2018 Events Calendar

Root Cause Analysis for Today’s World @ VMA Large Conference Room
Sep 18 @ 8:30 AM – Sep 19 @ 4:00 PM

Root Cause Analysis for Today’s World

Click here to view the program flyer, program outline and pricing.

VMA Webinar – Learn How LEAN Concepts can Benefit your Company
Sep 20 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Have you contemplated how to implement LEAN concepts into your company, but aren’t sure where to begin?

Would you like to learn more about how to minimize your company’s exposure and reduce risk?

If so, please join us this month as we explore and discuss these two topics.

Thursday, September 20  |  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Click Here to register for the September webinar

Accessibility Benchmarking System

Join Dr. victor Gray and Kate Kaegi, Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI), to learn how LEAN concepts and Assistive Technologies can be incorporated into your current operations.

This FREE assessment is available to all VMA Members and examines a business’s current work for cost savings, cost avoidance and increasing capacity. An overview of tax incentives, 503 compliances and how to collaborate with local and state agencies for supportive services will also be reviewed.


Risk Management Review

Mike Barnum, Bankers Insurance, will discuss the importance of implementing the proper risk management assessment to ensure your company has the opportunity to maximize savings, prevent and reduce losses and assist with compliance.


We hope you can join us! REGISTER NOW!


The VMA webinar series is designed to be a platform to educate manufacturers of the services and resources available to them as members of our organization. Each month will be a different topic highlighting how we can add value to your company.


Questions? Email Ian Ginger,



Listening sessions regarding the potential solar farm project in Stuarts Draft and Lyndhurst @ The Stuarts Draft Library
Sep 22 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Listening sessions regarding the potential solar farm project in Stuarts Draft and Lyndhurst

A solar farm project planned for Stuarts Draft and Lyndhurst would include more than 1,000 acres of panels on parcel owned by 13 landowners, if approved.

Augusta County officials say the proposed locations stretch from behind Broadmoor Plaza in Stuarts Draft to Shalom Road to Lyndhurst. Landowners leasing their land would receive annual lease payments over a 35-year period.

The project has drawn questions and criticism from Augusta County landowners who would live adjacent to the eight-foot-high panels, and from some members of the board of supervisors, who question such an ambitious project just a couple of months after the county approved a solar ordinance. The ordinance was approved in June by supervisors by a narrow 4-3 vote. The ordinance sets up the parameters for solar operations in the county, including zoning requirements, setbacks and buffering.

The 125-megawatt project would provide energy to a large and unnamed corporate buyer.

A public hearing and consideration of the special use permit for the project is planned before the Augusta County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 26 at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona.

South River District Supervisor Carolyn Bragg will hold listening sessions regarding the potential solar farm project in Stuarts Draft and Lyndhurst. All of the sessions will be held at The Stuarts Draft Library Station. The dates and times:

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1 p.m. – 2p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

2018 Workforce Conference, Presented by the VA Chamber of Commerce @ Greater Richmond Convention Center
Sep 25 @ 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
VMA Safety Committee Meeting @ Hilton Hotel in Richmond
Sep 26 @ 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

VMA Safety Committee Meeting

Mark your calendar!  The next VMA Safety Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 26.  The meeting will take place the morning of the VEHS Conference.  The Safety Committee meeting details are listed below.  Lunch will be provided at this meeting so please register your attendance.  A copy of the agenda will be distributed prior to the meeting.

Safety Committee Meeting 

Time/Date:              10am – 12:30pm

                                   September 26, 2018 

Location:                  Hilton Hotel and Spa

                                   12042 West Broad St

                                   Richmond, VA 23233 

Click here to register for the Safety Committee meeting.

