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Magga Products Sponsors Volusia Manufacturers Association Upcoming Manufacturers Expo 2011

The Volusia Manufacturers Association’s Manufacturing Member, Magga Products, becomes a platinum sponsor of the VMA’s upcoming Manufacturers Expo 2011.

Magga Products recently became a platinum sponsor for the upcoming Volusia Manufacturers Expo 2011. Magga Products is a world class manufacturer of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) custom and classic machinery. Magga Products was founded in 1978 by Rick Morgan, who had the reputation as one of the nation’s leading machinists with over 50 years of experience.

CNC machinery basically involves five elements:

•  design,
•  Computer-aided Design (CAD),
•  Computer-Aided Manufacturing ( CAM ),
•  Controlling, and
•  Machining.

Design involves thinking and planning the item you want to build. CAD (Computer Aided Design) involves translating your design into the computer. CAM involves setting the tool path and precision machine operations necessary for the manufacture of the desired object. A CAM system usually seeks to control the production process through varying degrees of automation. Because each of the many manufacturing processes in a CAM system is computer controlled, a high degree of precision can be achieved that is not possible with a human interface. Controlling involves knowing and directing your machine’s motion. Your machine’s motion type is dependent upon the machine but the most common types are rapid motion (positioning), straight line motion (linear interpolation), and circular motion (circular interpolation). There are many more elements involved in controlling such as compensation types, offsets, and so on, so it’s important to find someone who has experience in CNC such as Magga Products. Finally, the last element of CNC is machining or actually building your desired object to its specifications.

CNC machinery touches almost every form of manufacturing process in one way or another, and CNC machines typically replace or work in conjunction with some manufacturing processes. The more labor intensive processes can truly benefit from CNC by reducing the stress and strain of extreme, repetitive, manual processes on the manufacturing operator.

Magga Products has been strictly in the CNC machinery business for over 30 years in Daytona Beach , FL , and has a full line of equipment and world class machinists to complete any custom order. Introduction of CNC came about in the early 1970’s, and Magga Products has been a leader in this technology since its introduction. Magga Products fills orders for as small as a single prototype part or up to production runs of thousands of parts, and everything in between. Services include CNC milling, CNC turning, CNC water jet and plasma cutting, CNC Screw machine, Ultrasonic machining and drilling, precision lapping and grinding, reverse engineering with the latest AutoCAD software, complete welding and sheet metal fabrication, CMM measuring, and 3-D inspections. Magga Products fabricates standard alloys such as standard stainless steels, stainless, aluminum, titanium, and numerous exotic metals, and also a variety of plastic materials. Machine types include numerous CNC machining centers, CNC mills, CNC lathes, CNC Water jet cutting, CNC Plasma, High-speed drill/tap machines, CNC band saws, numerous MIG welders, TIG welders, shears, brakes, presses, and more.

Magga Products has been actively involved with the Volusia Manufacturers Association for many years. Magga Products President/ CEO, Maggie Morgan, served on the Volusia Manufacturers Association Board of Directors for over 3 years and won the 2008 VMA Karl Schiller Member of the Year Award. VMA’s President/CEO, Jayne Fifer stated, “ Magga Products has been a valuable member of the VMA, supporting local manufacturingthrough sponsorship of many VMA programs and activities and through their custom CNC machinery services . Magga Products is always willing to be a leader for local manufacturing causes and dedicated to making local manufacturers successful. ” Magga Products is located at 1512 State Avenue, Suite A in Holly Hill, FL, their website Magga Products and can be reached at either 386.676.1080 or email address.

The upcoming Volusia Manufacturers Expo 2011 will be held on September 22nd, 2011 from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M. at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. Participating Manufacturers will have the opportunity to showcase their talents or products to other manufacturers or expo attendees. Manufacturers additionally can interact with other local manufacturers. Attendance for the VMA Manufacturing Expo is free , but you need to RSVP for the event at http://www.vmaonline.com/EXPO/EXPO_Registration.asp. Manufacturers interested in participation can also download the table maps on this same page, with parking information also provided. Table placement is on a first come, first serve basis. A news broadcast from Volusia Magazine’s Business Beat and a video from the Daytona State College Center for Business and Industry can be watched on this page from last year’s event.

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Volusia Manufacturers Association- Sparton Sponsors Fifth Annual Manufacturers Expo 2011

Sparton is a supplier of sophisticated electronic and electro-mechanical products, sub-assemblies and related services to the highly regulated Medical, Defense & Security and Aerospace markets. Sparton Complex Systems provides the defense and aerospace markets with engineering services, rapid prototyping, circuit board assembly, and secure turnkey production services.

Mark Madore, Director of Operations for Sparton Electronics Florida, Inc. is serving his second term as the Chairman the VMA.

