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ComSonics Invests To Expand Virginia Operations

ComSonics Invests To Expand Virginia Operations. Area Development Magazine (6/21) reports that “ComSonics, Inc., a world-class design, manufacturing, sales, and repair solutions provider for electronics and fiber optics, will invest $615,000 to expand its manufacturing operation in Augusta County, Virginia.” With the investment, ComSonics “will purchase new equipment and make facility improvements to allow for […]

Governor Northam Announces Arconic to Relocate Global Headquarters to Fairfax County

Governor Northam Announces Arconic to Relocate Global Headquarters to Fairfax County RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Arconic Inc. (NYSE: ARNC), a global technology, engineering and advanced manufacturing leader, will relocate its global headquarters from New York City to Fairfax County. The move will bring approximately 50 new jobs to the community. “We are […]

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 […]

Consumer Energy Alliance Announces New Board Chairman

Consumer Energy Alliance Announces New Board Chairman HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– A key manufacturing executive has taken a leadership position on Consumer Energy Alliance’s (CEA) board of directors, the organization’s president David Holt announced today. Brett Vassey, president and CEO of the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) and a member of CEA’s board since 2013, will serve as the new […]

Huntington Ingalls scholarship helps hundreds of students, from pre-K to college

Huntington Ingalls scholarship helps hundreds of students, from pre-K to college Matt Jones, Daily Press A student from Virginia pays about $21,290 a year to attend Virginia Tech, including room and board. But for junior Natalie Ebreo and her family, the burden is a bit less thanks to Huntington Ingalls Industries. Ebreo’s father is a technical writer for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dooley delays retirement from ACC

  Dooley Delays Retirement From ACC June 11, 2018 By William Ehart Not so fast on news of Cal Dooley’s retirement at American Chemistry Council, which was announced in April. The $123 million-revenue association issued a statement Monday afternoon saying Dooley has agreed to stay on through next year. The ACC board said it feels Dooley’s […]

Former Va. Governor Speaks At Manufacturing Event In Lynchburg

Former Va. Governor Speaks At Manufacturing Event In Lynchburg. WDBJ-TV Roanoke, VA (10/3) reports former US Senator and Virginia Governor George Allen “spoke at the Salute to Manufacturing Breakfast in Lynchburg Tuesday morning” about “the importance of keeping businesses local.” He said, “We’ll see more things made in the USA by American working men and […]

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 […]

Eastern Panel Manufacturing To Invest $1M In Virginia Facility.

Eastern Panel Manufacturing To Invest $1M In Virginia Facility. WSET-TV Lynchburg, VA (2/15) reports that custom plywood manufacturer Eastern Panel Manufacturing announced on Thursday that it “is investing $1 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Pittsylvania County” in Virginia. Gov. Jeremy Northam (D) said of the announcement, “The manufacturing industry is booming across the […]

Cal Dooley Appearance on Bloomberg TV

Cal Dooley appeared on Bloomberg Markets this afternoon to discuss trade and the need for the US and Chinese governments to work together to avoid a trade war. To view the clip, click the link below.   Cal Dooley on Bloomberg TV

Virginia Petroleum Council to Gov. McAuliffe: Virginians benefit from safe offshore energy development

Virginia Petroleum Council to Gov. McAuliffe: Virginians benefit from safe offshore energy development RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Virginia Petroleum Council Executive Director Miles Morin released the following statement in response to Governor McAuliffe’s comments on the Interior Department’s oil and gas leasing program. “It’s high time Virginians felt the benefits of harnessing our state’s vast energy […]

DanoneWave Announces $60M Investment In Virginia Manufacturing Hub

DanoneWave Announces $60M Investment In Virginia Manufacturing Hub. Area Development Magazine (10/18) reports that DanoneWave, a “newly combined business unit of the US dairy operation of global food company Danone and legacy WhiteWave Foods,” has announced that it “will invest up to $60 million in its plant-based beverage manufacturing operation in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.” The […]

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 […]

