Open for Business Report | June 2011

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2011

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Governor Releases June “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 June 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.

New campaign promotes advantages of doing business in West Virginia
The West Virginia Department of Commerce has launched a new mobile campaign promoting the benefits of doing business in the state. The series of eight posters appear inside Metro rail subways and on buses in Washington, D.C., during the month of June 2011. The eight ads feature individual Quick Response (QR) tags, directing visitors online for more details and to view success stories of West Virginia businesses and entrepreneurs. View the ads: DC Mobile Campaign

Australian firm to build $29 million plant in Kanawha County
Carbonxt Inc. announced plans to construct a $29 million plant to convert coal into an activated carbon product. The 45,000-square-foot facility will be built on acreage leased from Bayer CropScience in Institute. The plant will eventually employ 45 workers. Carbonxt Inc. is a subsidiary of Carbonxt Group Limited of Australia.

Supply chain company to open operations center, create 75 jobs, in Berkeley County
Hollingsworth Logistics LLC is coming to Martinsburg, and creating 75 new full-time jobs in the process. The supply chain management firm has leased more than 300,000 square feet in the Shockey Commerce Center to house its new operations center. The firm recently won a contract to provide the U.S. Postal Service with support services for its ongoing equipment management, maintenance, storage and re-deployment. The center is expected to be operational by the end of June. Hollingsworth Logistics plans to hire 75 new full-time employees immediately. The total number of positions may increase to more than 100 during peak periods of the year. Job applicants may contact WorkForce West Virginia offices at 304-267-0065 or register at www.workforcewv.org

“Super 8” movie filmed in West Virginia coming to theaters June 10
One of this summer’s most anticipated movies is about to hit theaters June 10. Written and directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, Abrams and Bryan Burk, Paramount Pictures' “Super 8” was filmed in and around Weirton last fall. Paramount chose West Virginia because of its competitive film tax incentive program, known as the West Virginia Film Industry Investment Act. Several million dollars were spent in the state during filming, which also positively affected the overall economic impact relating to local spending generated by the cast and crew on dining, entertainment, shopping, and other activities. In addition to wages being paid to local skilled laborers, hundreds of extras were hired and the local hotels tallied up about 9,000 room nights. West Virginia businesses that benefited from Paramount's presence included numerous hotels, restaurants, fueling stations, clothing stores and more.

Kingdom of Jordan deploys security software of West Virginia firm
In a major homeland security initiative, the Kingdom of Jordan has deployed EdgeFrontier middleware from Morgantown-based Augusta Systems. Working with Intergraph’s incident management software, EdgeFrontier provides a platform to tie together various security and emergency response systems by integrating data, events and control functions.

Local company wins contract to add solar panels to Morgan County courthouse
Mountain View Solar and Wind in Berkeley Springs won a contract to install solar panels on the roof of the Morgan County courthouse. The project is funded by a $196,000 federal grant to improve energy efficiency. The solar energy is expected to generate at least 10 percent electricity savings for the courthouse.

Monongalia biotech firm’s drug passes human clinical trial
Morgantown-based Protea Biosciences and French pharmaceutical manufacturer Mayoly Spindler completed the first of two human clinical trials on a new drug designed to treat chronic pancreatic disease. Protea and Mayoly Spindler developed a genetically engineered enzyme called a lipase. The drug would be used to treat a condition called exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, the inability to digest food and absorb nutrients. The second human clinical trial is expected to get underway in France this year. Protea has exclusive rights to market lipase in North America. A spin-off of West Virginia University, Protea has 40 employees.

WVU receives $3 million donation
West Virginia University received a $3 million donation from alumnus and retired financial industry executive Stuart Robinson and his wife Joyce. The funds will be shared between two of WVU’s colleges. The Stuart M. and Joyce N. Robbins Center for Global Business and Strategy 20/21 will be created within the College of Business and Economics with a $2 million gift. The Stuart M. and Joyce N. Robbins Distinguished Professorship in Epidemiology will be endowed with a $1 million gift. The professorship — the first endowed position in the new School of Public Health — may be eligible for matching funds from the West Virginia Research Trust fund.

United Nations displays product by Jefferson County business
A magnetic detector used in locating land mines is on permanent display at United Nations headquarters in New York, where an estimated 1500 people tour the complex each day. The display recognizes the humanitarian demining work of Schonstedt Instrument Company in Kearneysville. Sponsors purchase a Schonstedt GA-72Cd magnetic locator for donation and the company matches the donation. To date, the Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Initiative has donated more than 350 devices in 21 countries since it was launched in 2007.

Dow to invest $40 million in Kanawha plant improvements
Over the next four years, the Dow Chemical Co. plans to invest $40 million in its South Charleston plant. The company will refurbish infrastructure, eliminate production bottlenecks and upgrade safety features.

