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VOLUME 9 | EDITION 1 | Spring/Summer 2016

2016 General Assembly Session

T he General Assembly session was overwhelmingly positive for  VMA's 2016 Legislative Agenda .  If you have not had the opportunity to do so already, please take a few minutes to review the  "VMA 2016 Legislative Wrap-Up Report"  to get an overview of VMA's legislative successes and challenges.  In addition to our statistical overview, we have expanded the detailed summary of priority and defensive priority bills.  We have also added a new section on the state operating budget that has some early warning signs about spending, political priorities and the Commonwealth's economy.  This year's report is one of the most comprehensive and impactful that we have published.  

Virginia Industry Forum - Call For Presentations


VMA is seeking experts for a panel that will share practical examples of projects and technologies on automation and applied technology for small and medium manufacturers.  

Presentations will be made at the Virginia Industry Forum (VIF) - November 10-11, 2016 at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg. Forum is our biggest conference and annual meeting. Automation, productivity, value chain, and technology are some of the key themes for Forum.  

Please contact Sharon Sykes, Member Services Director at ssykes@vamanufacturers.com if you would like to recommend yourself or another to present at this year's VIF Conference.  We need a one-page synopsis of your Case Study or Best Practice for evaluation by August 5, 2016.  

Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act


On June 22, 2016 President Obama signed the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, legislation to reform the nation's 40 year-old primary chemical management law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  

The Lautenberg Act is a comprehensive update of TSCA, the statute governing the manufacture of chemicals and products containing chemicals.  It is the first real update of TSCA since the law's enactment in 1976.  The Lautenberg Act creates a risk-based standard requiring that chemicals be safe for their intended use, as opposed to a precautionary principle-based approach.  It sorts the TSCA inventory of chemicals into high-priority and low-priority chemicals, and establishes a procedure for EPA assessing those chemicals.  It provides preemption of the patchwork of state chemical laws and regulations so manufacturers have clear rules of the road.  It also requires the best available science and protects manufacturers' confidential business information. 

M&T Tax


Contributed by Rita Davis, Hunton & Williams LLP

In this viewpoint, Ms. Davis clearly explains Virginia's machinery and tools tax laws in this piece, including some arguably counterintuitive ways they are applied. She writes that determining a piece of machinery's tax status requires an extensive step-by-step analysis of its role in the manufacturing process.

R&D Tax Credit 


Contributed by Dixon Hughes Goodman

Virginia legislative enhancements provided by the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session to the state research and development tax credits, coupled with expansions of the federal credit provided by the PATH Act (Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015) in late 2015 give Virginia taxpayers extra incentive to pursue Research and Development Tax Credits.

Virginia SAVES™ 


Contributed by Bill Greenleaf, Virginia Community Capital

The Virginia Department of Mines, Mineral and Energy launched the VA SAVES program in September 2015.   The VA SAVES program is an interest rate subsidy program for large scale energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fuel projects in Virginia for private companies.  The interest subsidy is around 3% every year for the life of loan.  For example, if you finance an energy project at 5%, and access the subsidy, the borrower's net interest rate is 2%.  You can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest expense over the life of a loan.  This program will likely run out of money in 6 to 12 months- please don't miss this opportunity.
The ROI is clear, a central Virginia private school utilized the VA SAVES program for a $2.5 million energy efficiency upgrade and will save $500,000 in interest costs over the life of the 15 year loan.
To learn more, please contact Bill Greenleaf at Virginia Community Capital at 804-939-6165 or  greenleaf@vccva.org or visit this website- www.vasavesgcp.com

Manufacturing Skills Institute Delivers Workforce 


Contributed by Vanessa Rastberger, The Manufacturing Skills Institute

The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) is the workforce affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association. MSI brings together world class training and industry certifications to deliver complete workforce solutions for VMA members and communities. The MSI's goal is to close the interest and workforce skills gaps by 2020 by changing the perception of Advanced Technology Industries, such as manufacturing, and ensuring access to industry credentials. MSI Workforce Solutions include: (1) career awareness through our award-winning Dream it. Do it. Virginia (DIDIVA) career information system; (2) industry credentials and certificates designed for skill mastery of entry-level production occupations; and (3) certificates in the areas of safety, hygiene, energy and lean principles, and (4) over 1,600 online industrial courses. MSI demands that the quality and quantity of the current workforce and the talent pipeline keeps United States manufacturing globally competitive.

The MSI Academic and Workforce Partner Network offers MSI Workforce Solutions in your community. MSI now has over 100 Academic and Workforce Partners across nine (9) states delivering MSI Workforce Solutions. Partners include High Schools, Middle Schools, Technical Centers, Community Colleges, Universities, and Workforce Training Organizations. For a complete list of MSI Workforce Solutions and Academic and Workforce Partners, please visit the MSI website.

VMA Testimonial - DuPont Protection Systems, Richmond VA
DuPont Adopted the Manufacturing Technician Level 1 © (MT1) certification as a preferred skill for their hiring process, conducted training with new hires and has a renewed effort to improve people capability.
"Industry credentials simplify the hiring process and they save us $ in overtime and lost productivity. Employees participating are more knowledgeable and confident in manufacturing operations.  Improved hiring, on-boarding and job specific training has translated into improved safety performance and productivity." 

MSI Offers Online Resources to Connect VMA Members with Talent

VMA is launching interactive Company Profiles through its DIDIVA career information system.  The system simplifies the career planning experience that directly connects more than 10,000 individual users with local and regional employers, letting you amplify opportunities for employment, internships, apprenticeships and job shadowing.  You can even promote specific industry certifications and preferred applicant qualifications through your Company Profile.

DIDIVA serves as your company's outreach and recruitment tool.  Don't miss this opportunity to recruit from MSI training partner program completers, community colleges, career centers and more! MSI will host a webinar on Wednesday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m. to demonstrate DIDIVA Company Profiles and how your company can manage its profile. 

Click here to register.  

For more information and funding resources available contact Vanessa Rastberger, MSI Workforce Solutions Manager: (804) 643-7489, ext. 123 or vrastberger@vamanufacturers.com .


Manufacturing Skills Institute Website: www.manufacturingskillsinstitute.com 

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