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President-Elect Donald Trump: Possible Manufacturing and Distribution Industry Tax Impacts & Considerations

President-Elect Donald Trump: Possible Manufacturing and Distribution Industry Tax Impacts & Considerations On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected the United States’s 45th president.  Although nothing is definitive at this time, President-elect Trump focused on tax reform as a large piece of the economic component of his campaign and has previously indicated that he […]

Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.  Click here to learn more and find out how to get your company involved!

Draftco Inc Looks To Expand In Virginia

Draftco Inc Looks To Expand In Virginia. WHSV-TV Harrisonburg, VA (8/10) reports that “Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week that Draftco, Inc., is looking to expand in Augusta County,” as “the machine and fabrication company is investing $450,000 in the county to expand its operations in Stuarts Draft.” The article states that “the expansion will […]

VMA Frank Armstrong III Service Award Presented to Mike Killelea

~Killelea is founding Chair of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild~ RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) presented the Frank Armstrong III Service Award to Mike Killelea of the Center of the Universe Brewing Co. in Ashland, Virginia. The Frank Armstrong III Service Award was created in 2006 and is given periodically to a […]

Stihl’s manufacturing technology summer camp helps to address the skills gap

By Sandra J. Pennecke sandra.pennecke@insidebiz.com Over the next decade, 2 million manufacturing jobs out of 3.5 million available positions are expected to go unfilled according to the National Association of Manufacturers. That shortage of needed versus available talent is why summer camps, such as the Manufacturing Technology Summer Camp at Stihl, are vital to help […]

Teva Pharmaceuticals will sell or close Forest plant by 2020

Teva Pharmaceuticals will sell or close Forest plant by 2020 Work It, Lynchburg: 3/16/17 – Teva Pharmaceuticals announced plans Wednesday to halt the majority of its production in the Lynchburg area by 2020. According to a statement from Denise Bradley, senior vice president of corporate reputation, the company wants to sell its Forest plant to […]

Consumer Group Submits Thousands of Petitions in Support of Offshore Atlantic Energy

CEA Press Release  

Smithfield Foods’ Keira Lombardo Appointed To NAM Board of Directors

Smithfield Foods’ Keira Lombardo Appointed To NAM Board Of Directors. In a press release, Smithfield Foods, Inc. on Monday announced that Keira Lombardo, senior vice president of corporate affairs, “has been named a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).” NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons is quoted saying […]

Editorial: Our No. 1 challenge – The Roanoke Times

Editorial: Our No. 1 Challenge – The Roanoke Times Last week, business leaders from around the region gathered for the Roanoke Regional Chamber’s annual business summit. They heard from nearly two dozen speakers. They mostly heard just one message, though: If you want to grow your local economy, the talent level of the work force […]

Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia’s Largest Municipal Utility Solar Farm to Begin Construction in August

Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia’s Largest Municipal Utility Solar Farm to Begin Construction in August ~ Kentuck Solar Project to power more than 900 homes in the City of Danville ~  DANVILLE – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Kentuck Solar project, Virginia’s largest municipal utility solar farm, will begin construction this August. The Kentuck […]

VMA Launches World-Class Digital Magazine – Industry Virginia

RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) has partnered with Positive Publications, publisher of Industry Today, to produce a digital magazine focused on the industrial value-chain.  The release of this inaugural online issue signifies VMA’s commitment to becoming a top state for manufacturing investment and trade within a decade. Click here to read the news release in […]

Brett Vassey Joins Consumer Energy Alliance Board of Directors

Houston, TX – Consumer Energy Alliance welcomes Brett A. Vassey, President & CEO of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, to its board of directors. “Long joined at the hip, energy and manufacturing are in a better position than ever to showcase America’s economic potential,” said John Heimlich, Chairman of CEA Board of Directors.  “Brett’s experience working […]

New Website and e-Resources in Honor of 90th Anniversary

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) launches its new website and supporting e-resources – www.vamanufacturers.com.  The new site provides improved access to information and new communications tools.  Highlights include quicker access to events, programs and services through featured banner icons on the home page and improved dropdown menus from the navigation bar.  Website […]

RELEASE: VMA COLLABORATES WITH THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF RICHMOND

Release Date: January 26, 2015                                                                                                  CONTACT: Cassidy Rasnick, crasnick@vamanufacturers.com VMA COLLABORATES WITH […]

VMA Elects Board of Directors

VMA Elects Board of Directors -Scott Tilley of STIHL Inc. Elected Chairman- -VMA Board Launches New Vision 2020 Fundraising Campaign-   WILLIAMSBURG, VA – Today the Virginia Manufacturers Association elected its Board of Directors at its 94th Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Scott Tilley, General Counsel for STIHL Inc. in Virginia Beach, was re-elected as […]

