VMA to Hold 10th Annual Manufacturers Showcase &

5th Annual Robotics Competition September 30th in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach, FL – Jayne Fifer, President & CEO of VMA, is pleased to announce that the organization will host its 10th annual Manufacturers Showcase on September 30th from 2:00pm until 7:00pm at the Ocean Center, located at 101 N. Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach. The event will also include the 5th Annual Robotics Competition.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating the 10th year of our Manufacturers Showcase,” said Jayne Fifer. “We are always excited to show off the wealth of manufacturers in our area, and the products they offer,” she added.  The event is open to the public and admission is free.

The Showcase will feature local and regional manufacturing products, services, skills and capabilities. The event will host over 80 exhibitors, manufacturers and vendors, the 5th Annual Robotics Competition, CNC and 3D Art Show with cash prizes, and Job Seekers Information Center. The Robotics Competition consists of Volusia County Manufacturing-related high school academies building robots which will compete in “Battlebots”.  The object is to knock the opponent’s robot off the platform in a two-minute timeframe.

The Showcase Presenting Sponsor is the CEO Business Alliance, and the Major Sponsor is Volusia County Florida Economic Development. Other sponsors include; CareerSource Flagler Volusia, Diamond Level Services, Edgewell, Raydon, Polymer Fabrication, Thomas & Betts, SeaRay, LPGA International, Florida Hospital CentraCare, Thompson Pump, Florida Health Care Plans, Wells Fargo, Rapid Prototyping Services, Manpower, FPL, Daytona International Auto Mall, Conelec Electronic Manufacturers, and Vision H.R., GreenUp Consultants, LLC, Hallmark Nameplate, Magga Products, Pall Corporation, Thompson Pump and Manufacturing, and Tomoka Brewing Company.


Manufacturers are combating the critical shortage of skilled labor through the VMA Dream It! Do It! Project. VMA works with local schools – elementary through college - to build awareness of the substantial and lucrative careers in manufacturing. Manufacturers are adopting the manufacturing-related Career Academies and programs in the high schools, inviting students on tours, sending speakers into the classrooms, sponsoring and judging robotics competitions, working with interns and co-op students at all of the area high schools and colleges.

VMA has donated over $71,000 of 3D printers, CNC machines, materials and supplies to area schools. The money is raised at its annual Lou Fifer Education Scholarship Golf Tournament.

The VMA’s tag line “We Make It Here” started as a simple speech and has grown into a movement. The audience was asked to shout, “We make it here!” when the VMA president named a recognizable product made locally and the crowd loved it. Every month a manufacturer opens their doors for a Plant Tour, and there are huge posters in schools, product displays in libraries, radio ads, a parody sung by a member about local products, and the annual Manufacturer's Showcase that draws thousands. And coming soon, a huge product display at the Daytona International Airport.

There are over 450 manufacturers in the counties encompassing and surrounding Daytona Beach, Florida. They are there, strong, diverse and growing. They employ over 12,000 and pay an average annual wage of $60,534 including benefits.

They make a wide variety of recognizable products people use every day like sun tan lotions, personal care products, boats, luxury yachts, signs, syringes, pumps, dialysis liquids, blood bags, parachutes, sportsman sunglasses, mattresses, sheds, intelligent classrooms, taffy and key lime pies. Plus, many parts that go into bigger parts.

VMA, Inc., the Volusia and Flagler counties regional manufacturers association, is determined to make the 500,000 people in the region, a manufacturing champion and to never hear again, "I Didn't Know We Made That Here!"

VMA is a 501(c)6 that connects manufacturers and related suppliers to the information, education and the people members need. Founded by Manufacturers for Manufacturers in 1980, this vibrant manufacturing community connects members to great ideas and people to inspire leadership and achievement in Volusia and Flagler Counties and the surrounding areas. VMA is a manufacturers trade alliance with the power to transform the stature and development of the area's manufacturers. They can be reached at 386-673-5050, or online at http://vmaonline.com/, or https://www.facebook.com/VMAonline/. Follow VMA on Twitter at @VMAVolusia.