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On August 9th, Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing hosted the 2016 Manufacturers’ Expo at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia. The third annual expo was a decisive success, with a variety of attendees, ranging from manufacturers, to vendors and resource providers. The purpose of the event was to provide a venue for

On May 25 & 26, 2016, a Made in SWVA (#MadeinSWVA) two day tour of ten manufacturing facilities was provided by SVAM and the SVAM Center of Excellence. Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) Career Coaches, Instructors, and Mechatronics Students were given a unique insight into the production, assembly, and/or fabrication of products, made – right

On April 13th, in cooperation with Southwest Virginia Community College, Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing co-hosted Manufacture Your Career, a panel discussion highlighting the manufacturing sector and the career paths it offers. Stephanie Davis, Director of Career Services at SWVCC, successfully promoted the event and recruited students from a variety of technical programs to participate.

Dress For Success

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 by

SVAM has recently been working with schools in Washington, Smyth, Russell and Buchanan counties to provide selected students with an opportunity to shop for and purchase clothing that they could wear to school, interviews and on the job after graduation. This project, called Dress for Success, has allowed SVAM and member companies to connect with

On March 22nd, in cooperation with Mountain Empire Community College, Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing co-hosted Manufacture Your Career, an evening panel discussion highlighting the manufacturing sector and the career paths it offers. Beth Boggs, Career and Transfer Counselor at MECC, successfully promoted the event and recruited students from a variety of technical programs to

8th Grade Career Carnival

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 by

On March 23rd SVAM and member companies Steel Fab, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, and Scholle IPN Packaging attended Virginia Highlands Community College’s Career Carnival. The Career Carnival’s purpose is to expose 8th grade students in the area to various career opportunities that are available to them. The hope is to open their eyes

On October 13, 2015, in cooperation with Emory and Henry College’s Office of Career Services, Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing co-hosted Manufacture your Career, an evening of information and networking about career opportunities available in manufacturing. Amanda Gardner, the Director of Career Services at Emory and Henry College, approached SVAM with a request to offer

Nearly one hundred and fifty business, government and community leaders from all across Southwest Virginia gathered at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center on Thursday, September 24th, to celebrate manufacturing and its contributions to the economy in the region.  At its annual Manufacturer’s Appreciation and Awards Dinner, the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing (SVAM) reviewed

On August 4th, the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing, Inc. invited manufacturers across Virginia and their vendors to attend its second annual Southwest Virginia Manufacturers’ Expo at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia. The purpose of the event was to provide a venue for manufacturers to network and share best practices in

Abingdon, VA – The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing announced today that Stephanie Surrett has been selected as the Director for the Southwest Virginia Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence.  Stephanie Surrett comes with 20 years of experience in strategic planning, program and project management, employee development and organizational leadership. In addition to working in the

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