Tennessee Manufacturers Association Names New President

Tennessee Manufacturers Association Names New President WVLT-TV Knoxville, TN (3/14) reports Tennessee Chamber President and CEO Bradley Jackson has “named longtime manufacturing veteran Denise Rice as the incoming Director of the Tennessee Manufacturers Association.” Rice is a “former manufacturing plant manager and operations director for Cormetech’s manufacturing facility” in Tennessee and “founded and serves as […]

VA/TN Town Hall Meeting in the News

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The state of local manufacturing was the focus of a town hall meeting at Bristol Motor Speedway Thursday afternoon. Industry and government leaders from both Tennessee and Virginia weighed in to help shape the future. President and CEO of the Virginia Manufacturers Association Brett Vassey said the area’s strengths are its location […]

2014 Wrap Up Report and Legislative Scorecard

May 1, 2014 Dear VMA Members: I am pleased to report that we had an outstanding legislative session this year. VMA Priority Bills were part of the Governor’s amended bills and we worked actively through the veto session. Of course, since the General Assembly still has not finalized its budget, we will continue to work […]

Gov George Allen on Fox Business – The Future of Manufacturing

Former Virginia Governor George Allen joined FOX Business to discuss the policies needed to support the future of manufacturing, highlighting the NAM’s role in advancing those priorities in both the White House and Congress.

Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Grows At Fastest Rate In Nearly Seven Years

Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Grows At Fastest Rate In Nearly Seven Years. In a Shopfloor (3/28) piece, NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray writes that the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank on Tuesday “said that manufacturing activity in its district expanded at its fastest rate since April 2010.” The composite index of general business activity “increased from 17 […]

Nestle USA To Move Headquarters To Virginia

Nestle USA To Move Headquarters To Virginia World’s largest food company reinforces commitment to operating at the forefront of changing consumer demands Nestle News Release >>

Timmons Discusses Need For Regulatory Reform with CNBC’s Squawk Box

Timmons Discusses Need For Regulatory Reform In an interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box (3/17), NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons discussed the “massive impact” of the 297,696 regulations on manufacturers in the United States. While Timmons said not all regulations are bad for manufacturers, he emphasized the need for regulatory reform, citing the high number […]

Ignite Your Advocacy Contest: We need your help to win the popular vote!

We need your help to win the popular vote! The VMA has entered its Vision 2020 infographic in the 2017 CQ Role Call “Ignite Your Advocacy” Photo Contest.  We need your help to win the popular vote.  The two entries that receive the most “hearts” will win national recognition.  It’s easy to participate. Click here to […]

2014 Board of Directors Appointments

-VMA Announces 2014 Officers and Board of Directors-   RICHMOND, VA – A new slate of officers and three new Directors were elected to the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) Board at the 91st annual meeting last week in Charlottesville. Brett Vassey remains President & CEO, while Rob Hogan of Newport News Shipbuilding was elected Chairman, […]

Governer Announces Manufacturing Appreciation Week

-Celebrating Virginia’s Manufacturers October 14-18, 2013- RICHMOND, VA – Governor Bob McDonnell has issued a certificate of recognition declaring October 14-18, 2013 Virginia Manufacturing Appreciation Week.  This announcement is part of a month of organized activities by the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) to raise the profile of modern manufacturing in the Commonwealth.  For information on […]

WestRock To Buy Five Manufacturing Plants For $192M.

WestRock To Buy Five Manufacturing Plants For $192M. The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch (5/24, Blackwell) reports that “packaging giant WestRock Co. is buying five manufacturing plants in a $192 million cash and stock deal.” The Times-Dispatch adds, “WestRock, which has administrative offices in both Richmond and Norcross, Ga., said Wednesday it has reached an agreement to […]

Consumer Energy Alliance Announces New Board of Directors

Consumer Energy Alliance Announces New Board of Directors  

The Virginia Manufacturer, August 2012

Click here for The Virginia Manufacturer, August 2012 (PDF of newsletter will open in a new browser window.) Highlights of this newsletter include VMA’s 2012 Virginia Industry Leadership Forum and 90th Anniversary Gala in Norfolk in October, preparation for the 2012 Virginia Industry Environmental Conference and VMA Member Spotlights!

