Annual event highlighting area’s manufacturing sector draws 1,000 people

DAYTONA BEACH — A wide array of manufacturers, ranging from makers of boats and robotic packaging systems to suncare lotions and disposable medical products, were on display at the Ocean Center on Friday.

The occasion was the 10th annual VMA Manufacturers Showcase, which this year featured nearly 80 exhibitors from throughout the Volusia-Flagler area as well as some from neighboring counties.  “We make it here,” said Jayne Fifer, the president and CEO of the Ormond Beach-based VMA manufacturing alliance, quoting her group’s slogan. The event drew roughly 1,000 people, who turned out to learn about local manufacturers as well as to cheer on robotics teams from several area high schools, as well as, for the first time, an elementary school who took part in a battle of “sumobots.”

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