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Published Monday, June 7, 2010 @ 3:51 PM by robertrusso (Robert Russo)

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Volume 1 | Issue 2 | 2010

Armstrong World Industries to create up to 45 jobs in Jackson County

Armstrong World Industries has announced plans to invest $30-$35 million to build a mineral wool plant next to the former Century Aluminum Co. facility in the Jackson County Maritime and Industrial Centre in Millwood. When operational in mid-2012, the new 30,000-square-foot plant is expected to create up to 45 new jobs. Armstrong said competitive electricity rates and proximity to railroads and the Ohio River were factors that went into its selection of Millwood. Mineral wool is a raw material in the manufacture of Armstrong’s acoustical ceiling tiles. Armstrong World Industries manufactures floors, ceilings and cabinets. The company’s flooring plant in Randolph County employs nearly 700.

Nippon Tungsten opens first North American facility in West Virginia

Operations officially got underway in April when Nippon Tungsten USA Inc. hosted a grand opening at its facility in Cabell County. For parent company Nippon Tungsten, the new facility marks its first in North America and its first wholly owned subsidiary outside of Japan. Speakers included Gov. Joe Manchin and Shozo Yoshida, president of Nippon Tungsten Co., who, with several corporate executives, had traveled from Japan for the ceremony. The high-tech specialized machine shop will resharpen blades manufactured by Nippon Tungsten’s equipment in Japan.

Select Energy Services acquires company in Marcellus Shale

Select Energy Services, an oilfield service and supply company based in Texas, announced the acquisition of Arvilla Oilfield Services LLC and Buck Stone LLC. Arvilla and Buck Stone are oilfield service companies based in St. Marys, W.Va., that provide primary pipeline construction services and maintenance, road and location construction, and other services to the southwest Marcellus shale.

New iron salts plant to be built in Marshall County

PVS Technologies announced that it will construct a facility to produce iron salts at the PPG Chlor-Alkali and Derivatives plant on the Ohio River near Natrium. The new plant is expected to be operational before the end of 2010. PPG will supply services and materials such as chlorine to the PVS plant. Iron salts are used to treat drinking water and wastewater.

New power plant to generate 100 jobs in Monongalia County

The $2 billion Longview Power plant now under construction in Maidsville is expected to create a total of 100 full-time positions by the end of 2010. The positions will support pre-start activities this year and commercial operations in 2011. The 695-MW coal-fired electrical power generating plant will use advanced technology proven to operate with higher combustion and environmental control efficiencies. Once commercial operation begins, Longview is expected to be among the cleanest, most efficient, and most technologically advanced coal-fired power plants in the United States. The power plant is owned by Longview Power LLC, which is owned by GenPower Holdings L.P.

Special Rates of Electric Power for Industrial Consumers

The West Virginia Public Service Commission may establish special rates that in its judgment are necessary or appropriate for the continued, new or expanded operation of energy-intensive industrial consumers. In order to qualify for a special rate, an industrial facility, plant or enterprise shall enter into negotiations with the utility, having a contract demand of at least fifty thousand kilowatts of electric power at its West Virginia facilities under normal operating conditions; create or retain at least twenty-five full time jobs in the state; have invested not less than $500,000 in fixed assets in the state; and provide reasonable evidence that without the special rate, the operation is threatened or not economically viable.

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New Opportunities

Data Center Opportunity

- Adjacent to new USVA Data Center
- 90 miles from Washington, D.C.
- Access to two separate substations

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Plug & Play Call Center

Type of Facility:

Outbound Customer Contact Center

Number of Employees Displaced:

Is Existing Facility Available?
Yes - 12,500 square feet,
100 workstations still in place

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