From the desk of Lake Ray, President of FCMA

    Manufacturing Success


    I enjoy writing these “Letters from Lake” because it allows me to reflect on the successes of our manufacturers and their partners. Success in this industry is dependent on hard work, effort and energy to the products produced.


    With the first half of the year behind us, we have seen many work anniversaries and celebrations of another successful year in business. I’m proud of our members and partners who continually strive for excellence in the workplace.


    Part of what makes a successful company are its people. The manufacturing industry is filled with hardworking individuals that continue to strive for excellence. At all levels, businesses rely on employee cooperation, knowledge and specialized skills.


    That’s part of the added value FCMA brings to your business. We offer a myriad of training, education and workforce development courses for your company to invest in its people and thrive. As we move toward the halfway point in the year, I hope you will consider participating in our workforce development opportunities.

    Let’s Make It Here,

    Lake Ray, President

    First Coast Manufacturers Association

    In Case You Missed It:

    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.

    Wednesday, June 6

    Lunch with Lake

    Thursday, June 7

    FCMA New Member Orientation

    Monday, June 25

    General Meeting at Beaver Street Fisheries

    Wednesday, June 27

    Manufacturing Workforce Briefing at Medtronic (Details Here)

    FCMA Leadership Summit 2018

    (Details Here)

  • 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.

    General Meeting

    Thanks North Florida Transportation Planning Organization for hosting!


    The North Florida TPO is the independent regional transportation planning agency for Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties. They lead efforts in planning, funding and mobilizing resources to develop and maintain our transportation system.


    Thank you also to refreshment sponsor Turner Pest Control!

    Government Relations & EHS Joint Meeting

    This month, two of our committees hosted special guest speaker Trey Mills from Roger Towers, who presented a Florida Legislative Session Recap. One key victory in our industry is the Florida Legislature passing a near record level transportation budget, $10.5 billion.

    Employee Rewarding & Recognition Workshop

    On May 30, members enjoyed a presentation from Patricia Hill, Attorney with Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP. This workshop covered strategies for rewarding and recognizing employees. Thank you to all participants!

    Leadership Academy 

    Two of our classes, Front Line Supervisor and Mid-Level Manager, graduated last month.


    Front Line Supervisor graduation was held at Anheuser Busch & 15 FCMA member companies were represented.


    We also recently held our FCMA Mid-Level Manager Leadership Training Graduation for our Spring leaders. Congratulations to all of our graduates!

  • Our Stories

    Front Line Supervisor Training


    We're taking reservations for the fall 2018 Front Line Supervisor training classes. Class begins on September 10. Contact Amanda at amanda@fcmaweb.com to reserve a spot.

    Click here for more information on the class.



    Mid-Level Managers Training


    Now taking reservations for the fall 2018 Mid-Level Manager training class, which begins on September 12. Contact Amanda at amanda@fcmaweb.com to reserve a spot.

    Click here for more information on the class.



    Construction and Manufacturing Job Fair


    CareerSource Northeast Florida, in partnership with FSCJ, will be hosting a free Construction

    and Manufacturing Job Fair on Thursday, June 14 from 10:00am - 1:00pm at FSCJ's Deerwood Center, Room B1204, 9911 Old Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256.


    All Construction and Manufacturing Companies with open and available positions that they are actively recruiting for at the time of the event are welcome to participate. Click here to provide contact information.


    Please contact Roben Faircloth at (904) 798-9229 ext. 2228 if you have any questions.



    Our Leadership Summit Registration is now open!

    Learn more Information about speakers & topics HERE, or visit this site to register.

    Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities can be found HERE.



    Teacher Recognition


    The FCMA Workforce Development Committee is proud to move forward with our Teacher Recognition Program for 2018! It is with great excitement we continue to take advantage of our opportunity to help educate our educators to the many promising careers manufacturers have to offer. In our attempts to change that stigma of a “dirty job” into the “right job” for the higher percentage of young adults that are entering our workforce, we extend our support to one of the highest influencers…TEACHERS.


    We are looking for your nominations to recognize a teacher, guidance counselor, academy career expert or any professional in the school system that can help us spread the word. It could be one that has a proven track record of success or perhaps one that is learning the importance of a skilled trade. Click here for the nomination form. Please send your nominations to amanda@fcmaweb.com.


    After careful review of your nominees, the committee will vote on a teacher to be recognized on a quarterly basis at our FCMA General Meetings.


    FCMA is committed to strengthening our member companies by offering a myriad of events, educational opportunities and business-to-business connections. Do you have an idea for an event? Let us know by emailing: information@fcmaweb.com


    What our members are up to.

    Our Members Make Headlines

    Do you have something exciting going on at your company?

    Email Amanda with the details and be included in next month's Voice newsletter.


    We're glad you're here.

    Enterprise Florida

    Larry Bernaski, Regional Manager of International Business Development

    (904) 359-9350
    3 Independent Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202

    Enterprise Florida’s mission is to expand and diversify the state’s economy through job creation. In pursuit of its mission, Enterprise Florida works closely with a statewide network of economic development partners and is funded both by the State of Florida and by private-sector businesses.


    Jennifer Peterson, Sales Executive
    (904) 200-7949
    9823 Tapestry Park Cir, Jacksonville, FL 32246

    Manpower helps 400000+ clients succeed through our innovative workforce solutions. With expertise in staffing, recruitment, assessment and workforce consulting and outplacement, each day they connect more than 600000 associates with clients to power the world of work.

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