Open for Business Report | July 2011

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July 1, 2011

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Catherine Zacchi, (304) 957-9340

Governor Releases July “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 July 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.

West Virginia GDP rises 4 percent in 2010
West Virginia’s growth in real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 4 percent in 2010, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). West Virginia GDP was $55.9 billion in 2010, up from $53.8 billion in 2009. The state ranks fifth for most improved GDP in the nation. The U.S. GDP grew 2.6 percent in 2010.

State researchers win “Oscar of Innovation” award
Researchers from West Virginia University (WVU) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown have received a technology award known in the field as the “Oscar of Innovation.” The 2011 R&D Magazine 100 Award recognizes the work of the “100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.” The WVU and NETL project focused on developing a solid oxide fuel cell coating that can prolong the life of individual components and lower the cost of using fuel cells in large scale power generation. Winners of the R&D 100 Awards will be recognized at an honors banquet in Florida in October 2011.

Study reports West Virginia ranks in world’s top 10 for oil and gas investment
West Virginia is among the world’s top 10 most attractive jurisdictions for oil and gas development, according to a survey by The Fraser Institute, a conservative think tank based in Canada. The Fraser Institute’s Global Petroleum Survey 2011 named the top 10 as Mississippi, Ohio, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, Netherlands-North Sea, Alabama, Hungary, and North Dakota. West Virginia ranked sixth out of 136, a jump from its 49th place in 2010. The survey is designed to identify the provinces, states, and countries with the greatest barriers to investment in oil and gas exploration and production.

Eight firms receive state awards for workforce development
WorkForce West Virginia recognized eight companies for commitment to developing a skilled workforce. The companies were honored during the Building Workforce Success Together conference, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. The companies were Goodrich Sensors & Integrated Systems, Monroe County; Apogee Coal Company, Logan County; Columbia/Unilin/Mohawk Flooring, Logan County; NGK Spark Plugs USA, Kanawha County; DuPont Washington Works, Wood County; Northwood Health Systems, Ohio County; Armstrong Hardwood Flooring, Randolph County; and Ecolab Inc., Berkeley County.

Lincoln County designated as Certified Business Location
Road signage now officially identify Lincoln County’s new status as a Certified Business Location “well-suited for consideration by prospective businesses.” The recognition is part of the state’s Certified Development Community program. The new designation means that the county is committed to economic development, is active in business recruitment and retention and has carried out an assessment of the community and business sites in the county.

National Main Street magazine features Preston County town of Kingwood
The loss of a local landmark gave rise to the formation of Kingwood Main Street. That story of how the demolition of a treasured historic structure inspired citizens to preserve their past for the future is featured in Main Street Now, the monthly newsletter of the National Trust Main Street Center.

West Virginia Public Theatre celebrates 27th season in new location
The West Virginia Public Theatre (WVPT) has set the scene for its 27th summer season with a new venue, new website and new administrative and ticketing offices. The WVPT relocated to the historic Metropolitan Theatre on High Street, Morgantown. Before the move to the Met, WVPT spent one season in the Event Center in Morgantown’s Wharf District, but had previously been based in the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center. The move is expected to benefit downtown Morgantown with incremental increases in hotel stays, restaurant patronage, services and purchases. The curtain opened on the WVPT 2011 summer season on June 22 with Cats. The schedule of six musicals concludes on July 31 with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Gov. Tomblin Honors State’s Export Businesses
The Governor’s Commendation for International Market Entry was awarded to representatives of 49 West Virginia businesses on June 22. The award honors companies that have successfully exported to a new country in the past year. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined the West Virginia Export Council and the West Virginia Development Office to commend:

Barbour County

  • Blackheart International, Philippi: Canada

Berkeley County

  • Brentwood Industries, Martinsburg: Bahrain; India; Kenya; Suriname

Cabell County

  • Guyan International, Barboursville: Tanzania; Uganda; Sudan; Poland
  • JABO Supply Corp., Huntington: Canada
  • Nippon Tungsten USA Inc., Barboursville: Canada
  • Richwood Industries, Huntington: Ghana; Zambia
  • Rubberlite Inc., Huntington: Denmark; United Kingdom
  • Star Technologies, LLC, Huntington: Japan
  • Steel of West Virginia, Huntington: Spain; Indonesia

Fayette County

  • Highland Machinery Corp., Oak Hill: China
  • The Robbins Company, Oak Hill: Turkey; Vietnam

