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Published Wednesday, September 22, 2010 @ 9:36 AM by robertrusso (Robert Russo)

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Volume 1 | Issue 3 | 2010

TRG Opens New Back Office Operation in Elkins

TRG Customer Solutions celebrated the opening of its new contact center facility in Elkins, W.Va. The Elkins facility is its fourth call center operation in the state. The 20,650 square-foot facility will house more than 225 employees. The center will provide customer service, sales and billing services to one of the company’s leading telecommunications clients. A global business process outsourcing provider, TRG supports more than 175 global clients from 14 operations centers in five countries.

MITRE opens office in Harrison County

The MITRE Corporation officially opened its office in Bridgeport with a ribbon cutting ceremony in August. The site is located in the White Oaks Business Park and houses 10 technical and administrative staff. MITRE had operated in a temporary office in Clarksburg since 2008. MITRE is a not-for-profit organization that provides systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support to the government. It operates federally funded research and development centers for the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Hino Motors unveils 2011 model trucks at Wood County plant

Hino Motors Manufacturing USA Inc. brought out its 2011-model line of trucks with a celebration at its Williamstown plant. Gov. Joe Manchin joined other state and national officials as well as company executives at the Aug. 23 ceremony. The event heralded the commercial sales of the new 2011 model truck. The new Hino truck has a selective catalytic reduction system which converts much of the truck’s diesel emissions to nitrogen. The new model is the only medium duty conventional truck that meets Environmental Protection Agency requirements for diesel engine emissions.

NASA IV&V to expand space for work force in Fairmont’s I-79 Technology Park

NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Program plans to lease additional office space in the I-79 Technology Park in Fairmont. The agency recently received approval to lease 33,380 square feet of office and related space. NASA IV&V was one of the original tenants in the Technology Park nearly 20 years ago. As the program grew, many contractors had to be located off site. The leased space will allow NASA to bring 135 members of the combined work force into one building this fall. The original facility will continue to serve many NASA civil-service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Army project and contractor personnel.

West Virginia exports climb nearly 40 percent in first half of 2010

West Virginia’s exports reached $3 billion in the first half of 2010, an increase of 39.5 percent compared to the same time period in 2009. That outpaces the U.S. export growth rate of 23.8 percent for the same period. The top 10 markets for West Virginia exports during January-June 2010 are Canada, Japan, India, Brazil, China, Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Italy and France. The product sector that achieved the biggest growth spurt was plastics/polymers, jumping more than 70 percent from the first half of 2009 to the same period in 2010. Increases were also reported in automotive components and machinery (63 percent each). The International Division of the West Virginia Development Office facilitates international trade development by organizing trade missions, providing consulting and offering other services to encourage West Virginia businesses to pursue export markets.

Marshall University receives $4.7 million to fund nanosystems center

Marshall University has received $4.7 million in federal funding to support the new Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems at the university's Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center. The funding was announced by members of West Virginia's congressional delegation. Researchers at the Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems are designing and developing diagnostic devices that can be used for the treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, infant care and other medical-related purposes. Nanotechnology involves science and tools conducted on a molecular scale.

Legislative Developments

West Virginia Eliminating Business Franchise Tax

Scheduled Business Franchise Tax Reductions

1/1/11 .34%
1/1/12 .27%
1/1/13 .21%
1/1/14 .10%
1/1/15  NO TAX

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