October VOICE Newsletter


Dear FCMA members & partners,

Manufacturing Month is here & FCMA is once again participating in MFG Day and showing the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging our members to share their wealth of knowledge, experience, and skills with high school teachers and students.

Although 2020’s celebration will be different without in-person facility tours, we need manufacturers to do their part to show what careers in today’s advanced manufacturing really look like, via virtual programming. 

It is imperative that, despite the current pandemic, we continue to move the needle on deepening an awareness of the manufacturing career pathway on the First Coast.  These tours and the awareness they bring to today's high school students are vital to reaching the workforce of the future. 

FCMA’s Manufacturing Month Planning Team has created and gathered resources, located at https://fcmaweb.com/training/mfgday/, to make this process as easy as possible but we need your company to consider utilizing them to host a modified virtual tour/employer insight session for local students. 

If you are interested in connecting with a school & hosting a virtual tour this fall, please email information@fcmaweb.com.  Our team will make a virtual introduction with a school partner and help facilitate an event this fall. 


Thank you,

Lake G. Ray III, President
First Coast Manufacturers Association

Training Grants - FCMA Webinar

Thursday, October 22, 9:00-10:00 AM
Applying for Training Grants - It's Easy with our Help! Don't miss this important webinar that will save your company money. 

 We will discuss:  

  • State & local grant information 
  • Who is eligible to apply 
  • Requirements 
  • Training – included and excluded 
  • Resources to help you 


  • Roben Faircloth, CareerSource Northeast Florida 
  • Rob Caldwell, Business Advisor, FloridaMakes 
  • Ernie Aglugub, BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair 

Find more information here.

General Meeting via Webinar
Monday, October 26, 3:30 PM
On Monday, October 26, join us for our General Meeting via Zoom with a virtual tour of BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair. We will begin the meeting at 3:30pm. RSVP to information@fcmaweb.com for log-in details.

5 Tips to Optimizing Scheduling for Shop Floor Control
Thursday, November 5, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Stay tuned for more information.


Carlisle Wins Bronze at SMBE Awards
Carisle Interconnect Technologies won Bronze at the 2020 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards on Thursday, October 1. They were one of only ten finalists for this prestigious award. Companies were judged in six categories of criteria, including leadership, strategic planning, customer and market focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce and operations. Congratulations, CarlisleIT!   

New Virtual Leadership Development Training Programs

The topics of leading a multi-generational workforce and addressing diversity and employee inclusion in a manufacturing operation represent real and growing challenges to every organization today. 

Companies who can successfully incorporate these critical socio-economical topics into their operating models can differentiate themselves and minimize the potential impacts of conflicts between employees resulting poor morale, unnecessary turnover and possible legal challenges. How your leaders address these challenges on a daily basis will impact your bottom-line performance. 

FCMA is excited to announce three new virtual leadership development training programs that will provide real and immediate value to your leaders and your company:

  • Leading A Multi-Generational Workforce (two virtual classes)
  • Leading Diversity & Inclusion In Today’s World: Executive Program (1 virtual class)
  • Leading Diversity & Inclusion In Today’s World— Manager & Supervisor Program (4 virtual classes)

The virtual offering will allow your employees to participate in a COVID-19 safe environment of their own office or home, and the cost of these virtual programs is extremely low for the value provided.  

 If you are interested in participating, please contact  Mike Templeton via email and have your participants complete online registration using the following links: 




We expect these classes to fill up quickly so act now!  

Joining Forces for Employee Health Benefits at a Better Cost

Excellence Awards

After taking into consideration feedback from our Members, we have decided to move the in-person 2020 Employee Awards event from October this year to January 29, 2021. 

While the in-person event will be moved, FCMA still wants to recognize your employees this year, so we will be rewarding winners selected by their companies by October 23, 2020 with a custom recognition packet including personalized message from our FCMA President, Lake Ray as well as other surprises to grow excitement for our January award dinner. If you wish to participate and have your employees recognized, please submit the application and your photos. The winners will receive a special announcement about the process that will take place leading up to the events.  

