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29th Annual Manufacturing Awards Banquet Honoring Florida’s Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers

Volusia Manufacturers Association is hosting the 2009 Annual Manufacturers Award Ceremony on October 22 to Award Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers for Excellence in Manufacturing. Associate Member Awards will be presented to Non-Manufacturing Members who made large contributions to the VMA and Manufacturing.

Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is hosting its Annual Awards Banquet this month. Each year the Volusia Manufacturers Association honors the best of the best of its Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturer and Associate Members. This year the event will be held on October 22, 2009, f r o m 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. at the Sun s e t Harbor Yacht Club in Daytona Beach, Florida. Music will be performed by A Family Affair.

Awards are presented each year for its Manufacturing Member that best represents Manufacturer of the Year. This year the Lou Fifer “Manufacturer of the Year” Award will be presented to AO Precision Manufacturing, LLC. AO Precision Manufacturing of Daytona Beach, FL, has been manufacturing products supporting M-16/ commercial and government firearms and kit programs, and various defense support parts related to firearms business. Its 42,000 square-foot facility is fully equipped and is capable of designing and constructing all varieties of special tooling, fixturing, and gauges needed for all degrees of complex products.

Awards are presented to the manufacturing members that have the “Best Practices” exemplifying exceptional practices in a particular business area and may involve any aspect of a manufacturer’s business endeavor. This year for the first time there will be two awards, two new categories, for this Best Practices award. Hudson Technologies is the winner of the Best Practices for Going Green, completing a two-year, $ 2 million conversion of its 115,000 square-foot facility promoting an environmentally-sound, aqueous cleaning system. They converted to greener lubricants as part of its new cleaning operation. Jayne Fifer, President/CEO of the VMA said, “Hudson Technologies worked hard to eliminate trichloroethylene which is an ozone depleting solvent, making strides to make their work environment safe for their employees, to make the community cleaner, and overall to make a better impact for our world.”

Second Award for “Best Practices” goes to Hudson Technologies for its Wellness Program. Hudson Technologies offers over 15,000 engineered medical, aerospace/aviation, and industrial/commercial products and employees 200 people. Hudson Technologies identified the need and benefits for wellness for its employees and worked hard to implement incentives to promote wellness. Hudson Technologies was committed to implementation and reviews their policy for effectiveness of process measures and outcome measures. VMA recognizes Hudson Technologies as “Best Practices” for ensuring that they not only make great product, but that they keep their employees healthy, too.

VMA recognizes f r o m its manufacturing members that company with the most expertise in the international market in its “Exporter of the Year” Award. For the second year, the Manufacturer Exporter of the Year Winner is Germfree Laboratories, Inc. of Ormond Beach, Florida. Germfree Laboratories specializes in the production of all-stainless steel unidirectional laminar flow equipment for hospital, pharmacy, and oncology use, manufacturing a full line of compliant barrier isolators, as well as horizontal and vertical laminar airflow hoods and chemo hoods for over 45 years. Germfree’s equipment has been purchased by more than 5000 institutions and companies in the US and 60 other countries worldwide, with some of their equipment even taking a trip into space. Germfree Laboratories’ stainless steel biological safety cabinets are located in more hospital pharmacies, home healthcare agencies, educational institutions, and oncology offices than those of any other hood manufacturer.

VMA’s “Lois Fifer Friend of Industry Award” is awarded to a non-manufacturing member who demonstrates high levels of excellence towards support of the VMA and the manufacturing industry in the Volusia and Flagler Counties. This year’s recipient of the Lois Fifer Friend of the Industry Award is Leslie Castillo-Solis of Kelly Services in Daytona Beach, Florida. Kelly Services, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Troy, Michigan, offering staffing solutions that include temporary staffing services, staff leasing, outsourcing, vendor on-site, and full-time placement. Ms. Castillo-Solis has been an active member of VMA since joining, participating in Committees and serving on the VMA Board, chairing the Sales and Marketing Committee f r o m 2007-2008. “Her passionate commitment to the VMA over the years has made a significant impact, and she truly deserves this award,” says Fifer.

Lastly, the “Manny” Award recognizes exceptional individuals for life-long achievements in manufacturing in Volusia and Flagler Counties. These individuals are entered into the VMA Hall of Fame. This year’s winner of the “Manny” Award is Joseph N. Scott of Florida Power and Light. Mr. Scott is the founder of the Volusia Manufacturers Association and had the original idea that there needed to be a singular voice for manufacturers in Volusia County back in 1980. Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is a leading employer in the state with nearly 11,000 employees. Mr. Scott currently heads one of the Northeast Florida FPL’s Retiree Chapters. For the VMA, Mr. Scott was one of the first Charter Directors who started the VMA, and in 1980 he served as the First Acting Chair. These Charter Directors put together the policies that are still active in the VMA today. The VMA was built to serve and promote the needs and aspirations of the manufacturing community, and it is only appropriate that Mr. Joe Scott receives the 2009 “Manny Award” for his extraordinary achievements in manufacturing in Volusia and Flagler counties.

The Volusia Manufacturers Association congratulates each and every winner of this year’s Manufacturing Awards and appreciates their commitment to the VMA and dedication to excellence in manufacturing. The Volusia Manufacturers Association also recognizes the 2009 Awards Banquet Sponsors as Magga Products, Volusia County Economic Development Department, Bank of America, Florida Health Care Plans, FloMet LLC, Florida MEP, University of Central Florida, The Center for Business Excellence, and Staed Hotels.