VMA Water Subcommittee Meeting @ Hilton Hotel in Richmond
Sep 26 @ 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

VMA Water Sub-committee Members

The next Water Sub-committee will be held on 9/26 at the Hilton Hotel in Richmond (near Short Pump).  It will take place before the VEHS Conference which starts at 1pm.  Lunch will be provided at the meeting for those who want to stay for the conference.  This web page will be updated with agenda topics as we get closer to the event.  Click here to register your attendance.

Contact Kimberly Noonan at

Smarter. Stronger. Steel Day. @ SW Funk Industrial
Sep 28 @ 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

September 2018 Steel Day

Come join us for food, drinks, networking, seminars and more at our 6th Annual SteelDay.

SW Funk Industrial Contractors has teamed up with the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) for SteelDay, and we’d like to invite you to visit us on September 28th.

SteelDay, hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), is an annual national event dedicated to providing the AEC community with accessibility to the latest happenings in the structural steel industry. SteelDay events are scheduled across the United States for the AEC community to tour facilities and jobsites, attend educational seminars, network, and see how the structural steel industry is contributing to build America.

SteelDay is a cause for celebration, so please come and join our festivities on September 28th.

We look forward to seeing you at our SteelDay event!

Register Today!

House Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources NEW ACNR Retreat @ Virginia Tech Campus, Blacksburg
Oct 2 @ 12:00 PM – Oct 3 @ 1:00 PM

House Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources NEW ACNR Retreat

Meeting Date: October  2, 2018

Meeting Time: 12:00 PM

Location: Virginia Tech Campus, Blacksburg

Meeting Information: The House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee will hold a retreat in Blacksburg on Tuesday, October 2nd and Wednesday, October 3rd. The retreat will begin at approximately noon on October 2nd and end mid-afternoon October 3rd. The meeting will be held at various locations on the Virginia Tech campus.

A detailed agenda will be available at a later date.

Link to Meeting:

Link to Study:

Manufacturing Day at Volvo @ Volvo Group Trucks New River Valley Plant
Oct 5 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM


Facility Tour/Presentation

October 5, 2018      10:00am – 11:00am

Invitation-Only Event

Dublin, VA 24084


Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers!

Listen: To Brett Vassey, Virginia Manufacturers Association President & CEO

Understand: What it means to work in manufacturing.

Connect: With future generations.

Enjoy: An experience full of opportunities and education.

For additional information Click Here

If you are interested in attending, please reach out to Brooke Williams at


The International Robot Safety Conference @ Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Oct 9 @ 8:00 AM – Oct 11 @ 5:00 PM


Robot sales are at an all-time high and robot safety is of paramount importance in automation planning. The RIA International Robot Safety Conference will offer conference sessions and workshops that examine key issues in robot safety and provide an in-depth overview of current industry standards.


RIA Technical ReportsReceive a Sneak Preview of Upcoming Technical Reports

  • The ISO/TR 20218-1:2018- Safety Design for End-Effectors Technical Report
  • The RIA TR R15.706- Guidance for Users Technical Report
  • The RIA TR R15.806- Testing Methods for Power & Force Limiting Robot Systems
  • The RIA TR R15.906- Safety-Related Software Technical Report

Opening Reception! A new networking reception for all IRSC attendees will be held at 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 9. Sponsored by General Motors and FANUC America, this reception will be held at GM World in the Renaissance Center.

Extended Exhibit Hours! Exhibit hours this year will be from 12:00 PM through 7:00 PM on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, with a reception in the exhibits area from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Want to visit the exhibits but can’t make it to the conference? Register for an “Exhibits Only” pass! This pass will allow you to visit the exhibits any time on Wednesday, October 10 from 2:00-7:00pm.

Closing Keynote Speaker! Martin Ciupa with MindMaze, “Managing AI and Smart Robotics Risks in Industry 4.0 Today and into the Future” on October 11, 2018

Join us for a Post-Conference Event on Friday, October 12, for a Ford Rouge Factory Tour

Questions? Contact Sofia Nordenstam at

To view the full Agenda, Click Here

Click Here to learn more about Detroit

Register NOW!