The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing, Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on supporting and strengthening manufacturers currently in the region as well as welcoming new industry. SVAM accomplishes this in a unique way—by being governed by a Board of Directors made up of Southwest Virginia manufacturers. Programs and initiatives—many outlined in the newsletter below—are held to carry out SVAM’s strategic plan. Collaboration is a key part of SVAM as we work with educational institutions, workforce development boards, chambers of commerce, and state organizations to promote manufacturing support in our Southwest Virginia region. Our vision is to unite Southwest Virginia manufacturers to strengthen our position as a world-leading region of advanced manufacturing opportunities.
To establish and promote the regional collaborations in support of manufacturing and manufacturing careers as part of an economic development initiative.
To redefine the image of manufacturing with young people and their parents, their educators, the community and policymakers in a manner that increases the number of young adults and other member of the workforce who pursue manufacturing careers.
To close the skills gap for regional manufacturers by aligning educational and workforce training resources with the most pressing demands of area industry.
SVAM Quotes from Our Members
SVAM has consistently provided manufacturing support though member interaction lunches, discussions, and hiring conferences. The SVAM organization also provides to us a significant conduit for local government and economic development contacts, allowing Bristol Compressors to review local investment and expansion opportunities. The other significant support item are training reimbursements available from SVAM to support our manufacturing skill level enhancements allowing us to move forward with continued competitive improvements. Thanks again, SVAM, for all that you do to support our local manufacturing employees.
Kevin Mumpower, Bristol Compressors International, Inc. Vice President, Product Engineering
Being part of SVAM gives us an avenue to share ideas with other companies in the industry. The organization also helps us reduce our training costs by pooling resources with our other SVAM members.
Gil Graham Scholle Packaging, Inc. Plant Manager
Being involved with SVAM provides a great opportunity to network with other manufacturers in southwest Virginia as we work to promote manufacturing as a career opportunity. This is being done through promoting educational awareness, training and hiring opportunities, and most recently through the creation of the Center of Excellence.
Bill Kahl, Operations Manager, Samuel Pressure Vessel Group - Lebanon
SVAM provides General Dynamics unique opportunities to network, share best practices, and impact the community. Beyond the peer-to-peer manufacturing experiences, it is a major draw to General Dynamics to be involved in programming to help to improve the perception of manufacturing in our community in order to build the needed qualified workforce. We recently benefited from SVAM by filling several open positions through the Hiring Our Heroes program. We are active participants in SVAM programming which allows us to learn, influence, and continue to build our professional network. Being members of SVAM is a perfect compliment to the overall goals of General Dynamics.
Larry Souverielle General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Site Lead/Sr. Director Marion Operations Advanced Materials Strategic Business Unit