Dear Friend,




    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

    Monday, 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 soon. 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

    FCMA hosted a Social Connection at Strings Sports Brewery in Springfield for members to network. Thank you for hosting, Strings and to those who attended!

    Government Relations Committee

    James Bennett, Baker County Commission Chairman, District 4 and JAXPORT Senior Director of Engineering & Construction was our guest for our February Government Relations Committee

    Professional Progress Kickoff

    Our 2020 Professional Progress course kicked off this month! This program runs February to October and includes the kickoff luncheon, monthly courses, community service project and graduation. Speakers included Lake Ray, Maria Corby and Greg Strong from Dept of Environmental Protection.

    Manufacturing, Measuring & Math Workshop

    FCMA wants students to know about opportunities in manufacturing. We have a new initiative to reach middle & high school students through their math classes and we are training manufacturers to help us expand! Thanks to all who came to our Train the Trainer worksheet. Get involved with our initiatives by contacting Amanda about the WFD committee!

    General Meeting at Q-PAC

    Our February General Meeting took place at Q-PAC in St. John's County. Thank you for hosting! In addition, FairchildHR was our refreshment sponsor. Our next meeting is on a Tuesday -

    March 31 at Commercial Metals Company.

    Training Grants Workshop

    Attendees of the recent WFD workshop discussed state & local grant information, who is eligible to apply, requirements, training – included and excluded and resources available. Thanks for attending!


    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.



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

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


    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, please reach out to Jaime Combs, 904.547.8306, jaime.combs@stjohns.k12.fl.us. Max 120 hours - unpaid or paid internships.







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