From the desk of Lake Ray, President of FCMA


    The First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) continues to offer premier opportunities to our members and partners. The last two months, FCMA has hosted the FCMA Leadership Summit and the FCMA Excellence Awards Gala. These two events have showcased our members strengths and talents.


    In August, FCMA members had an exclusive opportunity to discuss challenges and issues of the day with leading minds in the manufacturing community. In September, we honored employees and businesses to recognize excellence. FCMA consistently offers members with exclusive benefits and opportunities for your company to thrive.


    October is Manufacturing Month and gives our association and members a unique opportunity to tell our stories. I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to tell your story - whether it is on social media or through an email to your employees. It's critical that we remind our community and industry partners of the value that manufacturers bring our community and our region.


    Let’s Make It Here,

    Lake Ray, President

    First Coast Manufacturers Association

    Manufacturing on the First Coast Magazine



    We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

    Click here for a detailed look at these opportunities.

    General Meeting

    Wednesday, October 24

    Training Grants Workshop

    Thursday, November 1

    General Meeting

    Thursday, December 6

    FCMA Holiday Social

  • Event Information and Registration

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

  • Your FCMA

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

    Government Relations

    Vice President of the Jacksonville City Council, Scott Wilson, visited our Government Relations committee. Councilman Wilson discussed initiatives the City of Jacksonville was taking to improve access for manufacturers.


    Want to join a committee? Contact us at 904.296.9664.

    Front Line Supervisor Training Kickoff

    FCMA kicked off the fall 2018 class of our Front Line Supervisor Training last month.


    We're proud of the success this training has enjoyed.

    2018 FCMA Excellence Awards

    On September 21, FCMA hosted the annual excellence awards gala. This dinner honored employees and companies that have exhibited excellence.

    FCMA Excellence Awards

    Hundreds attended this year's awards gala. We hope you will join us next year!


    What our members are up to.

    Our Members Make Headlines

    Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) would like to invite FCMA members to the following event:
    FSCJ I&C Announcement and Live Demo of FESTO Plant/PAX Controls Training System (one of several training systems planned for FSCJ’s new I&C Lab). The event will be on October 12, at 8:00 AM [Breakfast/Registration begins at 7:30am; Festo FICP NC3 Presentation and Q&A session from 9am – 11am], at FSCJ Advanced Technology Center, 401 W. State Street, Downtown Jacksonville, Room T-140/141. RSVP to B.Potts@fscj.edu 


    Solar Stick was featured in an article in The St. Augustine Report about the completion and shipping of its 100th Hybrid Power System 7000 to the US Army while celebrating the growth of its team from 22 members to 35 and ground breaking for a new research and development building. Read more at: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102180019322&ca=a4a0fad2-f9c3-466e-ad00-941823158579  


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


    Relevant to your business.

    FCMA Leadership Academy Classes

    FCMA is excited to announce our 2019 schedule for the four training class offerings in our Leadership and Workforce Academy. We will be conducting multiple sessions for each of our four training courses as follows-Front Line Supervisor Training (4 offerings), Leading With Success-Mid-Level Manager (2 offerings), Finance For The Non-Financial Manager (2 offerings) and Introduction To Manufacturing Process Principles & Equipment (3 offerings). 
    You can find the detailed class schedules for each program by utilizing the following link to our web page: http://fcmaweb.com/training/leadership-training/ 

    From this training page, you can access the 2019 training schedule as well as viewing an overall description of the four training programs by following the links.


    We hope that by having the entire 2019 training schedule available now, this will help in the planning and budgeting processes so that your company can take advantage of our training programs next year. To date, FCMA has provided training for over 450 people from 40 different member companies! The feedback on all programs continues to be very positive with participants stressing the extremely high value of each program. 
    Don't miss out-reserve your 2019 seats now in what has become one of the premier training programs in Northeast Florida!



    May 30-31, 2019

    MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit, 2019

    FloridaMakes, the Florida Chamber Foundation, CareerSource Florida, and Enterprise Florida co-hosted the first annual MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit on July 26, 2018 in Orlando. With strong representation from ecosystem stakeholders, 28 presenters addressed the needs and realities of Florida’s manufacturing sector.


    The MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit intends to serve as an annual platform to exchange ideas on how state resources in Florida are addressing the impact of market dynamics, economic trends and policies, and new technologies in this sector. We are committed to building a roadmap to strengthen and advance Florida’s economy through innovation and talent development, and to leverage resources to accelerate the productivity and technological performance of Florida’s manufacturing sector.


    Please save the date and plan to attend the MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit, on May 30-31, 2019. Look forward to more updates on this important manufacturing summit at www.Floridamakes.com/events/.

    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 the official representative of the MEP National Network and NIST MEP in the State of Florida. Learn more at www.floridamakes.com.


    We're glad you're here.

    S&S Metals and Plastics

    Mark Davis, Executive Director

    (904) 343-1230
    3740 Morton St.

    Jacksonville, FL 32217
    S&S is a 60-year-old Jacksonville custom metal fabrication company. They fabricate quality steel, aluminum, stainless steel, brass and copper products. In addition, they also do work in plastic fabrication, painting and powder coating, UL listed enclosures, engraving, and more all under one roof.


    Sponsor: Mike Brannen, Miller Electric Company


    Mitchell Tatar, Engineer
    (229) 834-2908
    4010 Deerpark Blvd.
    Elkton, FL 32033
    Q-PAC began in 2012 when they saw a need for ECM technology in the American commercial HVAC market. With a mix of industry veterans, and young minds, they combine the knowledge of what their customers need with speedy research and design, and a passion to provide the best possible fan system in any new or existing air handling unit.
    Sponsor: Mike Templeton, Templeton Manufacturing Solutions

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