West Virginia small businesses increase SBIR/STTR contracts in 2009
West Virginia businesses doubled the number of SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovation Research/ Small Business Technology Transfer) awards it received in 2009 compared to the previous year. In 2008, West Virginia received four Phase I SBIR awards and one Phase II award, totaling $740,000. In 2009, the most recent figures available, West Virginia received eight Phase I SBIR awards, two Phase I STTR awards and five Phase II SBIR awards, with a combined value of more than $4 million. The federal SBIR/STTR programs invest a billion dollars each year in early-stage research and development projects through innovative small technology firms.

New magazine covers business life in Eastern Panhandle
Panhandle, a new upscale quarterly magazine, provides business news for the fast-growing Eastern Panhandle counties of Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan. The magazine's 80-page debut issue included coverage of the expanding culinary program at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and the first full-day conference put on by the Panhandle's new Women's Network. Christine Miller Ford, a Marshall University journalism graduate formerly on staff at The Charleston Gazette and The State Journal, created the magazine. For a free digital copy of the first issue, email christineford@panhandlemagazine.com.

WVU president named to U.S. Commerce Innovation Advisory Board
West Virginia University President James Clements has been named to the U.S. Commerce’s Innovation Advisory Board. The board will join other agencies to consult on the U.S. Department of Commerce study that will shape national policies affecting U.S. job creation, innovative capacity and economic competitiveness. The board will hold its first meeting in Alexandria, Va., at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, on June 6. Board members will serve until the completion of the study, which is required before Jan. 4, 2012.

Huntington airport ranks among 10 most competitively priced
The April 2011 New York Times recently counted Tri-State Airport in Huntington in its list of “10 Most Competitively-Priced Small Airports.” In addition, Tri-State is the second fastest growing airport in the northeast for airports with more than 100,000 boardings, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) fourth quarter report. Compared to the fourth quarter in 2009, Tri-State’s fourth quarter 2010 showed an 11 percent increase.

West Virginia National Guard receives Excellence Award
West Virginia’s Army National Guard recently received the 2010 Army Chief of Staff Communities of Excellence Award. The national award evaluated criteria such as innovation and support for soldiers, families, civilian employees and retirees.

Development Office promotes state’s industries at expos
The West Virginia Development Office (WVDO) has participated in several major industry events recently.

  • AISTech (Association for Iron & Steel Technology) 2011, Indianapolis, to promote West Virginia as a location for the iron and steel processing and related suppliers.
  • Chemspec USA, Philadelphia. WVDO, the Chemical Alliance Zone, Charleston Area Alliance, Putnam County Development Authority and MATRIC participated in Chemspec USA, an international industry exhibition for fine, custom and specialty chemicals. Participants worked together to promote the state’s chemical industry.
  • CoreNet Global Summit, Navy Pier, Chicago. The conference attracted corporate real estate professionals, end users and economic developers.
  • WVDO also had booths at both the SAMPE 2011 (Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering) trade show in Long Beach and the WindPower 2011 show in Anaheim.
  • A representative of the West Virginia European Office and the Hardwood Alliance Zone visited two trade shows in Germany: Interzum (Cologne) and LIGNA (Hannover). The purpose was to promote trade and investment opportunities in West Virginia’s hardwoods products industry.

In June, WVDO and the Polymer Alliance Zone will participate in the Plastec East show in New York City and the 2011 BIO Human Resources Conference in Washington, D.C. The WVDO International Division will host a pavilion at the largest general metalworking trade fair in Europe, The Bright World of Metals, in Dusseldorf, Germany from June 28 to July 2, 2011.

West Virginia tourism increases during first quarter 2011
The tourism industry has good cause of guarded optimism for 2011, according to the U.S. Travel Association. The association’s surveys show that while consumers continue to hold back, spending habits and buying attitudes show a slight uptick. The West Virginia Division of Tourism reports that the figures for the number of visitors and hotel room demand bumped up during the first quarter of 2011. Room demand grew 6 percent over the same time last year. The state’s Welcome Centers recorded a 15 percent increase in the number of visitors.


In This Issue


New campaign promotes advantages of doing business in West Virginia

Australian firm to build $29 million plant in Kanawha County

Supply chain company to open operations center, create 75 jobs, in Berkeley County

“Super 8” movie filmed in West Virginia coming to theaters June 10

Kingdom of Jordan deploys security software of West Virginia firm

Local company wins contract to add solar panels to Morgan County courthouse

Monongalia biotech firm’s drug passes human clinical trial

WVU receives $3 million donation

United Nations displays product by Jefferson County business

Dow to invest $40 million in Kanawha plant improvements

West Virginia small businesses increase SBIR/STTR contracts in 2009

New magazine covers business life in Eastern Panhandle

WVU president named to U.S. Commerce Innovation Advisory Board

Huntington airport ranks among 10 most competitively priced

West Virginia National Guard receives Excellence Award

Development Office promotes state’s industries at expos

West Virginia tourism increases during first quarter 2011


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