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VMAONLINE.com – One-Of-Kind Online Community For Florida’s Volusia And Flagler County Manufacturers

Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA) proudly offers more online features to its Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers members with the launch of its newly modernized website, Vmaonline.com. Vmaonline.com was modified to meet the ever-changing needs of Florida Manufacturers in Volusia and Flagler Counties. Volusia Manufacturers Association’s new website allows Manufacturing and Associate members to learn about and register online for new upcoming events such as General Membership Meetings, Human Resources, Materials, or Manufacturing Excellence Division Meetings, or Plant Tours.

Manufacturing Members may utilize online tools such as Employment Exchange to post job openings or résumés; search Directory and Buyers Guide for Member contact information; access online Technical White Papers for reference and more. The new video section allows online viewing of Monthly Plant Tours if members were not able to attend. Members can use customized tools designed specifically for Central Florida Manufacturers such as Quick Take Surveys, where members share expertise on various manufacturing or human resource topics, or participate in the Web-based Wage and Benefit Survey to compare their benefits with other local companies.

Volusia Manufacturers Association is committed to helping Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers stay current in Florida Employment Law, Local and Florida State Government Policies, Education, and Florida Economic Development with specific links to access these areas of information.

“Volusia Manufacturers Association is the perfect solution for Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers looking to network and grow their business. Our new website allows members to quickly promote local skills and capabilities online, allowing them to connect and then outsource to local companies that have a need,” says Jayne Fifer, President/CEO of Volusia Manufacturers Association. “We are excited to upgrade the website to be more interactive for members, giving Members the opportunity to work together outside of VMA- sponsored meetings.”

About Volusia Manufacturers Association:
The Volusia Manufacturers Association was founded in 1980 in Ormond Beach, Florida by manufacturers for manufacturers. Volusia Manufacturers Association provides information, education and networking opportunities to help manufacturers grow and succeed. VMA are made up of companies that range in size from one employee to over 500. If you are interested in joining the Volusia Manufacturers Association, please visit http://www.vmaonline.com.

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China Mart, Los Angeles County, And Guangzhou China CCPIT To Present To Local Guangzhou Manufactures The Advantages Of Investing In The U.S. And Los Angeles County

China Mart(tm) Los Angeles (www.ChinaMartUSA.com) and Los Angeles County’s Investment Delegation join forces with Guangzhou China Council for Promotion of International Trade better known as CCPIT (http://english.ccpit.org) to present at CCPIT’s GuangZhou’s Headquarter to local Guangzhou manufactures / SMEs (Small to Medium Size Enterprises) the advantages of investing in the U.S. and Los Angeles County.

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China MartTM Los Angeles (CMLA) founded by Mr. Stephen Perl, CEO is a unique International Business platform in the U.S. dedicated to supporting Chinese manufactures (SMEs) investment and entry in to the U.S. Market. CMLA is located in high exposure area at the Los Angeles International Airport (close to all major Ports and Las Vegas Shows) and provides its own professional team to setup, provide marketing support, and financing for successful growth of its Chinese manufactures in the U.S. Financing is provided by CMLA’s Partner, 1st PMF Bancorp (www.PMFbancorp.com) that specializes in financing international trade and companies in the U.S. and China. 1st PMF Bancorp has had branches in China since 2003 and just opened its Shanghai branch. Mr. Stephen Perl states that “China MartTM Los Angeles is a good chance for Chinese SME’s to grow safely and quickly in the U.S. without spending years trying to setup and understand the U.S. business and marketing channels. It is a Win-Win because it removes the middleman/broker for the Chinese manufacture (SME) to sell directly and brings investment and jobs to the U.S. through creation of the Chinese manufactures’ North American Operations center.” Mr. Perl also states that “Traditionally, Los Angeles County, being the largest and most diverse local economy in the U.S., has been a very fertile business environment along with its many Asian and cultural benefits for living and quality of life as LA County is host to the largest Chinese population in the U.S.”

Los Angeles County is the most industrialized area in the U.S has a GDP equivalent to the 15th largest country in the world. The LAEDC is Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors organization to implement LA County’s economic development program through land development, project financing and marketing activities. During its history, the LAEDC has evolved from being a facilitator of the County’s industrial bond development program to being Southern California’s premier business leadership organization. The mission of the LAEDC is to attract, retain and grow businesses and jobs for the regions of LA County.

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Recession: The Mother of Invention

With the economy presently on the downswing, most people are looking for creative ways to increase their income or make up for a job loss. Small business owner and freelance writer, Julie Momyer, has addressed this need in a unique way by researching and assembling information on manufacturers interested in purchasing or licensing new product ideas and inventions in her newly released book, To Market To Market: Where to Sell or License Your Ideas, Products and Inventions.” (ISBN 978-1-59977-019-2)

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Regardless of the economic outlook personal and business needs still exist, and with small business in the US generating more than half of the gross domestic product it is the private sector that has the capacity to deliver. Alana Semuels’, May 25, 2009, LA Times article, “Some Inventions Born Amidst Recession,” gives us a glimpse of how presently laid off Americans are using their ingenuity and creativity to bounce back by licensing or selling their inventions. The iTie, the Lid Punch, and Squishy Toes are only a few of the newly launched inventions resulting from job loss, and are a reminder of what ordinary people can do and have done to overcome in this economic downturn.

For decades new businesses have been birthed through the licensure or sale of innovative products and ideas contributing to individual finances as well as strengthening our national economy. To Market To Market: Where to Sell or License Your Ideas, Products and Inventions was written with this in mind. This directory simplifies locating manufacturers interested in reviewing unsolicited ideas with the possibility of pursuing a contract to purchase or license.

A small business owner and freelance writer, Julie Momyer, has several years of research experience in a number of fields with extensive practical knowledge and interest in small business and new product ideas. http://www.wheretosellyourideas.com

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