At FCMA, we are focused on four pillars: advocacy, business to business, education and workforce development. One of the best ways to reach our goals is through events like our May "Make It Matter, Make It Here" Symposium. At our 2018 Summit, we received feedback that a one-day, local event would be of interest to our members. You asked and we answered!


    It takes a village to put on events that bring you maximum value. First, thank you to Maria and Amanda, our dedicated FCMA staff, for all the time and energy you put into the day. I also send a big thank you to all who attended this great event, especially our sponsors, exhibitors, and panelists!


    Sponsors: FSCJ, Miller Electric, Vac-Con, Johnson Controls, Remedy Intelligent Staffing and Rulon International

    Exhibitors: Adams, FSCJ, Johnson Controls, Miller Electric Company, Nalco Water: an Ecolab Company, Polyhistor International, Secure Ideas, Turner Pest Control


    We had dynamic featured sessions that focused on our pillars and topics you requested:

    Manufacturing Tax Breaks and Training Dollars Available

    Panelists: Saul Crafton, Strategic Systems; Candace Moody, CareerSource; and Paula DeLuca, FloridaMakes. Moderated by Roben Faircloth, CareerSource.

    Being Mickey in a Goofy World: Understanding User Attacks (Cyber Security/Ransomware)

    Keynote Speaker: Kevin Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Secure Ideas. Moderated by Blair Wygle, Proforma Northpoint.

    Developments in Employment Law

    Panelists from Smith, Gambrell, & Russell LLP: Pat Hill, Yash Dave, and Ian Jones.

    Political Analysis with Local Talk Show Personalities

    Panelists: Barney Bishop, Associated Industries of FL; Ed Dean, Dean of FL Talk Radio; Kevin Derby, Sunshine News; and Kent Justice, News4Jax. Moderated by Lake Ray III, FCMA.

    Advanced Manufacturing 4.0, The Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Panelists: Michael Wasilenko, Medtronic; Jesus Caracoza, Medtronic; Dr. Douglas Brauer, FSCJ; John Freeman, JAXUSA. Moderated by Luvenia Exson, Johnson & Johnson Vision.


    As business to business networking is at the core of what we do, we hope you made new contacts and enhanced your industry knowledge.


    Thank you again to all who attended. As always, we welcome your feedback to enhance our future offerings. Please send any thoughts about the event to Maria@fcmaweb.com.


    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, June 6

    New Member Orientation

    RSVP to Maria

    Thursday, June 13

    Manufacturing Skills Gap Training Update

    Details Here

    Monday, June 24

    General Meeting

    Location TBA

  • Event Information and Registration

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

    For a complete list of FCMA activities visit our calendar.

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  • Your FCMA

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

    EHS Committee

    EHS had a special guest speaker Martha Ira from Golder Associates, pictured here with committee leaders Leesa Gerald and Vince Seibold.


    Martha spoke about EPA Accidental Release Prevention Requirements for Risk Management Programs (40 CFR Part 68)

    Young Professionals 

    May provided a great opportunity for our Young Professionals to network & learn!


    Abe Alangadan from Johnson & Johnson spoke to more than 20 attendees.


    Stay tuned for our next meeting!

    Government Relations

    The May 2019 Government Relations Committee meeting featured special guest speaker Commissioner Jimmy Johns from District 1 in St. Johns County. Thank you for joining us, Commissioner!


    WFD May Workshop

    Thank you to those who attended our workshop on 'Applying for Training Grants' Wednesday morning!


    We appreciate our presenters: Roben Faircloth, CareerSource Northeast Florida; Ernie Aglugub, BAE Systems; and Paula DeLuca, FloridaMakes, pictured below.


    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.


    Jim Moran Institute - Small Business Executive Program (SBEP) helps business owners and CEOs think differently and become more efficient. Focused on growth, leadership expertise and financial success, SBEP participants explore a broad range of topics including the Business Model Canvas, strategic thinking, digital marketing, financial analysis and human resources.