Sparton is an end-to-end manufacturer that draws on more than 100 years of experience and is one of the largest broad-based providers of complex and sophisticated electronic and electromechanical products having strong platforms in prime contracts, instrumentation, defense and security, medical, and printed circuit board electronics. Sparton can start with new product development including industrial design, design and manufacturing engineering, and complete the life cycle with manufacturing, distribution, and field service of unique electronic devices that are built to very exact tolerances. Sparton can even continue manufacturing services for the entire product life cycle. Sparton designs complete devices, subassemblies, and disposables and can complement an OEM team to fill technology gaps in fluidic and diagnostic devices. Sparton has been involved in the Volusia and Flagler County communities for many years and also the Volusia Manufacturers Association, even having a few employees serve various roles on the VMA Board of Directors.

The VMA Manufacturers Expo is the only place to find local Daytona Beach manufacturing suppliers and service providers all under one roof! This unique event facilitates open discussion among manufacturers and participants, encouraging cooperation amongst local manufacturers to create extraordinary and successful business potentials. Manufacturers have opportunities to showcase their talents or goods to attending participants. Manufacturers additionally can interact with other local manufacturers.

Attendance for the VMA Manufacturing Expo is free , but you need to RSVP for the eventat http://www.vmaonline.com/EXPO/EXPO_Registration.asp. Manufacturers interested in participation can also download the table maps on this same page, with parking information also provided. Table placement is on a first come, first serve basis. A news broadcast from Volusia Magazine’s Business Beat and a video from the Center for Business Excellence can be watched on this page from last year’s event.

Those Volusia Manufacturers Association Members who are Platinum sponsors for the 2011 VMA Manufacturers Expo are the Daytona Beach News Journal, Volusia County Florida Economic Development, Center for Business Excellence, Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Florida Power & Light, James Moore & Co., Magga Products, Sparton Electronics, TD Bank, Innovative Service Solutions, Macro Transport and FloMet LLC.

“The VMA Manufacturers Expo has been hugely successful over the last four years, allowing local companies to draw on local manufacturing skills and talent to support local businesses and the local economy,” says Jayne Fifer, President/CEO of the Volusia Manufacturers Association . Fifer also said, “We are proud of our local manufacturing talent and proud to host this year’s event to show the importance of Daytona Beach Manufacturers.”

The Volusia Manufacturers Association has been dedicated to supporting local Manufacturing Companies for over 30 years. The Volusia Manufacturers Association is committed to local manufacturers and dedicated to providing information, education, and networking opportunities for the manufacturers in Volusia County and the region.

For more information, please check out http://www.vmaonline.com/EXPO/ or contact Jayne Fifer directly. There are additional opportunities for sponsorship. If interested, please contact Jayne Fifer.

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Volusia Manufacturers Association – Believe it: Manufacturing Jobs Do Exist Locally!

The Volusia Manufacturers Association’s President/CEO, Jayne Fifer, discusses the current pulse of manufacturing in Central Florida and the United States. This article was also presented as a guest commentary post in the Volusia Flagler Business Report, July 25, 2011.

The imbalance between the skills manufacturers need and the job seekers continues to grow. Newspapers report the skills gap shortage all over the country. Jobs go unfilled for months. A Georgetown University professor, Harry Holz, recently reported to Congress on manufacturing’s skilled worker shortage. “The ratio of job vacancies to new hires in manufacturing is higher than we find in any other major industry group, suggesting that employers are having some difficulty filling their newly created jobs,” Holtz told the hearing. “On its own, our system of higher education will not produce enough skills needed by American workers to prosper. Our education and work force systems largely operate in isolation from one another,” he added. “I submit that it is not an education and work force system problem. It is a public relations problem.”

Earlier this month, it happened again. While waiting for some copies to be made, the woman standing next to me reading my flier about a Volusia Manufacturers Association event asked what VMA was. Of course, I was only too happy to fill her in. She was surprised because she didn’t know there were any manufacturers here in Daytona Beach area.

Then the very next day, I was talking with my neighbor, who has a 16-year-old son, and she was asking how my business was going. I told her it was going great, manufacturers are hiring and growing and poised to lead us out of this recession. In fact, I told her, many could not find the skilled workers, particularly engineers. Her reply, “That is surprising, I didn’t think there were many manufacturers left in America. I thought they were all in China.” Unfortunately, this happens quite a bit.

People just do not know that manufacturing is alive and thriving. What they hear is all the jobs moved overseas. What they see is all the commodity products that say “made in China.” They don’t know about the research and development that happens in America. Or the intricate products that are made here. This is what they do not know about US manufacturing. If manufacturing were a separate economy, it would be the eighth largest economy in the world. The United States is the largest manufacturing economy, producing 21 percent of global manufactured products — or one in every five dollars. China is second at 13 percent. In our state (Florida), manufacturing is a key economic driver. Florida is the 13th largest manufacturing state. We are one of three net exporting states due in large part to manufacturers. There are over 15,000 Florida manufacturers employing over 350,000 highly skilled workers who on average earn 125 percent of state’s average wage. The manufacturing sector is responsible for about 5 percent of the gross state product. In Volusia County, the manufacturing sector represents over 5 percent of our market. The average wage is $42,441 compared to the total average of $35,936. There are about 400 manufacturers.

