From the desk of Lake Ray, President of FCMA

    May is for Manufacturing

    Manufacturers are some of the hardest working people I know. In fact, many of the most senior business leaders in the manufacturing industry started on the assembly line and worked their way up. Our members and parterners embody this sense of hard work and perseverance.


    This past month we had terrific events and opportunities for members to connect, improve relationships and support worthy causes.


    Always a crowd pleaser, the FCMA Golf Tournament was once again a tremendous success due to the generosity of our members. The Tournament raises money for scholarships in manufacturing. These scholarships are a critical component of developing future leaders in the manufacturing sector.

    We also held our annual open house. Elected officials, business leaders, members and partners joined us at the FCMA Headquarters to refresh contacts and create lasting relationships.


    May kicks off the summer, but as vacations begin and children are out of school, let’s not forget our hardworking manufacturers and their employees. Let’s make May a month for Manufacturing.


    Let’s Make It Here,

    Lake Ray, President

    First Coast Manufacturers Association

    In Case You Missed It:

    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, May 10

    FCMA New Member Orientation

    FCMA General Meeting

    at North Florida Transportation Planning Organization

    Employee Rewarding & Recognition Workshop

    More information here.

    FCMA Summit 2018

    (Details Here)

  • Details, Event Information and Registration

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

    May 1, 2018
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  • Your FCMA

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

    Annual Open House

    We had a great turnout at our Annual Open House on April 30. Thank you to everyone who joined us, especially our invited VIPs.


    Thank you to our sponsors!


    Refreshment Sponsors


    MSC Industrial Supply



    Wine Sponsor

    Pal-King Pallets

    Government Relations

    Our Government Relations committee welcomed State Representative Cord Byrd in April to discuss issues facing our industry throughout the state.


    Thank you, Representative for taking the time to listen to our members.

    Conflict Management Workshop

    We welcomed Leonard Feigel, attorney with Foley & Lardner for a Conflict Management and Interoffice Politics workshop on Wed, April 25.


    The workshop covered strategies for managing conflict in the workplace.


    Thank you Leonard!

    2018 Golf Tournament

    Our annual golf tournament was held Friday, April 13. Congratulations to our winning teams!


    Special thank you to our sponsors: The Doctors Center, Cushman & Wakefield, PeopleReady, Vac-Con, Republic Services, Raymond James, Weather Engineers, RFW Wealth Advisors & UNF, as well as all our donors and hole sponsors.


    Thank you for helping us raise money for manufacturing scholarships in our community. See you next year!

  • Front Line Supervisor Kickoff

    Conflict Management Workshop

    Open House

    Government Relations

  • Our Stories

    Front Line Supervisor Training


    We're taking reservations for the summer and fall 2018 Front Line Supervisor training classes. The summer class begins on June 11 and the fall 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.



    Construction and Manufacturing Job Fair


    CareerSource Northeast Florida, in partnership with FSCJ, will be hosting a free Construction

    and Manufacturing Job Fair on Thursday, June 14 from 10:00am - 1:00pm at FSCJ's Deerwood Center, Room B1204, 9911 Old Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256.


    All Construction and Manufacturing Companies with open and available positions that they are actively recruiting for at the time of the event are welcome to participate. Click here to provide contact information.


    Please contact Roben Faircloth at (904) 798-9229 ext. 2228 if you have any questions.



    Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes Announce Finalists for the

    Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards


    The winners, chosen from the finalists, will be announced at the 2018 Governor's Sterling Awards Banquet at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes on June 1. Our First Coast nominees are Canam Steel Corporation and Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, Naval Air Station. Learn more about this event here.




    Teacher Recognition


    The FCMA Workforce Development Committee is proud to move forward with our Teacher Recognition Program for 2018! It is with great excitement we continue to take advantage of our opportunity to help educate our educators to the many promising careers manufacturers have to offer. In our attempts to change that stigma of a “dirty job” into the “right job” for the higher percentage of young adults that are entering our workforce, we extend our support to one of the highest influencers…TEACHERS.


    We are looking for your nominations to recognize a teacher, guidance counselor, academy career expert or any professional in the school system that can help us spread the word. It could be one that has a proven track record of success or perhaps one that is learning the importance of a skilled trade. Click here for the nomination form. Please send your nominations to amanda@fcmaweb.com.


    After careful review of your nominees, the committee will vote on a teacher to be recognized on a quarterly basis at our FCMA General Meetings.


    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.


    Florida Capital Bank - Business Development Specialist Bernie Dandridge was recognized as the SBA North District Small Business Advocate of the Year for 2018.


    IMCO Software - has joined FloridaMakes Third Party Provider Network. This new relationship provides an opportunity for IMCO Software to work with FloridaMakes on specific projects to improve manufacturers' top and bottom line growth.


    Symrise - has successfully obtained the FSC Chain of Custody certification for ingredients derived from forest products. This eco-credential breaks new ground by considering environmental and social responsibility for users of fragrances and flavors derived from the forest. Click here for more information.


    We're glad you're here.

    The Bailey Group

    Dan Greene, Senior Advisor Benefits
    (904) 687-8389

    1200 N Plantation Dr. S #210, St. Augustine, FL 32080

    Develops customized employee benefits programs that attract high-performing, loyal employees and
    satisfy legal, regulatory and other requirements.

    Sponsor: Chris Tomlinson, BBVA Compass

    Sally Corporation

    John Wood, Chairman & CEO
    (904) 355-7100

    745 West Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204


    The world’s leading designer and manufacturer of the most successful dark rides around the world.

    Sponsor: Paula DeLuca, FloridaMakes

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