From the desk of Lake Ray, President of FCMA

    Leadership Summit & Excellence Awards


    We are about to enter a very exciting time of year for FCMA. In addition to training, education and workforce development courses, FCMA strives each day to provide your employees the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences and be recognized for their hard work.


    On August 23-24, we will bring back our FCMA Leadership Summit, this year hosted at the beautiful Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast. Our planning committee has great surprises in store for you, plus a top-notch lineup of great speakers and workshop topics. Don't miss it - register now!


    Part of what makes a successful company are its people. The manufacturing industry is filled with hardworking individuals that continue to strive for excellence. We hope that you will recognize your employees on September 21st at our annual Excellence in Manufacturing Awards event. After a great success combining our employee and company recognition events last year, we'll bring it back for another great night celebrating the accomplishments of your greatest asset - your employees! We'll end the night by awarding our Manufacturers of the Year with our highest honor. Nominate your employees or company now - forms due August 3rd!


    I look forward to seeing you at the Summit and the Excellence Awards Gala as we learn and celebrate together.

    Let’s Make It Here,

    Lake Ray, President

    First Coast Manufacturers Association

    Manufacturing on the First Coast Magazine



    We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

    Click here for a detailed look at these opportunities.

    Monday, July 30

    FCMA General Meeting

    Polyhistor International

    Thursday, August 2

    New Member Orientation

    FCMA Leadership Summit 2018

    (Details Here)

    September 21

    FCMA Excellence in Manufacturing Awards

    (Details Here)

  • 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.

    General Meeting

    Thank you to Beaver Street Fisheries for hosting our June General Meeting!


    Tracing back to the 1950s, Beaver Street Fisheries, Inc. has built a global presence as one of the top distributors and manufacturers of quality frozen seafood. Today, the Sea Best® brand is asked for by name, in both the retail and food service sectors.

    EHS Committee

    The Environmental Health & Safety Committee met at Metal Container Corporation last month. Committee members in attendance had the opportunity to tour the facility.


    MCC invested $175 million into the local community and created 75 new jobs when it opened in 2017.

    Government Relations

    Our Government Relations committee had special guest speaker, Florida State Representative Clay Yarborough, this month.


    Want to join a committee? Contact us at 904.296.9664.

    Manufacturing Workforce Briefing 

    FCMA co-hosted the June 27 Manufacturing Workforce Briefing in conjunction with JAXUSA Partnership and CareerSource Northeast Florida. \


    Attendees enjoyed networking and a panel-led discussion of the changing landscape for manufacturing,

    specifically leveraging strengths in the multigenerational workforce within the manufacturing space.


    Thank you to our panelists: Josh Tankersley of Corrocoat, Doug Cosmini of UTC Aerospace Systems, Matt Waesche of BAE Systems, and Julie Walker of Bacardi. Thank you to Medtronic for hosting the event!

  • Our Stories

    FCMA Candidate Endorsements 2018


    The following are the candidates the FCMA Candidate Support Committee endorses for political office:


    Candidate, Office

    Aaron Bean, State Senate, District 4

    Audrey Gibson, State Senate, District 6

    Keith Perry, State Senate, District 8

    Cord Byrd, State House of Representatives, District 11

    Clay Yarborough, State House of Representatives, District 12

    Tracie Davis, State House of Representatives, District 13

    Wyman Duggan, State House of Representatives, District 15

    Jason Fischer, State House of Representatives, District 16

    Cyndi Stevenson, State House of Representatives, District 17

    Bobby Payne, State House of Representatives, District 19

    Terry Turner, Putnam County Commission, District 3

    Larry Harvey, Putnam County Commission, District 4

    George Spicer, Nassau County Commission, District 4

    Lake Ray, Duval County Tax Collector

    Rick Scott, U.S. Senate



    FloridaMakes wants to help the Manufacturing community in Florida by offering a pilot program at no charge, of a Manufacturing Execution System, IMCO - CIMAG MES.

    This pilot program will be ideal for local manufacturing companies looking to enhance overall shop floor control. Your company will be provided a free, 6-month no obligation trial of the software. This includes hardware, set up, installation, licenses, tech support, etc. At the end of the program the manufacturing company can decide to purchase and keep the product or have IMCO Software remove all the hardware at no charge.