Volusia manufacturers export to every continent in the world except Antarctica. Our manufacturers are major players in highly visible events. For example, Teledyne Oil and Gas (formerly Ocean Design) in Daytona Beach helped close the oil spill in Gulf of Mexico. Hudson Technologies in Ormond Beach makes products sent into space. Products made at the Sparton Electronics plant in DeLeon Springs help find black boxes when flights go down in the oceans. Thompson Pump in Port Orange is helping to open the Panama Canal that will bring a tremendous amount of trade opportunities to Florida. A large percentage of our manufacturers have less than 15 employees. It is small business that provides the steadiest economic development. Manufacturing jobs require skills in technology, engineering, math, critical thinking, creativity, ingenuity. We will need more and more people with those skills. Yes, some jobs did go overseas, but they are coming back, as the cost of quality and the logistics costs keep increasing. Our schools offer many manufacturing education and training programs. Call Daytona State College, the University of Central Florida’s Daytona Beach campus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Bethune-Cookman University and ask if they have manufacturing education programs and you will find that they do. The problem at the University is that the classes are not full, because people don’t think there are opportunities in manufacturing. They are wrong because there are. Tell your 16-year-old, manufacturing is here and it is here to stay.

The above commentary was provided to the Volusia Flagler Business Report by Jayne Fifer, current CEO/President of the Volusia Manufacturers Association. The Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is the longest-serving manufacturing trade association established by Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers. The Volusia Manufacturers Association is dedicated to keeping its members informed on current state legislation that impacts their businesses and providing opportunities for businesses to connect. For more information about the Volusia Manufacturers Association, please contact Volusia Manufacturers Association or Jayne Fifer at 386.673.0505.

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Volusia Manufacturers Association – New 2011 Florida State Manufacturing Legislation Regulations that may affect your business!

On May 18, 2011 the Volusia Manufacturers Association welcomes the Manufacturers Association of  Florida (MAF) to present Florida State’s 2011 Post-Legislative Session Report.  The event begins on May 18 at 10:00 a.m-11:00 a.m. EST at Performance Designs, Inc. in Daytona Beach, FL. Performance Designs is the winner of the Volusia Manufacturers Association 2010 Manufacturer of the Year Award. A one-hour plant tourwill be given of this amazing, cutting-edge facility. Registration for this plant tour can be done here. After the plant tour, everyone will reconvene at Daytona State College, Building 100, Room 112 for the 2011 Post-Legislative Session Briefing, including lunch.

Briefings on general business, economic development, state business taxes, environmental permitting, insurance, workforce and education issues will be presented throughout the afternoon with agenda information available here. The event will conclude with a reception and plant tour at Miller-Leaman, Inc. in Daytona Beach from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., EST. Miller-Leaman, Inc. is a successful manufacturer of innovative stainless steel filtration equipment used to protect industrial agricultural equipment and creates uniquely customized items for its clients. Local legislators and dignitaries will be invited to attend the reception, allowing attendees a chance to ask questions and interact with legislators. The event is an annual fundraiser for MAF’s political committee, Manufacturers Making a Difference.

“Local Daytona Beach Manufacturers will gain a wealth of information about the latest legislation in this Volusia Manufacturers Association/Manufacturers Association of Florida co-sponsored briefing,” said Jayne Fifer, President/CEO of the Volusia Manufacturers Association. “With the current challenges Volusia County manufacturers are facing, these businesses must be aware of changing state legislation which may affect them and their bottom line. Interaction with legislators is crucial so that law makers will create legislation that will allow their businesses to be profitable and successful.”

Manufacturers do not have to be a Manufacturers of Florida Association Member or a Volusia Manufacturers Association member to attend, and all manufacturers interested are encouraged to participate. This event is an annual fundraiser for the Manufacturers Association of Florida’s political committee, Manufacturers Making a Difference, with more information available at http://www.mafmfg.com/cde.cfm?event=343767 or athttp://www.vmaonline.com/eventregistration.asp?id=235. Event cost is $199 for MAF or VMA Members and $249 non-members. If businesses are interested in sponsoring the event, they should contact MAF by emailing nancy@mafmfg.com.

The Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) was organized in early 2006 to improveFlorida’s manufacturing business climate. The MAF is comprised of manufacturers and those who serve them who want to set the direction for manufacturing policy with stateGovernmental leaders.  Priority issues are determined by the MAF Board, based on input from MAF members, committees and Board members. The Manufacturers Association of Florida has Seven active committees: Policy, Membership, Government Affairs, Visibility/Public Relations, Workforce & Education, Tax and Green. Involvement in the MAF allows members to be the first to know the incentives and resources that will affect Florida businesses, keeping manufacturers connected at the state level. It also gives manufacturers a voice to state Legislatures with MAF leaders actively interacting with Florida State Representatives on issues.

