Lake's Take
Hi friends, 

We are looking forward to hosting our upcoming Round Table discussion event. This was a big hit last year amongst our members and we are bringing it back with top speakers and relevant topics in just over a week! 

We'll start the day with "Coffee with the Candidates". We have invited the newly elected City Councilmembers as well as those currently on the ballot in the General Election. In addition, we've extended an invitation to other races on the ballot, including the Mayoral candidates. Come mix and mingle over coffee prior to the election! 

The second part of the program will cover three topics you've communicated are of upmost importance to you: Evaluating the Bank Crisis with Chris Ruschele, RFW Wealth Advisors, Emerging Cybersecurity with Bryan Currier, Advantage Technologies, and International Affairs/Supply Chain with Steve Beaman, Elevare Technologies. 

We hope that you will register now to join us! 

Let's Make It Here, 
Lake G. Ray III, President
First Coast Manufacturers Association
Association Announcements


The FCMA Leadership Academy is having a fantastic year so far, and we are just getting started!  Please register your employees for our next Front Line Supervisor 1 course, scheduled to begin on June 13.

 Also, we have two seats left for our Front Line Supervisor 2 course that starts on June 14--students in this class must have completed our Front Line Supervisor 1 course as a pre-requisite.

Looking forward to the fall, we are planning on conducting another Front Line Supervisor 1 class, Front Line Supervisor 2 class, Mid-Level Manager class, Introduction to Manufacturing class and Continuous Improvement class.  If you are interested in any of these programs, please contact Stephanie Starling at stephanie@fcmaweb.com  or Mike Templeton at mike@templetonms.com

Course Information & Registration
Thank you to our recent hosts for our Leadership Academy courses, including Smith Gambrell Russell, Medtronic, Sy-Klone International, WestRock Company and Carlisle Interconnect Technologies. 

We are happy to have participants for Front Line Supervisor from Johnson & Johnson Vision, Jinko Solar, Collins Aerospace, PRIDE Enterprises, BAE Systems, Chemours, USG and Packaging Corporation.

Participating in our Mid-Level Manager course represent Milton J. Wood Fire Protection, Pine Castle, USG, Jinko Solar, Chemours, JEA, Johnson & Johnson Vision, BAE, CMC Steel and Collins Aerospace. 
Upcoming Events
Register for Event
Monday, May 22nd from 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Location TBA
RSVP to information@fcmaweb.com if you'd like to attend. 
CyberSecurity for Small Business
presented by TruTechnology
May 24, 12-1pm at FCMA Office

No charge; Lunch is included.
Learn how to protect your business (30-350 employees) from Daniel Nicolitz, Chief Information Officer, TruTechnology. Daniel holds a Law Degree and a Master’s Degree in Economics in addition to his many years’ experience as a Chief Information Technology Officer. You and your leadership team are invited to learn how to reduce the risk of vulnerabilities that can disrupt your operations and finances. RSVP by May 17th, email Tammy.Cipriani@TruTech.com.
Recent Events
On Friday, April 14th, we hosted our annual golf tournament at St. Johns Golf & Country Club to a nearly full field. Thank you to the teams who came out to play, and an extra special thank you to Scarlett Cybersecurity for being our Signature sponsor! 

We want to give a special shout-out to our Golf Committee and volunteers who went above and beyond for us on Friday, April 14th from start to finish. Thank you to our Golf Committee Chair Kegan Nelmapius, Charles Hirsch with ARL Logistics, Jennifer Hugenard from Bank of America, Patrick Hayes and Ashley Szcukowski from Danis Construction, Cody McLeod from iVenture Solutions, Bart Miller and Thomas Morrison with Jinko Solar, Monica Pritchard from JoKell, Edie Murphy with Scarlett Cybersecurity, James Waters with TAW and Amanda Osborne with FCMA. 
Thank you to the following companies who donated items for our goodie bags, raffles and silent auction: Adams Corp, ARL Logistics, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Centerline Brackets, Corrocoat USA, Courtyard Marriott, Danis Construction, FastTrack Staffing, First Coast Technical College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, GRACE Aerospace, Harbinger, Jaxport, JEA, Jinko Solar, Jo-Kell, Medtronic, Pilot Pen, Q-PAC, Remedy Workforce Specialists, Scarlett Cybersecurity, Seacoast Bank, Seaside Bank and Trust, TAW, Templeton Manufacturing Solutions, Trademark Metals Recycling and Wells Fargo. This event wouldn't be possible without your support! 

We would also like to give a special thank you to Anheuser-Busch for the donation of our beverages! 
Members had a great time meeting this month at Jones Technical Institute and appreciate their hospitality! Thank you to all of our members who came out to support. 
Throughout April, we were honored to host these guests:
  • Environmental Health & Safety - Thank you to Chris Komatz, CHMM, Environmental Compliance Coordinator, Moran Environmental Recovery, LLC, for speaking on the topic "Protecting the worker and the environment".
  • Government Relations: Former Lieutenant Governor of Florida and State Representative, Jennifer Carroll, was our honored guest for April. 
New Members

Jones Technical Institute

J-Tech is a non-profit and postsecondary trade school located on the Southside of Jacksonville. It offers Occupational Associate of Science degrees in the areas of Automotive, Diesel, HVAC-R, Marine & RV and Welding & Fabrication Technology. The institute also offers a short-term Commercial Truck Driving program.

Resource Innovations, Inc.

Working under a contract with JEA to provide fleet electrification for cars and trucks.

Member's Corner

We'd love to feature your news or events in the Members Corner in next month's FCMA Voice! Contact information@fcmaweb.com by the 21st of each month to be featured. 

Congratulations to members celebrating a membership anniversary this month! 
Names are organized by length of membership, oldest to newest. 

United States Gypsum Company, Cecil W. Powell & Company, Republic Services, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, Proforma NorthPoint, Bacardi Bottling Corporation, Sohacki Industries Inc., The Bailey Group, Insteel Wire Products, Jacksonville Lean Consortium, West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.


Johnson & Johnson Vision: Developing and fostering talent and creating equity and access to career opportunities are core tenets of the culture at Johnson and Johnson Vision. They're committed to developing the future leaders of tomorrow by bringing essential training for students interested in STEM, manufacturing, distribution, and logistics. Read more. 

NEFSC: Every year, on April 28, the nation recognizes Workers Memorial Day. This is the day we pay our respects to those who lost their lives on the job and emphasis the importance of safety in the workplace. Thank you for joining FCMA and Northeast Florida Safety Council in saying #ipledgesafety every day of the year.
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