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  • June 25 - Construction and Maintenance- Can the Design/Build construction method reduce project cost and shorten schedule leading to shorter service outage.

    June 25, 2019 Can the Design/Build construction method reduce project costs and shorten schedules, leading to shorter service outages? Chad Earle, director of business development at ORDERS Construction Company, will provide an overview of the design/build process. He will examine the pros and cons of the design/build process and discuss what pitfalls to avoid.  Earle will demonstrate and discuss how design/build can expedite the construction process and ultimately reduce the costs associated with shutdown down time and save owners money related to actual construction costs and expenses.
  • July 17 - New Markets Tax Credit Financing

    July 17 The federal new markets tax credit program provides up to 25% of any short-fall in financing (which generally must be at least $4 million) for (a) the purchase, expansion, and/or renovation of manufacturing facilities; (b) the purchase of equipment; and/or (c) other operational needs.  This subsidy is in the form of a 7-year forgivable which only requires approximately 1.5% interest-only payments during 7 years.  Facilities and operations must be located in a rural community or low-income census tract.
  • August 12 - Using Public Relations to Advance Public Policy

    August 12 Have you ever wondered what why certain pieces of legislation are passed and others are forgotten? What communication tools are best to effectively send your messages to the correct audience? Join us as TSG Consulting goes over how public relations interacts with public policy and the tools to use to get the results you desire.   Tom Susman has a decade of experience providing lobbying, public relations and strategic planning services to his clients. He is president of TSG Consulting, LLC. 
  • September 16 - WVMAEF Explore the New Manufacturing Program: Building Tomorrow’s Workforce Today

    The WVMA Educational Fund’s (WVMAEF) mission is  to link industry and education through its Explore the New Manufacturing Program which  consists of presentations, academies, and video contests.  The goal of these programs, targeting middle school students across West Virginia, is to create awareness and interest in manufacturing careers, as well as the subsequent educational and training pathways through manufacturer-student engagement. The WVMAEF is continually building networks and seeking collaborative opportunities with organizations to more effectively and efficiently create a workforce and provide avenues for our young folks to stay in their home state.
  • October 10 - Apprenticeships: A Customized Approach to Workforce Problems

    October 10 Apprenticeship Works at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) offers an affordable option for customizing apprenticeship programs in 20 occupations. This grant-supported initiative has partnered with 26 manufacturers, including 12 in West Virginia. These employers recognize the primary benefits to apprenticeship: improved recruitment, standardized training and reduced turnover. Learn how Apprenticeship Works can help your company develop an apprenticeship program targeting your specific needs.
  • November 6 - iOS in Business: Applications that Work for You

    Mobile applications and processes that support your business while giving you the freedom to make the entire world your office Jamie Summers-Brown is the founder and president of Bricks Without Straw, a web-development and design firm in South Charleston, W.Va. Since 2004, his company has served a diverse clientele with offices in both West Virginia and Tokyo, Japan.

The WVMA offers members an opportunity to interact and engage with other industry leaders from West Virginia and beyond. With frequent state-wide and regional gatherings, active industry specific committees, and more than 150 member companies representing West Virginia’s diversity in manufacturing, membership provides a strong network for the state’s manufacturers. 

You company has access to and is encouraged to get involved with the following WVMA Committees:

Chemical Industry – The activities of the W.Va. CIC promote a better understanding of the chemical industry within the state. The CIC aims to assist in promoting the recognition of chemical companies as responsible manufacturers and employees, important business leaders, and significant partners in the economic development of the state. The work of the CIC encourages the active involvement of stakeholders to expand the influence of the chemical industry throughout West Virginia. There is a separate fee to participate on this committee. 

Environmental Safety & Health – The ES&H Committee strives to lead the development of public policy that is based on good science, protects the environment, promotes safety, and fosters sustainable manufacturing. In the WVMA’s ongoing effort to maintain a productive working relationship with our state and federal regulatory agencies, the ES&H Committee serves a key role in providing the “front line” vantage point necessary to develop sound and effective environmental, safety, and health related policy. There is a separate fee to participate on this committee. 

Government Affairs – The WVMA Government Affairs Committee seeks to represent the interests of manufactures in public policy matters, with a focus on state legislative and regulatory issues, opportunities, and developments. Members of the committee represent the interests of WVMA members in regular and special legislative sessions and interim committee meetings.

Marcellus to Manufacturing – Complementing the work of the WVMA, the Marcellus to Manufacturing Committee promotes the active involvement of stakeholders to expand its manufacturing base while advancing education and advocacy throughout West Virginia. 

Human Resources – The WVMA HR Committee serves as a resource for WVMA member companies providing up-to-date information and training on the complexities of HR issues in industry including changes in labor/employment law, state policy issues, and other “hot topics” identified by member need. Members of the committee have access to expert legal counsel, a strong peer network of HR Professionals, and web-based resources. 

Education & Workforce Advisory Council – The WVMA Education & Workforce Advisory Council is a group that serves in an advisory capacity for member driven initiatives in workforce development and education. The WVMA and successful partnerships with the Community and Technical College System, the W.Va. Department of Education, and industry leaders continues to develop and fine-tune the industries workforce needs with guidance from the EWAC.

MORE! – In addition to these standing committees, the WVMA offers on-going opportunities for member engagement in special projects, industry initiatives, and collaborative efforts throughout the state.  Being a member provides access to these committees and future opportunities.