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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Each year, in celebration of National Manufacturing Month (October) SVAM seeks to highlight the significant accomplishments of our region's manufacturing companies. The main way we do this is by presenting manufacturers with awards to showcase their achievements. SVAM's annual Manufacturers' Awards Banquet looked a little different in 2020. Rather than gathering to celebrate the amazing manufacturers in our area, we took everything online. SVAM presented winners with their awards and ...
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In 2020, SVAM launched its Made In SWVA podcast! This podcast is a way for us to share all things manufacturing. We will be speaking with guests about manufacturing careers and opportunities, the benefits of working in manufacturing, how to get started, and more! We hope this podcast encourages students and other job seekers to pursue a career in manufacturing.   The first series on our podcast features Women in ...
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For the fall of 2020 SVAM moved our Manufacture Your Career panel discussions to virtual events. Students and educators tuned in via Zoom as both individuals and classes. These events focused on a panel discussion highlighting the manufacturing sector and the career paths it offers. Panelists discussed multiple topics including pay and benefits, facility safety, common misconceptions, employer desired soft skills, and different job opportunities. Students took the opportunity to ask ...
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This spring, SVAM and Finley Green, Director Career Services, organized a Manufacture Your Career panel discussion at King University. The event focused on highlighting the manufacturing sector and the career paths it offers. Panelists discussed multiple topics including pay and benefits, employer desired skills, and different job opportunities for varying levels of education. Students took the opportunity to ask the panel members interesting and insightful questions about manufacturing. Students networked ...
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The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing hosted its seventh annual Manufacturers’ Awards Banquet in connection with National Manufacturing Day on Thursday, October 3rd. Business, government, 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. This year SVAM invited Kathy D’Antoni with the West Virginia Department of Education to give the keynote address. She discussed ...
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In October, SVAM held Manufacture Your Career events at UVa-Wise, Southwest Virginia Community College, and Virginia Highlands Community College. These events focused around a panel discussion highlighting the manufacturing sector and the career paths it offers. Panelists discussed multiple topics including pay and benefits, facility safety, common misconceptions, employer desired soft skills, and different job opportunities. Students also had the opportunity to ask their own questions about manufacturing. Students networked ...
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On August 13th, at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, SVAM hosted its annual Manufacturers’ Expo. The sixth annual Expo welcomed manufacturers, vendors, and resource providers. This event provided an excellent opportunity for manufacturers to network and share ideas. 17 manufacturers from across Southwest Virginia, representing a wide variety of products and company sizes, attended this year’s Expo. This was in addition to resource providers and vendors. This led to ...
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On August 14th, at the Wytheville Meeting Center, the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing hosted its annual Manufacturers’ Expo. The fifth annual Expo hosted a variety of attendees, ranging from manufacturers to vendors and resource providers. The purpose of the event was to provide a unique opportunity for manufacturers from all across the region to come together with one purpose: to meet one another, network, and share ideas. It provided ...
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Each year, in celebration of National Manufacturing Month (October) SVAM seeks to highlight the significant accomplishments of our region's manufacturing companies. The main way we do this is by presenting manufacturers with awards to showcase their achievements. SVAM's annual Manufacturers' Awards Banquet looked a little different in 2020. Rather than gathering to celebrate the amazing manufacturers in our area, we took everything online. SVAM presented winners with their awards and ...
Read more
In 2020, SVAM launched its Made In SWVA podcast! This podcast is a way for us to share all things manufacturing. We will be speaking with guests about manufacturing careers and opportunities, the benefits of working in manufacturing, how to get started, and more! We hope this podcast encourages students and other job seekers to pursue a career in manufacturing.   The first series on our podcast features Women in ...
Read more
For the fall of 2020 SVAM moved our Manufacture Your Career panel discussions to virtual events. Students and educators tuned in via Zoom as both individuals and classes. These events focused on a panel discussion highlighting the manufacturing sector and the career paths it offers. Panelists discussed multiple topics including pay and benefits, facility safety, common misconceptions, employer desired soft skills, and different job opportunities. Students took the opportunity to ask ...
Read more
This spring, SVAM and Finley Green, Director Career Services, organized a Manufacture Your Career panel discussion at King University. The event focused on highlighting the manufacturing sector and the career paths it offers. Panelists discussed multiple topics including pay and benefits, employer desired skills, and different job opportunities for varying levels of education. Students took the opportunity to ask the panel members interesting and insightful questions about manufacturing. Students networked ...
Read more
The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing hosted its seventh annual Manufacturers’ Awards Banquet in connection with National Manufacturing Day on Thursday, October 3rd. Business, government, 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. This year SVAM invited Kathy D’Antoni with the West Virginia Department of Education to give the keynote address. She discussed ...
Read more
In October, SVAM held Manufacture Your Career events at UVa-Wise, Southwest Virginia Community College, and Virginia Highlands Community College. These events focused around a panel discussion highlighting the manufacturing sector and the career paths it offers. Panelists discussed multiple topics including pay and benefits, facility safety, common misconceptions, employer desired soft skills, and different job opportunities. Students also had the opportunity to ask their own questions about manufacturing. Students networked ...
Read more
On August 13th, at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, SVAM hosted its annual Manufacturers’ Expo. The sixth annual Expo welcomed manufacturers, vendors, and resource providers. This event provided an excellent opportunity for manufacturers to network and share ideas. 17 manufacturers from across Southwest Virginia, representing a wide variety of products and company sizes, attended this year’s Expo. This was in addition to resource providers and vendors. This led to ...
Read more
This spring SVAM held two Manufacture Your Career events. These events focused on a panel of manufacturing professionals discussing the manufacturing sector and highlighting the benefits of working in manufacturing. Panelists discussed multiple topics including career opportunities, myths of manufacturing, pay and benefits, facility safety, and desired soft skills. Students took the opportunity to ask panelists interesting and insightful questions about manufacturing and how best to enter the field. After ...
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