Lake's Take

Hello friends,

As fall enters the horizen, we are preparing for one of our favorite annual programs – "Excellence in Manufacturing". This is the event where we take the opportunity to recognize our member company's outstanding employees and continued accomplishments. We host a lovely reception and dinner at the University of North Florida, where we recognize each winner with a personalized onstage recognition. 

Our Excellence in Manufacturing provides the opportunity for you to have your employees recognized at our annual program to be held on October 20th. This is a great opportunity to help keep and encourage your valued employees through a program that was started over 26 years ago at FCMA. Please see the simplified form below and return it by September 22nd to be included in this prestigious event! 

Let's Make It Here, 
Lake G. Ray III, President
First Coast Manufacturers Association
Employee Award Form
Event Sponsorship
Association Announcements


The fall session of FCMA Leadership Academy training programs is going to be very busy, and if you have not yet registered your employees, you will need to act very, very quickly as several programs begin next week. Online registration forms for all classes can be found on the FCMA website under Education/Leadership Academy sections.   Here is our schedule of program offerings:

  • Front Line Supervisor 1 classes--all fall classes are full; make plans now for our winter 2024 class.
  • Introduction to Manufacturing--first class on Wednesday, 9/13/23.
  • Continuous Improvement Lean Practitioner Certification--kickoff event on Friday, 9/22/23.

If you have questions, please contact Mike Templeton at mike@templetonms.com or Stephanie Starling stephanie@fcmaweb.com.

Lean Jax's Lean Practitioner Training Series
As Florida manufacturers and communities prepare for the upcoming hurricane, the FloridaMakes Network is here to help. We offer a variety of resources to help you prepare for and recover from a disaster, including:
• A disaster preparedness guide for manufacturers
• A disaster recovery guide for manufacturers and businesses
• A list of disaster preparedness and recovery resources for businesses and individuals
We also encourage you to stay informed about the latest hurricane updates by following local news and weather channels.
By taking steps to prepare for a disaster, you can help to minimize the impact on your business.
Visit our website to learn more about disaster preparedness and recovery resources for businesses and manufacturers: https://lnkd.in/eAmA426m
We are all in this together! Let's work together to prepare for, safely ride out, and recover from storms.
Upcoming Events
General Meeting
Monday, September 25, 3:30 - 5:30 PM
JEA, 225 Pearl St. Jacksonville

Excellence Awards
Friday, October 20, 5:30pm
UNF University Center
Recent Events
Thank you to those who joined us on Thursday, August 31st at our Annual Symposium! We'd like to give a special THANK YOU to our amazing sponsors: 
  • Platinum - JEA
  • Gold - FPL & PNC
  • Silver - Commercial Metals Company & W.J. Sapp
  • Bronze - ARCO Design/Build, Boeing, CareerSource Northeast Florida, Jinko Solar, Pattillo Industrial Real Estate, SNS Enterprise Group
  • Exhibitors - Adams, Advantage Technologies, Aerostar SES, Dewberry, Dimension Works, FloridaMakes, Highlander Consultants, LeanJax, JEA, Jim Moran Institute, Krystal Klean, Pine Castle, PNC, UF Health
We hope you enjoyed our speaker line-up! The knowledge they have to impart is appreciated and we hope helps you grow in your career. Our speakers were: 
  • Frank Walker, EVP of Governmental Relations, Florida Chamber
  • Steve Beaman, CEO, Elevare Technologies
  • Ed Randolph, Chief of Economic Development, City of Jacksonville
  • Matt Berseth, Chief Information Officer, NLP Logix
  • Aaron Bean, U.S. Congressman, Florida District 4
  • Laura DiBella, President & CEO, Enterprise FL
  • Robert Peek, Chief Commercial Officer, Jaxport
  • Ed Dean, Host, Ed Dean Radio Show
New Members

Meridian Waste

Waste hauling

Paul Davis Restorations of North Florida
Paul Davis is a franchise organization that provides services to cleanup and repair damage to residential and commercial properties due to water, fire, mold, storm or other disasters. Founded in 1966, Paul Davis is a rapidly growing network of more than 300 independently owned and operated franchises in the United States and Canada. Our headquarters is located in Jacksonville, Florida, as well as our National Training Center, where Paul Davis professionals are certified in the areas of emergency restoration, reconstruction and remodeling. Paul Davis puts people and property first throughout the recovery process.

Regions Bank
referred by Cody McLeod, iVenture Solutions
Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $154 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, and mortgage products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest, and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates more than 1,250 banking offices and more than 2,000 ATMs. Regions Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

EZ Automation Systems, LLC
EZ Automation Systems is a Professional Systems Integrator and Engineering Consulting services provider, specializing in Machine/computer vision systems, robotics, asset management systems, and IoT. We integrate new and emerging technologies in the field of machine vision, inventory management, and process automation to provide solutions for the customers’ needs in cost efficient and timely approach. Our solutions help organizations reduce costs, maximize efficiency, and ultimately ensure a high level of customer satisfaction.

Member Corner

We would like to invite you to the FSCJ Manufacturing / Automotive / Construction Career Day. The purpose of the event is to connect students and job seekers with employers from the Manufacturing, Automotive, and Construction industries.  This event is in partnership with Florida State College at Jacksonville and is free to participate.  The Career Day will be held on Tuesday, October 10th from 10:00am-1:00pm at the FSCJ Advanced Technology Center in room T-140/141. 

If you would like to participate, please register here.  

Career Fair for Pace Center for Girls

This year all of the Pace Centers in Florida have been invited to attend the event, and we are expecting 150 girls between the ages of 13-19.  If you are available to participate, please consider volunteering with us.  By sharing your knowledge, skills, and experiences, you become a catalyst for change, helping students unlock their full potential and develop the confidence to chase their dreams.  

Wednesday, October 25

Setup/breakfast:  9:00 AM; Career Fair:  10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Schultz Center (4019 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32207)

Please click the link below to sign up for the event: Pace Career Fair

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