VMA Announces New Member Benefit Partner

RCM&D is the Preferred Insurance Provider for the VMA  RICHMOND, Virginia – The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) has formed a new member benefit program with RCM&D, a leading independent insurance advisory and risk management firm.  As the new preferred insurance provider for the VMA, RCM&D will provide association members with cost-effective, custom risk management, insurance […]

Virginia Manufacturers Association wins Manufacturing Leadership Award for Industry Advocacy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 12, 2014   Press Release Contact                                                                                          Cassidy […]

Worth Higgins Acquires Stern’s Printing And Engraving

Worth Higgins Acquires Stern’s Printing And Engraving. The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch (6/5, Young) reports that “Henrico County-based commercial printing company Worth Higgins & Associates Inc. has acquired Stern’s Printing and Engraving Co.” The Times-Dispatch adds, “The acquisition is expected to generate an estimated $2 million in annual sales, Worth Higgins said.” The article also states […]

Employee Voter Registration Week – September 26-30

Employee Voter Registration Week September 26-30 Election Day on November 8 is fast approaching, and the 12 million men and women who make things in the United States need to get out and vote.  Now is the time to act. Please help spread the word about voter registration during Employee Voter Registration Week which is […]

The Virginia Manufacturer, June 2012 – Leadership Edition

  Click here for the June Newsletter  Highlights include new VMA staff leadership, Board leadership and Committee leadership! (PDF of newsletter will open in a new browser window.)

Shamrock Farms Spending $40 Million To Expand Milk Manufacturing Operation In Virginia

Shamrock Farms Spending $40 Million To Expand Milk Manufacturing Operation In Virginia. The AP (3/30) reports that Shamrock Farms – “one of the largest family owned dairy producers in the country” – will invest “more than $40 million to expand its milk manufacturing operation in August County.” Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced Wednesday “that Shamrock […]

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities at VMA Conferences and Events

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

VMA and ACC Form Virginia Chemistry Council

VMA and ACC Form Virginia Chemistry Council WASHINGTON, DC – Today the VMA announced the formation of the Virginia Chemistry Council.  The Council will operate as an affiliate of the VMA and serve as the exclusive state affiliate of the American Chemistry Council.  Chemical and allied products is the second largest manufacturing industry in the […]

NAM President & CEO Jay Timmons lnterviewed on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street”

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons participated in a live interview on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street,” issuing reaction to Tuesday night’s speech by President Trump and highlighting the NAM’s participation in Business Day in Madison as part of the 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour.

Keiter Releases 2017 Manufacturing Survey – U.S. Manufacturers Are Optimistic, Expecting Revenue Growth in 2017

Despite Industry Headwinds, U.S. Manufacturers Are Optimistic, Expecting Revenue Growth in 2017 Keiter, a nationally recognized professional services firm, today jointly released the results from the 2017 Leading Edge Alliance (LEA Global) National Manufacturing Outlook Survey. With more than 250 participants, this survey report contains the expectations and opinions of manufacturing executives in more than 20 […]

New Technology Adjusts Timeframe For Virginia Plant Investment – Vastly

New Technology Adjusts Timeframe For Virginia Plant Investment. The Washington Post (5/8, Vozzella) reports that the Shandong Tranlin Paper Co.’s plans “to build a $2 billion paper plant that would create 2,000 jobs in the Richmond suburbs,” may be delayed because “a new technology that the company has been testing in China is working so […]

Election questionnaire

November 1, 2013 Dear VMA Members & Friends:  VMAPAC supports candidates for political office that champion the manufacturing sector.  This year the House of Delegates and all statewide offices are up for election.  As a resource to our members, VMAPAC is publishing a Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire in which the two major candidates for governor have given answers […]

Virginia Manufacturer TemperPack Raises $10M To Expand Operations, Add Jobs.

Virginia Manufacturer TemperPack Raises $10M To Expand Operations, Add Jobs. The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch (7/27, Blackwell) reports that “TemperPack, a Richmond-based manufacturer of sustainable packaging technology for perishable goods, has raised $10 million in an investment round that will help it further expand its operations and add jobs.” The Times-Dispatch adds that the investment round […]

JennChem To Invest $5M In Virginia Manufacturing Facility

JennChem To Invest $5M In Virginia Manufacturing Facility. The Bristol (VA) Herald Courier (7/26) reports that “Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday that JennChem, LLC, a manufacturer of chemical roof support and sealing products and an affiliate of the JENNMAR family of companies, will invest $5 million to establish a manufacturing operation for heavy duty […]

Skilled workforce is biggest challenge for Tri-Cities manufacturing

Skilled workforce is biggest challenge for Tri-Cities manufacturing BRISTOL, Tenn. – The state of local manufacturing was the focus of a town hall meeting at Bristol Motor Speedway Thursday afternoon. Industry and government leaders from both Tennessee and Virginia weighed in to help shape the future. President and CEO of the Virginia Manufacturers Association Brett […]

President Donald J. Trump Calls Aircraft Carriers “The Centerpiece Of American Military Might Overseas”

President Donald J. Trump Calls Aircraft Carriers “The Centerpiece Of American Military Might Overseas” NEWPORT NEWS, Va., March 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — President Donald J. Trump spoke today aboard the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), currently preparing for sea trials and delivery at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division. President […]

Why Virginia is shaking up its economic development strategy

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