In this critical time, it is important to let your employees know how much they are appreciated and that they have not been forgotten.

If there is anything you would like for us to consider for the October virtual celebration, please do not hesitate to contact Maria Corby. There is no additional charge for the October celebration packet, but we will need you to submit the application to start the process. See here for the application.

Regional Manufacturing Award Winners 

FCMA congratulates the following award winners of the 2020 Regional Manufacturing Awards, presented at the Symposium held on September 25 at World Golf Village. Thank you Mark Wilson from the Florida Chamber & Michael Corrigan from Visit Jacksonville for serving as our keynote speaker and emcee, respectively. Event photos can be found below, as well as on our Facebook page

2020 Award Winners 
Economic Impact: JaxPort
Outstanding Leadership: BAE Systems
Environmental Protection: Commercial Metals Company
Most Innovative: Florida Power & Light
Community Engagement: Rulon International
Logistics Company of the Year: JZ Expedited Logistics
Workforce Development: Carlisle Interconnect Technologies
Workplace Health: Bacardi Bottling Corp.
Workplace Safety: Dupuy Silo Facility
Outstanding Contributor: Roben Faircloth, CareerSource Northeast Florida & Julie Hindall, JaxUSA Partnership
Partner of the Year: Jo-Kell
Manufacturer of the Year (Less than 49
Employees): Concealment Express
Manufacturer of the Year (Greater than 49 Employees): Medtronic ENT/NT
President’s Award: Kelly Wood, NT Plastics

We also give a special thanks for our sponsors: Florida Power & Light, CareerSource Northeast Florida, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Jo-Kell, LG2 Environmental Solutions, Inc., Lewis, Longman & Walker and PNC Bank. Thank you to our event exhibitors as well: Adams Air & Hydraulics, AIT Environmental Technology, Kardex Storage Systems, The Bailey Group, The JZ Expedited Companies and UF Health.

Florida Recycling Partnership 
Florida Recycling Partnership is excited to support Florida’s manufacturing industry. You may be asking why a recycling group is supporting manufacturing - read more here. 

IMT Apprenticeship – Now Accepting Applications
The IMT Apprenticeship program is now live! To view a recorded webinar on how the application process works and to obtain details on how to sign up for this exciting opportunity click here. 

CONNEX Florida Online Database

Connex Florida is an online database that will connect Florida manufacturers statewide today and in the long-term beyond the current crisis. To take advantage of this tool, each manufacturer will need to upload basic company information into the database. Please note that only public information will be entered; no confidential or proprietary information will be solicited as part of this effort.

In addition to basic company information, more detailed voluntary information will be requested to help us better understand the current overall health of manufacturing in Florida and how we can best assist your company in returning to a healthy operational state. This additional information will not be uploaded to the database.

For detailed information about Connex Florida, click here. To obtain access to browse and enter your company's information into the database, please visit www.Florida.MFGConnex.com.

ABLE Trust Feature Story - Hiring People with Different Abilities in Manufacturing 

Making Our Way to the Future Symposium 
We had a great showing at our Symposium on Friday, September 25 at World Golf Village's Renaissance St Augustine Resort. Thank you to those who were able to make it there to be with us in person for the first time since March.

We had several dynamic speakers - Joanna Richards from Shift 7 Leadership, Adelmarie Bones from Golder Associates, Ed Dean v. Chris Hand in a political point/counter point conversation and Rick Mullaney, Roger Austin and Joe Saviak with an elections analysis.

We also give a special thanks to our sponsors: Florida Power & Light, CareerSource Northeast Florida, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Jo-Kell, LG2 Environmental Solutions, Inc., Lewis, Longman & Walker and PNC Bank, as well as our exhibitors: Adams Air & Hydraulics, AIT Environmental Technology, Kardex Storage Systems, The Bailey Group, The JZ Expedited Companies, UF Health. We appreciate each of you for sharing your wisdom and passion with our members and partners. Hope to see everyone next year! Event Photos can be found here. 

