Open for Business Report | April 2011

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2011

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Governor Releases April “Open for Business” Report

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the latest “Open for Business” report documenting the state’s economic progress. The April 2011 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs and the preservation of existing jobs.

Distribution center expansion to create 75 jobs
in Weirton

Clothing retailer rue21 is doubling the size of its Weirton distribution center, creating 75 new jobs and seven part-time positions. The West Virginia Economic Development Authority recently approved $8.1 million to purchase and lease the facility. The new construction will nearly double the 189,600-square-foot distribution center, adding 180,000-square-feet of additional storage space, more receiving docks and improved truck circulation areas. An additional 5,000 square feet will expand the employee area. The expansion is expected to be complete by November 2011. Clothing retailer rue21 operates 654 store locations in 44 states.

Green job fair draws prospective employers, trainers
WorkForce West Virginia held a Green Jobs and Education Fair in March at the Charleston WorkForce Career Center. The event was a collaboration with WorkForce West Virginia Green-Up Program at Kanawha Valley Community & Technical College, WorkForce West Virginia, and AARP. More than 33 employers seeking to fill “green” jobs, 26 training providers and 600 job seekers participated in the fair.

WVU receives nearly $10 million endowment for graduate education
West Virginia University (WVU) recently received a $4.6 million gift from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust. The West Virginia Research Trust Fund, popularly known as Bucks for Brains, provided matching funds. The resulting $9.2 million endowment will create the WVU Ruby Scholars Graduate Fellowship Program to attract and assist graduate students from across the country who have shown exceptional promise in scholarship, research, leadership and service. The endowment will create graduate fellowships and advance research in disciplines such as energy and environmental sciences; nanotechnology and material science; and biological, biotechnical and biomedical sciences. The combined gift and matching funds make up the largest gift in WVU history to benefit graduate research fellowships. The gift was made through the WVU Foundation, the private nonprofit corporation that generates and provides support for West Virginia University.

U.S. Dept. of State awards $1 million contact to Jefferson County motorsport firm
The U.S. Department of State has awarded a contract valued at approximately $1 million to Summit Point Raceway Associates for access to its road racing circuit. The circuit will be used for the agency’s Foreign Affairs Counter Threat (FACT) course which trains participants in skills for working in high threat environments overseas. The curriculum includes training in defensive/counterterrorist driving. The training site includes paved, dirt and off-road driving circuits and other facilities.

Kuredux™ PGA named Edison Award finalist
Kuredux PGA has been named as a finalist by the 2011 Edison Best New Product Awards in the Energy & Sustainability Category — Packaging Segment. Kuredux was developed by Kureha Corporation and is soon to be produced by Kureha PGA in Belle. The resin’s combination of properties — which include high strength, excellent gas barrier and biodegradability — makes it suited for high performance packaging and industrial applications. It is compatible with widely practiced PET recycling processes and has been certified as compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute.

IVS Hydro receives 2010 safety award
IVS Hydro Inc. recently received the Contractors Association of West Virginia (CAWV) 2010 Safety Award. The company was honored during the CAWV’s state meeting in the “Greater than 50,000 Manhours” category. IVS Hydro is a specialty contractor that operates throughout the U.S. and employs 250 field, management and support staff at its facilities in Wood County and Kanawha County.

Fairmont technology firm celebrates
20th anniversary

Global Science & Technology, Inc. (GST) will celebrate its 20th year providing science, engineering, and information technology support to government and commercial customers around the world. The company has grown from having a single employee when it opened in 1991 to a staff of 181 working out of offices in Greenbelt, Md.; Arlington, Va.; Fairmont, W.Va.; Asheville, N.C.; and Boulder, Colo. The company provides expertise in engineering, science, communications and information technology.

WVEDA approves $1.7 million for Harrison County business expansion; $8.1 million for Weirton distribution center expansion and jobs growth
During its March 2011 meeting, the West Virginia Economic Development Authority (WVEDA) approved a loan for a Harrison County business:

  • Thelma Daisy Real Estate Company, $1,710,000, to finance a new central distribution center in Clarksburg. The real estate company will lease the facility to Valley Supply Company. The company, founded in 1905, is a wholesaler/distributor of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) plumbing and pipes, valves and fittings. Valley Supply has sales locations in Elkins, Parkersburg, Clarksburg and St. Albans. The new central distribution center will consolidate all warehousing and shipping into the one location in Clarksburg.

WVEDA also approved $8.1 million to purchase and lease the rue21 distribution facility in Weirton, which will result in 75 new full-time jobs and seven part-time positions.

In other action, WVEDA also approved loan insurance for:

  • City National Bank, $320,000, for Main Street Hinton for the operation of a long-term care facility in Summers County. The loan insurance will allow the company to reinstate 23 jobs with projected growth in three years to 26 positions.
  • National Bank of Blacksburg, $320,000, to allow stone veneer products company M-Rock to add 30 employees during the next three years.

 

Jefferson County environment services firm receives 8a certification
A-Zone Environmental Services in Charles Town has received 8a certification through the federal Small Business Administration Business Development Program. The certification helps qualified small businesses compete for access to federal contracts. A-Zone Environmental Services provides environmental field services, specializing in direct push soil and groundwater investigation and in-situ remediation.

Berkeley County transport firm reports growth
Professional ground transportation company Detailed Destinations in Martinsburg recently added one full time and five part-time employees. Last year, the company added four vehicles, doubling the size of its fleet. The company report its sales figures have grown by 30 percent each year since it was founded in 2008.

WorkForce West Virginia reports 3,078 open positions in March
WorkForce West Virginia reports that in March 2011, employers posted 1,357 job orders, representing 3,073 open positions. The number of employers receiving service or posting job orders during the month was 1,058. Employers can post job openings online and search WorkForce West Virginia’s job seeker database at www.workforcewv.org/PostJobs.

West Virginia style consultant on TLC team for royal wedding watch
West Virginian Monte Durham is among the entertainment correspondents reporting from London on the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Cable network TLC and ITV Studios America will air a week of televised specials leading up to the April 29 wedding. A native of Raleigh County, Durham became a fashion stylist for the TLC show "Say Yes to the Dress-Atlanta" in 2010 and is a nationally-known bridal image consultant. The TLC royal wedding programming starts April 24.


In This Issue


Distribution center expansion to create 75 jobs in Weirton

Green job fair draws prospective employers, trainers

WVU receives nearly $10 million endowment for graduate education

U.S. Dept. of State awards $1 million contact to Jefferson County motorsport firm

Kuredux™ PGA named Edison Award finalist

IVS Hydro receives 2010 safety award

Fairmont technology firm celebrates 20th anniversary

WVEDA approves $1.7 million for Harrison County business expansion; $8.1 million for Weirton distribution center expansion and jobs growth

Jefferson County environment services firm receives 8a certification

Berkeley County transport firm reports growth

WorkForce West Virginia reports 3,078 open positions in March

West Virginia style consultant on TLC team for royal wedding watch


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