• FCMA is here to support you and your business during this critical time.

    Through our partnerships across the state, our staff is ready to assist however we can.




    Dear Friend,


    Over the past year, our Workforce Development committee and all of us at FCMA have directed our attention to the workforce pipeline problem facing manufacturing not only on the First Coast, but across Florida and the United States. We had a successful Manufacturing Day with over 20 tours of local manufacturing facilities for local high school students. We have introduced a program called Manufacturing, Measuring and Math that is being presented to local middle and high schools to teach not only important skills like using a measuring tape, but how that can turn into a career locally. Those are only a few of many programs we are implementing to solve this problem that you continue to voice in our industry.


    Another way FCMA chooses to help students interested in science, engineering and manufacturing is through our Tee Up for Tuition Golf Outing each spring. The money brought in through this tournament, scheduled this year for Friday, April 3 at St. Johns Golf & Country Club, is given to local students at UNF's College of Engineering. In addition, some of this money will also be allocated to help cover costs of the aforementioned measuring course to local schools.


    If you like to golf and network, sign up your foursome now by emailing Maria@fcmaweb.com ASAP - we sell out each year! Not a golfer but want to get involved? Consider sponsoring the event - each sponsorship includes onsite signage as well as your company name on our website, social media and monthly Voice newsletter, among other benefits.


    Other ways to get involved without playing include donating a raffle or silent auction prize or an item for our 175 goodie bags. What a great way to get your name out to our membership as well as support a great cause. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for 2020, please email Maria Corby at maria@fcmaweb.com by March 27, 2020.


    Let's hit the links together on April 3!


    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.

    Click here for our 2020 calendar.

    Tuesday, March 3

    MFG Day Preview


    Thursday, March 5

    New Member Orientation

    FCMA Office

    Tuesday, March 31

    General Meeting

    Commercial Metal Company

    Friday, April 3

    Golf Tournament

    St Johns Golf & Country Club

    Thursday, April 30

    Financing Resources for Domestic & International Expansion

    UNF University Center


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    Our new edition of Manufacturing on the First Coast Magazine will be published in the next several months. This magazine is intended to effectively promote job growth and the positive influence the manufacturing industry plays in our economy now and in the future. Using strategic distribution geared toward manufacturers and business leaders clearly makes advertising in this biennial trade publication a smart investment.


    We hope you will consider sponsoring an advertisement in this important publication to help us communicate with manufacturers, leaders and others across the region.

  • New Members

    Welcome to the FCMA family!

    All Purpose Staffing

    Dan Ballinger, CEO/President

    (904) 219-1515
    9471 Baymeadows Rd, Ste 108, Jacksonville, FL 32208

    Provides temporary personnel, both industrial unskilled & skilled, to warehouse, to administrative & other.


    Centerline Steel, LLC

    Tracy Smith, CEO/Managing Partner

    (904) 217-4186
    208 W Davis Industrial Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084


    Centerline Steel is a majority-woman/family-owned company dedicated to uncompromising product quality coupled with superior customer service. All brackets are made from American steel and manufactured in Centerline's state-of-the-art facilities in St. Augustine, FL.



    John Kauffman, Account Director

    (904) 421-5318
    501 Riverside Ave, Ste 1000, Jacksonville, FL 32202

    A brokerage/consulting firm providing insurance, risk management, and employee benefits services.


    Veritas Steel LLC

    Rene Miller, HRM

    (386) 866-0782
    211 Comfort Road, Palatka, FL 32177

    Fabrication and Manufacturer of Complex Steel Bridges.


    Opportunities to learn, grow and interact with other manufacturers.

    Social Connection

    We hosted Social Connection in February at Strings Sports Brewery in Springfield. What a great opportunity to network! Thanks to all who attended. See you next quarter!

    Government Relations Committee

    This month's guest speaker was James Bennett, Baker County Commission Chairman from District 4. He also serves as Senior Director, Engineering & Construction at JAXPORT.

    Professional Progress

    Our 2020 Professional Progress course kicked off this month. This course runs Feb - Oct and includes a kickoff luncheon, monthly courses, a community service project and graduation. Thank you to Greg Strong from the DEP for speaking along with Lake and Maria from FCMA. Good luck to all enrollees!

    Train the Trainer

    Workforce Development hosted a Train the Trainer course to teach fellow manufacturers the course information for our Manufacturing, Measuring & Math course to help expand our outreach efforts to middle & high schools. Thanks to all who became trained to help us reach more students!

    General Meeting at Q-PAC

    February's meeting took FCMA to St Johns County at Q-Pac. Thank you for hosting! Our refreshment sponsor was FairchildHR. We appreciate all of our attendees. The March meeting will be on a Tuesday - March 31 at 4pm at Commercial Metals Company.


