represent. Finally, we had a banner year for participation in Manufacturing Month. Businesses across our region opened their doors to students to educate and inspire them about opportunities in the industry.


    I am excited for 2020 as we grow as an organization and inspire our community to make manufacturing a priority. Furthermore, I am looking forward to your participation in our Association. I am always looking for ways to serve you and your business.


    On behalf of FCMA staff and members I wish you, your family and your businesses a safe and happy holiday season and a happy New Year.


    Let's Make It Here,

    Lake Ray, President

    First Coast Manufacturers Association



    We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

    Click here for a detailed look at these opportunities.

    Thursday, December 5

    Holiday Social

    Kickbacks Gastropub

    Thursday, December 12

    New Member Orientation

    FCMA Office

    Monday, January 27

    General Meeting

    FSCJ Downtown Campus

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  • Your FCMA

    Opportunities for you to learn, grow and interact with other manufacturers.

    Government Relations Committee

    We were honored to host guest speaker Randy DeFoor, Jacksonville City Council District 14 for our November Government Relations committee meeting. Thank you, Councilwoman DeFoor!



    General Meeting

    What a great turnout at our November General Meeting at USG! Thank you for coming & continuing to support what FCMA is accomplishing! Special thank you to refreshment sponsor PNC!



    Developing Training Program

    Attendees of this November workshop learned how to access money to implement their training plan from Ernie Aglugub with BAE Systems, Vince Elston from Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, Roben Faircloth with CareerSource and Julie Hindall from JAXUSA. Thank you to our presenters!


    Industry 4.0

    IMCO Software hosted a workshop entitled Industry 4.0 to teach FCMA members how to use that technology to manage the shop floor. This workshop included a demo and was valued at over $500 but was FREE to members.

    Thanks IMCO!


    Manufacturing, Measuring & Math

    We find that using a measuring tape is a skill constantly lacking in employees of manufacturing. In partnership with FLATE and Fletcher Middle and High Schools, our Workforce Development team is training students to use a measuring tape, leaving one behind for each student. Great job!



    Relevant to your business

    Excellence Awards - Florida Times Union Feature

    Be sure to check out our Florida Times Union flip book published this month here!


    FCMA Leadership Academy Classes

    FCMA is very excited to offer three of our Leadership & Workforce Academy training programs beginning in January. Participant response continues to be overwhelmingly favorable in all these programs. We do expect each of these courses to sell out quickly, so reserve your seats now!

    Front Line Supervisor - https://fcma.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_235260

    Mid-Level Manager - https://fcma.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_235372 

    Introduction to Manufacturing - https://fcma.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_233903


    Eagle LNG Set Sights on Jacksonville - Article Link

    A $542 million manufacturing facility for exporting liquefied gas is on the verge of being built in Jacksonville after years of efforts by local leaders to capture a piece of the booming natural gas market.

    In recent years, the investment in Jacksonville that comes closest in dollar terms is Amazon’s selection of Jacksonville for its huge centers, said Lake Ray, president of the First Coast Manufacturers Association. “It’s fantastic for manufacturing and it’s fantastic for the city,” Ray said.


    Manufacturing in Florida isn’t dead. Far from it. No matter how many times you hear that the country doesn’t make anything anymore, don’t believe it. Article Link


    What our members are up to.

    Our Members Make Headlines

    Do you have something exciting going on at your company? We want to know!

    Tell Amanda to be included in next month's Voice.


    JZ Expedited Logistics is pleased to announce the recent hire of Amanda Wyatt-Ward as Director, Foreign-Trade Zone Compliance and Warehouse Operations of North Florida Warehouse FTZ. Amanda comes to JZ Logistics with over 15 years of experience and is an Accredited Zone Specialist with the NAFTZ organization since 2017.


    Johnson & Johnson Vision's Jacksonville expansion could top $30 million - Article

  • New Members

    Welcome to the FCMA family!


    Venci Danailov, Regional Sales Manager

    4190 Belfort Rd, Ste 245, Jacksonville, FL 32216

    (904) 866-5811 https://www.coadvantage.com/

    Sponsor: Lisa Crowley, PNC Bank

    As a professional employer organization, CoAdvantage specializes in handling human resources. They are HR experts who work to administer payroll, benefits, workers compensation and core HR functions.


    Kardex Storage Systems

    George Grimsley, Account Executive

    11655 Central Pkwy, Ste 313, Jacksonville, FL 32224

    (904) 403-5660 https://kardexstoragesystems.com/

    Sponsor: Ian Beatty, Vac-Con

    Kardex Storage Systems is a solution-focused material handling distributor. They are the exclusive authorized dealer for Kardex Remstar which is the market leader in automated vertical storage equipment. 







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