The Volusia Manufacturers Association proudly sponsors this joint meeting with the Manufacturers of Florida keeping in line with its mission of informing and educating Florida manufacturers so that they can be armed with the best information to be lucrative and flourishing. The Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is the longest-serving manufacturing trade association established by Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers. The Volusia Manufacturers Association is dedicated to keeping its members informed on current state legislation that impacts their businesses. For more information about the Volusia Manufacturers Association, please contact Volusia Manufacturers Association or Jayne Fifer at 386.673.0505.

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Volusia Manufacturers Association Elects New Board and Begins Manufacturing Work for 2011

Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is the only manufacturing trade association established by Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers. Leading the Volusia Manufacturers Association is the VMA Board of Directors, who represent the various manufacturing member companies and associations. The VMA Board chooses new board members for the upcoming year in December and with this document proudly announces the VMA new board members for 2011.

The new Chairman of the VMA, whose main responsibilities are serving as the chief policy maker and presiding at the General Membership Meetings and VMA Board Meetings, is Mark Madore. Mark Madore is currently the CEO for Sparton Electronics Florida, Inc., a diversified electronics company dedicated to the manufacture of electronics for medical devices, Anti-Submarine Warfare, and many other specialized products located in De Leon Springs, FL. Serving as the Vice-Chairman of Programs and Benchmarking is Mark Andrews. Mark Andrews is the current President of Hudson Technologies, a long-standing VMA-award winning manufacturing member and a leading manufacturer of deep-drawn metal enclosures, or cases, and stampings used in many different industries. Ms. Reba MacLagan was the VMA’s Chair last year and moved to the Immediate Past Chair Appointment of the VMA Board and is currently employed by Performance Designs, Inc ., a world-class parachute manufacturer in Deland, Florida .

Tammy Pazmino, an Investment Executive & Assistant Vice-President of Fifth Third Bank, is coordinating the VMA Plant Tours initiative, a very important part of the VMA, allowing viewing of the different manufacturing locations throughout the VMA. Sharon Haga, Controller at Raydon Corporation, is taking responsibility for direction of the Finance Division, and James Hampton, Sales Manager at A.O. Precision Manufacturing, LLC, is directing the Marketing Sponsorships for the VMA. Fifth Third Bank and TD Bank are Associate members who provide VMA members with additional information and services. Raydon Corporation is the top provider of convoy trainers to the United States Armed Services, and the largest domestic commercial source of novice driver trainers. A.O. Precision Manufacturing LLC was started in 1982 in Daytona Beach , Florida and is a leading provider of firearms, parts and components of the M-16 and gun builders in the commercial markets.

The VMA is excited about the newly added Board position for VMA Marketing Social Media. This area will be lead by David Romeo, who is currently a Sales Engineer at Miller-Leaman Inc. Miller-Leaman manufactures three unique filtration products, a patented line of stainless steel liquid filters and strainers commonly known as the Thompson Filter-Strainer , the Helix Screen-Disc Series and the evolution of automatic disc filtration, the Turbo-Disc filter and many custom filtration solutions. The VMA Marketing Social Media Director will be responsible for directing the VMA into social media marketing, informing members and potential new members about all the latest VMA offerings.

Leadership of the VMA Manufacturing Excellence Division is being conducted by Tom Hayden of Teledyne ODI. Teledyne ODI is a leading manufacturer of sub-sea electrical and fiber-optic connector systems used for offshore oil and gas, defense, oceanographic and research projects. Tom Hayden is Director of Strategic Business Improvement at Teledyne ODI. The VMA’s Manufacturing Excellence Division presents programs to support quality in manufacturing, quality regulations, and best practices for manufacturing.

The VMA’s second division is the Materials Division focusing on manufacturing costs saving programs with special focus given to discuss current inventory, purchasing, or manufacturing issues and regulations. Director of the Materials Division for 2011 is Lois Stuart of Thompson Pump and Manufacturing, Co. Inc. Thompson Pump and Manufacturing is a manufacturer of high quality engine-powered portable pumps for use in construction, by-pass, dewatering, public works, mining, sewer-lift stations, wastewater, and agriculture applications.

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Volusia Manufacturers Association Manufacturing Member, Adsil, Inc. Is Paving the Way for a Greener World

Adsil, a global leading for manufacturing of a broad array of protective maintenance coatings, waterproofing sealants, and surface cleaning products, located in Daytona Beach, Florida, and a long-standing Volusia Manufacturers Association Manufacturing Member, is helping make New York City Green.

The magnificent stainless steel artwork pictured below was created by Wexler Galleries of Philadelphia.   It is located at the helicopter port near the historic World Trade Center site in Manhattan.    The protective railing behind it lines the Hudson River pedestrian park from 34th Street to the end of Manhattan.   The lower three rails of the railing is also made of stainless steel.   Both the artwork and lower three protective rails are coated with MicroGuard® AD35, a protective, corrosion-resistant sealant from Adsil, Inc.

