Based on Hurricane Dorian's projected path, FCMA will not be conducting business at the FCMA office on Tuesday 9/3, Wednesday 9/4, and Thursday 9/5. All meetings that were scheduled at the office have been canceled.

    FCMA staff can still be reached via e-mail as long we have power/internet.

    As a reminder, here is some important information to stay up-to-date and safe:

    Helpful websites to prepare include: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/hurricane/plan.shtml and http://floridadisaster.org/getaplan/.

    In an emergency situation, your personal safety must come first. Do not put yourself at risk to help others in unsafe conditions. The best thing you can do is to prepare now and help others prepare in advance.

    Let's Make It Here,

    Lake Ray, President



    We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

    Click here for a detailed look at these opportunities.

    CANCELLED: Thursday, September 5*

    New Member Orientation

    FCMA Office

    Friday, September 27

    FCMA Excellence Awards

    UNF University Center

    Friday, October 4

    MFG Day

    Across the Region

  • Event Information and Registration

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

    For a complete list of FCMA activities visit our calendar.

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  • Your FCMA

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

    General Meeting at Rulon International

    Thank you to Rulon for hosting our August General Meeting! We had a great turnout at the meeting. Attendees were treated to an in-depth tour of the facility.


    Rulon International has been manufacturing wood ceilings and acoustical wood walls for over 25 years. Rulon’s state-of-the-art headquarters and manufacturing facility is in St. Augustine, Florida. Rulon’s history of success is due to an unrelenting commitment to excellence in both product quality and customer service.


    Thank you to our refreshment sponsor Randstad!

    Government Relations Committee Meeting

    We were honored to have Jacksonville City Councilman Ron Salem speak with the Government Relations Committee.


    Councilman Salem shared with attendees his vision for manufacturers in Jacksonville and thoughts about creating a manufacturing-friendly environment.


    Environmental Health & Safety Committee

    The St. Johns River Keeper provided a presentation on Blue Green Algae in the river.


    Lisa Rinamen led the discussion on the current outbreaks in the river, highlighted challenges and offered solutions to these challenges.


  • Manufacturing Day 2019

    Join us Friday, October 4 as we Entice Tomorrow's Workforce to Join Manufacturing!

    Join our Workforce Development Committee as we work to solve the talent problem in our industry by looking to tomorrow's workforce and inspire the next generation! We are dedicated to producing the largest MFG Day EVER in Northeast Florida. Help us reach 50 manufacturing facility tours and events by signing up with Amanda now!

    Find out what companies have already signed up & more information about what this entails here.


    Relevant to your business

    FCMA Leadership Academy Classes


    FCMA is very excited to offer all four of our Leadership & Workforce Academy training programs beginning in September!  As we conclude our 5th year of offering these high-value training programs, note that we have touched 584 employees from 42 member companies.  Participant response continues to be overwhelmingly favorable!  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

    Finance For The Non-Financial Manager - https://fcma.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_239048


    FloridaMAKES - Success Story


    Ameritape - Training Enhances Revenue and Productivity

    Ameritape, Inc., located in Jacksonville, Florida, is a converter and distributor of pressure-sensitive adhesive tape and label products representing most major manufacturers, including 3M. Privately-owned, they employ 18 people and specialize in custom slitting and specialty die-cutting. Ameritape’s mission is to create stronger bonds. They concentrate on doing this in three areas: within the organization, with customers, and with suppliers.

    In August 2008, when the economy was at its peak, two 15-year employees, Renee Soares, and Tom Whipple, bought the business. The next month the economy plummeted. Their biggest customer, worth 40% of the business, went bankrupt. Their largest supplier deleted a product line worth $750,000 in revenue, which forced a reduction in the workforce from 16 to 8 people. In addition, the new owners of Ameritape had never received any formal leadership training.

    After ten years of surviving and growing their business at a slow but steady pace, the First Coast Manufacturers Association introduced them to their FloridaMakes Business Advisor who did a thorough business assessment to help pinpoint the areas that needed strengthening. The Business Advisor offered support and guidance in leadership training, team building, quality consulting to transition to the new ISO standard, and specialized training for new equipment.


    - 12% increase in sales

    - 3 new or retained jobs

    - Increase in employee engagement

    - Increase in productivity

    “We never imagined that we could get so much training in one year and see the results so quickly! We are so thankful to FloridaMakes for helping us with the grant process and connecting us with qualified trainers. The Business Advisor made the process so easy, and she was there every step along the way. The training propelled us forward to be better leaders and work better together as a team. We look forward to more growth and we are now better prepared for it!”

    - Renee Soares-Vozel, Vice President

    Click here to read more.


    What our members are up to.

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    Rulon International Completes Plant Expansion -

    Rulon International, an industry leader in the manufacturing of suspended wood ceiling and acoustical wall systems, marked another milestone Wednesday in the company’s nearly four-decade history.

    The St. Augustine-based company recently completed an expansion of its on-site plant, increasing the footprint of its 85,000-square-foot headquarters by another 27,000 square feet.

    In doing so, the company is adding about 20 more manufacturing jobs. The plant currently employs about 140 people.

    Read the full story here.

    Lewis Longman & Walker Shareholder Brenna Malouf Durden has been named Lawyer of the Year in Land Use and Zoning in Jacksonville by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers in addition to being named a Best Lawyer in Real Estate Law and Real Estate Litigation. LLW Shareholder Wayne E. Flowers has been named Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Litigation in Jacksonville in addition to being named a Best Lawyer in Environmental Law and Water Law. Congratulations!


  • New Members

    Welcome to the FCMA family!



    Shawn Layton, Center Manager

    (904) 443-7446
    8535 Baymeadows Rd, Ste 7

    Jacksonville, FL 32256

    At FASTSIGNS on Baymeadows, we specialize in offering solutions for your signage needs. We have over 100 years combined experience in visual communication and manufacturing of signs, decals, banners, vehicle graphics, ADA compliant signs and small format printing to name a few. Our team can manage your project from start to finish. FASTSIGNS on Baymeadows listens to your ideas and create a design, mock it up and produce quality and cutting-edge signage to meet your needs. We truly are; More than fast. More than signs.







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