Consumer Energy Alliance Report: Virginians Saved Almost $11 Billion in 10 Years Thanks to Low Priced Natural Gas

Consumer Energy Alliance Report: Virginians Saved Almost $11 Billion in 10 Years Thanks to Low Priced Natural Gas WILLIAMSBURG, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thanks to increased production and safer, state-of-the-art technologies – which together have decreased the price of natural gas — Virginians saved almost $11 billion between 2006 and 2016, according to a state report released by Consumer […]

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 […]

2018 STEP AHEAD AWARDS

  The Manufacturing Institute has announced the 2018 STEP Ahead Award Honorees and Emerging Leaders. These women have accomplished success within their companies and have proven to be leaders in the industry as a whole. This year, the Institute has also chosen to recognize a select few for the Emerging Leaders category – representing young women […]

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 […]

RELEASE: VMA COLLABORATES WITH THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF RICHMOND

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

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 […]

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.)

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 […]

Richmond Fed’s Composite Manufacturing Index Rose In August.

Richmond Fed’s Composite Manufacturing Index Rose In August. The Wall Street Journal (8/28) reports The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s composite manufacturing index rose to 24 in August from 20 the previous month. Indexes for shipments, the volume of new orders and employment all rose, a report from the Richmond Fed said. The report also […]

Memory chip maker Micron announces $3B expansion in Manassas

Memory chip maker Micron announces $3B expansion in Manassas The AP (8/29) reports Micron Technology “is making a $3 billion investment in northern Virginia to expand its manufacturing facility and add 1,100 jobs.” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said that the decision Micron “to expand its Manassas facility is ‘one of the largest manufacturing investments in […]

First woman to lead Newport News Shipbuilding looks back on her first 90 days on the job

First woman to lead Newport News Shipbuilding looks back on her first 90 days on the job October 7, 2017, The Virginian-Pilot, Robert McCabe – Jennifer Boykin’s career at Newport News Shipbuilding began 30 years ago, when she joined its nuclear-engineering division. Today, she is its 20th president, the first woman in that position. She oversees the […]

Sumitomo Machinery Corporation Of America To Make “Multi-Million Dollar Investment In New Machinery” At Its Virginia Facility.

Gov. Northam Announces Multi-Million Dollar Investment in August County Sumitomo Machinery Corporation Of America To Make “Multi-Million Dollar Investment In New Machinery” At Its Virginia Facility. WVIR-TV Charlottesville, VA (8/14) reports that on Tuesday that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced that “Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America (SMA) will make a multi-million dollar investment in […]

Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments

Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: June 8, 2018 Office of the Governor Contact: Ofirah Yheskel Email: Ofirah.Yheskel@governor.virginia.gov Secretariat of the Commonwealth Contact: Caroline Corl Email: Caroline.Corl@governor.virginia.gov Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments  RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today. Secretariat of Natural Resources  Joshua Saks, Deputy […]

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities at VMA Conferences and Events

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

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 […]

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 […]

Columbia Gas of Virginia wants to raise base rates for typical customer by 7.5 percent a month

Columbia Gas of Virginia wants to raise base rates for typical customer by 7.5 percent a month BY GREGORY J. GILLIGAN | Richmond Times-Dispatch Columbia Gas of Virginia wants to raise its residential base rate to recover costs associated with ongoing infrastructure investment programs. The increase would mean a typical residential customer could see the […]

DowDuPont Announces $50M Investment In Kevlar Production, Including At Virginia Plant

DowDuPont to invest $50 million in Kevlar production, including at Spruance plant in Chesterfield By JOHN REID BLACKWELL Richmond Times-Dispatch 20 hrs ago Facebook Twitter Email DowDuPont’s Spruance plant on Jefferson Davis Highway in Chesterfield County makes rolls of Kevlar, which is used in bullet-resistant vests and other protective apparel. 2007, TIMES-DISPATCH   DowDuPont Inc. […]

Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey

Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey The Richmond Federal Reserve Bank reported that manufacturing activity continued to expand at a solid pace in July, albeit at a marginally slower rate than in June. The composite index for general business assessment edged down from 21 in June to 20 in July. Despite the slight drop, the underlying data […]

Half of HQ2 heading to Northern Virginia

Half of HQ2 heading to Northern Virginia November 13 | Virginia Business It’s official. Half of Amazon HQ2 is coming to Northern Virginia. The company will invest about $2.5 billion and create 25,000 jobs over 12 years. The new headquarters will be housed in National Landing, which includes portions of Pentagon City and Crystal City […]

Thirteen Virginia organizations have been named to Forbes’ “Best Employers for Women” List

Thirteen Virginia organizations have been named to Forbes’ ‘Best Employers for Women’ list Virginia Business | August 2, 20148 Thirteen Virginia organizations have been named to Forbes’ “Best Employers for Women.” Forbes partnered with the market research company Statista to develop its first national list of 300 companies that are supporting women employees by providing […]

On-the-job fatalities in Virginia increasing, U.S. data shows

On-the-job fatalities in Virginia increasing, U.S. data shows Jul 13, 2018  | By Robert McCabe  | The Virginian-Pilot Work rarely turns fatal, but some occupations call for extra vigilance. Virginia lost 153 workers on the job in 2016, up 44 percent from 106 the year before. Among them were 52 people engaged in natural resources, construction […]

Liebherr to invest $45 million to expand Newport News facility

Inside Business staff Mar 22, 2018 Updated 18 hrs ago Courtesy imageArtist’s rendering shows Liebherr’s expansion plans in Newport News.   Liebherr-International AG, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machinery, plans to invest $45 million to expand its Newport News facility. The expansion will include three new buildings totaling more than 251,000 square feet. They […]

Consumer Energy Alliance Announces New Board of Directors

Consumer Energy Alliance Announces New Board of Directors  

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

CEA Press Release  

Virginia Petroleum Council criticizes Gov. McAuliffe’s call to reject offshore oil, gas leasing

Virginia Petroleum Council criticizes Gov. McAuliffe’s call to reject offshore oil, gas leasing DailyEnergyInsider | August 21, 2017 | by Chris Galford  Following a request from Gov. Terry McAuliffe that Virginia be excluded from a Trump Administration plan to lease oil and gas operations, the Virginia Petroleum Council has rebutted the governor’s comments with a call […]

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 […]

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 […]

Koinonia To Open First North American Manufacturing Facility In Virginia.

Koinonia To Open First North American Manufacturing Facility In Virginia. Virginia Business Magazine (9/11, Sabbath) reports that “Koinonia Ltd., a Brazilian-based manufacturer of foam and tape solutions for the automotive, refrigeration (HVAC), marine, construction and heavy-machinery industries, is planning to open its first North American manufacturing operation in Pulaski County” in Virginia. The company anticipates […]

Awaiting The Next Trade Move

Awaiting The Next Trade Move Whipsawed by conflicting signals from D.C., Virginia companies prepare for an uncertain future June 29, 2018 | Virginia Business Brett Vassey, president of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, says none of his member companies are panicked by the conflicting signals President Trump has sent as he tries to renegotiate a number […]

Governor Northam Joins Coastal Governors Urging Congress to Reject Offshore Drilling Legislation

  Governor Northam Joins Coastal Governors Urging Congress to Reject Offshore Drilling Legislation RICHMOND— Today, Governor Ralph Northam signed a letter with a coalition of Governors from coastal states, urging Congressional leadership to reject legislation that would punish states for seeking to block offshore drilling and protect their coasts. The press release and full letter are […]

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 […]

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 […]

U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement in Principle Announced; Canada Expected to Join Talks Shortly and President Trump Indicates Termination of NAFTA in Future.

