From the desk of Lake Ray, President of FCMA


    The start of 2019 has brought many opportunities for FCMA. We have strengthened our advocacy efforts with the launch of the Florida Manufacturing and Logistics Council (FMLC). This Council multiplies our strength as FCMA and brings our most pressing issues, as an industry, more clearly to policymakers and leaders. I am proud of this effort and as an FCMA member, you enjoy the benefits of FMLC and the opportunities that come from our efforts there.


    Local elections play a critical role in shaping the economy and have a significant impact on our daily interactions. This March is a chance for Duval County residents to participate in democracy and elect local leaders. Our Government Relations Committee has done a tremendous job interviewing local candidates and making endorsements for FCMA. I applaud the committee’s professional approach meeting with candidates and listening to our members. You can find a list of the candidates FCMA has endorsed here.


    We have a full month of events. I hope to see you at these events, connecting with industry partners and strengthening your business relationships. If I can ever be of service, I would love to assist you in anyway possible.

    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, March 7

    New Member Orientation

    RSVP to Maria

    Thursday, March 7

    Social Connection at Kickbacks Gastropub

    RSVP to Maria

    Monday, March 25

    General Meeting

    Details TBD

    March 27-28

    Tallahassee Advocacy Trip

    Details Here

    Friday, April 12

    2019 Golf Tournament

    Details Here

  • Event Information and Registration

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

    For a complete list of FCMA activities visit our calendar.

  • Your FCMA

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

    February General Meeting

    We had a great turnout at our February General Meeting.


    Thank you to Harbinger for hosting and Ameri-Force Labor Services for sponsoring refreshments!


    We were honored to have Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry joined us at the meeting. Mayor Curry shared his vision for manufacturing in Duval County and offered his perspective on the local economy.


    FCMA continues to be the most dominant, respected voice for the manufacturing industry.



    EHS Committee Meeting

    Thank you to Cardio Sumo for presenting at our February Environmental Health & Safety Committee meeting. Cardio Sumo provides first aid preparedness consulting, training, and products from first aid kits to AEDs.


    For all FCMA Members Cardio Sumo is offering a Complimentary & Confidential first aid evaluation and report to identify gaps and risks within your first aid plans (30 minutes) OR Free first aid and AED training for employees (1 hour).


    Connect with CardioSumo at www.cardiosumo.com or call 904-800-9439


    Employment Law Workshop


    We had a great turnout at our February Workshop on Developments in Employment Law: 2018 Year in Review and What to Expect in 2019.


    Thank you to our presenter Yash B. Dave, Florida Board Certified in Labor and Employment from Smith, Gambrell& Russell, LLP.


    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.


    FSCJ is hosting a 2019 Spring Career Fair focused on Manufacturing, IT and business opportunities. The event will be held April 4, 10:00AM-1:00PM, at the Advanced Technology Center (401 W State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202). This event is free to register and an opportunity to connect with students and those interested in pursuing a career with your organization. Please register soon in order to reserve your table!  https://fscj-csm.symplicity.com/events/1a0d2da0e43217ba20a3c04c39aef7ae/overview.  If you are interested in either "on-site interviewing" or "on-site hiring" during the event, please, email:   apasetti@fscj.edu or erica.mack@fscj.edu for further instructions


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


    Relevant to your business

    FCMA Association Business Advisor Appointed to Dean’s Advisory Council ​


    The University of North Florida, Division of Continuing Education Dean’s Advisory Council, engages industry and community leaders concerned about the provision of learning that supports workforce and economic development, as well as lifelong learning, appointed Paula DeLuca, FloridaMakes Business Advisor at First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA), as a new Council Member, strengthening their commitment to regional success.


    Paula DeLuca, FCMA’s FloridaMakes Business Advisor in Jacksonville, has worked in manufacturing for more than 30 years and has extensive experience in the aerospace, security & defense, electronics, automotive and medical device industries. As a member of the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) Dean’s Advisory Council at UNF, Paula will help define the direction of the DCE and join other community leaders invested in educational excellence, making a meaningful difference in the Northeast Florida region.


    Lake Ray, President of FCMA commented that the role of the Dean’s Advisory Council cannot be understated as they help to establish the understanding of the needs in the business community. “Paula has been working with manufacturers in the region for over a year. Her work experience, background and growing relationships with manufacturers and business leaders will make her an asset to the Advisory Council. At FCMA, she has a proven record as a Business Advisor where her skills have helped multiple companies grow their staff, increase productivity and train employees in the workforce.”


    Online Training for a More Profitable Business

    Manufacturing is transitioning, older workers are retiring, and not enough younger workers are interested in a career in manufacturing.  Also, keeping and retaining good talent can be a challenge in today's economy.  
    Through our partnership with FloridaMakes, FCMA now offers a premier online training solution at discounted pricing, off-setting the cost of bringing high quality, customized, on-site training to manufacturers. More than 500 unique online classes provide a broad offering of manufacturing training topics. Plus, every online course has been reviewed and validated by industry experts. See more details here on our website.


    The best discounts apply to members of FCMA. Contact your Business Advisor, Paula DeLuca at paula.deluca@floridamakes.com or (904) 385-2123 (cell), for additional information on this online training program and the special pricing available to members and non-members.


    FloridaMakes is an industry-led public-private partnership operated by participating Regional Manufacturer Associations throughout Florida. As part of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership network, FloridaMakes is the official representative of NIST MEP in the State of Florida. Learn more at www.floridamakes.com.

  • New Members

    Welcome to the FCMA family!


    Sandra Lief, President

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    904 Margaret St, Ste 101

    Jacksonville, FL 32204
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