From the desk of Lake Ray, President of FCMA


    Our Best Ever Lineup at the 2018 Leadership Summit


    Our 2018 FCMA Leadership Summit is an opportunity to meet and network with manufacturers and partners like never before. The First Coast Manufacturers Association is proud to offer the best lineup of speakers and learning sessions the Association has ever seen - check out the video to learn more!


    Relevant influencers will offer unique, compelling perspectives on the current business climate. Timely breakout sessions will challenge attendees to think about hardening their businesses in the face of threats both cyber and physical.


    Learn More Here


    Spots are filling up fast, sign up today. You don’t want to miss out.


    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.

    Thursday, August 2

    New Member Orientation

    FCMA Leadership Summit 2018

    September 21

    FCMA Excellence in Manufacturing Awards

    October 2

    General Meeting

  • 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.

    General Meeting

    Thanks Polyhistor International for hosting our July General Meeting!


    Polyhistor International is a product development and engineering design firm with expertise in rapid prototyping/3D printing, low volume, and mass-production. They use a multitude of manufacturing methods to bring customer products to market at a fast pace and at reduced costs.


    Thank you to our refreshment sponsor IMCO Software!

    Front Line Supervisor

    We are excited to announce that Spring 2018 Front Line Supervisor Training class graduated in July at Anheuser-Busch! Congratulations to all of our participants.


    Our next class begins in September - inquire now! The curriculum includes leadership, communications, team building, critical thinking, problem solving, supervising and the law.

    Government Relations

    Our Government Relations committee had special guest speaker, City Councilman Danny Beckton, this month. Councilman Beckton serves District 11 or the Baymeadows/Southside area.


    Want to join a committee? Contact us at 904.296.9664.

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    FCMA Leadership Academy Classes


    As summer winds down, FCMA is now very active in taking on-line registrations for four of our training programs that start in September. Listed below are the online registrations links that you can use to register for all four classes, as well as to get more information about each class.



    FCMA Candidate Endorsements 2018 


    Following are the candidates the FCMA Candidate Support Committee endorses for political office.

    Candidate, Office

    Rick Scott, U.S. Senate

    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

    Lake Ray, Duval County Tax Collector

    George Spicer, Nassau County Commission, District 4

    Terry Turner, Putnam County Commission, District 3

    Larry Harvey, Putnam County Commission, District 4



    Are You Ready?


    Hurricane season is upon us. Last season, Irma affected all of Florida’s 67 counties and brought an estimated $50 billion in losses. Whether it’s a hurricane, flood, power outage, customer or supplier issue, are you prepared? Any number of crises might occur that could substantially set back your profitability.   


    FloridaMakes has developed custom tools to help manufacturers navigate and mitigate the risks of future crises. Through FCMA, we are providing free disaster impact and readiness surveys that only take 5 minutes.

    Benefits for Your Company

    Free gap analysis report detailing the company’s disaster readiness and areas that would affect business continuity;

    Path toward a business continuity plan to mitigate risks and continue operating, profitably, during a crisis;

    Sharing of best practices to help strengthen the company;

    Utilization of market data, in aggregate, to advocate for resources for a more resilient Florida manufacturing ecosystem.


    5 Minutes Could Save Your Company

    Take the survey now. The program is free for Florida manufacturers and each gap analysis tool only takes about 5 minutes. You can choose to complete Level 0, Level 1, or both. Following the surveys, you will get a customized report with feedback and options for next steps.

    • Level 0 - Disaster Impacted Survey is for manufacturers who were impact by Irma or other storms within the past year. Aggregated data from this survey will help determine how impacted businesses fared the storm.
    • Level 1 - Disaster Readiness Survey is a quick survey to determine a manufacturer's readiness for the current hurricane season. Results from this survey will give businesses general, high-level areas for improvement.
    • Level 2 - Business Continuity Assessment is a deep-dive survey that assesses eight key business continuity areas. If you are interested in completing the Level 2 assessment, please contact us at amanda@fcmaweb.com

    For more information, go to: https://www.floridamakes.com/what-we-do/recovery-and-readiness.stml  


    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.


    Beaver Street Fisheries was featured in an article in the Florida Times-Union. Read the article here: http://www.jacksonville.com/news/20180718/deep-freeze-spending-your-work-day-at-10-below-zero  


    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


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

    Carlisle Interconnect Technologies - A Success Story

    Carlisle Interconnect Technologies has been a manufacturing member of the FCMA for 5 years. We are pleased to announce we have received a $194K grant approval from Florida’s Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) Program funded by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and administered by CareerSource in Tallahassee, Florida. This opportunity was possible through the help and guidance of Paula DeLuca from FloridaMakes. This is one of the value added services provided through the partnership of FloridaMakes and the FCMA.


    This grant program will provide CIT reimbursement that will pay for training related costs. This is a huge opportunity for our facility to improve our ability to compete, expand, and retain workers in such a tight market. The people in our organization are considered our best assets and there is no better way to prove it than investing in their growth. The IWT grant will give our team the opportunity to expand beyond our current training plan and also give all of our employees even greater opportunities to succeed. This is truly a win-win situation for all! A huge thanks to FloridaMakes for providing CIT amazing support throughout the grant application and submission.


    We're glad you're here.

    Cardio Sumo, LLC

    Joe Durkin, President

    4583 Deep River Place, Jacksonville, FL 32224


    Cardio Sumo helps organizations and families prepare to respond to first aid emergencies by providing them with the training, equipment, and record keeping necessary to save a life and remain compliant. 


    Sponsor: Blair Wygle, Proforma Northpoint

    PNC Bank

    Lisa Crowley

    (904) 407-2446

    5011 Gate Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32256


    PNC is organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of products and services including a full range of lending services which cater to the manufacturing sector 


    Chad Caldwell, Sales Manager

    (843) 817-8999
    1446 Haines St., Jacksonville, FL 32206

    In the uniform supply business, there’s service and then there’s UniFirst service. And when you’re comparing providers, it’s important to understand that not all uniform companies are created equal.

    Workplace Synergistics

    Chris McCauley, VP Executive Business Development

    (917) 640-9660
    1216 Matengo Circle, St. Johns, FL 32259

    Workplace Synergistics is a human resources, training and organizational development consulting firm specializing in Leadership and Talent Development, Performance Management, Total Rewards and Talent Assessment.

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