Adsil’s protective coating is currently specified by the NYC Park Service for all stainless and decorative metal.  Their proprietary treatment covalently bonds to the surface, at the atom level, and provides long term protection from corrosion from any chemicals, salt-sprays and UV degradation. Adsil’s solution actually enhances the shine of the decorative metal. The best benefit of using Adsil’s protective sealant is that the treated surface is less costly to clean and maintain, resulting in use of less-harsh cleaning supplies, making cleaning with green cleaning chemicals possible and letting park staff clean the artwork and railing in minimal time. The protective railing was completed 3 years ago in 2007 and looks brand new in the picture. The artwork sculpture was completed last month, May 2010, and will be well-preserved with Adsil’s protective coating.

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Volusia Manufacturers Association Showing the Importance of Daytona Beach Manufacturers to the World with Fourth Annual Manufacturers Expo 2010

The Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is proud to announce that they will be hosting the Fourth Annual Manufacturers Expo for Daytona Beach area Manufacturers. Jayne Fifer, President and CEO of the Volusia Manufacturers Association said, “Each Year the Volusia Manufacturers Association Manufacturers Expo keeps growing, and this year, we’ve already set a new record for the number of Manufacturer participants. “ To accommodate all the Manufacturers and expected participants, the Volusia Manufacturers Association has chosen the newly renovated Ocean Center in Daytona Beach , Florida , for the event. The Volusia Manufacturers Association Manufacturers Expo for 2010 will be held on September 23, 2010 from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M.

The VMA Manufacturers Expo is the only place to find local Daytona Beach manufacturing suppliers and service providers all under one roof! This unique event facilitates open discussion among manufacturers and participants, in line with this year’s expo theme, “ Showing the Importance of Daytona Beach Manufacturers to the World ”. Manufacturers have opportunities to showcase their talents or goods to attending participants. Manufacturers additionally can interact with other local manufacturers. Attendance and Parking for the VMA Manufacturing Expo is free , but you need to RSVP for the event.

Those Volusia Manufacturers Association Members who are sponsoring the event areMagga Products, Florida Healthcare, James Moore & Co., Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Macro Transport, Volusia County Economic Development and Command Medical.

“The Manufacturers Expo has been hugely successful over the last three years, allowing local companies to draw on local manufacturing skills and talent to support local businesses and the local economy,” says Jayne Fifer, President/CEO of the Volusia Manufacturers Association . Fifer also said, “We are proud of our local manufacturing talent and proud to host this year’s event to show the importance of Daytona Beach Manufacturers to the World.”

The Volusia Manufacturers Association has been dedicated to supporting local Manufacturing Companies for over 30 years. The Volusia Manufacturers Association is committed to local manufacturers and dedicated to providing information, education, and networking opportunities for the manufacturers in Volusia County and the region.

For more information, please check out http://www.vmaonline.com/ME_EXPO.asp or contact Jayne Fifer directly. There are additional opportunities for sponsorship. If interested, please contact Jayne Fifer.

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Volusia Manufacturers Association on Preparing Today’s Graduates for the Workforce

study conducted collaboratively by The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, the Partnership for 21 st Century Skills, and HR Society for Human Resource Management has shown today’s high school and college graduates are ill-prepared for the 21 st Century Workforce. Industry and Educational Institutions must work together to better prepare our future workforce. The Volusia Manufacturers Association May’s General Meeting will present what the Volusia County Schools are doing to prepare their students for the workforce.

With the lack of jobs these days, it’s often wondered by the newly educated, job seeking graduate, what skills do I need to be successful in the workforce? In 2006, a study was conducted by a team from The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, the Partnership for 21 st Century Skills, and the Society for Human Resource Management to find out answers for this burning question. Knowing how employers view these new workforce entrants is an important first step in enabling both these new entrants and U.S. business to succeed on the global economic scene.

The four participating organizations jointly surveyed over 400 employers across the United States. These employers articulated the skill sets that new entrants—recently hired graduates from high school, two-year colleges or technical schools, and four-year colleges—need to succeed in the workplace. Among the most important skills cited by employers were:

• Professionalism/Work Ethic

• Oral and Written Communications

• Teamwork/Collaboration and

• Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

In fact, the findings indicate that applied skills were viewed as more important than basic knowledge and

skills, such as Reading Comprehension andMathematics . So, while the “three Rs” are still critical to any new workforce entrant’s ability to do the job, employers strongly emphasized that applied skills like T eamwork/Collaborationand Critical Thinking are “very important” to success at work as well. The results of the study showed that young people need a range of skills, both academic and applied, in order to be successful in the 21 st century U.S. workforce.

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Volusia Manufacturers Association Plant Tour Explores HealthCare Manufacturing in Daytona Beach

The Volusia Manufacturers Association is sponsoring an exclusive plant tour of Covidien’s Deltona Manufacturing Facility. Covidien, a publically traded company on the NYSE, is a global provider of life-saving healthcare and pharmaceutical products.

