On August 31, the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon served as the venue for SVAM's yearly Manufacturers' Expo. This gathering united Southwest Virginia's manufacturing community, including vendors and suppliers, in a collaborative setting designed for networking and education. Participating manufacturers showcased their businesses through booths and exhibits while engaging with other industry players and service providers. The event served as a platform for local manufacturing firms to expand ...
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SVAM recently hosted two Manufacture Your Career panel discussions. The first was at Virginia Highlands Community College on March 30th and the second was at Wytheville Community College on April 27th. The purpose of this program is to encourage students to pursue careers in manufacturing by changing perceptions and educating them about available opportunities. For each event, four panelists spoke to students and faculty about their companies, the benefits of ...
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Each year SVAM accepts nominations for its Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing Award. The nominees are scored by a panel of judges based on company and community impact. Throughout the 10 years of SVAM's Outstanding Women in Manufacturing program, many amazing women have been recognized for their contributions to the world of manufacturing in Southwest Virginia. The purpose of this program is to change the image of manufacturing and highlight the ...
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  On Wednesday, March 8th, The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing (SVAM) hosted its annual Women in Manufacturing Symposium in celebration of International Women’s Day. The Symposium is held to celebrate and recognize women’s contributions, value, and future in manufacturing. Furthermore, the purpose is to promote the career opportunities women can pursue in the manufacturing industry. This event is one way SVAM is working to fulfill its goal of changing ...
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The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing hosted its annual Manufacturers’ Awards Banquet in celebration of National Manufacturing Day on Thursday, October 6th. Business and community leaders from across Southwest Virginia gathered at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center to celebrate manufacturing and its achievements over the past year. Attendees enjoyed networking, drinks and appetizers before the program began with dinner. Attendees were welcomed by Melinda Roberts, Vice Chair of the ...
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On August 30th, at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, SVAM hosted its annual Manufacturers’ Expo. The Expo brought manufacturers of Southwest Virginia together, along with their vendors/suppliers, in a networking and learning environment. Manufacturers set up booths/exhibits for their company and got to know other manufacturers and service providers. Vendors and resource providers offering a wide variety of services to manufacturing were also in attendance. This event provided an ...
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From April to July 2022, SVAM offered numerous free trainings for its members, including an OSHA 30-Hour training and supervisor trainings. Johnnie Keene, Assistant Professor of Machine Technology at Virginia Highlands Community College, led SVAM's first member-exclusive OSHA 30-Hour Training at Wytheville Community College in June-July. This training was provided in partnership with Virginia Highlands Community College and Wytheville Community College. Each student who finished each day of the course, ...
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Each year, SVAM awards scholarships in pursuit of its goal to promote manufacturing and its careers. The purpose of the scholarship is to raise awareness about manufacturing careers and retain the talented worker pool we have in Southwest Virginia. The scholarships are awarded to deserving high school seniors who wish to pursue a post-secondary education in a manufacturing-related field. For 2022, the qualifying fields of study were engineering, welding, machining, ...
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This spring, SVAM had the opportunity to speak with high school students through its Opportunities in Manufacturing program, and college students through Manufacture Your Career panel discussions. These programs are used to educate students and educators about the opportunities in Southwest Virginia, the many benefits of a manufacturing career, and how to get started in manufacturing. These programs specifically align with SVAM’s goal to redefine the image of manufacturing with ...
Read more
On March 11th, the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing along with Northeast State Community College and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, hosted the Women in Manufacturing Symposium. The event took place at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA. Coinciding with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, this event celebrated the contributions of women to our region's manufacturing base. The Symposium welcomed Keynote Speaker Kellye Walker, EVP ...
Read more
Each year SVAM accepts nominations for its Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing Award. The nominees are scored by a panel of judges based on company impact, community impact, personal drive, and leadership. Through the Outstanding Women in Manufacturing program, many amazing women have been recognized for their contributions to the world of manufacturing in Southwest Virginia. The purpose of this program is to change the image of manufacturing and highlight the ...
Read more
On August 31, the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon served as the venue for SVAM's yearly Manufacturers' Expo. This gathering united Southwest Virginia's manufacturing community, including vendors and suppliers, in a collaborative setting designed for networking and education. Participating manufacturers showcased their businesses through booths and exhibits while engaging with other industry players and service providers. The event served as a platform for local manufacturing firms to expand ...
Read more
SVAM recently hosted two Manufacture Your Career panel discussions. The first was at Virginia Highlands Community College on March 30th and the second was at Wytheville Community College on April 27th. The purpose of this program is to encourage students to pursue careers in manufacturing by changing perceptions and educating them about available opportunities. For each event, four panelists spoke to students and faculty about their companies, the benefits of ...
Read more
Each year SVAM accepts nominations for its Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing Award. The nominees are scored by a panel of judges based on company and community impact. Throughout the 10 years of SVAM's Outstanding Women in Manufacturing program, many amazing women have been recognized for their contributions to the world of manufacturing in Southwest Virginia. The purpose of this program is to change the image of manufacturing and highlight the ...
Read more
  On Wednesday, March 8th, The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing (SVAM) hosted its annual Women in Manufacturing Symposium in celebration of International Women’s Day. The Symposium is held to celebrate and recognize women’s contributions, value, and future in manufacturing. Furthermore, the purpose is to promote the career opportunities women can pursue in the manufacturing industry. This event is one way SVAM is working to fulfill its goal of changing ...
Read more
The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing hosted its annual Manufacturers’ Awards Banquet in celebration of National Manufacturing Day on Thursday, October 6th. Business and community leaders from across Southwest Virginia gathered at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center to celebrate manufacturing and its achievements over the past year. Attendees enjoyed networking, drinks and appetizers before the program began with dinner. Attendees were welcomed by Melinda Roberts, Vice Chair of the ...
Read more
On August 30th, at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, SVAM hosted its annual Manufacturers’ Expo. The Expo brought manufacturers of Southwest Virginia together, along with their vendors/suppliers, in a networking and learning environment. Manufacturers set up booths/exhibits for their company and got to know other manufacturers and service providers. Vendors and resource providers offering a wide variety of services to manufacturing were also in attendance. This event provided an ...
Read more
From April to July 2022, SVAM offered numerous free trainings for its members, including an OSHA 30-Hour training and supervisor trainings. Johnnie Keene, Assistant Professor of Machine Technology at Virginia Highlands Community College, led SVAM's first member-exclusive OSHA 30-Hour Training at Wytheville Community College in June-July. This training was provided in partnership with Virginia Highlands Community College and Wytheville Community College. Each student who finished each day of the course, ...
Read more
Each year, SVAM awards scholarships in pursuit of its goal to promote manufacturing and its careers. The purpose of the scholarship is to raise awareness about manufacturing careers and retain the talented worker pool we have in Southwest Virginia. The scholarships are awarded to deserving high school seniors who wish to pursue a post-secondary education in a manufacturing-related field. For 2022, the qualifying fields of study were engineering, welding, machining, ...
Read more
This spring, SVAM had the opportunity to speak with high school students through its Opportunities in Manufacturing program, and college students through Manufacture Your Career panel discussions. These programs are used to educate students and educators about the opportunities in Southwest Virginia, the many benefits of a manufacturing career, and how to get started in manufacturing. These programs specifically align with SVAM’s goal to redefine the image of manufacturing with ...
Read more
On March 11th, the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing along with Northeast State Community College and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, hosted the Women in Manufacturing Symposium. The event took place at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA. Coinciding with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, this event celebrated the contributions of women to our region's manufacturing base. The Symposium welcomed Keynote Speaker Kellye Walker, EVP ...
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