From the desk of Lake Ray, President of FCMA

    Celebrating Manufacturing

    Every year, the First Coast Manufacturers Association creates a beautiful magazine “Manufacturing on the First Coast.” We’re proud to see this legacy continue.


    Manufacturers are the backbone of our economy and the voice for industry in our region. Our members are diverse and unique. This magazine celebrates our members and strives to educate the community about what we do as an organization.


    Please enjoy the digital version of the magazine below. Share it with your friends, neighbors and fellow business leaders.


    Let’s Make It Here,

    Lake Ray, President

    First Coast Manufacturers Association

    Manufacturing on the First Coast



    We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

    Click here for a detailed look at these opportunities.

    Thursday, April 5

    New Member Orientation

    Friday, April 13

    FCMA Golf Outing

    (Details Here)

    FCMA Open House

    Wednesday, April 25

    Conflict Management and Interoffice Politics Workshop

    Monday, May 21

    Next FCMA General Meeting

    FCMA Summit 2018

    (Details Here)

  • Your FCMA

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

    March General Meeting

    We had a great turnout at our March General Meeting at JZ Logistics. Thank you to everyone who joined us.

    Thank you to our refreshment sponsor Richard Oreair & Company!

    Government Relations

    Our Government Relations committee welcomed City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche in March to discuss issues facing our community.


    We are proud of our advocacy efforts and grateful to leaders sharing their perspectives and listening to our members.

    Grant Workshop

    We welcomed FloridaMakes to educate our members how to apply for grants. This terrific workshop included training and best practices to help our members.


    Thanks to our presenters Roben Faircloth with CareerSource; Ernie Aglugub with BAE Systems, and Paula DeLuca with FloridaMakes (Pictured from left to right)

  • General Meeting

    Grant Workshop

    General Meeting

    Government Relations

  • Our Stories

    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

    FloridaMakes and NextFlex present: Flexible Hybrid Electronics and what that means for your business:


    Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) technology is taking the manufacturing industry by storm. Manufacturers across the world are already using FHE to increase their manufacturing capabilities. Are you familiar with FHE and what it can do for your business? If not, you should be.


    In a nutshell, FHE eliminates many of the barriers associated with traditional rigid electronics and allows for new and exciting applications. Some examples may be process sensors resulting in improved shop floor efficiencies or sensors monitoring environmental conditions throughout transit.


    With the emergence of technology within manufacturing, the only consistency is change, but change can mean great things for manufacturers if you allow yourself to be exposed to new ideas and concepts to help grow your business.


    FloridaMakes has three seminars to introduce you to Flexible Hybrid Electronics and to better understand how small to mid-size manufacturers can incorporate this into their plant. Presenters Phil Centonze, director of client engagement services at FloridaMakes and Andy Helm, strategic business manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute will introduce you to this exciting new technology.

    Please plan on attending the one nearest you.


    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).


    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.


    Gilbane Building Company – was featured in an article highlighting their key role on one of the largest manufacturing construction projects in the country. Read more here.


    Lewis Longman & Walker - Shareholder Brenna Durden was recently named an “Ultimate Attorney” by the Jacksonville Business Journal. The Journal honors attorneys who have elevated the legal profession and have helped shape Jacksonville’s business community. Honorees are selected with the help of members of the local legal community, from a pool of attorneys suggested by their peers.


    Pine Castle - Pine Castle hosted emerging Russian leaders last month in a visit arranged by GlobalJax (www.globaljax.org) the local partner for the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. The visitors from Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities toured Pine Castle’s campus learning best practices for serving adults with intellectual and developmental differences. After the tour, Pine Castle’s leadership team answered questions about the programs, budgets, philanthropy and the participant’s ability to choose their life goals.

    Trihydro Corporation - a national provider of engineering and environmental services, announces its acquisition of the Sheridan, Wyoming-based consulting firm Steamboat Technical Services. The acquisition supports Trihydro’s continued dedication to the Rocky Mountain region and enhances the company’s ability to serve its clients with infrastructure, solid waste, surveying, and environmental capabilities.


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