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Virginia Manufacturer's Association

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In Remembrance

VMA is saddened to announce the loss of VMA Director Dr. Stan Brantley, President of Amadas Industries in Suffolk. Stan was a steady supporter of Virginia manufacturing.  He was a kind and generous person, giving of his time and experience to all that were associated with him.  He battled an aggressive cancer for the last year. Those of us that knew him as a friend and mentor benefited from that time with him.  He will be remembered and missed.

VMA Member Committees
Get the most out of your membership! Make sure everyone on your team is a member of one of VMA's Committees. Committees are central to the government affairs function of the VMA, but they also drive our professional development, networking, regulatory and outreach services.  Involvement in VMA committees is the best avenue to directly affect change, get involved and stay informed. Join today!
25% off from our Partner of the Month

We're proud to partner with Crystal Clean to offer an exclusive discount to VMA members who sign up for Crystal Clean services. Even if you already use Crystal Clean, let them know you are a VMA member to receive a discount of 25% off list price! Crystal Clean also offers VMA members no charge waste profiles and free installation of HCC equipment.


Every manufacturer deals with parts cleaning and waste management at their facility. Choose a company you can trust for quality service. 


Call Dean Popovich today at 877-938-7948 to get started!

Remarks at the Global Leadership Forum
A general, a senator, and a diplomat walked into a hotel. All of them agreed that the secret to Virginia's success is being a player in the global economy, and that it's important for the U.S. to be engaged in the world.   
Along with US Senator Tim Kaine, General James Mattis, World Bank President Robert Zoellick, and over 300 of Richmond's community leaders, veterans, and business owners, VMA President & CEO Brett Vassey participated in the US Global Leadership Coalition's luncheon. Hear Brett's remarks, and other highlights from the luncheon here. 


VMA Social Media
Show your support for manufacturing in Virginia and keep up to date on the latest news and events by following VMA online!

We're always looking for new ways to stay in touch with our members, and we're excited to have new online forums to keep in touch. Join us online for up to the minute updates on legislative and regulatory issues, news, and event updates. 

General Assembly Wrap Up Report and New Legislative Scorecard

We are 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 important education, infrastructure and regulatory issues that are part of the ongoing budget debate.  Regardless, we are pleased to present the 2014 VMA Legislative Wrap-Up Report.


We are also excited to present a brand new resource - the VMA Legislative Scorecard.  The Scorecard measures all 140 General Assembly members on their VMA Priority Bill votes.  This is the first time we have had such a resource and we hope it adds some additional transparency to the legislative process. 


The VMA managed 379 bills this session.  Of these bills, 16 were VMA Priority Bills and we achieved a 93% success rate.  We were also 100% successful this year with Defensive Bills.

Save the Date

VMA Conferences are coming up soon- mark your calendars!

September 11-12, Richmond
Virginia EHS Conference

October 16-17,
Newport News
The Industry Forum

Manufacturing Leadership Award given to Dream It. Do It. Virginia

RICHMOND, VA -The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) has been honored by Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council with a 2014 Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Award in Industry Advocacy for its success in developing the 'Dream it. Do it. Virginia' (DIDIVA) program. Now in their tenth year, the Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor companies and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Nominations are evaluated and scored by a panel of expert judges. The DIDIVA initiative is an outreach and awareness network built by the state's advanced technology sector to encourage individuals to explore careers, education and training opportunities and to obtain jobs in fields such as manufacturing, biotechnology, robotics and more.  

Industrial Safety Readiness Training
Did you know over 4,000,000 people in the US suffer a workplace injury each year? VMA's Industrial Safety Readiness Training program provides the core concepts of safety awareness for industrial workplace training, and an individualized learning plan that addresses the most common hazardous situations faced in the industrial environment.  Last year, we trained 2,064 people!

VMA Summer Intern Recruitment
VMA is looking for a summer intern to help with business development, event planning and marketing, and administrative projects. Know a college student looking for a paid internship this summer? Have them send their resume and cover letter here.

In the News
New designation helps manufacturers take advantage of Foreign Trade Zone benefits (Virginia Business)
"It just became a lot easier for manufacturers to take advantage of the economic benefits of the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) at the Port of Virginia."

"The combination of lower energy prices, innovative information technologies, and advances in robotics and materials science are powering a manufacturing revolution that will reinvigorate the U.S. economy and make many of its industrial sectors the most competitive in the world."

"You've heard of counterfeit money and counterfeit checks. Would you believe counterfeit chain saws? [...] 'One of the things people don't realize is that counterfeiting is growing worldwide and is becoming one of the leading economic engines for organized crime and terrorists,' [VMA Director and STIHL General Counsel Scott] Tilley said in an interview."

Evonik keeps innovating, growing (Richmond Times Dispatch)
"In late February, Evonik announced that it would invest $15 million to open a new business and innovation center in Chesterfield County. The expansion is expected to add 50 jobs over five years as the company beefs up its research."

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