Dear Friends,


    We’ve heard the term “unprecedented time” so much lately. As our world understands more about COVID-19, our manufacturers and partners are working to maintain business channels and keep our community supplied with the products we need.

    Our staff is here for you however we might be of assistance. We have been distributing a weekly “COVID-19 Briefing” email. The intent is to provide you with quality information with attention to brevity, curated for our industry. These emails can be read in about five minutes and include links for deep dives and more information. If you or someone in your company would like to receive these emails, please contact Amanda@FCMAweb.com.


    The manufacturing industry is resilient. I have never been more proud of our Association, with strong and forward-thinking business leaders. If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out.


    Let’s Make It Here,

    Lake Ray, President
    First Coast Manufacturers Association

  • FCMA is here to support you and your business during this critical time.

    Through our partnerships across the state, our staff is ready to assist however we can.


    We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events. Click here for our 2020 calendar.

    Wednesday, May 6

    Workforce Development Committee via Zoom Meeting RSVP for login information.


    Speaker: Ian Jones, Attorney, Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP
    Discussion Topic: Workforce Issues & COVID 19/Return to Work Q&A

    Friday, June 19

    Rescheduled Golf Tournament

    St Johns Country Club

    Details Here

  • Manufacturing on the First Coast


    FloridaMakes Works with Industry to Sponsor the First Statewide Online Manufacturing Apprentice Program


    FloridaMakes is sponsoring a statewide registered apprenticeship program –– the FloridaMakes Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship. The first program offered will focus on entry-level skills for new and existing employees in the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) occupation. With online, on-demand access to the foundational Manufacturing Skills Standards Council’s (MSSC) Certified Production Technician training curriculum, this new approach brings Florida’s manufacturers a hybrid training model that addresses entry-level skills gaps and provides foundational manufacturing knowledge regardless of the specific occupation, which will help give apprentices the tools they need to move on to more specific occupations. It also bypasses the need for employees attending courses at institutions and provides flexible access for students with lifestyles, work schedules, and geographical barriers that often prohibit participation in traditional “in-class” offerings.


    “FloridaMakes is here to serve and assist our manufacturers with talent development challenges,” said Tina Berger, Director of Talent Development at FloridaMakes. “For years manufacturers have voiced a need to revamp the tried and true earn-and-learn apprenticeship programs, calling for competency-based versus time-based learning models. The IMT Apprenticeship Program addresses this request as a gamechanger for small and medium-sized companies and, in particular, for those with facilities in rural communities without access to traditional vocational training centers.”


    The program was designed through a sector strategy approach led by multiple employers within the industry, represented within the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Leadership Council (AMWLC), in collaboration with FloridaMakes, CareerSource Florida, the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Career and Adult Education, and the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC). Learn More.


    Opportunities to learn, grow and interact with other manufacturers.

    Congressman John Rutherford "Visits" FCMA

    We had a Zoom meeting on April 15 with Congressman John Rutherford to discuss the opening of Florida, as well as the US. He discussed global health as well as global partnerships.

    Florida Senator Aaron Bean "Visits" FCMA

    Florida Senator Aaron Bean, District 4 joined our membership via Zoom on Tuesday, April 21 where members were able to ask his thoughts on Florida response to COVID19.


    Florida Trend feature on Manufacturing


    Training Grants Available

    The Florida CareerSource Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) grant will still be available this year and will begin taking grant applications on July 1st. This grant can cover 50-75% of your internal and external training requirements, depending on company size. Companies must submit their training plans for the next 12 months as part of the application, so now is the time to be planning and working with our FloridaMakes business advisor, Rob Caldwell. He is available to assist with questions, training plans, and the application process. He can be reached at (904) 436-3266 or by email at Rob.caldwell@FloridaMakes.com. Grant funding has historically been depleted early, so do not let this opportunity to fund a large part of your training needs pass you by.


    CareerSource Northeast Florida also still has grant funding available for workforce technical training. Contact Roben Faircloth for more information: rfaircloth@careersourcenefl.com or (904) 798-9229 ext. 2228.


    Florida Manufacturers COVID-19 Survey

    The Florida Manufacturers COVID-19 Survey will help Florida’s manufacturers connect products and capabilities to help with current short-term COVID-19 efforts and gauge the impacts that the current crisis is having on manufacturing in the state. To complete the survey, click Manufacturing COVID-19 Impact Survey. It really is important that we can quantify the impact that this has had on manufacturers from a statewide perspective. It should only take a few minutes to complete the survey.


    Junior Achievement of North Florida is looking for business owners and professionals to join them as virtual volunteers. Teach a class or share your job story by making a video. More here.


    Advantus Corp. - Non-Medical Disposable Face Masks - FCMA Member Discount.


    FCMA Member Advantus Corp. has provided FCMA members with a 5% discount. The discount code is FCMA5.


    The referral web page just for FCMA is www.shopadvantus.com/FCMA. This will take members directly to the mask page. When you “add to cart” the discount code will automatically be applied, and the pricing will reflect the 5% discount.




    Annual Tee Off for Tuition Golf Tournament

    Friday, June 19, 2020
    St. Johns Golf & Country Club
    7:00 AM Registration. 8:00 AM Shotgun Start
    Awards following the tournament

    Contact Maria (maria@fcmaweb.com) for more information.


    With our commitment to workforce education, FCMA strongly supports:

    • Assisting students of UNF’s Science & Engineering Program and other approved regional technical institutes offering manufacturing/logistics certification/prep curriculum
    • Enticing tomorrow’s workforce through visits to local high schools sharing skills needed for future manufacturers

    Our annual golf tournament raises money to support students seeking a future in manufacturing industry.

    Help us to encourage students! How Can I Help?

    • Become an Event Sponsor 
    • Donation of 175 Goody Bag Items
    • Door Prize and Silent Auction Donations

    Advertise for your company while providing a nice token for our golfers!

    Sponsorships available starting at $350, ranging from hole sponsorship to a signature sponsor. Each sponsorship includes onsite signage as well as your company name on our website, social media and monthly Voice newsletter, among other benefits.

    If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for 2020, please email Maria Corby at maria@fcmaweb.com or complete this form.


    What our members are up to.

    Atlantic Logistics – Working Through: Atlantic Logistics' transition to remote work. More here.


    Our FCMA members are making a difference locally and across the globe. Let us know what you're doing to assist with the fight against COVID19 by emailing Amanda@fcmaweb.com.

    Do you have something exciting going on at your company? We want to know!

    Tell Amanda to be included in next month's Voice.







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