Financing Resources for your Domestic and International Expansion
Thank you to those who attended our webinar on September 30 to become familiar with local, state and federal resources to assist in business expansion. There were presentations from FloridaMakes, Florida Small Business Development Center, Small Business Administration and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). We send a special thank you to our event sponsors PNC Bank and Florida Capital Bank! 

September General Meeting with Virtual Tour of Dimension Works
Thank you to Dimension Works for providing a virtual tour for our September General Meeting!  Dimension Works is a full-service 3D Printing Firm. Their portfolio of services includes CAD & Design, 3D Scanning, 3D Printing and Printer Sales. 
Mindy Beegle, mbeegle@dimension.works, (352) 612-0080/ (352) 874-7611

Government Relations Committee Meeting
Thank you to all who attended this month's Government Relations committee meeting with guest speaker Audrey Gibson, Florida State Senator, District 6 and Minority (Democratic) Leader. It is always great to hear from leaders in our region about their initiatives and teach them about manufacturing on the First Coast! 
JaxPort - Industry Insights: How Ecommerce Retailers Can Leverage an FTZ to find Cost Savings 

FSCJ and CareerSource Manufacturing/Trade Career Day – The purpose of the event is to connect students and attendees with employers from the Trade & Manufacturing Industry.  The event will be held in a virtual format on Thursday, October 8, 10:00AM – 1:00PM.  There is no fee to attend.  If you are interested in participating, please register at this link. 
University of North Florida Small Business Development Center – The SBDC is open for business! As the state starts reopening, now is the time to start preparing for your business recovery and adjust to the ‘New Normal’. Many businesses are wondering what they can do to meet the challenges of COVID-19. The Florida SBDC at UNF has the resources your business needs to recover, rebuild, and grow. More information here: https://www.sbdc.unf.edu/cares/
UNF STEM & Construction Career Fair - Thursday, October 8, 12:00 – 4:00PM. The Employer Showcase is a great way to recruit graduating students and alumni, a chance to meet students that are interested in internships and co-ops, and an opportunity to publicize your organization to students. More information. 

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

Serco Inc.
11425 Saints Road Jacksonville, FL 32246

Joshua Morgan, Joshua.morgan@serco-na.com, 904.803.0029 

Serco is a market-leading provider of ship modernization services, with capabilities covering the full lifecycle from acquisition and design to installation of new and upgraded systems including C5ISR systems, weapons systems, SATCOM, radar, and hull, mechanical, and electrical upgrades. We support adding new capabilities and cyber-hardening on existing vessels and construction of next-generation ships for the U.S. Navy, other DoD clients, shipyards, the Coast Guard, and allied navies.

Serco has earned a reputation for being a reliable partner for large-scale, complex ship modernization programs, working in some of the most demanding environments from nuclear aircraft carriers to submarines. With over 1,000 experienced systems engineers, artisans, and technical experts, we help to incorporate the latest technology, minimize downtime, and meet exacting budgets and timelines. Our nimble engineering approach makes Serco the best value partner for the affordable upgrade and maintenance of afloat assets. We have a presence in all major ports and shipyards to support clients in the U.S. and abroad and the capability to field teams to respond to emerging needs worldwide.

ARCO Design/Build
816 N. Highway A1A Suite 301
Ponte Vedra Beach FL 32082 

ARCO Design/Build (ARCO) is a leader in the industrial construction industry with hundreds of associates across the nation and offices in all major markets. ARCO offers the strength, presence and resources of a $2.5 billion national builder with the responsiveness of a local company. The Jacksonville team, led by Vice President Dan Croft and Business Development Director Henri Brickey, opened the office in 2020 to expand ARCO's industry leadership. The team brings their expertise to the Southeast and will continue to grow relationships both locally and nationally.

ARCO is a full-service design-build general contracting firm offering a turnkey approach to commercial construction. Our expertise includes industrial warehouses, distribution centers, cold storage facilities, light industrial manufacturing, self storage, as well as office buildings and tenant improvement projects. 

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