VMA Commerce Committee Members, U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement in Principle Announced; Canada Expected to Join Talks Shortly and President Trump Indicates Termination of NAFTA in Future   President Donald J. Trump, joined on the phone by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, announced the conclusion today of U.S.-Mexican trade talks to create a U.S.-Mexican Trade Agreement, which […]

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 […]

Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Panaceutics To Invest $5.8M In Virginia Facility

Panaceutics to pump $5.8M into manufacturing facility in Virginia by Joseph Keenan | Mar 15, 2018 10:00am Panaceutics to pump $5.8 million into manufacturing facility in Virginia. (Pixabay) ShareFacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint North Carolina-based personalized medicine and nutritional supplement maker Panaceutics said it will invest $5.8 million for a manufacturing facility to be located in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. The company said the […]

1st Annual Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Recognition Luncheon

  1st Annual Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Recognition Luncheon Williamsburg, VA – The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) held the 1st Annual Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Recognition Luncheon on November 14th at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia.  The luncheon was held in conjunction with the Virginia Competitiveness Forum and recognized eighteen outstanding women leaders […]

Richmond Fed’s Manufacturing Index Rose In September.

Richmond Fed’s Manufacturing Index Rose In September. Index jumps to 29 in September, above consensus 20 The numbers: The Richmond Fed manufacturing index rose 5 points to 29, its highest level on record, the regional bank said Tuesday. Economists had forecast the index to come in at 20, according to a survey by Econoday. What happened: The gain was […]

HII CEO named to board of national manufacturers association

HII CEO named to board of national manufacturers association Virginia Business | October 13 Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. CEO and President Mike Petters has been named to the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers. The association has more than 14,000 members. The association says it is the largest industrial association in the […]

Proposed rate increase by Appalachian Power to be offset by credits

Proposed rate increase by Appalachian Power to be offset by credits By Laurence Hammack laurence.hammack | The Roanoke Times Appalachian Power Co. is proposing an increase to what it charges customers for its fuel, but in a way it says will not result in higher electricity bills. If the State Corporation Commission approves the utility’s […]

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 […]

STIHL Inc. Announces New Administration Facility to Accommodate Planned Growth

STIHL Inc. Announces New Administration Facility to Accommodate Planned Growth VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – STIHL Inc., headquarters for U.S. operations of the worldwide STIHL Group, announced that it is moving forward with plans to expand its Virginia Beach, Va. facility with a more than $25 million investment in a new administration building and other campus improvements. Construction […]

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 […]

Dyer and Hughes: There’s a demand for manufacturing workers

Dyer and Hughes: There’s a demand for manufacturing workers By John Dyer and Dan Hughes Dyer is coordinator of the Roanoke Manufacturing Executives Roundtable. He was Vice President of Manufacturing at Optical Cable Corp. for several years and is now Quality Manager at Global Metal Finishing. Hughes is Director of Operations at Wabtec-Graham White. He […]

Conservation group files intent to sue to halt construction of Surry-Skiffes Creel transmission line

Conservation Group Files Intent to Sue to Halt Construction of Surry-Skiffs Creel Transmission Line Jack Jacobs, jojacobs@vagazette.com The National Parks Conservation Association intends to sue the Army Corps of Engineers and National Marine Fisheries Service, saying the agencies’ review of the Dominion Energy’s Surry-Skiffes Creek transmission line project failed to adequately consider the project’s effects on […]

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 […]

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.

Kellyanne Conway coming to Roanoke Friday for town hall meeting

Kellyanne Conway coming to Roanoke Friday for town hall meeting ROANOKE, Va. – Counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway, will be in Roanoke on Friday morning. Conway will join the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Virginia Manufacturers Association for a town hall on the future of modern manufacturing and the importance of tax reform at Optical […]

China’s Xi promises to raise imports amid trade row with U.S.