    Businesses operating for three years or more and with five or more employees are eligible to apply. Twenty participants from non-competing businesses will be accepted into the four-month program that will begin in August. Sessions will take place once a month for four hours. There is no cost to participate. For additional information, visit https://jmi.fsu.edu/programs/small-business-executive-program


    Florida State College at Jacksonville & the America’s Promise Grant would like to provide you with fresh, certificated talent in CNC Machining, Hydraulics & Pneumatics, Welding, Electrical and Safety. They will fully fund on-the-job training experiences through reimbursement to your company for their wages. FSCJ’s 100 hour Boot Camp course provides training in OSHA 30 General Industry, Hazwoper 24 and 5S Lean, designed to give graduates training needed to get their foot in the door with a company for mentoring and career opportunities.

    If you need an entry-level operator ready to hit the ground running, contact Michael Collins at 904-598-5688 or mcollins@fscj.edu.


    Relevant to your business

    Millions in Impact Reported by Manufacturers Working with FloridaMakes

    We are excited to report that Florida manufacturers who received services through FloridaMakes have reported a combined total of over $906 million in measurable impacts (total survey data through Q4, 2018). The results break down to include:

    • Increased or retained sales: $592.3 million
    • Total cost savings: $87.3 million
    • Total investments: $226.6 million (equipment, new products, skills and other)
    • Jobs created or retained: 5,915

    The survey results represent data from 266 firms. On average, $3.4 million in total impact and over 22 jobs were created or retained per firm. The findings were reported directly by manufacturers through a third-party outside survey conducted on behalf of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

    FloridaMakes is a great resource and can help your company address current challenges, create new opportunities for growth and achieve measurable results. To learn how FloridaMakes’ services can unlock growth opportunities and cost savings for your company, contact your FloridaMakes’ Business Advisor Paula DeLuca at paula.deluca@floridamakes.com or at (904) 385-2123 (cell).


    Hurricane Season Begins Again June 1.  Are you ready?  

    Summer is coming, and so is another hurricane season.  As we saw last year and the year before with Hurricanes Michael and Irma, there is potential Florida will be impacted – physically, financially, emotionally.  While NOAA and other forecasting models try to give us a heads up, hurricanes and tropical storms are unpredictable.  They do what they want.  As a business leader, you can get ready.  Be prepared.  Save your business, save jobs in your community, save the economy by making your business more resilient.  Our association is offering FREE tools to help you.  Complete one or all the free tools below and get a customized feedback report for each one FREE:

    • Hindsight is 20/20.  Were you impacted by a past storm?  Take the 3-minute Disaster Impacted Assessment to see how you fared:  www.FloridaMakesContinuity.com/DIRA
    • 5 Minutes Could Save Your Business.  While you’re eating lunch, or right now, take the 5-minute Disaster Readiness Assessment.  It will give you high level recommendations – areas to look at to prepare for a future hurricane or other crisis.  You’ll get a feedback report immediately (check your junk email folder – the report may go there).  Get started: www.FloridaMakesContinuity.com/DIRA  
    • Take advantage of a FREE Business Continuity Assessment.  The BCA is a deep-dive risk analysis of 10 key areas across the business, conducted on site with a manufacturing-experienced advisor.  It’s like an extra set of eyes to help make recommendations to fortify -- and grow -- your business.  The FloridaMakes BCA covers everything from People to Plant to Processes, and more.  It will get you thinking about strategy and tactics to implement to continue operating and generating revenue despite a number of potential crises.  You’ll get a report with feedback and recommendations for each of the 10 areas.  The report can also serve as an outline to create or update a specific Business Continuity Plan for your company. Contact FloridaMakes today to schedule a FREE Business Continuity.
  • New Members

    Welcome to the FCMA family!

    Consolidated Rigging & Lifting Products

    John Raulerson, Sales Manager

    (904) 765-7177
    4700 N. Pearl Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206

    A full line rigging shop. For over 50 years, Consolidated Rigging & Lifting Products has represented a variety of product lines with the largest inventory in the southeast.

    St. Johns River State College

    Jay Paterson, Dean of Workforce and Technical Education

    (386) 312-4232
    5001 St. Johns Avenue, Palatka, FL 32177

    St. Johns River State College is a public institution of higher education.

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