From the desk of Lake Ray, President of FCMA


    At the First Coast Manufacturers Association, we continuously strive to be advocates for our members and partners. Our advocacy extends to our Government Relations committee, where members meet with policymakers to discuss issues of the day and learn how policies made today can impact our industry tomorrow.


    Every two years we have the opportunity and the obligation to weigh in through the ballot box. This year, voters will make important decisions on local leaders, statewide leaders and representatives in Washington, DC. FCMA's Government Relations committee has carefully considered elected officials on the ballot and some of those at the local level. I hope you will take an opportunity to read the recommendations from our committee before voting. You can find their recommendations here.


    Finally, if you want your voice heard, I encourage you to join me and other members of FCMA in March to visit with policymakers in Tallahassee. The annual trip is a unique opportunity to meet with key officials and help them understand the issues that matter to manufacturers. If you'd like to learn more about this trip, please click here.


    Let’s Make It Here,

    Lake Ray, President

    First Coast Manufacturers Association

    FCMA 2018 Year In Review



    We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

    Click here for a detailed look at these opportunities.

    Thursday, November 8

    New Member Orientation

    Wednesday, November 14

    Workforce Development

    Manufacturing Breakfast

    Thursday, November 15

    General Meeting at Republic Services

    *RSVP Required

    March 27-28, 2019

    Tallahassee Advocacy Trip

    Details here

  • Event Information and Registration

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

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  • Your FCMA

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

    Government Relations

    Our special guests at the Government Relations meeting last month were Dave Chauncey and Nick Howland, who are running for Duval County School Board.


    Did you know the FCMA Government Relations Committee endorses candidates?


    Find the complete list of endorsed candidates and other ballot measures by clicking here.

    October General Meeting

    FCMA Members had a unique opportunity to visit J-Tech Institute for the October General Meeting.


    J-Tech is a technical training facility, offering students an opportunity to develop skills in the automotive industry.


    Thank you to J-Tech for hosting our October General Meeting! And thank you to RFW Wealth Advisors for sponsoring refreshments.

    Front Line Supervisor Training

    Congratulations to the 23 graduates of our Front Line Supervisor!


    This class consisted of eight full-day sessions occurring every 2-3 weeks over a 4-month period.


    Curriculum included leadership, communications, performance coaching, team building, critical thinking and problem solving, and supervising and the law.


    Our next class starts on January 14 and still has open space for you or your employees! Visit www.fcmaweb.com/training for a full list of our class schedules.


    What our members are up to.

    Our Members Make Headlines

    JAXPORT – set a new monthly container volume record in August–moving nearly 115,700 TEUs (containers). The port's container volumes are up 20 percent year-to-date and the Port of Jacksonville is on pace to surpass last year's record-setting 1.3 million containers moved. Learn more at: https://www.jaxport.com/newsroom/news/jaxport-sets-new-monthly-container-volume-record  


    Abatix – FCMA member ABATIX is hosting their Annual Food Collection & Turkey Fry & You’re Invited! We hope to see you Friday, November 9, from 12-2pm. Please bring an item to donate to City Rescue Mission for their Thanksgiving dinner!

    When: Friday, November 9th, 2018, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

    Where: Abatix (6500 Bowden Road, Building 300, Suite 307, Jacksonville, Florida 32216)

    RSVP: Please RSVP via email to csr.jax@abatix.com or call 800-998-2116 by Nov 2


    Do you have something exciting going on at your company? Let Amanda know.



    Relevant to your business

    FCMA Leadership Academy Classes


    We are excited to announce our 2019 schedule for the four training class offerings in our Leadership and Workforce Academy. We will be conducting multiple sessions for each of our four training courses as follows: Front Line Supervisor Training (4 offerings), Leading With Success-Mid-Level Manager (2 offerings), Finance For The Non-Financial Manager (2 offerings) and Introduction To Manufacturing Process Principles & Equipment (3 offerings). 

    For detailed class schedules, follow the link: http://fcmaweb.com/training/leadership-training/ 

    From this web page, you can access the 2019 training schedule as well as viewing an overall description of the four training programs by following the links.


    We hope that by having the entire 2019 training schedule available now, this will help in the planning and budgeting processes so that your company can take advantage of our training programs next year. To date, FCMA has provided training for over 450 people from 40 different member companies! The feedback on all programs continues to be very positive with participants stressing the extremely high value of each program. 
    Don't miss out-reserve your 2019 seats now in what has become one of the premier training programs in Northeast Florida!

    Supply Chain Digitalization and Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) for Inventory Excellence


    FloridaMakes Best Practice Webinar: Thursday, November 29, 2018 12:00 - 1:00 PM

    Presenter: Ray Poinsette, Director of Process Improvement, Beaver Street Fisheries


    This session will focus on product digitization within supply chain processes and how these elements can be used to improve customer satisfaction. Discussions will help participants learn how digitization of business process information can be used to reduce defects and how to identify the true data elements your customer’s desire. We will also learn how small to midsize organizations including government organizations can track customer satisfaction and use this information to communicate areas for process improvements to leaders throughout the organization.


    Takeaways: The effective use and adaptability of the Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) in inventory management.


    For more information and to register, please visit www.floridamakes.com/events/webinars/


    We're glad you're here.


    AJ Beson, CEO

    (904) 234-9945
    13500 Sutton Park Dr #105

    Jacksonville, FL 32224
    Beson4 is a marketing and advertising company.


    Sponsor: Mike Favo, US Gypsum

    Busy Bean Coffee

    Travis Estes, Owner

    (617) 279-3686
    1000 22nd St North

    Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
    Busy Bean Coffee is a supplier of office coffee service and breakroom supplies.


    Jorge Jerez, SRT Master Planner Senior Buyer

    (904) 654-5189
    13500 Tradeport Circle East

    Jacksonville, FL 32218
    ECOLAB is the global expert in delivering cleaner, safer, healthier environments for healthcare providers, manufacturers and ultimately patients by providing infection prevention solutions.


    Sponsor: Saft America

    EMC1, LLP

    Kevin Ellington, President/Principal

    (904) 631-6130
    9838 Old Baymeadows Rd, Ste 159

    Jacksonville, FL 32256
    EMC1 LLP is an advisory firm specializing in lean, production and operations, inventory and asset management and process engineering.

    JAX Refrigeration

    Craig Callahan, Business Development Manager

    (904) 249-1400
    1529 South 3rd Street

    Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
    JAX Refrigeration is the nation's most responsive single-source provider of commercial and industrial refrigeration, HVAC, engineering and mechanical system solutions.


    Sponsor: Buck Smoak, Auld & White Constructors

    Peck Bulgin Wealth Management of Raymond Jame

    Katharyn Woods, Financial Advisor

    (904) 348-5464
    245 Riverside Ave, Suite 500

    Jacksonville, FL 32202
    Peck Bulgin Wealth Management is a firm with Raymond James. Services include: financial planning, retirement planning, investment management, college planning, charitable giving, legacy planning, and 401k planning.

    Tecta America

    Ken Dixon, Account Manager

    (904) 613-5106
    530 Ellis Road

    Jacksonville, FL 32254
    Tecta America is the leading national commercial roofing company in the U.S. Services include: installation, replacement, new construction, and repairs, to disaster response, portfolio management, and advanced sustainability options.

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