The Volusia Manufacturers Association(VMA) is sponsoring a private tour ofCovidien, one of the leading manufacturers of healthcare devices and supplies in the world. VMA manufacturing members will take a tour of Covidien’s State-of-the-art manufacturing facility on May 19, 2010, at 9:00 A.M. Covidien is located at 2010 E. International Speedway Blvd. in Deland, FL.

Covidien is a leading manufacturer of medical devices and supplies, diagnostic imaging agents, and pharmaceuticals. Covidien employees 42,000 employees worldwide in more than 60 countries, with products sold in over 140 countries. Covidien’s market stretches across the medical device, pharmaceutical, and medical supplies industries, focusing product lines on endomechanical, soft tissue repair, energy, oximetry and monitoring airway and ventilation, vascular products, specialty pharmaceuticals and chemicals, active pharmaceutical ingredients, contrast and radiopharmaceuticals, nursing care, medical surgical, Sharp Safety and OEM products.

Covidien provides a dvanced surgical tools and supplies, sutures and wound care products, needles and syringes, contrast media for diagnostic imaging, respiratory care devices, and generic pharmaceuticals. Key Brands include Kendall, Autosuture, Valleylab, Mallinckrodt, Nellcor, and Puritan Bennett. Also, recognizable, successful products include Monoject Magellan™ Safety Needle, Valleylab™ RF Ablation System, Kangaroo ePump™ Enteral Feeding Pump, and Optivantage™ DH Dual Head Injector, to name a few.

“Covidien has been a leading healthcare and pharmaceutical manufacturer in the Daytona Beach area for many years, under Tyco International. It’s an exciting time for Covidien, after separating from Tyco in 2007, focusing their operations on the manufacture of many innovative healthcare products and pharmaceuticals. Covidien’s commitment to research & development hopefully will bring new, vital, life-saving products for humankind, and as a side, additional expansion and growth for Volusia County,” said Jayne Fifer, President & CEO of the Volusia Manufacturers Association.”

Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is the only manufacturing trade association established by manufacturers uniting Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers and Associates. The Volusia Manufacturers Association offers information, education, and networking opportunities for members, with over 60 programs annually. Each month, one manufacturing member hosts a plant tour for all members to attend to see daily operations and to gain understanding into their business operations.

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Volusia Manufacturers Association Manufacturing Member, Don Bell Signs, Wins Second Place in 2010 International Sign Contest

Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is the only manufacturing trade association established by manufacturers uniting Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers and Associates. The Volusia Manufacturers Association was founded in 1980 in Daytona Beach, Florida and currently has over 180 Manufacturing and Associate members in the Daytona Beach area.

Don Bell Signs, a national sign fabricator located in Port Orange, Florida, and a long-standing Volusia Manufacturers Association Manufacturing Member, recently won Second Place in the 2010 International Sign Contest’s Sign Systems category for the best exterior signage.  Signs of the Times magazine has been a leading source of far-reaching sign-industry news and technical information since 1906. Its online version, SignWeb serves to educate and inspire signage and graphics professionals worldwide through editorials, technology updates, new product reviews, cutting-edge graphics techniques, and more. Its Annual International Sign Contest has such categories as best unique signs, best electronic message centers, best electric building signs, best commercial building signs, best electric freestanding signs, best commercial freestanding signs, best murals/banners/supergraphics, best electric monument signs, best commercial monument signs, best sign systems, and best exhibit graphics.

The award-winning sign was built for client, AMC Theaters, located in Kansas City, Missouri, with the design by Selbert Perkins Design.  Don Bell Signs manufactured and installed a 68′ x 6′ marquee that features an EVIDA 10mm LED motion-graphics board that curves to fit the façade.  They also manufactured and installed a 60′ x 11′ blade sign featuring channel letters illuminated with GE Lumination’s red Tetra LED strips and faced with red acrylic.

Volusia Manufacturers Association Manufacturing Member, Don Bell Signs, Wins Second Place in 2010 International Sign Contest

Don Bell Signs’ custom signs have won numerous design and manufacturing awards nationwide. Don Bell Signs services widely range from sign design, structural and certified engineering, sign permit and variance acquisition, sign fabrication, project management, sign installation, and routine maintenance services for all types of signage. Don Bell manufactures and installs Pylon Signs, Monument Signs, Channel Letters, LED Signs, LED Scoreboards, LED Video Displays, Time and Temp Displays, Electronic Digital Signage, Stadium Displays, Architectural Signage, Environmental Graphics, Wayfinding, Neon, and Marquees, to name a few.

“Don Bell Signs has been a leading manufacturer in the Daytona Beach area since 1947,” said Jayne Fifer, President and CEO of the Volusia Manufacturers Association.” Fifer also said, “As a manufacturer of custom signs, they are one of the few sign companies that produce all major components of a LED sign within their Daytona Beach manufacturing facility. The Volusia Manufacturers Association congratulates Don Bell Signs on its international achievement.”

The Volusia Manufacturers Association offers information, education, and networking opportunities for members, with over 60 programs annually. For more information about the Volusia Manufacturers Association, please contact Volusia Manufacturers Associationor Jayne Fifer at 386.673.0505.

