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VOLUME 4 | Edition 8 | April 2018

Letter from the President & CEO

Dear Members:

Over the next three months, the VMA will be focused on regional MFG Town Halls, member committee meetings, congressional roundtables and the National Manufacturing Summit.  We have also started a  webinar series on the new VMA  member benefits programs and workforce solutions.  This is all aimed at enhancing the VMA member experience.

We also know how challenging it can be to leave the facility for meetings and events.  So, we have reorganized many of our resources to bring them to you through these webinars, virtual meetings and regional events.  This is all designed to make participation easier.

In particular, the MFG Town Halls have taken on a new life.  This year they will be held at the Richmond Raceway, Canon Virginia and Volvo Trucks. In fact, we just finished the Central Virginia MFG Town Hall in partnership with the Richmond Raceway - one of NASCAR's premiere tracks. Dennis Bickmeier, President, RR, gave us a terrific vision of the future of motorsports and RR. RR is a partner that understands the value of creativity and cross-marketing. In fact, our own Virginia Craft Brewers Guild will hold the first event of its kind in the U.S. at RR this weekend before the big 

The Honorable Tom Garrett, US Congressman, and  The Honorable Jennifer McClellan, VA Senator, speaking at the Richmond Town Hall Meeting at Richmond Raceway.

All this is to say that the VMA is working hard to improve Virginia manufacturing competiti veness through all of our services and partnerships.  Manufacturing economic optimism is at a 20-year high and we are expecting unprecedented growth over the next few years.  It's an exciting time to be in manufacturing and we hope that our enthusiasm is contagious!

I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting or MFG Town Hall.

Best Wishes,  
Brett A. Vassey
President & CEO

Mark Your Calendar - April Webinar 

Tuesday, April 24th 

Register Here for the April 24th webinar!  

Deon Clark, President, TCI Solutions, will talk with members about "The Value of the Ambassador." 

This will be a brief segment on leveraging employees as Ambassadors to help attract, develop, and retain talent. Mr. Clark will cover the following topics:
  • Workforce Challenges
  • Leveraging Ambassadors to Engage Students
  • Leveraging Ambassadors to Engage Parents
  • Leveraging Ambassadors to Engage Teachers
  • Ambassador Training

Announcing the VMA Insurance Plan through Bankers Insurance

The VMA Insurance Plan (VIP)

As a member of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, you receive exclusive access to the VMA Insurance Plan. This program provides insurance and risk management solutions to VMA members. Underwritten by FCCI and administered exclusively by Bankers Insurance LLC, this powerful benefit provides:
  • A comprehensive risk assessment, covering your business's risk management procedures and insurance policies. Bankers Insurance provides these services at no cost or obligation, utilizing a consultative approach that educates members on key exposures and uncovers gaps in existing policies.
  • An entire suite of manufacturer's insurance products that includes liability, property, workers compensation, business auto, and all others.
  • A group dividend plan based on the combined loss experience of the participating members.
  • Designated local service teams for claims, risk control, and underwriting.
  • Preferential pricing for members of all sizes, in addition to extensive management tools normally only available to the largest manufacturing operations. 
These resources help prevent losses, aid with compliance, and reduce the cost of doing business.

Click here t o set up a complimentary consultation today.

The 2017 Economic Census is Coming

Due Date is June 12, 2018

The Economic Census is the U.S. Government's official five-year measure of American business and the economy. It is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, and response is required by law.   The due date is June 12, 2018.

Starting with the 2017 Economic Census, response will be entirely paperless. The Economic Census will mail out information on how to access the electronic instrument in May 2018 to the nearly 4 million businesses, including large, medium, and small companies representing all U.S. and Island Area locations and industries. Respondents will be asked to provide a range of operational and performance data for their companies.
Additional information and is available at census.gov/EconomicCensus.

Follow the VMA on LinkedIn

We are constantly striving to stay current in the digital era as we expand our social media presence to connect our members, partners, and allies with VMA member benefits, networking and professional development opportunities, workforce solutions and government affairs resources.  Please connect with us on LinkedIn.