2017 Events Calendar

OSHA: Workers’ Memorial Day is April 28
Apr 28 @ 10:13 PM – 11:13 PM

Workers’ Memorial Day – April 28th

Workers’ Memorial Day is observed every year on April 28. It is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. It is also the day OSHA was established in 1971. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.  Read more >>

VMA Workforce Solutions Committee @ VMA Large Conference Room
May 2 @ 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Meeting details will be posted on this website as they become available.

Webinar Hosted by VEEP: Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Increasing Buy-In Through Communication
May 3 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Creating a Culture of Sustainability: 

Increasing Buy-In Through Communication


70% of all organizational change efforts fail according to Forbes. One reason for this is lack of buy-in from the organization. Does your staff play an active role in your environmental programs?

DEQ wants to help you integrate your environmental program into your company’s identity. Join us to learn about Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Increasing Buy-In Through Communication. This FREE webinar will take place Wednesday May 3rd at 1:00 pm EST.

  • Learn how to communicate environmental programs to staff and upper management.
  • Discover ways to increase awareness.
  • Hear about different methods for getting buy-in.
  • Roanoke Cement’s Lindsey Layman will discuss increasing employee involvement in environmental management using a blend of traditional and non-traditional techniques such as having pollution prevention teams and creating several habitats throughout the facility used for educational activities.
  • General Electric’s Christian Simmers will discuss ideas and best practices on how to engage your workforce and make involvement in your EMS fun and exciting through recognition and reward programs. We will also discuss ways to engage management under two different circumstances, with and without corporate mandates, as these approaches may be considerably different.

To register for this webinar, click here.

If you have any questions contact us at

2017 VA/Tenn MFG Town Hall Meeting @ O. Burton Smith Building
May 4 @ 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

2017 Virginia/Tennessee MFG Town Hall Meeting

Please join us for the 2017 Virginia & Tennessee Town Hall Meeting, which bring together businesses, community partners and regional leaders from two states to highlight critical issues for the manufacturing sector.  You must register to attend this event, as space will be limited. Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, May 4th

Bristol Motor Speedway,
O. Bruton Building
3rd Floor Banquet Room

There will be a tour of Bristol Motor Speedway and reception in the Bristol Club Suite after the meeting.

Visit the website for complete details.


Bristol Registration

“Connecting With Our Future” 2017 Summit of the Mid-Atlantic Region MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center @ Horseshoe Casino Baltimore - Conference Center
May 10 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

“Connecting With Our Future”

2017 Summit of the Mid-Atlantic Region
MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center

Conference Center – Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
1525 Russell Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Highlights Include:

Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford will give welcoming remarks. He is an accomplished attorney with a lifetime of experience in both the public and private sectors. In addition to his public service, Lt. Governor Rutherford has extensive legal and business experience, including service in business and government law, information technology sales, and small and minority business development.

Andra Rush CEO and President, Detroit Manufacturing Systems, Chair and CEO, Rush Trucking Corporation, CEO and President, Dakkota Integrated Systems, is our keynote speaker. Andra, a native American, will share her amazing success story of how she became a nationally recognized business leader who started with a $5,000 investment using her credit card.




10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Opening & Welcome

  • Honorable Boyd Rutherford, Maryland Lt. Governor
  • Efrain Gonzalez, Associate Director, U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency
  • Scott Philips, Director, Baltimore WMBDA

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon   Connecting to the Future – New Digital Technologies and How They Are Changing Our World of Work – Panelists will discuss Industry 4.0, the 4th Industrial Revolution and the advanced technologies  shaping our future. You will get a new understanding how technology is shaping our business models and how to connect with key resources to be competitive.

Moderator: Dr. Michael Galiazzo, President, Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland


  • Suzy Ganz, CEO, Lion Brothers
  • Jimmy Rhee, Special Secretary, Maryland Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs
  • Dharmesh Ved, Director of Digital Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Mike Binko, Director, kloudtrack® and Founder StartUp Maryland
  • Josh Ghaim, Ph.D., Johnson & Johnson Chief Technology Officer- invited

12:15 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. Lunch

12:40 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Keynote Speaker

Andra Rush, CEO and President, Detroit Manufacturing Systems; Chair and CEO, Rush Trucking Corporation; CEO and President, Dakkota Integrated Systems

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Thought Leaders Discussion: Connecting to Industry & Policy Leaders to Grow Minority Manufacturing- OEM and resource organization “thought leaders” will discuss how to grow and sustain minority-owned manufacturing companies. Audience will be included in the discussion on “How to grow minority manufacturing in the Mid-Atlantic Region.”