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Worried About the Future of Manufacturing in Volusia County?

The Volusia Manufacturers Association General Meeting for April 2010 will be discussing the future of manufacturing and other industries in Volusia and Flagler Counties.

When is the economy going to turn around and when are companies going to be hiring again? Nationally, unemployment rates were higher this February than in 2009 for 347 of the 372 metropolitan areas, lower in 21 areas, and unchanged in 4 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Twenty-nine areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15.0%, while 2 areas registered rates below 5.0%. The national unemployment rate in February was 10.4%, not seasonally adjusted, up from 8.9% a year earlier. The top three industries with the most unemployed workers across the United States are construction, leisure and hospitality, and manufacturing at 22.7%, 12.6% and 11.9% unemployment, respectively (source: Volusia County Department of Economic Development ).

Worried About the Future of Manufacturing in Volusia County?

Volusia County, composed of Deltona, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Edgewater and Deland, FL as the larger cities, has experienced higher than national average unemployment. In 2009, the yearly average unemployment rate for Volusia County was 11.0%, and is predicted to rise to a yearly average of 12.7% unemployment in 2010 (source: Volusia County, Department of Economic Development). Volusia County alone had 2009 unemployment rates of 11.8% for October; 12.4% for November, and 12.5% at the end of December, with the number of unemployed reaching 31,326 individuals. This unemployment rate is significantly higher than the national unemployment averages for the same time period in 2009: 9.5% for October, 9.4% for November, and 9.7% for December.

What does all of this mean for manufacturers in Volusia County and when are things going to get better? Volusia County Manager, Jim Dinneen, will be presenting his thoughts on the current state and future of manufacturing in Volusia County. Mr. Dinneen will also discuss the Volusia County Manufacturing industry; Manufacturing’s impact on Volusia County; and what Volusia County is currently doing to assist local manufacturers in growing their businesses. Other topics for discussion will be the proposed sun rail, the Volusia County budget, Volusia County economic development and future planning, and how Volusia County is facing the current challenges this economy has introduced.

“Local Manufacturers need to attend this meeting,” said Jayne Fifer, President/CEO of the Volusia Manufacturers Association. “With the current challenges local manufacturers are facing, the Volusia Manufacturers Association is committed to providing opportunities for manufacturers to interact with local Government Officials so that productive ideas can be created collaboratively to benefit all industries.”

The Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA) would like to open up attendance to this very important and informative meeting to all local manufacturers so that any Manufacturer desiring information can attend. This meeting will be held on April 22, 2010, at a new venue location, Indigo Lakes Golf Club at 312 Indigo Drive in Daytona Beach, FL, with networking starting at 5:30 P.M. and dinner and presentation at 6:15 P.M.

For more information about the Volusia Manufacturers Association or more information on how to attend this meeting, please contact Volusia Manufacturers Association or Jayne Fifer at 386.673.0505.

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The Volusia Manufacturers Association Creates Unique Learning Opportunities For Daytona Beach Manufacturing Members By Expanding VMAONLINE.COM To Include Live And On Demand Video Section

Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is the only manufacturing trade association established by manufacturers uniting Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers and Associates. In a joint effort with the Center for Business Excellence and under the ingenuity of WebWax Design Studio (WebWax.net), the Volusia Manufacturers Association has created a new, flash streaming video solution to allow Daytona Beach students and manufacturers the opportunity to learn about and discover Volusia and Flagler county businesses without ever having to leave the comfort of their office / classroom computers.

Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA) has added this video section to the VMAONLINE.com website to enable and facilitate unique manufacturing learning opportunities with video on demand as well as live video for seminars, general meetings, and other VMA manufacturing events. This new section is featured on the Vmaonline.com homepage and was modified to meet the ever-changing needs of Florida Manufacturers in Volusia and Flagler Counties.

Volusia Manufacturers Association President & CEO, Jayne Fifer, said, “Today’s businesses can’t always allow their employees the opportunity to attend meetings or events. Watching the VMA event in their own office environment allows the members the opportunity to learn without having to take time to travel to the meeting location or step away from their own business responsibilities. The Volusia Manufacturers Association strives to provide unique, exclusive learning opportunities for its manufacturing members to provide them with many opportunities for achievement.”

The Center for Business Excellence (CBE) supports local Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers by assisting with employee recruitment, human resource information, or employee training opportunities so that local manufacturers can maintain qualified employees. The CBE’s efforts support local business needs and facilitates partnerships and initiatives between businesses, educational institutions, labor groups, economic development organizations, government institutions, community-based organizations, training providers, and employment firms.

WebWax.net has worked firmly with the VMA to design the VMAONLINE.COM website to provide proprietary tools allowing VMA members exclusive networking opportunities and the ability to completely interact with each other online. This new video addition to VMAONLINE.COM truly expands the Volusia Manufacturers Association member offerings and gives the VMA Manufacturing Members beneficial, new features that will help them conveniently learn about local manufacturing opportunities or manufacturing industry guidance.