China’s Xi promises to raise imports amid trade row with U.S. BUSINESS NEWS | NOVEMBER 4, 2018 SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping promised on Monday to lower tariffs, broaden market access and import more from overseas at the start of a trade expo designed to demonstrate goodwill amid mounting frictions with the United States […]

MANUFACTURERS SHOULD FOCUS ON CYBERSECURITY TOO

MANUFACTURERS SHOULD FOCUS ON CYBERSECURITY TOO All too often the news is splashed with stories of cybersecurity breaches. These headlines call attention to instances where hackers steal millions of pieces of information at a time, usually from large retailers or government agencies. However, the news of only certain breaches distracts from the fact that every […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mohawk Industries To Acquire New Manufacturing Operation, Add Jobs In Upstate New York

Mohawk Industries To Acquire New Manufacturing Operation, Add Jobs In Upstate New York. Business Facilities (4/9) reports that Mohawk Industries, a “global manufacturer of residential and commercial flooring products,” has announced that it “will purchase new equipment and expand its manufacturing operation in Carroll County, VA.” Plant Manager Ed Spivey is quoted saying, “We are […]

VMA Announces 2017 Safety Awards

For Immediate Release: VMA Announces 2017 Safety Awards Richmond, VA, October 4, 2017 – There were 42 fatalities at all Virginia workplaces in 2016 which represents a 35% increase over the prior year. This trend is continuing into 2017 with 27 fatalities year to date.  To proactively address workplace fatalities and injuries, the VMA has initiated […]

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 […]

ACC Announces Working Alliance with OSHA

ACC Announces Working Alliance with OSHA CPI, DII and ADI panels to lead the partnership for ACC WASHINGTON (Sept. 14, 2017) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced a new Alliance designed to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces operating with diisocyanate chemicals along the polyurethane value […]

VMA Elects Board of Directors

VMA Elects Board of Directors -Jamie Baisden of QMT Windchimes Elected Chairman- NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Today the Virginia Manufacturers Association elected its Board of Directors at its 95th Annual Meeting in Newport News, Virginia.  Jamie Baisden, CEO of QMT Windchimes in Manassas Park, was elected Chairman.  Tanya Cook, Philip Morris USA in Richmond, was […]

STIHL Inc. Breaks Ground on New Administration Building, Celebrates US Expansion!

STIHL Inc. Breaks Ground on New Administration Facility Leading outdoor power equipment manufacturer celebrates U.S. expansion   VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – STIHL Inc., headquarters for U.S. operations of the worldwide STIHL Group, celebrated the beginning of a new administration building and other campus improvements with a groundbreaking ceremony on March 29. The $25 million administration […]

Congressman Wittman hosts CTE symposium at UMW Stafford campus

Congressman Wittman hosts CTE symposium at UMW Stafford campus May 4, 2018 | By EMILY JENNINGS THE FREE LANCE–STAR About 80 representatives from local businesses, educational institutions, associations and government organizations gathered Friday morning at a symposium focused on improving career and technical education for potential employees throughout the region. Held at the University of Mary […]

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 […]

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, […]

130 Manufacturing Women Honored At Annual Step Ahead Awards Hosted By The Manufacturing Institute

130 Manufacturing Women Honored At Annual Step Ahead Awards Hosted By The Manufacturing Institute. The Manufacturing Institute (4/11) issues a press release stating that that the STEP Ahead Award “recognizes women in manufacturing who exemplify leadership within their companies,” and it “identifies the best of the best women in the manufacturing industry, and further encourages […]

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!

Fiber optics manufacturer to invest $1.3 million in Washington County, create 20 new jobs

Fiber optics manufacturer to invest $1.3 million in Washington County, create 20 new jobs Bristol Herald Courier | RICHMOND, Va. — New manufacturing jobs are coming to Washington County, Va. Governor Ralph Northam announced in a press release on Monday that AFL, an industry leading manufacturer of fiber optic cable, connectivity and accessories, will invest $1.3 […]

Seasonings and stock manufacturer Ariake will expand Harrisonburg operations

Seasonings and stock manufacturer Ariake will expand Harrisonburg operations Virginia Business | October 12, 2017 Ariake USA Inc., a manufacturer of stocks, bases and seasonings for the food industry, will invest $17 million to expand its manufacturing operation by 20,000 square feet. The project is expected to create 22 jobs. Virginia successfully competed against Illinois, […]

Tessy Plastics Announces $9.2M Expansion in Virginia

Tessy Plastics announces expansion in Lynchburg March 20, 2018 Lynchburg-based Tessy Plastics announced Tuesday a $9.2 million expansion in the area that’s expected to create 34 jobs. “With over 200 employees, Tessy Plastics has been a valuable contributor to Lynchburg’s economy for more than 20 years, and we are proud that this global manufacturer will […]

Press Glass To Invest $43M In Virginia Facility, Will Add 212 Jobs.

