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VOLUME 10 | Edition 4 | April 2017

Letter from the President & CEO

Dear Members:

The VMA is excited to highlight the upcoming committee meetings, MFG Town Halls, fall conferences and new member services in this issue.  This is part of the VMA's overall effort to make its advocacy and business  services even stronger.  We know how challenging it is to be away from the shop floor which is why we have invested new staff and resources into these services so that the member experience is invaluable.

I also want to mention that the upcoming committee and MFG Town Hall meetings are central to the VMA Board of Director's work building a VA Manufacturing Competitiveness Plan and Index.  These publications, which were announced last month, will compare 46 different metrics in five categories across 50 states.  The comparative data will inform our legislative agenda and priorities over the next five (5) years.  They will also help us communicate industrial priorities to elected officials and lead the ongoing dialogue about how to make Virginia more competitive for manufacturers and their supply-chain.

In closing, Virginia manufacturing can and will compete against anyone in the world.  We need your help to raise the bar and the first step is to get engaged.  Please join a committee or attend a MFG Town Hall.  I look forward to seeing you soon.
Best Wishes,
Brett A. Vassey
President & CEO

Mark Your Calendar for Regional MFG Town Halls

Southwest MFG Town Hall - May 4th
Bristol Motor Speedway
O. Bruton Smith Building

For the first time, the VMA Southwest MFG Town Hall will be a joint meeting with the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Tennessee Manufacturers Association.  This meeting will bring together leaders and members from all three associations .  NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski will give a special address on competing to win.  Visit our event webpage for meeting highlights, registration and sponsorship opportunities.  Space is limited so register your attendance today!

Lynchburg MFG Roundtable - May 11th
Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance Headquarters

The meeting will be co-hosted by the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance at their conference center in downtown Lynchburg.  Delegate Kathy Byron will be the opening speaker.  After the meeting, the VMAPAC will host a special reception honoring Delegate Byron at the Craddock Terry Hotel.  Click here for details.  

Richmond MFG Town Hall - May 16th
VMA Large Conference Room

The Richmond MFG Town Hall Meeting will include an update from Barry Matherly, President of the Greater Richmond Partnership, who will talk about their export initiative and expanding regional manufacturing.  After the meeting, the VMA Headquarters will be open to guests for a reception. Click here for details.  
Office Depot® and OfficeMax® 
are now one company! 

VMA members will continue to receive savings on more than 30,000 office supplies through the Office Depot Partner Program.  Items can be purchased online and in the store. Please destroy all old Office Max Store Purchasing Cards and replace them with the new printable Office Depot card  available on the VMA website.  Click here  to set up your discount account and start shopping and saving online. Remember, this program is for anyone in your company, your friends and your family!

Join a VMA Committee!
Root Cause Analysis for Today's World

The VMA is partnering with Thinking Dimensions Global to offer a workshop on Root Cause Analysis for Today's World. 

Upcoming Workshop Dates:
May 9-10
July 18-19 
September 19-20 
November 14-15

For more information on group discounts, please contact Bill Dunn at (703) 865-6700.  Click here to view program details and to register for upcoming workshops.

Omega Protein - Reedville Facility Open House  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
11am - 3:30pm
610 Menhaden Rd
Reedville, VA 22539

Omega Protein will be hosting an Open House for all members and friends of the VMA.  Guests will be treated to a tour of the facility and lunch.

Now in their 139 th year of continuous operation in the Commonwealth, Omega Protein's Reedville facility remains a key economic driver of the community and of the Northern Neck region. This facility includes a state of the art Health and Sciences Center, new processing equipment, a first-of-its kind water re-use program, innovative product storage and significant environmental improvement initiatives that have changed the face of Omega Protein.
Guests will get an insider's look at the fishing and processing operations as well as visit the $20 million Health and Sciences Center and fish oil refinery. Guests will learn about the health of the fishery, and its legislative and regulatory framework.

Please RSVP to Susan Gaston at susan@gastongroup.com by Thursday, June 2nd.

Get Involved in a Dream It. Do It. Virginia Summer Camp Program!

Dream It. Do It. Virginia Summer Camps are committed to providing world-class experiential learning for our participants.  But we need your help.
Here's how to get involved:  
  • Host a camp. Our world class curriculum makes it easy and fun for both hosts and students.  You also receive a custom-built camp page and assistance with registration and recruiting volunteers. 
  • Sponsor a camp.  There are levels of sponsorship that you can choose- and every contribution helps to provide an excellent experience for students.  Click here  for more information and to find the camp sponsorship form. 
  • Volunteer to be a guest speaker at a camp. 
  • Open your facility for a camp participant tour, or provide a virtual tour. 
Become part of a growing network of Virginia businesses who are helping our youth explore STEM careers and help grow the Commonwealth's talent of tomorrow!
For more information about hosting, volunteering and tours, please contact Melissa Gordon, Dream It. Do It. Virginia Coordinator at mgordon@vamanufacturers.com.   Click here to view a complete list of summer camps and locations.