STIHL Inc. recently welcomed the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) and several state and local officials to the Virginia Beach plant on Thursday, October 20, 2011 as part of Virginia’s Manufacturing Appreciation Week. The visit included a tour of the plant and facility, led by Simon Nance, training manager for STIHL Inc. The City of Virginia Beach was recognized as a leader in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a leading City for manufacturing, for our elimination of the Machinery and Tools tax, effective July 1.
“We are honored to host the VMA at our facility in light of the first Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Virginia,” said Peter Mueller, executive vice president for STIHL Inc. “The VMA’s focus on developing policies on behalf of the industry directly supports STIHL and all other manufacturing based companies in the state, and we are happy to see their dedication rewarded by an official proclamation from the governor.”
"STIHL represents the 'platinum standard' in world class manufacturing. Showcasing this company's facilities, employees, achievements and leadership was the highlight of Virginia Manufacturing Appreciation Week," stated Brett Vassey, VMA president and CEO.
Recognized by Governor Bob McDonnell, Manufacturing Appreciation Week in the Commonwealth of Virginia took place October 17 thru October 21.
Among the distinguished guests were elected officials Senator Harry Blevins, Senator Jeff McWaters and Delegates Bob Purkey and Scott Tilley. Virginia Beach Development Authority Members Dot Wood and Shewling Moy Wong represented the City of Virginia Beach along with Jerry Stewart and Cynthia Spanoulis from the Department of Economic Development.
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