Dear Friend,


    At FCMA we value our members and appreciate their contributions to our industry. To that end, we were proud to host the annual FCMA Excellence Awards Gala on Friday, September 27. This year we honored nearly 95 employees and celebrated excellence among our membership. Thank you to the companies that participated!


    Manufacturing Month is upon us! This year, a Workforce Development sub-committee has championed Manufacturing Day events around the First Coast. Over 20 businesses will open their doors to students across the region to enhance awareness and appreciation for careers in manufacturing. A heartfelt “thank you” to all those who are making these events possible.


    This month, make manufacturing a priority. Celebrate our successes as an industry and the bright future we look forward to. Take time to share your stories and promote our strengths in manufacturing. Be a champion for our association and highlight what makes us great. It’s our members that make us strong and contribute to our future.


    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.

    Thursday, October 3

    New Member Orientation

    FCMA Office

    Tuesday, October 15

    Social Connection

    Burrito Gallery Brooklyn

    Monday, October 28

    General Meeting

    Miller Electric

    Wednesday, October 30

    Hiring as a Competitive Edge Workshop

    FCMA Office

  • Event Information and Registration

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

    For a complete list of FCMA activities visit our calendar.

  • Your FCMA

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

    Excellence Awards

    We were thrilled to honor over 95 employees on the First Coast as Excellence Award Winners at UNF's University Center on Friday, September 27. Photos from the Florida Times Union will be available soon, including in the mid-October insert.


    Thank you to our event sponsors!

    PLATINUM: Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Johnson & Johnson Vision

    GOLD: BAE Systems, Carlisle IT, Vac-Con


     BRONZE: Medtronic,Steadfast Solutions CENTERPIECES: Arlington Flower Shop


    Government Relations Committee

    We were honored to have Jacksonville City Councilman Rory Diamond speak at the Government Relations Committee last month.


    He's pictured with Committee Chair Jim Bush and new FCMA staff member Clay Yarborough.

    Environmental Health & Safety Committee

    Our September EHS meeting welcomed special guest Cathy Meilak. She spoke about the OSHA Silica Rule - What You Need to Know


    Front Line Kickoff

    Our Fall kickoff of our Front Line Supervisor course was in September. We are so excited for our new students of this course!

  • Manufacturing Day 2019


    To showcase the diverse career opportunities available in the manufacturing industry, the First Coast Manufacturers Association is joining forces with JAXUSA Partnership and CareerSource Northeast Florida to engage, inspire and encourage youth to become the next generation of manufacturers through Manufacturing Day, or MFG Day, an initiative spread throughout the month of October.
    “The next frontier of manufacturing in the United States is upon us, and now, more than ever, we need the next generation of creators to join our workforce. More than 25 of our local manufacturers are working alongside schools in our region to showcase what modern manufacturing really looks like,” said FCMA President Lake Ray.
    First Coast Manufacturers Association is providing support for the region’s largest celebration of manufacturing, where manufacturers open their doors for students and teachers, highlighting the diverse career opportunities in manufacturing for Florida’s next generation. Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties all have participating schools and manufacturing partners.
    Participating manufacturers include: BAE Systems, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Collins Aerospace, Commercial Metals Company, Dupuy, Flat Glass Distributors, Fleet Readiness Center, Flightstar, Florida Machine Works, Grace Aerospace, IFF, JZ Logistics, Kaman, Medtronic, Miller Electric, Q-Pac, Rulon International, S&P, Saft, Sally Corp., SolarStik, Symrise, US Gypsum, Vac-Con, Veritas Steel and WestRock.
    “We are always looking to attract and retain great talent on Florida’s First Coast and are proud to push initiatives like Manufacturing Day to bring awareness to the high-demand, good-paying careers in manufacturing,” said Ray. “We are preparing for the future by engaging with the workforce of tomorrow today.”
    MFG Day gives manufacturers the opportunity to address the skills gap, connect with future generations, update the public perception of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry. Learn more about MFG Day and how to participate in Florida’s events at www.mfgday.com.


    Relevant to your business

    Governor DeSantis Recognizes October 2019 as Manufacturing Month in Florida 

    Every October, we celebrate Manufacturing Month, an annual national event executed locally with the support of thousands of manufacturers across the country as they host student plant tours and events designed to showcase today’s advanced manufacturing technology and high-wage career opportunities.


    Today, Florida ranks among the top three states for manufacturing establishments, with over 20,500 manufacturing firms open for business. According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), as of July 2019, Florida has over 384,000 manufacturing employees, gaining 12,600 new jobs over the last year. In Florida, the average wage in manufacturing is over $60K, and the number and types of jobs available continues to increase.


    To mark the event at a state level, Governor DeSantis declared October as Manufacturing Month in Florida by issuing a proclamation on September 26, 2019. Read the “Manufacturing Month in Florida” Proclamation here.


    Trihydro - Tips to Assess Your Air Compliance Program Effectiveness


    Trihydro is an engineering and multi-media environmental consulting firm with air and process services expertise spanning 35 years. We offer the following air program insights as we explore the components of an A+ environmental air quality program for those impacted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and/or local air quality regulations.  If your air compliance program was “tested”, what letter grade would it receive? The following components will assist in answering that question. Read the full story here.

    1. Define Your Expectations – Understand what constitutes an A+ program.
    2. Understand the Past – Review historical air program documents for decisions and performance.
    3. Assess Your Current Operational Status – Inventory your sources, emissions, and regulatory and permitting compliance obligations. Make improvements as discovered and warranted.
    4. Foster Internal Accountability – Engage key team members, instill ownership, and develop SMART goals with visible progress.
    5. Embrace Change Management and Continuous Improvement – Assess regulatory and permitting impacts on potential people, process and operational changes. Develop comprehensive tools to integrate and manage changes. Routinely reassess air program for new strategies/processes that save time and money

    What our members are up to.

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    CenterState Bank - Within the banking landscape of northeast Florida, First Atlantic Bank has merged into CenterState Bank, with name and signage changes expected in late September. CenterState, a Florida-based bank founded in 2000, provides a wide range of financial products and services to help businesses with their day-to-day operations. Whether your business is looking to finance commercial real estate, find a solution for daily cash-flow needs with a line of credit, or expand its operations such as an upgrade with new machinery, CenterState Bank can customize a loan that is right for your business. Our team of commercial lenders will work with you directly and loan decisions are made locally. For more information, contact Mike Dailey – 904-421-5696. CenterState Bank is a federally insured financial institution. Member FDIC / Equal Housing Lender.


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