    This program presents local decision makers with an opportunity to reap the benefits of using IMCO - CIMAG MES with minimal risks. IMCO Software firmly believes that after the initial six-month period, companies will question how they were able to operate before implementing IMCO - CIMAG MES.


    Click here to view a video about IMCO - CIMAG MES.


    Our Leadership Summit Registration is now open!

    Learn more Information about speakers & topics HERE, or visit this site to register.

    Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities can be found HERE.



    FloridaMakes MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit

    July 26, 7:30am to 4:00pm at Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

    The MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit is a leadership-focused meeting designed around connecting ecosystem stakeholders with the needs and realities of industry leaders from the manufacturing sector.

    For more information, please visit https://www.floridamakes.com/events/


    Front Line Supervisor Training

    We're taking reservations for the fall 2018 Front Line Supervisor training classes. Class begins on September 10. Contact Amanda at amanda@fcmaweb.com to reserve a spot.

    Click here for more information on the class.



    Mid-Level Managers Training

    Now taking reservations for the fall 2018 Mid-Level Manager training class, which begins on September 12. Contact Amanda at amanda@fcmaweb.com to reserve a spot.

    Click here for more information on the class.


    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.


    Lewis Longman & Walker attorney Wayne Flowers has recently been selected as a 2018 Florida Super Lawyer in Environmental Litigation. Mr. Flowers shares this designation with only 5% of attorneys in Florida.


    R W Smith Consulting, LLC is offering PMP Training starting in July for four consecutive Fridays (13, 20, 27 and August 3) from 8:00am to 5:30pm at the Jacksonville Marriott. The cost for regular students is $799 per attendee. The discounted price for FCMA members includes a $150 discount, $649 per attendee. If onsite training at a member’s facility would be preferred, they can work with your schedule to develop a custom schedule and agenda to meet their needs. For more information, go to: http://www.rwsmithconsulting.com/training/


    University of North Florida would like to invite companies on campus to interact with some of the best Computing, Engineering and Building Construction Management students in the State of Florida. Their Employer Showcase (Career, Co-Op & Internship Fair) is the primary recruiting event for the College of Computing, Engineering & Construction. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM at UNF. For more information go to: https://www.unf.edu/ccec/careers/CCEC_Employer_Showcase.aspx


    Garland Company would like to invite FCMA members to a workshop on Managing Your Manufacturing Facility’s Roof & Exterior Wall Systems. Workshop speakers: John Bugg, Roofing and Waterproofing Materials Advisor with The Garland Company; Bill Abrahamsen, with National Building Contractors (NBC); and Bob Knott, P.E. and 45-year veteran Director of Engineering with Anheuser-Busch Brewery and former Site Engineer for Kennedy Space Center. This session qualifies for AIA Continuing Education Credits. Date & Location: July 24; 11:30 - 12:30 at FCMA offices (1615 Huffingham Road). No Cost - Lunch Provided. For Reservations: Email John Bugg atjbugg@Garlandind.com or call 904-419-7754


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


    We're glad you're here.

    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty

    Linda Lindemoyer, VP Relocation

    (904) 672-4350
    4190 Belfort Rd, Ste 475, Jacksonville, FL 32216

    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty supports your talent acquisition needs and the relocation needs of your transferees

    Metal Supermarkets

    Steven Braun, Owner/Manager
    (904) 660-0733
    13913 Duval Road #300
    Jacksonville, FL 32218


    Metal Supermarkets is the world’s largest small-quantity metal supplier with over 80 brick-and-mortar stores across the US, Canada, and United Kingdom.

    R.W. Smith Consulting

    Ryan Smith, Principal Consultant

    (863) 843-1278

    347 Ahern St, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233


    R. W. Smith Consulting is a project management consultancy with specialties in Project Controls, Scheduling, Earned Value Management Systems and Training.


    Sponsor: Matt Waesche, BAE Systems

    Seamless Manufacturing

    Michael Mickle, VP Ops
    (904) 354-3800
    2615 Port Industrial Drive, Unit 404

    Seamless Manufacturing is a manufacturer of Level 1 fitting for use in critical marine applications.

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