    Highlighting a new FCMA member each month

    Grace Aerospace

    Pauline Sevigny

    (904) 854-9852 x239   



    GRACE Aerospace is a full-service aerospace manufacturer and systems integrator with capabilities in product development and engineering, structural fabrication, CNC machining, electrical assembly, systems integration and test certified to AS9100D standards. Our government customers have relied on GRACE for two decades to build and deliver sophisticated systems to exacting standards on time and on budget.

    In one sentence, what differentiates you from your competitors? Grace Aerospace sets itself apart by going beyond the role of a build to print shop and helps our customers by providing upfront engineering insight into customer designs to prevent costly problems and rework.

    What is a cool fact about your company and the product or service you provide? Although our name is GRACE “Aerospace”, we can help any company with manufacturing almost anything electrical or structural!


    How does FCMA make your company better? GRACE Aerospace is so happy to have found FCMA. FCMA has been instrumental in helping GRACE develop new business relationships, offer training solutions for our employees, and serve as an overall great resource for local business knowledge.


    Want some free advertising for your company? Help us share more about what our members do!

    Be featured in a member spotlight? Contact Amanda here!




    MEMBERSHIP PERK: Meet people & help us thrive by being part of a committee!

    Business to Business

    Responsible for all programs, community participation, networking events, annual employee recognition banquet and awards.
    Major Committee Sponsored Activities: General Meetings, Golf Tournament, Excellence Awards, Socials, Summit, Symposium

    Workforce Development Committee

    Focuses on Human Resources component of manufacturing and combating common issues facing manufacturing. Conducts the annual wage and benefit survey. Also responsible for developing educational and training programs and working with local educational institutions to improve the skill level of students to better prepare them for manufacturing jobs.

    Major Committee Sponsored Activities: Career Fairs, Leadership Academy, Manufacturing Month, School Projects

    Government Relations Committee

    Promotes and monitors local and state legislative issues affecting manufacturers, maintains a continued dialogue with elected officials, active in cooperative efforts with other state and national organizations. The committee measures the economic impact of manufacturing in the region, develops strategic plans to enhance manufacturing’s role, creates an awareness of international trade opportunities, and makes recommendations on major region-wide economic issues.

    Major Committee Sponsored Activities: Tallahassee Advocacy Trips, Candidate Interviews/Endorsements through Political Committee, Meeting guests include state legislators, city council members/county commissioners, local agencies heads

    Environmental, Health & Safety Committee

    Proactive in identifying environmental and safety issues that have an impact on manufacturers, with emphasis placed on legislative and regulatory issues, forming partnerships with regulators and environmental organizations and emphasis on pollution prevention.

    Major Committee Sponsored Activities: Monthly Meetings on Technical/Environmental Issues, Workshops to keep members current on regulatory issues, Off-site meetings sharing best safety management practices at manufacturing locations, Professional Progress – Leadership/professional development program

    Membership Services Committee

    Responsible for the retention and recruitment of members, development of services for members and employees, assimilation of members into the organization to maximize the benefits of membership (such as committee assignments and site visitation).

    Major Committee Sponsored Activities: Member to Member Business, Liaison Program Year Round, Annual Membership Drive, New Member Orientations

    Interested in visiting or joining a committee? Please contact Amanda@fcmaweb.com.



    What our members are up to.

    St. Johns Summer Internship Opportunity

    Career Academies of St. Johns is starting the summer internship process with their Academy students. If your business would be interested in potentially taking on a summer intern, the Summer Internship Business Intent form is attached. While the form states that the internship is to be 6 weeks at 20 hours per week, the timing can be formulated differently to meet the needs of the employer and the student, as long as the student doesn’t exceed 120 internship hours. Additionally, these can be unpaid or paid internships. They have many talented Engineering students seeking internship sites, so if your business can take part, or if you know of another business that can take part, please feel free to reach out to Jaime Combs, 904.547.8306 | jaime.combs@stjohns.k12.fl.us 


    Johnson & Johnson Vision

    Johnson & Johnson Vision in the City of Jacksonville was recently selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the 18 new factories world-wide inducted into the Global Lighthouse Network of advanced manufacturers that are showing leadership in applying the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to drive operational and environmental impact. They are ONE OF ONLY FIVE companies in the Americas with this designation. We are proud of having them serve on our Board of Directors supporting our 2030 vision of having Florida produce more output per manufacturing worker (productivity) than any other state in the nation, ranking among top 5 states for manufacturing jobs, and being viewed as the “factory floor” for U.S. manufacturing.


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

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







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