Virginian-Pilot Feature Story: VSRA Schools Outreach
August 11, 2014
In support of our Strategic Plan's direction for workforce development, the Virginia Ship Repair Association, through the support and dedicated efforts of the Virginia Ship Repair Foundation, launched a new program designed to reach out to the 23 Public Technical Schools in Virginia.
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ODU's Courses in Public Procurement and Contract Management
August 04, 2014
ODU will be offering classes in public procurement and contract management in the upcoming Fall 2014 semester. Four of the five classes will be taught online.
Please click here to view the ODU PPCM Fall 2014 Classes Flyer
Please click here to view the Directions for Registering for a PPCM Course
Here are the tuition rates:
Graduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification Cost per credit hour
Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile) $437
Students living outside of Virginia $456
* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile $1089
Please click here for a link to the website for the program.
VSRA Senior Tradesperson of the Year
July 23, 2014
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., July 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that an employee at its AMSEC subsidiary was selected as the Senior Tradesperson of the Year by the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA). Garrett Barber, a senior master tradesperson mechanic in AMSEC's elevator support unit division in Chesapeake, was recognized for his work aboard the aircraft carriers USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), USS Harry Truman (CVN 75) and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77
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UHP and Tecnico in the News
July 08, 2014
Ship repairers are increasingly looking to balance the tables by diversifying their business lines and leveraging strong capabilities towards underserved markets. VSRA continues to advocate for increasing the industrial base through new technologies such as Off Shore Wind, but some members are finding other ways to remain a strong part of the Naval fleet over the long haul.
Read the Daily Press article Carrier Overhauls are Big for Small Business here
Read the article submitted by Ron Ritter on Offshore Wind by clicking Read More.Read the full article
Virginia Offshore Wind: Opportunity for Ship Repairers
July 03, 2014
Submitted by Ronald K. Ritter,
As our industry has become more aware of the maturity and viability of off shore wind technology, it is apparent that this development is not only possible but, perhaps, integral to the Hampton Roads’ economy.
Let me say at the outset that I am not an environmentalist, scientist, or engineer. Rather, I think I am a pragmatic businessman concerned about the future viability of the shipbuilding, ship repair and manufacturing industries in Virginia, the thousands of skilled workers who make these industries hum, and by extension the viability of the Hampton Roads’ economy. My concern is based on the fact that some 45% of the Hampton Roads’ economy is Department of Defense based (and some 80% of that is Navy driven); sequestration’s budget cuts are still in effect for the next eight years beginning in fiscal year 2016; we are losing surface ships home ported in Hampton Roads to Mayport, Florida and Rota, Spain; we could lose an aircraft carrier to the West Coast; etc. As these reductions in funding and work continue, we must find a replacement to keep our highly skilled and trained work force engaged and our economy on a sound footing. One realistic and viable solution to this dilemma is offshore wind.
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Minimum Wage Increased to $10.10 for Government Contractors
June 17, 2014
On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order that increases the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors from $7.25 to $10.10. The Executive Order goes into effect on January 1, 2015 and only applies to government contracts awarded after January 1, 2015.Read the full article
VETS Series: RADM Dixon Smith on Transitioning VETS
April 16, 2014
VSRA members are working on a series of articles and information on best practices, challenges and resources for hiring exiting military members. Read the latest article here.Read the full article
Virginia Benefits from the Strongest Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Industry in U.S.
April 15, 2014
The Virginia Ship Repair Association has grown significantly in the past two years as it expands the awareness of our industry and importance of the work our memebrs accomplish for national defense and commercial growth. Please read and share the impactful story run in the Daily Press on MArch 28, 2014, which demonstrates where Virginia fits in the US maritime industry. The second link is from a follow-on piece done on WVEC TV with Mike Gooding.
"When it comes to shipyard jobs, Virginia is king." - Hugh Lessig, Daily Press Read the Daily Press story.
WVEC News Piece:
The Winners! NNSY and UHP Projects
2014 "The Yard" Event winners!!!
April 14, 2014
The 3rd Annual FM99 "The Yard" bragging rights competition was twice as big as the previous year and the location could not have been better! Scott's Creek MArina was a beautiful venue surrounded by the very industry this event celebrates!
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Preparing a Business for a Successful Sale
January 23, 2014
One of the most difficult decisions an owner of a business can make is when to sell that business. Stephen W. Burke and Rajan Singh share their expertise on this issue since many of our smaller company owners are looking ahead to secure the operations of the companies they built long into the future. The reasons to sell may include the desire or need to retire, unexpected changes in personal circumstances, competitive pressures or an interest in pursuing other opportunities. Every business owner would benefit from preparing in advance for a change in the structure of their business. Read this article to learn more.Read the full article