From the desk of Lake Ray, President of FCMA

    A Season for Connecting

    It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and become enamored with material items. This season is so much more than just presents and gift wrap.


    This holiday season is about people and connecting with those we care about.


    It's our people that create communities. It's our people that make our products. It's our people that make us strong and give us meaning.


    As 2017 comes to a close, I hope you will take a moment to connect with someone near to you. Perhaps it's a client who has become a friend. Perhaps it's an employee who has become like family. Or maybe it's a loved one who you have lost touch with.


    Brenda and I hope to see you at the FCMA Holiday Party, December 7. We hope to connect with you and fellow members as we share food and drink, but more importantly we share our time together.


    From all of us at FCMA, we wish you a very happy holiday season and a happy new year.


    Lake Ray, President

    First Coast Manufacturers Association


    We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

    FCMA Holiday Social

    New Member Orientation

    FCMA General Meeting

    Annual FCMA Tallahassee Trip

    (Details Here)

  • Details, Event Information and Registration

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

    December 1, 2017
    Holiday Social - December 7 The FCMA Annual Holiday Social will be held on Thursday, December 7...
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  • Our Stories

    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 email: information@fcmaweb.com

    Governor Scott at Polyhistor International

    We were honored to host Governor Rick Scott at member company Polyhistor International in November. Governor Scott discussed policy initiatives to make Florida a manufacturing powerhouse and why we should “Make It Here.”

    The First Coast Manufacturers Association is committed to giving access to government officials. Our staff carefully tracks legislation that may impact your business. As we continue to grow, our voice gets stronger.




    General Meeting at Coastal Industries

    November 2017 General Meeting

    Thank you to Coastal Industries for hosting our November General Meeting! We had a great turn out at the meeting.

    Since 1973 Coastal Industries has been supplying high quality bath enclosures to the building supply, glass and plumbing industries and original equipment manufacturers. Our goal is to satisfy every customer with defect free products shipped in a timely manner.


    Coastal Industries offers a complete range of standard as well as custom bath enclosure products.


    Thank you to our refreshment sponsor Aerostar SES LLC!

  • Your FCMA

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

    FCMA Scholarship Recipients

    The Spotlight

    FCMA has awarded scholarships to Sukris Vong and Peter Swanger, two engineering students at the University of North Florida.


    The two scholarships are funded by FCMA’s annual golf tournament fundraiser and coordinated through UNF’s Mark Tumeo, Dean of Computing, Engineering and Construction.


    These scholarships offer students the opportunity to achieve their goals while easing the financial burden associated with academia.

    FCMA Workforce Academy

    Growth in education.

    FCMA is excited to announce plans for our fourth-year offering of the Front Line Supervisor Training Program! This program continues to get very, very favorable reviews from the 243 students and 35 different member companies who have participated in the program to date. The target audiences are Front Line Supervisors, Lead Operators, Team Leaders, or future candidates for these positions. Note that this program is applicable to any company that has front line supervisors or team leaders, and is not just restricted to manufacturing applications.


    Our 2018 program schedule is as follows:

    • Winter 2018 session (1/8/18 - 5/2/18)

    • Spring 2018 session (4/2/18 - 7/25/18)

    • Summer 2018 session (6/11/18 - 10/10/18)

    • Fall 2018 session (9/10/18 - 1/9/19)

    All classes do sell out and we take reservations on a first come/first serve basis. Don’t miss out—email your class reservation requests to Amanda Starling at Amanda@fcmaweb.com

    Manufacturing on the First Coast Magazine

    Sharing our stories with the community.

    FCMA and Clements Publishing Company is proud to publish the 8th edition of Manufacturing on the First Coast. Our guide is intended to effectively promote job growth and the positive influence the manufacturing industry plays in our economy—now and in the future. Using strategic distribution geared toward manufacturers and business leaders clearly makes advertising in this biennial trade publication a smart investment.


    Click here for information on how to advertise in the magazine.

    New Figures Are in – Millions in Impact Reported By Manufacturers Working With FloridaMakes

    Strength in partnership.

    We are excited to report that Florida manufacturers who received services through FloridaMakes have reported a combined total of over $248 million in measurable impacts (total survey data through Q3, 2017). The results break down to include:

    • Increased or retained sales: $166 million
    • Total cost savings: $25.5 million
    • Total investments: $56.6 million (equipment, new products, skills and other)
    • Jobs created or retained: 2381

    The survey results represent data from 128 firms. On average, over $1.9 million in total impact and over 18 jobs were created or retained per firm.

    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).


    Please consider our success stories here.


    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 (NIST MEP).


    What our members are up to.


    Lewis Longman & Walker - recently received the 2018 “Best Law Firms” Ranking by U.S. News & World Report. The firm’s Jacksonville, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach offices received Tier 1 rankings in Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation. For more information on “Best Law Firms” rankings, visit http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com.


    Pine Castle – welcomed Lori Ann Whittington as new CEO. Read a letter from Whittington at https://pinecastle.org/a-letter-from-our-new-ceo-lori-ann-whittington/


    Rayonier Advanced Materials - announced that it has completed the acquisition of Tembec Inc., combining two complementary high purity cellulose businesses and diversifying its product offerings with integrated forest products, paper, paperboard and newsprint businesses. Read more at http://investors.rayonieram.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=253219&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2317828


    Safariland – was featured in an article in the JBJ about Blake Brown, vice president of manufacturing, addressing the Jax Chamber Transportation and Logistics Council Nov. 30. Read more at https://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2017/11/30/safariland-shares-insights-with-jax-chamber.html


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


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