The First Coast Manufacturers Association continues to be the premiere trade association in our region. Our members make an impact in our community and in our state. Recently, members of FCMA advocated for manufacturers and pro-business policies in Tallahassee. It is because of our members involvement that policymakers understand firsthand the challenges manufacturers face and recognize solutions.


    Our members have unique opportunities to learn and connect with industry leaders. April is another fully loaded month for our association. Our golf tournament affords you the opportunity to meet with like minded business leaders and build relationships, while supporting our Association. Additionally, our open house on April 29th gives you the chance to meet with community leaders and rub elbows with fellow members. Finally, our Workforce Development Committee has taken a leadership role in identifying and promoting the future of our industry. The Committee is hosting a miniature Manufacturing Day, ahead of Manufacturing Month this fall. These opportunities are not to be missed.


    Next month, members will have the opportunity to attend a Manufacturing Symposium. This Symposium will offer members unique insights into our current state of manufacturing. The Symposium serves a condensed Summit and will feature keynote speakers and relevant content to serve our members. I hope to see these at our upcoming events.

    Let’s Make It Here,

    Lake Ray, President

    First Coast Manufacturers Association



    We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

    Click here for a detailed look at these opportunities.

    Thursday, April 4

    New Member Orientation

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    Friday, April 12

    Golf Outing 2019

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    Wednesday, April 24

    Improving Performance Through Leadership Workshop

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    Friday, April 26

    Worker's Memorial Event

    Monday, April 29

    Open House at FCMA

    Friday, May 17

    FCMA Symposium

    Details Here

  • 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.

    March General Meeting

    We had a great turnout at our March General Meeting.


    Thank you to JaxPort for hosting and JEA for sponsoring refreshments!


    April's General Meeting will be our annual Open House, a members-only event with special VIP guests.

    EHS Committee Meeting

    FCMA had the pleasure of having James R Maher, PE, Assistant Director, FDEP Northeast District and Tom Kallemeyn (Permitting Program Administrator), FDEP Northeast District as guest speakers at the March Committee meeting, who spoke to the group about operator requirements and certifications for Underground Storage tank systems.

    • Class A operators must be trained in and have a general knowledge of the requirements of applicable storage tank system regulations
    • Class B operators must be trained in and have detailed knowledge of the requirements of applicable storage tank system regulations
    • Class C operators must be trained in both general and facility-specific emergency response procedures

    Training providers must provide verification to all Class A and Class B operators who have successfully completed training, in the form of a written or printable electronic training certificate stating the classification and the date it was obtained. Owners and operators must ensure that training certificates are maintained at each facility for inspection by the county or Department. A designated Class B operator for a given facility must provide the facility owner or operator with signed and dated written verification in the form of a list of all Class C operators who have been trained for that facility.


    Thank you to Matt Harris, Environmental Consultant for Northeast District – Jacksonville, Regulated Storage Tanks, Compliance Assurance Program for providing this information.

    Professional Progress

    Our 2019 Professional Progress class kicked off last month, with a class about communication and a tour of FCMA member Bacardi’s bottling plant.


    The FCMA Professional Progress classes continue to make a positive impact for our members.

    Tallahassee Advocacy Trip

    Thank you to all our members who attended our annual Tallahassee Trip in March. Attendees met with many of our local elected officials, including Attorney General Ashley Moody and representatives from the Commissioner of Agriculture’s office.


    Your attendance at this event makes a tremendous impact on policymakers. Without our members participation, leaders would not have firsthand industry appreciation and understanding of manufacturing.


    What our members are up to.

    Our Members Make Headlines

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

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


    JZ Expedited Logistics’ North Florida Warehouse FTZ announced that it has officially launched its new heavy lift service via the receipt and assembly of its SANY 99,000 lb. capacity reach stacker. The acquisition of the SANY reach stacker further augments North Florida Warehouse FTZ’s diversified fleet of forklifts and specialized material handling attachments allowing for cargo of all sizes, weights and types to be handled in a safe and secure environment.


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


    Relevant to your business

    MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit


    The MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit is a leadership-focused meeting designed around connecting ecosystem stakeholders with the needs and realities of industry leaders from the manufacturing sector. Keynote speakers, TED-style talks, and panel discussions will lay the foundation as Florida’s manufacturing stakeholders, public and private, begin to leverage their collective assets and capabilities for a more competitive manufacturing sector.


    Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Reception

    The Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes honor and celebrate the manufacturing companies named as finalists for the third Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards. The winners, chosen from the finalists, will be announced later in the evening at the 2019 Governor's Sterling Awards.


    2019 Governor's Sterling Awards and Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards Banquet

    Six Florida companies will receive statewide recognition as the 2019 winners of the third annual Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards. The awards, recognizing high performing manufacturers in six categories, are announced and presented at this prestigious statewide formal event.


    Click here for to register for all these events.

  • New Members

    Welcome to the FCMA family!

    The Flying Locksmiths

    Terry Bunch, President

    (904) 510-3487
    7933 Baymeadows Way, Ste 9

    Jacksonville, FL 32256

    Since 1946 the team of physical security specialists have been servicing doors/frames, access control, video surveillance, automatic doors, ADA doors, video surveillance, intercoms, safes, and locks.

    Secure Ideas, LLC

    Andrew Kates, VP Account

    (904) 685-9313
    3412 Kori Rd

    Jacksonville, FL 32257

    Secure Ideas is a Jacksonville based consulting firm that focuses on collaborating with our clients to improve their security management and reduce the risk of potential losses.


    Suddath Global Logistics

    Becky Bernard, Logistics Project Manager

    (904) 910-8859
    815 S. Main Street

    Jacksonville, FL 32207

    Suddath Global Logistics is a leading transportation and supply chain management company specializing in third-party logistics for corporations around the world.

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