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VMA is The Region's #1 Resource for Manufacturers!
Education...building a skilled workforce through best practices and scholastic programs
Relevance...serving the professional needs of our membership
Growth...connecting members to new customers and suppliers
The VMA was founded in 1980 by manufacturers for manufacturers. We provide information, education and networking opportunities to help manufacturers grow and succeed. We are made up of companies that range in size from one employee to over 500. There are companies with CEO’s, presidents, plant managers, CFO’s an HR managers and companies whose owners do it all. We have members willing to share their expertise in manufacturing operations, purchasing, international trade, human resources, marketing and more.
VMA makes connections. Connections that help you grow your business.
You can make a phone call to the office with any question and you will be get the answer or you will be connected to the person can give you the information you need.
You and your staff can attend any of the over 60 programs we offer. Here you will hear cutting edge information, meet members doing what you are doing or want to be doing; you can sell your products and services; learn how to streamline your systems; find vendors; grow professionally.
You will learn the latest in legislative changes in HR at the Human Resources Division meetings; discover the techniques to increase productivity in Lean Manufacturing at the Manufacturing Excellence Division workshops; and connect with fellow financial officers and accountants at the Finance and Accounting Division events.
We are a recognized force in the growth and economic well-being of our area. All companies engaged in manufacturing in Volusia and Flagler counties and the region are invited to join the VMA. We are the only trade association focused on the success of local Florida manufacturers. VMA is directed by well-known and highly regarded manufacturers and business people.
VMA is a corporate membership organization and maintains a 70/30 ratio of manufacturer to service partner members. Service Partners, or non-manufacturers, are an important part of the effort of VMA to encourage our members to buy locally. As a member of the VMA you have access to all the programs and services designed for your success.
Florida Manufacturers are encouraged to work with all of our members to facilitate the growth and expansion in our Florida manufacturing efforts.
From 1980 for twenty-five years – 30% of my lifetime, I have devoted my strict vocational attention to the Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA) and the encouragement and promotion of manufacturing in our community.
Accomplishments have been made. Countless acquaintances have been made and enjoyed. Yes, some heart breaks and disappointments have been encountered but collectiveness and cooperation has overridden and today from five to nearly two hundred corporations have been involved, not to mention the many who have come and gone for various reasons. Teamwork through volunteers, plus education, motivation and organization have been rules of the day.
Now as we move on, a word to the wise. Do stick together. Stay a professional, free enterprise association. Continue to cooperate and encourage manufacturing as a career for fellow citizens. It has a future!
As VMA has always done, inform, educate and network. Sell and promote. Spend time, money and effort to be “for” things and not “against” things. Pro-activity has been our hallmark and is the way for a successful future.
Be for Americanism, capitalism and free enterprise; doing so with a positive vigor. Don’t take government hand-outs or subsidies. Fund for yourself. In the end, you will make the next twenty-five years as good as or better than the initial twenty-five.
Thanks for being involved,
Founder, President and CEO 1980 - 2005 Daytona Beach, Florida