Grant County

  • Allegheny Wood Products, Petersburg: Estonia; Finland; Sweden; Iceland

Greenbrier County

  • Appalachian Electronic Instruments, Ronceverte: Sri Lanka

Hampshire County

  • Howell Automotive, Romney: Qatar

Hancock County

  • The Homer Laughlin China Co., Newell: Costa Rica; Panama; Dominican Republic; China; India
  • United States Gypsum Company, Weirton: Belgium; Taiwan

Harrison County

  • MSES Consultants Inc. – Corrosion Products Division, Clarksburg: South Africa; Malaysia
  • Stockmeier Urethanes USA, Clarksburg: Ecuador

Jefferson County

  • Schonstedt Instrument Company Inc., Kearneysville: Azerbaijan; Anguilla (UK); Algeria; Cameroon; Cayman Islands; Croatia; Laos; South Africa; Spain; Switzerland

Kanawha County

  • ConveyWeigh LLC, Dunbar: Mongolia; United Kingdom; Zimbabwe
  • Cyclops Industries Inc.,  South Charleston: Peru; Malaysia; Slovak Republic; Belgium; Switzerland
  • NGK Spark Plugs, Sissonville: Brazil; Mexico
  • Preiser Scientific Inc., Saint Albans: Australia; Armenia; Aruba; Belgium; Bahamas; Bhutan; Bulgaria; China; Czech Republic; Egypt; Finland; France; Germany; Ghana; Greece; Hong Kong; The Netherlands; Hungary; Indonesia; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Jordan; Jamaica; Japan; Korea; Kuwait; Lithuania; Malaysia; Federated States of Micronesia; Morocco; Norway; Nigeria; Philippines; Qatar; Romania; Singapore; Switzerland; Spain; Sweden; Taiwan; Canada; Colombia; Costa Rica; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Panama; Venezuela; Thailand; Tanzania; Trinidad; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; Ukraine; Vietnam; Yemen; Zimbabwe; Zambia
  • Stagg Resource Consultants Inc., Cross Lanes: Colombia
  • Terraquip Construction Products Inc., Cross Lanes: India
  • Walhonde Tools Inc., South Charleston: Venezuela; Guatemala

Marion County

  • Backbone Security, Fairmont: Malaysia; Russia; United Kingdom
  • T&T Pump Company Inc., Fairmont: India

Marshall County

  • Leveltek International, Benwood: Italy

Mason County

  • ICL-IP America Inc., Gallipolis Ferry: Egypt

Mercer County

  • Tabor Machine Co., Princeton: Colombia

Monongalia County

  • Protea Biosciences, Morgantown: Uruguay

Morgan County

  • Berkeley Springs Instruments, Berkeley Springs: The Netherlands; Canada
  • Caperton Furnitureworks, Berkeley Springs; Australia; Japan; Niger; Haiti; Papua New Guinea
  • Pritchard Amps, Berkeley Springs: United Kingdom
  • Washington Homeopathic Products; Berkeley Springs: Macau; Saint Lucia

Ohio County

  • Wheeling Corrugating, Wheeling: Haiti
  • Wheeling Truck Center, Wheeling: Afghanistan; Australia; Austria; Bahamas; Barbados; Belgium; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada; Chile; China; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Egypt; France; Germany; Ghana; Greece; Iceland; Indonesia; Iraq; Ireland; Italy; Jamaica; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kuwait; Malta; Mexico; The Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Oman; Peru; Poland; Russia; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; Slovak Republic; South Africa; Korea; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Taiwan; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; Venezuela

Putnam County

  • Clark International Logistics LLC, Poca: Brazil; Thailand; Korea; Taiwan; Kenya
  • Eagle Research Corp., Hurricane: China

Raleigh County

  • ChemBio Shelter Inc., Beaver: China
  • Cogar Manufacturing Inc., Beckley: Canada
  • Englo Inc., dba Engart Inc., Beckley: Canada
  • Quality Environmental Containers Inc., Beaver: Turkey; Trinidad

Wood County

  • Baron-Blakeslee SFC Inc., Williamstown: China; Canada; Brazil; Mexico; Israel
  • Batteries Direct, Parkersburg: Korea
  • Fenton Art Glass, Williamstown: Hong Kong
  • Gaskets Packings & Seals Enterprises, Parkersburg: Canada;  Mexico; Germany; The Netherlands; Spain
  • Rolling Ridge Woods LLC, Parkersburg: Hong Kong

In This Issue

West Virginia GDP rises 4 percent in 2010

State researchers win “Oscar of Innovation” award

Study reports West Virginia ranks in world’s top 10 for oil and gas investment

Eight firms receive state awards for workforce development

Lincoln County designated as Certified Business Location

National Main Street magazine features Preston County town of Kingwood

West Virginia Public Theatre celebrates 27th season in new location

Gov. Tomblin Honors State’s Export Businesses

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