Press Glass To Invest $43M In Virginia Facility, Will Add 212 Jobs. WDBJ-TV Roanoke, VA (7/30, Stuart) reports that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced Monday that “Press Glass, an independent flat glass processing operation in Europe, will invest $43.55 million to establish a 280,000-square-foot manufacturing operation in Henry County,” Virginia. The project “will create […]

Companies weigh effects of federal tax reform

Companies weigh effects of federal tax reform Most industries expect to benefit from biggest changes since 1986 March 2, 2018 by Tim Loughran Bruce Whitehurst, president and CEO of the Virginia Bankers Association. Photo by Rick DeBerry   Virginia business executives hope recently enacted federal tax reforms will spark a surge in economic activity and […]

Canadian company to invest $275 million, create 140 jobs, at Bear Island paper plant in Hanover

Canadian company to invest $275 million, create 140 jobs, at Bear Island paper plant in Hanover The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch (7/26, Blackwell) reports that Cascades Inc., “a Canadian paper company plans to invest $275 million to open a recycled containerboard operation in the idled Bear Island Paper Mill in Hanover County, creating 140 jobs.” The […]

Participate in Infrastructure Week, May 14-21

You Are Invited to Participate in Infrastructure Week! Infrastructure Week, now in its sixth year, is next week, May 14-21. Education events and advocacy efforts will take place across the country to spotlight the important of infrastructure investment to America’s economy, security and future. The NAM is a steering committee member of Infrastructure Week and […]

Cascades Inc. To Invest $275M To Open Pulp Production Facility in Virginia

Cascades Inc. To Invest $275M To Open Pulp Production Facility in Virginia By Jim Ridolphi for The Mechanicsville Local | Jul 11, 2018 The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch (7/11, Ridolphi) reports that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced that “Cascades Inc. of Canada announced plans this week to invest $275 million to open the first pulp production […]

DuPont Finalizes Merger With Dow

DuPont Finalizes Merger With Dow. Philly (PA) (8/31, DiStefano) reports that “Wilmington-based DuPont Co. and Dow Chemical Co. of Midland, Mich. – rival developers of plastics, pesticides, explosives, and other useful and dangerous-to-make materials – combine Thursday into one big global corporation, DowDuPont.” The article describes the merger as “a temporary marriage of convenience, with […]

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 >>

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 […]

Newport News Shipbuilding Partners with the State to Fill Jobs at Shipyard

Newport News Shipbuilding Partners with the State to Fill Jobs at Shipyard June 26, 2018 – Newport News Shipbuilding said Tuesday it is partnering with the state to hire almost 7,000 people over five years. That will include the creation of 2,000 jobs. These new hires will support Newport News Shipbuilding’s contract to help build 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.

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 […]

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 […]

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!

NIBCO To Invest $14M in Virginia Expansion, Create 30 Jobs

NIBCO To Invest $14M in Virginia Expansion, Create 30 Jobs The Augusta (VA) Free Press (8/7) reports that “NIBCO INC., a manufacturer of wrot copper fittings for the flow control industry, will invest $14 million to expand its operation in Augusta County,” Virginia, adding that the company “is investing in its infrastructure, adding new equipment […]

German company picks Virginia for new plant

  German Company Picks Virginia For New Plant Covington, VA (AP) – A German company that makes roll covers for paper and packaging manufacturers plans to build a manufacturing operation in Virginia. Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that SchaeferRolls plans to spend $12 million to build a plant in Covington. The projected is projected to […]

