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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Virginia Manufacturers Association Visits STIHL during Manufacturing Appreciation Week

We are proud to be a big part of the manufacturing base here in Virginia.  On October 20, 2011, as part of Virginia’s Manufacturing Appreciation Week, we welcomed the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) and several state and local officials to our plant here in Virginia Beach. The visit included a tour of the plant and facility, led by Simon Nance, training manager

Manufacturing represents $34 billion of Virginia’s gross state product and employs six percent of the state’s private workers. At STIHL we employ more than 2,000 people and are one of the largest employers in our region.

Brett Vassey, VMA president and CEO joined us and had some nice things to say.  "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."  

Among the distinguished guests were elected officials Senator Harry Blevins, Senator Jeff McWaters and Delegate Bob Purkey.

Scott Tilley, our legal counsel and a VMA board member, led the folks around.  We were please to learn recently that Scott was recently appointed to the Virginia's Manufacturing Development Commission by Governor Bob McDonnell

Recognized by Governor Bob McDonnell, Manufacturing Appreciation Week in the Commonwealth of Virginia took place October 17 thru October 21.


  1. Awesome write up! You seem to have great knowledge and grip over this industry.

    Love reading your blog! Keep the Good Work.

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  2. John, thanks for your comments.

  3. I have always been admiring stihl's products eversince they've started cause all of their products are cost-efficient and really long-lasting. I assume they are performing lock out tag out procedures to ensure you're producing quality products.

  4. I honestly never knew there was such a thing as a manufacturing appreciation week. Still, I guess it's only fair to appreciate the men and women operating assembly lines, heavy machinery, and right angle heads in order to make the products that make everyone's lives that much easier.