For more information about the Volusia Manufacturers Association, please contact Volusia Manufacturers Association or Jayne Fifer at 386.673.0505.

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Volusia Manufacturers Association Appoints New Board of Directors for 2010

Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is the only manufacturing trade association established by manufacturers uniting Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers and Associates. Leading the Volusia Manufacturers Association is the VMA Board of Directors, representing the various manufacturing member companies and associations. The VMA Board chooses new board members for the upcoming year in November and proudly announces the new board members for 2010.

The Chair of the VMA, whose main responsibility is hosting the General Membership Meetings, is Reba MacLagan of Performance Designs, Inc. Ms. MacLagan was the VMA’s Chair last year and is currently employed by Performance Designs, Inc., a world-class parachute manufacturer in Deland , Florida . The new Vice Chair and Programs Director is James Hampton of A. 0. Precision Manufacturing, LLC. Serving a second term for Past Chair is Pete von Lersner of Gambro, Inc. Jayne Fifer is the Volusia Manufacturers Association CEO/President and has been since 2005.

Heading the Human Resources Division is Lori Charpentier of Ardmore Farms Country Pure Foods, a leading independent juice processor with a manufacturing facility located in Deland , Florida . The Human Resources Division focuses on Human Resource issues and regulations and is composed mainly of human resource representatives from each company or those members who are interested in Human Resources. The HRD is one of the three main manufacturing divisions in the VMA.

Leadership of the Manufacturing Excellence Division is being shared by three members from differing manufacturing backgrounds. Pat Gray, one of the leaders, is currently employed at Sparton Electronics, a diversified electronics company dedicated to the manufacture of electronics for medical devices, Anti-Submarine Warfare, and many other specialized products. Tom Hayden of Teledyne ODI, is the second leader for the VMA Manufacturing Excellence Division. Teledyne ODI is a leading manufacturer of sub-sea electrical and fiber-optic connector systems used for offshore oil and gas, defense, oceanographic and research projects. Dorrie Sawyer of FloMet LLC is the third leader of the VMA Manufacturing Excellence Division. FloMet LLC is a manufacturer of precision, high-volume metal components used in medical, surgical, orthopedic, dental, orthodontic, health, hearing, aerospace, defense, electrical, telecommunications, and industrial applications. The VMA’s Manufacturing Excellence Division presents programs to support quality in manufacturing, quality regulations, and best practices for manufacturing.

The VMA’s third division is the Materials Division focusing on manufacturing costs saving programs with special focus given to discuss current inventory, purchasing, or manufacturing issues and regulations. Co-Directors of the Materials Division are Roy Braddy of Hudson Technologies and Lois Stuart of Thompson Pump and Manufacturing, Co. Inc. Hudson Technologies is a local manufacturer of over 15,000 standard deep-drawn metal enclosures and stampings used in industrial and commercial flow meters, medical implantable devices and batteries, aerospace and aviation controls and switches, and IC chip manufacturing. Thompson Pump and Manufacturing is a manufacturer of high quality engine-powered portable pumps for use in construction, by-pass, dewatering, public works, mining, sewer-lift stations, wastewater, and agriculture applications.

Supporting the VMA are Bissy Holden of Florida Health Care Plans leading the Ambassadors Group and Steve Hall, of East Coast Insurors, leading the team for VMA Membership Development. Florida Health Care Plans is a leader for providing health care benefits to members who live or work in Volusia and Flagler Counties. East Coast Insurors is an insurance provider for personal health, home, long-term care, and travel, or professional business insurance, currently licensed in Florida , Georgia and Alabama . Leading the VMA Awards Group for Manufacturers and Associates is Jim Zahnen of Homac Manufacturing and Thomas & Betts, an Ormond Beach manufacturer of connectors for the utilities industry, industrial construction, and private manufacturers.

Volusia Manufacturers Association is dedicated to examining legislation proposed by national, state, county, and city officials and advising members on issues that will impact their businesses directly or indirectly. Alan Jorczak of Entech Controls Corporation leads the Government Relations area along with John Ferguson of Cobb Cole for specific Government Relations legal issues. Entech Controls Corporation manufacturers mosaic controls for railroad or mass transit, industrial process controls, or water and electric utilities or custom-made switches. Cobb Cole is one of the associate members supporting the Volusia Manufacturers Association specializing in many areas of personal and business law. A new board member, Dan Cox of Volusia County Schools , will head Education Relations to support local quality education at all levels. Mike Sibley of James Moore & Co. CPAs and Consultants leads the Plant Tours and Young Professionals Group, promoting member manufacturing operations and expertise. Jim Townsend of Tel-Tron Technologies Corporation serves as the Small Manufacturers Liaison and Expo leader, coordinating all efforts for the annual VMA Small Manufacturers Expo. Lastly, a newly created board position for increasing Marketing and Sponsorship of the VMA will be led by Tom Gaskin of Wachovia Bank.

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