Stihl’s VP of Manufacturing Operations, Wagner tells girls to “go for it”

JOBS & EMPLOYMENT As Stihl VP of manufacturing operations, Lorraine Wagner tells girls to “go for it” By Kimberly Pierceall The Virginian-Pilot Oct 18, 2018 Updated 15 hrs ago There are more women than ever running companies, running for office, running circles around stereotypes but there are still so few relative to men that it remains news. […]

Why Virginia is shaking up its economic development strategy

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Average Electricity Prices on the Rise

Do you ever wonder if the electricity rates you are paying to power your home or business are increasing? Do you want to know how your rates compare to those in neighboring states? We have your answer!  Today we launched our annual Average Electricity Retail Prices Map which reflects what consumers, businesses, and industry must […]

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 […]

Heat Exchanger Manufacturer Provides US To Invest In Virginia Facility, Add 20 Jobs.

Heat Exchanger Manufacturer Provides US To Invest In Virginia Facility, Add 20 Jobs. WVIR-TV Charlottesville, VA (5/29) reports that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced on Tuesday that “Provides US, Inc., a manufacturer of heat exchangers, will invest $897,000 to expand its operation in Augusta County,” adding that the company will invest in “additional production […]

Ashland, Ethyl recognizer for leadership, environmental, health and safety performance

Ashland, Ethyl recognized for leadership, environmental, health and safety performance Today, the American Chemistry Council presented its Responsible Care Company of the Year award to Ashland and Ethyl Corp., recognizing each company for excellence and leadership in environmental, health, safety and security performance. “For the past 30 years, Responsible Care has been the backbone of […]

TemperPack To Expand Virginia Operations, Create 141 New Jobs.

TemperPack To Expand Virginia Operations, Create 141 New Jobs The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch (5/21, Blackwell) reports that “TemperPack, a Richmond-based manufacturer of sustainable packaging technology for perishable goods, has expanded its local operations and plans to create about 141 new jobs.” TemperPack Director of Marketing John Briney says the after expanding their Henrico facility, “we […]

SchaeferRolls To Invest $12M in New Virginia Facility, Create 31 Jobs.

SchaeferRolls To Invest $12M in New Virginia Facility, Create 31 Jobs The Roanoke Time reports that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced on Monday that “SchaeferRolls Inc. will invest $12 million to build a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Covington [Virginia] and create 31 new jobs.” The company “produces polymer-based roll covers for machinery used in […]

Rolls-Royce Adding 100 New Jobs At Virginia Facility This Year.

Rolls-Royce Adding 100 New Jobs At Virginia Facility This Year The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that “Rolls-Royce” North America is adding about 100 jobs at its Prince George manufacturing plant this year,” adding that employment at the company’s Crosspointe facility “should reach 400 or more by the end of this year, as it adds production to […]

Trucking’s Tight Capacity Squeezes U.S. Businesses

Trucking’s Tight Capacity Squeezes U.S. Businesses The Wall Street Journal Empty trucks are so hard to come by right now that Dean Foods Co., one of North America’s largest milk suppliers, cut its full-year earnings outlook in part because it simply can’t move its goods for anything close to what it expected to pay this […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

STIHL Inc. names Lorraine Wagner vice president of operations

STIHL Inc. names Lorraine Wagner vice president of operations Virginia Business |October 2, 2018 Stihl Inc. announced that Lorraine Wagner has been promoted to vice president of operation. Wagner will be responsible for all production operations at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Virginia Beach. Wagner joined STIHL in January 2008 as director of manufacturing. She […]

Chesterfield-based ITAC has grown its engineering services to 26 states

Chesterfield-based ITAC has grown its engineering services to 26 states Richmond Times Dispatch | JOAN TUPPONCE Special correspondent |Sep 10, 2017 The North American headquarters of the nutrition and care division of Evonik Corp. in Hopewell benefits from working with engineering-and-design-build industrial contractor ITAC. “We do a lot of hazard assessments with the focus on […]