We Make It Here Showcase

One of FCMA’s pillars is assisting our members in business to business development. This year FCMA is working to help our members discover and learn more about products that are made in the regional area as a part of expanding business opportunities for manufacturers. Many raw materials and manufactured goods are made in Northeast Florida. We want businesses and individuals to know what is made here. A number of these products can be used and incorporated into products used by other local manufacturers.

We are pleased to announce that we are having our first We Make It Here Showcase. The event will be held at UNF on May 25th. The program will be widely publicized to let the people know what is made here. Our goal is to help you let people know what you make here, where your products are sold and how we benefit from your work.

As part of our programming, we will be hosting an engineering and robotics competition between local schools from elementary, middle school and high school. The top competition will be between our colleges. We will be enhancing the competition with cash prizes to help the schools’ programs. We are very excited about this new event and hope to continue hosting future competitions to encourage students in manufacturing related careers.

The We Make It Here Showcase will replace our Summit for this year. The Showcase will have several round table discussions to discuss the significance of our locally made products and impact on our economy. Next year, we will resume our Summit in May along with the Engineering and Robotics Competition.
We hope you plan to participate in this significant business to business opportunity with our members. We will be sending more information in the coming weeks.


Welcome to…

J.P. Perry Insurance
Contact: Kerri Henderson, Commercial Account Executive
Phone: (904) 657-9376
3342 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257

Serves the commercial property, casualty and benefits needs and personal home and auto insurance needs for Florida and out of state businesses and residents

Sponsor: Linda Watkins, Main Metal Recycling

JR Coaching Partners
Contact: Joanna Richards, Registered Corporate Coach
Phone: (904) 387-5822
25 North Market St, Ste 203, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Registered Corporate Coach

Sponsor: Mike Templeton, Templeton Manufacturing Solutions

Silver Oak Advisors
Contact: Jeff Talton, Senior Director
Phone: (678) 848-2571
427 Linkside Circle, Miramar Beach, FL 32250

A real and personal property tax compliance and consulting firm that specializes in complex industrial manufacturing

Sponsor: Ed Salek, Dixon Hughes Goodman

USA Mobile Drug Testing
Contact: Tim Martin, Owner
Phone: (904) 674-4552
4230 Tideview Drive, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Full service drug and alcohol testing. Mobile Testing. DOT and non-DOT random selection management. Instant/Rapid test sales. Testing supplies sold

Sponsor: Lisa Diaz, JAXPORT

New Member Orientation

FCMA’s New Member Orientation is not only limited to New Member companies. FCMA offers this orientation to your employees who you want to be active in the association.

When: Thursday, February 2 and Thursday, March 2
Time: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: FCMA office (1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2)
You must RSVP to attend. Please contact Maria to sign up.


EEOC and its Latest Initiatives - Workshop

Topic: EEOC and its Latest Initiatives
Where: FCMA (1615 Huffingham Rd, Ste 2, 32216)
When: Wednesday, February 22, 8:00AM-9:30AM
Cost: $25.00 Members price; $50.00 Non-Members
Contact Jessica for more information.


2017 Tallahassee Trip

Join us on our annual Tallahassee Trip! This year’s trip will be March 14-15. Click here for information. E-mail Amanda to sign up.

Click here for our 2017 Legislative Agenda.


Golf Tournament

Friday, April 7, 2017
St. Johns Golf & Country Club
7:00AM Registration/8:00AM Shotgun Start

Fore!!! - this is a warning that FCMA expects a complete sell-out this year at the Golf Outing. Don’t delay…sign-up TODAY! The proceeds from this year’s event will fund scholarships for local students.
We are collecting 175 items for the “goody bags” and we are looking for Silent Auction items such as baskets of products made by our members.

Contact Maria for more information. Click here to sign up.

February General Meeting at WestRock

Our next General Meeting will be held on Monday, February 27, from 4:00-6:00 PM at WestRock, located at 9469 Eastport Road in Jacksonville. WestRock Company’s aspiration is to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets. RSVP by e-mail to information@fcmaweb.com.

Thank you to J-Tech for hosting our January General Meeting! J-Tech is a member of the Compass Rose Foundation Integrated Education System. J-Tech Institute is committed to offering the best education and training possible by partnering with industry-leading corporations and working with professionals that truly care about the advancement of the automotive, diesel, and transportation industry. At the meeting, FCMA President Lake Ray introduced the 2017 Board of Directors and Committee Leaders and gave the 2017 Annual Report to the membership.

Thank you to our refreshment sponsor Wahby Financial Group!

FCMA Workforce Academy

FCMA is proud to announce that this month we graduated our sixth class of the Frontline Supervisor Training Program and also kicked off the seventh class. We have now graduated 150 students from this program and are holding four sessions in 2017 which are already sold out!

Thank you to Lindsay Swiger of Holland & Knight for presenting at our January Workshop - The NLRB’s Assault on Your Employee Handbook. Attendees learned about the most targeted policies under increased scrutiny by the NLRB and how to best draft policies that both pass NLRB muster and protect their organizations.

Nominate a Manufacturer – by Feb. 13!

FCMA partner FloridaMakes is working with the Florida Sterling Council on the newly launched Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award – designed to recognize and support high-performing Florida manufacturing companies, and offer a framework for sharing manufacturing best practices.

Who’s eligible: All manufacturers with production facilities in Florida. It is not necessary to be a member of any association.
How to nominate: It’s easy to make a nomination – and self-nominations are encouraged! Click here for nomination information.

Nominations are due by Feb. 13 – and awards will be presented during the Florida Sterling Annual Conference, May 31 – June 2nd. Let’s make sure our manufacturers are represented in this new award process!!


Webinar: The 5-Step Roadmap to Selecting an ERP Solution

Companies considering exploring new business management applications often find themselves without a map or directions on the way.
FloridaMakes’ Feb. 22 webinar is focused on delivering common sense guidance and a framework for the software discovery and decision cycles. The presenter, Carl Lewis, will provide a roadmap delivered in five unique steps, based on years of experience in the software industry. Participants will gain valuable, thought-provoking questions as they embark on the software selection journey.

The webinar is free for FCMA members; it is $50 for non-members. Register here by Feb. 21.


CSX Transportation… was featured in an article in the JBJ about their strong 2016 fourth quarter and entering 2017 feeling confident.

Dixon Hughes Goodman… posted an article - President Trump: Possible Manufacturing and Distribution Industry Tax Impacts & Considerations.

JAXPORT… Highly trained stevedores at the Talleyrand Marine Terminal recently moved four massive Caterpillar 770 specialty dump trucks onto a roll-on, roll-off cargo ship bound for a Morton Salt facility in the southern Bahamas. Click here to read more.

Do you have something exciting going on at your company? Let Amanda know.