And the Winner Is...


    Helping your business succeed is one of our main goals for FCMA and we work to do so each day through advocacy, workforce training, education and business to business connection. As an organization, our best moments are when we have the privilege of celebrating your success. While all of our members stand out in the field, only a handful elevate their day-to-day practices enough to be considered the Manufacturer of the Year. Now is the opportunity to nominate your company or a fellow company for this prestigious award and other awards including Partner of the Year, Founders Service Award and more. This year's winners of the FCMA Excellence Awards will be announced on Friday, September 27 at UNF's Adam Herbert University Center.


    This year, we are making the nominating process easier than ever before. We have put our nomination form online for you to submit nominations quickly or, for the first time ever, for company awards we are accepting video nominations. Grab your smartphone and film your own company video nomination, or our public relations partner will be at the FCMA Office to film company video nominations on August 9 and 16 - by appointment through maria@fcmaweb.com. Nominations for all awards are due August 23!


    You can find the registration forms and more information about both the Employee and Company Awards on our website.

    We've got some great surprises in store for our Excellence Awards and we look forward to celebrating you!


    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.

    Monday, August 26

    General Meeting

    Rulon International

    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

    Thank you Carlisle IT for hosting our July General Meeting! We had a great turnout for our meeting where attendees were treated to an in-depth tour of their facility.


    Carlisle IT manufactures electronic test equipment and accessories, such as oscilloscope probes, differential probes, test leads, kitting solutions and other RF interconnect products used in the Test & Measurement market.

    EHS Committee Meeting

    Our featured guest speaker at our July EHS Committee meeting was Steven G. McInall, JEA Vice President Energy and Water Planning, who spoke to the group about Sustainably and JEA.


    Photo: Leesa Gerald, LG2 Environmental; Steven G. McInall, JEA; Vince Seibold, EHS Manager, Metal Container and Anheuser-Busch company


    Government Relations Committee Meeting

    Our featured guest speaker at our July Government Relations Committee meeting was District 2 Councilman, Al Ferraro. Councilman Ferraro's district includes the Arlington area of Jacksonville.


    Professional Progress

    Our class topic for July was Customer Service Skills, Public Speaking, Media Relations, Etiquette/Professional Networking.


    Thank you to our class Speakers:

    Jay Magee, Kristen Head, and Gina Kyle, JEA, James Ruiz, COO of ITG Technologies, Martha Barrett, Bank of America (not pictured), Lake Ray, FCMA President and Renee Goode, JEA, Class Planner


    We would also like to thank our friends at CBS 47/FOX 30 Action News Jax Station for the tour.

  • 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 - Over $1 Billion in Impact Reported by Manufacturers Working with the FloridaMakes Network


    Florida manufacturers who received services through our state-wide FloridaMakes network have reported a combined total of over one billion dollars in measurable economic impacts and created or retained 6,953 manufacturing jobs since the program started delivering services in 2016.


    The FloridaMakes network is a state-wide industry-led initiative operated by Florida’s Regional Manufacturers Associations in partnership with industry, research, educational, and economic development organizations, both public and private, at the state and national levels. The network’s mission is to improve the productivity and technological performance of Florida manufacturers by accelerating technology adoption, talent development, and business growth, and to strengthen the state’s high-wage manufacturing economy. FCMA, through its participating partners, provides services that are customized to meet the needs and opportunities of individual companies.


    Impact results represent data from 283 client engagements across the state and were obtained through a survey conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. On average, $3.7 million in total impact, and over 24 jobs were created or retained per firm (total survey data through Q1, 2019). The numbers break down as follows:

    • Increased and retained sales: $697 million

    • Total cost savings: $97.9 million

    • Total investments: $249.5 million

    • Jobs created and retained: 6953


    The FloridaMakes network is the official representative of the MEP National Network, which is operated by NIST, for the State of Florida.  More information on the FloridaMakes network is available at www.floridamakes.com. More information about the MEP National Network is available at www.nist.gov/mep.


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    IMCO Software - IMCO Software is pleased to announce a big win, not only for IMCO but for the Jacksonville business community. IMCO, a Jacksonville based consulting and IT company just completed its participation in the successful design of the Integrated Operations Planning and Control Tower at Leggett & Platt Automotive unit and is moving now to the implementation phase. The Integrated Operations Planning and Control Tower, which is going to help Leggett and Platt with long term demand and supply planning as well as with S&OP functionality is going to be installed in all 23 plants of its Automotive unit around the World and possibly in other units after that. IMCO Associates, Inc. expects to substantially increase the size of its Jacksonville based work force in the coming years as a result of this project. For more information about IMCO Associates, Inc.’s services and products please contact Naomi Mirensky at 904-465-4356 or by email to Naomi.M@IMCOSoftware.com.







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