Dear Friend,

    October was another banner month for FCMA. We had nearly 30 companies open their doors and invite students to learn about manufacturing. In fact, 2019 was the most attended Manufacturing Day in recent memory.


    In addition to this great outreach effort, FCMA hosted Senator Rick Scott at US Gypsum this month as well as joining the Florida Manufacturers and Logistics Council (FMLC) in Tallahassee to advocate on behalf of FCMA members. This important event allowed members access to key policymakers and influencers in state government. Advocacy is one of FCMA’s pillars and I’m proud that our membership is leading the state in this effort.


    I’d like to thank each and every member that participated in Manufacturing Day and those who helped advocate for our industry in Tallahassee. Through continued partnership and collaboration our industry will grow and FCMA will continue to drive the future in manufacturing. 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, November 14

    New Member Orientation

    FCMA Office

    Tuesday, November 19

    Workshop: Developing a Training Program

    FCMA Office

    Monday, November 18

    General Meeting

    US Gypsum

    Thursday, November 21

    Using Industry 4.0 to Manage Today's Shop Floor

    FCMA Office

    Thursday, December 5

    Holiday Social

    Kickbacks Gastropub

  • MFG Day with FCMA

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

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  • Your FCMA

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

    Front Line Supervisor Graduation

    We had a fantastic class of front line supervisor graduates this fall! Congratulations to each of you for completing the FCMA exclusive course work. We loved celebrating you!



    Social Connection

    Have you checked out Burrito Gallery in Brooklyn? We did at our October Social Connection business-to-business networking event! Great food and even better company. See you at our next event!


    General Meeting

    What a great turnout at our October General Meeting at Miller Electric Company! Thank you for coming & continuing to support what FCMA is accomplishing! Special thank you to refreshment sponsor PNC!



    Hiring as a Competitive Edge

    Attendees of our Hiring as a Competitive Edge workshop learned the steps necessary to make a hiring practice designed to increase employee retention. Thanks Keith Fairchild from FairchildHR for presenting!


    Professional Progress Graduation

    We enjoyed another successful Professional Progress class in October with a nice dinner celebration. Congratulations to our graduating class!


    Government Relations Committee

    Thanks to our special guest Paul Waldron, St. Johns County Commissioner, District 3 who joined for our October committee meeting.



    Relevant to your business

    Excellence Awards - Florida Times Union Feature

    Be sure to check out our Florida Times Union flip book published this month here!


    FCMA Leadership Academy Classes


    FCMA is very excited to offer three of our Leadership & Workforce Academy training programs beginning in January. Participant response continues to be overwhelmingly favorable in all these programs. We do expect each of these courses to sell out quickly, so reserve your seats now!


    Front Line Supervisor - https://fcma.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_235260

    Mid-Level Manager - https://fcma.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_235372 

    Introduction to Manufacturing - https://fcma.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_233903


    National Apprenticeship Week - November 11-17, 2019

    National Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration established by the U.S. Department of Labor that brings together leaders in business, labor, educational institutions, and Americans interested in apprenticeships to showcase the positive impact apprenticeship programs have on addressing the U.S. skills gap and preparing the American workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Join the celebration by hosting an event - such as an apprenticeship graduation, business open house, high school career fair, skills competition, or industry roundtable - or submitting a proclamation supporting NAW.

    FCMA and FloridaMakes would love to celebrate this week by gathering photos of apprentices and posting on the FloridaMakes website and on Social Media. Do your company have apprentices? If so, could you send a photo of these special people to amanda@fcmaweb.com?


    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.


    IMCO Software aims to transform manufacturing companies by maximizing efficiency and profitability with their manufacturing software solutions. Read more here.


    Rulon International was featured on Action New Jax in early October for their Guitars for Children program! We love how our members are making a difference on the First Coast! Watch it here.

  • New Members

    Welcome to the FCMA family!

    BKS Partners

    Matt Montoya, (904) 207-5927

    4233 Pablo Professional Ct, Ste 201, Jacksonville, FL 32224


    BKS Partners is a regional Commercial Insurance, Risk Management, and Employee Benefits firm with a deep specialization in the Manufacturing industry.


    Concealment Express
    Sang Cho, CFO, (305) 720-6588

    10066 103rd St, Unit 103, Jacksonville, FL 32210


    Concealment one the largest Kydex Gun Holster manufacturers in the USA. They distribute primarily through Amazon, Shopify, Walmart, and through their dealers nationwide.


    Robert Wood, VP Business Development, (904) 210-9684

    1816 Selva Grande Drive, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233


    eMRI offers training, consulting and facilitation services in all areas of process and continuous improvement.


    Grace Aerospace
    Pauline Sevigny, VP Finance, (904) 854-9852 X239

    13541 Lake Newman Street, Jacksonville, FL 32221


    GRACE performs electrical and structural manufacturing for military and commercial aircraft.


    Highlander Consultants
    Chris McCauley, Talent Acquisition Manager, (904) 394-2624

    10752 Deerwood Park Blvd, Ste 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256


    Highlander Consultants provides Recruiting and Talent Acquisition services for the Manufacturing, Aerospace & Defense, Medical Device & Pharmaceutical, Automotive, Energy, and Architectural markets.







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