OEM Thought Leaders:

  • Andra Rush, Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC & Rush Trucking Corporation –
  • Monica M. Graham, Sector Manager, Global Supplier Diversity Programs, Northrop Grumman
  • Sheila Dews-Johnson, Director of Supplier Diversity & Supplier Sustainability, McCormick & Company
  • Stephanie Simmons, Director, Supply Chain Compliance, Commercial Procurement and Operations, Huntington Ingalls – Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Pacific Trade International-Chesapeake Bay Candle – Mei Xu, Owner and CEO – invited

Resource Organization Thought Leaders:

  • Terrance Taylor, Deputy District Director, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer
  • Mike Kelleher, Director, Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  • Roger Campos, Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development
  • Bob Carullo, Executive Director, SMART States
  • Brett Vassey, President and CEO, Virginia Manufacturers Association
  • David Burton, Founder & CEO, Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance

ADJOURNMENT   2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

RECEPTION   2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Certified Energy Manager Training Program @ Virginia Highlands Community College in Abington
May 15 @ 9:00 AM – May 19 @ 5:00 PM

Comprehensive 5-day CEM Training Program for Energy Professionals

May 15-19, 2017 | Abington, VA

This comprehensive in-scope program takes you systematically from the underlying fundamentals to the specific “how to’s.” This program of instruction covers the specific techniques necessary to maximize your effectiveness as an energy manager, vice president of operations, or facilities manager. 

Training will be held at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon during the week of May 15-19, 2017.


Pricing: AEE Member Fee: *$1,995 pp  Non-AEE Member Fee: *$2,195 pp

*Scholarships are available from GENEDGE and Appalachian Power for qualifying companies. GENEDGE will fund 50% of the cost for attendees from NIST-eligible companies who register by 5 p.m. on April 13, 2017. These qualifying companies in Virginia include manufacturers, industrial companies, engineering services and R&D companies. Please contact Mindy Priddy to obtain the scholarship code, (276) 666-8890 x227;

For information or questions about the CEM training please contact:

Joe Hundley (434) 797-1321 x9076;

Mark Custer (434) 489-9683;

> Follow this link to learn more including a detailed course outline in PDF and how to register.

VMA Government Affairs Committee Meeting @ VMA Large Conference Room
May 16 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

VMA Government Affairs Committee Meeting – May 16th

Please mark your calendar for the VMA Government Affairs Committee Meeting that will take place on May 16th in the VMA Large Conference Room.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

VMA Large Conference Room
2104 West Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227

Register Here

Webinar Hosted by Brown & Brown Insurance Agency of Virginia: Maxwell Health – An Employee Benefit Administration System for Small & Mid-size Companies
May 17 @ 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Maxwell Health: An Employee Benefit Administration System for Small & Mid-size Companies – 
Hosted by Brown & Brown
Wednesday, May 17th
10am-10:45am EST
Employee benefits management used to mean a lot of paper, manual administrative work, and uncertainty. Modern benefits management is all about real-time data access, visibility, and control. The key to business success starts with recruiting and retaining great people – because satisfied, engaged employees are more productive and invested in ensuring customer satisfaction.  As health care reform continues to change, it will get more complicated to manage benefits, while simultaneously becoming increasingly more important that you in compliance.
Webinar highlights:
  • Navigating complexities of HR and benefits
  • Handling the mess of paperwork that accompanies open enrollment
  • Giving employees an easy, streamlined benefits enrollment experience
  • Dealing with employee questions about benefits throughout the year
  • Improving employee health resulting in lower costs for the employer
Webinar Hosted by RCM&D: Nuts and Bolts of Operating a Successful Safety Committee
May 18 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

To register for this webinar or learn more about on-site training for your employees, please contact Katie Caple at (410) 427-6430 at

Omega Protein Reedville Facility Open House – June 6th @ Reedville Facility
Jun 6 @ 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM