From the desk of Lake Ray, President of FCMA

    Forward Thinking - For Manufacturing

    Manufacturers are leaders, known to be early adopters of emerging technology and advocates for the entire business community. This leadership extends to the First Coast Manufacturers Association. We strive to serve our members and partners with the same enthusiasm they have for their businesses and offer a platform for manufacturers to have their voices heard.


    Over the past month, a conversation has been emerging regarding the potential sale of JEA. Notably missing from this conversation has been the voice of manufacturers. As our manufacturers understand, energy is a critical component to our industry. Changes in rates could have a significant impact on business’ bottom line.


    Protecting the interests of manufacturers is a core component of our Association. In order to ensure the interests of our members and partners are protected, I have written this letter and asked Mayor Lenny Curry to ensure that manufacturers are a part of this ongoing conversation.


    As policy-makers consider the potential sale of JEA, our Association will continue to advocate for our members and partners. We will continue to track proposals and ensure our industry is not forgotten. When we speak with one voice, we remain a reliable voice for business and continue to lead in our industry.


    Let's Make It Here,

    Lake Ray, President

    First Coast Manufacturers Association


    We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

    New Member Orientation

    General Meeting at JZ Expedited Logistics

    *RSVP Required*

    FCMA Open House

    FCMA Summit 2018

    (Details Here)

  • Details, Event Information and Registration

    For more information about our events, follow the link below.

  • Your FCMA

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

    February General Meeting

    Thank you to those who joined us at our February General Meeting at S&P USA Ventilation Systems! We welcomed new members, looked ahead to our Summit in August & enjoyed camaraderie with our guests. A special thank you to our refreshment sponsor, People Ready! See you on March 26!

    Professional Progress 2018 Kickoff

    Our Professional Progress course kicked off in early February with 23 participants. This course grew from Jacksonville government and business leaders who recognized its employees’ and members’ needs for career development courses on subjects necessary for success and survival in the workplace and created Professional Progress.

    Cyber Security Workshop

    Did you know that every 40 seconds a company is hit with ransomware? Our February workshop taught the various kinds of Security Threats and how to protect yourself and your company. Thank you to our presenters, Narendra Sreeram and Brendan Hoffman from FCMA member company, ACTS, for all of the important information!

  • Our Stories

    Teacher Recognition


    The FCMA Workforce Development Committee is proud to move forward with our Teacher Recognition Program for 2018! It is with great excitement we continue to take advantage of our opportunity to help educate our educators to the many promising careers manufacturers have to offer. In our attempts to change that stigma of a “dirty job” into the “right job” for the higher percentage of young adults that are entering our workforce, we extend our support to one of the highest influencers…TEACHERS.


    We are looking for your nominations to recognize a teacher, guidance counselor, academy career expert or any professional in the school system that can help us spread the word. It could be one that has a proven track record of success or perhaps one that is learning the importance of a skilled trade. Click here for the nomination form. Please send your nominations to amanda@fcmaweb.com.


    After careful review of your nominees, the committee will vote on a teacher to be recognized on a quarterly basis at our FCMA General Meetings.


    FCMA is committed to strengthening our member companies by offering a myriad of events, educational opportunities and business-to-business connections. Do you have an idea for an event? Let us know by emailing: information@fcmaweb.com


    What our members are up to.

    Our Members Make Headlines

    Do you have something exciting going on at your company? Email Amanda with the details and be included in next month's Voice newsletter.


    JZ Expedited Logistics opens new facility at JAXPORT

    JAXPORT partner North Florida Warehouse FTZ, a division of JZ Expedited Companies, today celebrated the grand opening of Foreign Trade Zone No. 64’s first outdoor storage facility.


    The 3.7-acre facility is located minutes from JAXPORT’s North Jacksonville terminals and offers flexible short- and long-term outdoor storage options for a variety of cargo including vehicles, high and heavy, tracked units, project and over-dimensional cargo, containers, breakbulk and more.


    The federal FTZ program helps importers efficiently manage cash flow and save a significant amount of money through streamlined U.S. Customs clearance and other efficiencies.


    “There is a great need for outdoor FTZ storage and we want to be the market leader in this region,” said Robert Fox, CEO of JZ Expedited Companies.


    “There are no limitations with this facility,” said Lisa Diaz, JAXPORT Manager, FTZ and Logistics Services. “It is equipped to handle all types of cargo providing importers a tremendous advantage when shipping through JAXPORT.”


    North Florida Warehouse FTZ says the facility offers customers 24/7 access to their cargo utilizing the latest security technology. The facility is adjacent to the company’s 32,000 square-foot North Jacksonville warehouse, which also operates within FTZ No. 64.


  • Member Spotlight

    This section is dedicated to our members and opportunities that may benefit you.

    Cybersecurity Update: What You Need to Know

    DATE: March 22, 2018

    TIME: 12:00 PM

    PRESENTER: Patrica (Pat) Toth, Cybersecurity Program Manager at NIST MEP


    TITLE: NIST MEP Cybersecurity Update: What You Need to Know


    Small manufacturers are at risk of becoming targets of cyber-attacks. They are often seen as an easy entry point into larger businesses and government agencies. MEP Centers can provide valuable assistance to small manufacturers seeking to reduce their cyber risks and meet DFARS cybersecurity requirements.


    Please join us for an informative FloridaMakes webinar given by the Cybersecurity Program Manager at NIST MEP, Patricia Toth. Pat is working with MEP Centers nationwide to improve the cybersecurity posture of small manufacturers and has important information to share about security requirements such as NIST SP 800-171, and how to protect your business.


    REIGSTRATION LINK: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4397833594925828097

    REGISTER BY: March 21, 2018

    This webinar opportunity is brought to you by FloridaMakes.


    We're glad you're here.

    Driver, McAfee, Hawthrone & Diebenow


    Lynne Rhode, Attorney

    (904) 807-8216
    One Independent Drive, Ste 1200, Jacksonville, FL 32202

    Driver, McAfee, Hawthorne & Diebenow is a transactional law firm based in Jacksonville, Florida. Offering comprehensive legal expertise with a reputation for exceptional client service, DMH&D provides extensive knowledge regarding complex transactions in the areas of corporate, real estate, land use and zoning, intellectual property, information technology, environmental, tax, and government relations law.

    Performance Painting Contractors, Inc.

    Tamara Doherty, Sales Coordinator
    (904) 641-4821
    11463 Saints Road, Jacksonville, FL 32246

    Performance Painting Contractors provides a higher level of Residential, Commercial and Industrial professional painting services in Northeastern and Central Florida.


    Sponsor: Brian Doherty, CopyFax

    SCS Engineers

    David Atteberry, Project Director
    (904) 440-2654
    4651 Salisbury Rd, Ste 400, Jacksonville, FL 32256

    SCS Engineers is an environmental consulting and construction firm that designs and implements sustainable environmental solutions

    WinCup Plastics

    WinCup Plastics
    Kristi Rosepiler, HR Manager
    (904) 483-5727
    5515 W. 5th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32254

    WinCup Plastics is a manufacturer of drinking straws.

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