From the desk of Lake Ray, President of FCMA


    Members of the First Coast Manufacturer's Association are innovative leaders in the business community, leaning in to new challenges while offering solutions. In past conversations with our members, one area that our Association has consistently been strong is in advocacy. That's why this year, FCMA is continuing to innovate and offer unique opportunities. Through our partnership with FloridaMakes and our fellow Regional Manufacturing Associations, we have created the Florida Manufacturing and Logistics Council, or FMLC.


    FMLC is a statewide association dedicated to serving members and advocating for issues that matter to Florida manufacturers at the State level. As a member in good standing of FCMA, you are invited to enjoy the full benefits of membership in FMLC at no additional cost. This means you can attend additional legislative advocacy days, on top of the planned FCMA advocacy trip in March. Joining FMLC strengthens our standing across the state and ensures the voice of the First Coast will not be lost.


    To continue to lead in advocacy in our city and state, we must be fierce advocates in our community and among our business partners. That’s why we are excited for you to join us in Tallahassee this March during our annual advocacy trip. This trip is a time for our Association to speak with one unified voice and let our leaders know where we stand on issues and offer a compelling business case to keep us moving forward as an industry. I encourage you to RSVP to this event and stay engaged!


    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, February 7

    New Member Orientation

    RSVP to Maria

    Monday, February 25

    Next General Meeting

    Details Here

    Wednesday, February 27

    Employment Law Training

    Details Here

    Thursday, March 7

    Social Connection at Kickbacks Gastropub

    RSVP to Maria

    March 27-28

    Tallahassee Advocacy Trip

    Details Here

    Friday, April 12

    2019 Golf Tournament

    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.

    January General Meeting

    We had a great turnout at our January General Meeting and hope that everyone enjoyed our kickoff to 2019!


    An extra special thank you to FSCJ for hosting and ITG Technologies for sponsoring refreshments!


    join us February 25 for our next General Meeting! We're still seeking a host location and refreshment sponsors. Email if interested.

    FMLC Advocacy Days

    On January 23, FCMA staff and members joined the Florida Manufacturing and Logistics Council (FMLC) in Tallahassee to meet with State legislators to set our priorities for the 2019 legislative session.


    We'd like to give a special mention to Representative Cortez, Representative Stevenson, Senator Gibson, Senator Baxley, Senator Powell and Senator Berman, all represented in these photos, for joining us! Learn more about FMLC in "Lake's Take".


    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.


    FSCJ is hosting a 2019 Spring Career Fair focused on Manufacturing, IT and business opportunities. The event will be held April 4, 10:00AM-1:00PM, at the Advanced Technology Center (401 W State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202). This event is free to register and an opportunity to connect with students and those interested in pursuing a career with your organization. Please register soon in order to reserve your table!  https://fscj-csm.symplicity.com/events/1a0d2da0e43217ba20a3c04c39aef7ae/overview.  If you are interested in either "on-site interviewing" or "on-site hiring" during the event, please, email:   apasetti@fscj.edu or erica.mack@fscj.edu for further instructions


    JZ Expedited Logistics is pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Sloope from Vice President of Sales & International Operations to Chief Operating Officer. Since Joining JZ, Chris has developed and directed the growth of JZ’s international department, led sales efforts and most recently begun assisting in managing day to day operations of the 6 various business units.


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


    Relevant to your business

    FCMA Leadership Academy Classes

    FCMA is still accepting registrations for two Leadership Academy programs.  Please use the links below and register your employees now, as all the classes will fill up quickly.  


    Millions in Impact Reported by Manufacturers Working with FloridaMakes

    We are excited to report that Florida manufacturers who received services through FloridaMakes have reported a combined total of over $721 million in measurable impacts (total survey data through Q3, 2018). The results break down to include:

    • Increased or retained sales: $475 million

    • Total cost savings: $70.6 million

    • Total investments: $175.7 million (equipment, new products, skills and other)

    • Jobs created or retained: 5236

    The survey results represent data from 241 firms. On average, $3 million in total impact and over 21 jobs were created or retained per firm. The findings were reported directly by manufacturers through a third-party outside survey conducted on behalf of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership.


    FloridaMakes is a great resource and can help your company address current challenges, create new opportunities for growth and achieve measurable results. To learn how FloridaMakes’ services can unlock growth opportunities and cost savings for your company, contact your FloridaMakes’ Business Advisor Paula DeLuca at paula.deluca@floridamakes.com or at (904) 385-2123 (cell). FloridaMakes is an industry-led public-private partnership operated by participating Regional Manufacturer Associations throughout Florida. As part of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership network, FloridaMakes is the official representative of NIST MEP in the State of Florida. Learn more at www.floridamakes.com.



    Manufacturing is Not Dead


    "Terry (Iverson) has really given us an exciting fresh look at our industry," said Lake G. Ray, III. "He's incredibly engaged with our young people, in helping them to consider these career paths." Read More From the Florida Times Union

    FCMA is dedicated to showcasing that “Manufacturing is Not Dead” and teaching the First Coast community about the opportunity for high-paying skilled jobs for our youth right in their backyard. We have events planned for 2019 that will bring together education partners & FCMA member companies to educate families about opportunities.

  • New Members

    Welcome to the FCMA family!

    GH Foods

    Elaine Delgado, HR Manager

    (904) 364-0353
    4627 JP Hall Blvd, Ste 204, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

    With decades of passion and experience in the produce industry, GH Foods strives to bring fresh and wholesome food to your table.

    Jim Moran Institute

    Stephanie Royal, Associate Director

    (904) 528-9722
    4651 Salisbury Rd, Ste 151, Jacksonville, FL 32256

    The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship cultivates, trains and inspires entrepreneurial leaders through world-class executive education, applied training, public recognition and leading-edge research.


    Profit Plus Consulting

    Jacob Stump, Founder

    (304) 553-3268
    150 Hilden Rd, Ste 311, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081

    Profit Plus Consulting helps manufacturers increase profits without cutting staff, sacrificing product quality, or risking a penny of your company's capital.


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