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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.)

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.

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!

Consumer Energy Alliance Announces New Board of Directors

Consumer Energy Alliance Announces New Board of Directors  

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities at VMA Conferences and Events

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

RELEASE: VMA COLLABORATES WITH THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF RICHMOND

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

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 […]

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 […]

Why Virginia is shaking up its economic development strategy

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Virginia Manufacturers Association wins Manufacturing Leadership Award for Industry Advocacy

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

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 >>

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]