Open for Business Report | March 2012

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March 1, 2012

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Governor Releases March “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 March 2012 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.

Hiring now underway at Macy’s fulfillment center in Berkeley County
With its $150 million fulfillment center in Martinsburg nearing completion, Macy’s is now taking applications at www.macysjobs.com. The company is accepting applications online only. After reviewing applications, Macy’s will conduct interviews in Martinsburg. The company expects another round of hiring in August. When fully operational, the 1.3-million-square-foot fulfillment center will create 1,200 year-round jobs, as well as hundreds of seasonal positions. The center will support Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s growing online sales, preparing and shipping orders primarily to customers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

West Virginia leads the nation in export growth
West Virginia exports reached a record $9 billion in 2011. With an increase of 39.5 percent over 2010’s level of $6.4 billion, West Virginia led the nation in the percentage of growth. Overall, U.S. exports grew 15.8 percent during this period. West Virginia’s top five product sectors for 2011 are coal, plastics, machinery, optical/medical products and organic chemicals. The state’s top five export partners for 2011 are Canada, Brazil, Netherlands, India and Italy.

First Marcellus Shale business conference set in Charleston, W.Va.
The first Marcellus to Manufacturing: Ethane Development Conference is scheduled for March 21 - 22 in the Charleston Civic Center. The West Virginia Manufacturers Association is hosting the event in cooperation with the West Virginia Construction and Design Expo and the West Virginia Department of Commerce. The conference will include general sessions and information seminars covering topics such as West Virginia’s tax incentives, environmental permitting, workforce development, availability of employees and site options. Speakers include Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers. For more information, visit http://www.wvma.com/M2M/.

National Marcellus & Utica Shale Conference and Expo to take place at Greenbrier Resort
The national Marcellus and Utica Shale Conference and Expo will be held at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs on April 1 - 3. Speakers will address topics such as the impact of recent legislative rules on the shale industry, the role of natural gas in meeting rising energy demands, and developments created from the Marcellus and Utica Shale industry. To register, visit regonline.com/shaleconference.

State Tech Park announces addition of new tenant, 12 jobs
West Virginia Regional Technology Park officials announced that Australian-based ALS Environmental is moving in, bringing 12 jobs with it. ALS will lease office and laboratory space in the South Charleston technology park. The company provides analytical testing data for consulting and engineering firms, industry and government agencies. ALS has more than 40 laboratories located throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.

Clark Testing opens lab in Mercer County
Clark Testing recently opened its new laboratory facility in Princeton. Clark specializes in metallurgical coal and coke testing. The new lab consolidates several field labs into a one convenient location. Currently the Clark lab employs 65 people.

Mustang Survival dedicates new RF welding room in Wirt County facility
Mustang Survival officially dedicated the new radio frequency (RF) welding room in its Elizabeth facility recently. RF welding permanently bonds thermoplastic materials together, creating an airtight seal. The RF space has a new air filter system and other features to minimize contaminants, creating a manufacturing “clean room.” Mustang Survival makes flotation and hypothermia protection equipment for recreational, professional and military use. Many products are produced at Mustang Survival manufacturing plants in Elizabeth and Spencer in Roane County. The dedication was attended by corporate executives. Mustang Survival is headquartered in Canada. The Elizabeth facility employs approximately 100 workers. The Spencer facility employs around 60.

New technology company launches in Monongalia County
In January 2012, CrossResolve began operations in Morgantown. CrossResolve provides expertise and leadership skills in the areas of technology, policy, strategy and integration. The firm specializes in the application of biometric, forensic, and identity intelligence tools such as fingerprint, face recognition, iris recognition, and Rapid DNA analysis. The new woman-owned small business provides solutions to both government and private sector clients. Company founder Valerie Evanoff is a former Project Manager with the FBI's Biometric Center of Excellence (BCOE) and a former CEO of a nonprofit biometric organization that served the United States’ Intelligence Community (IC). Visit www.crossresolve.com for more information.

Ohio County firm expands CFOAM production capacity
Touchstone Research Laboratory recently received a new 30-foot long, 8-foot diameter autoclave designed to expand its CFOAM® production capacity. CFOAM is a lightweight, fire-resistant, and impact-absorbing structural carbon foam used in a variety of military and aerospace applications. The autoclave has an advanced heating and cooling process control system tailored specifically for CFOAM. The installation of the autoclave at the Touchstone research and manufacturing facility in Triadelphia will more than triple the company’s current production capacity to 35,000 cubic-feet of CFOAM annually. The expansion project is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense through the Title III Defense Production Act. Touchstone is one of 27 companies in the nation selected to take part in the Title III Program.

New community foundation program creates summer intern jobs; deadline to apply set for March 14
Our Community’s Foundation announces a new program that will pair college-age summer interns with area nonprofit, business and government organizations. The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program will provide approximately 15 student interns with six weeks paid employment and an opportunity to build professional skills. The internship is at no cost to employers selected to participate in the Civic Leaders Fellowship program. Eligibility is limited to employers and students in the Foundation’s service region of Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood counties in West Virginia and Washington County in Ohio. Our Community's Foundation is made up of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and the Regional Affiliate Foundations. The application deadline is March 14. To apply for the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program, visit www.pacfwv.com.

Work-readiness certificates issued to 29,594 West Virginia job seekers
The ACT WorkKeys® Career Readiness Certificate has been issued to 29,594 job seekers in West Virginia since the statewide program was launched in October 2008. WorkKeys® measures work-related skills in the areas of Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information. More than 100 West Virginia employers have used or are using WorkKeys®. For more information, visit www.workforcewv.org.

WVEDA approves $200,000 loan for Monongalia scientific firm
The West Virginia Economic Development Authority (WVEDA) approved a new loan for a life sciences firm based in Morgantown during its February 2012 meeting:

  • Protea Biosciences Group, $200,000, to finance equipment. Founded in 2001, Protea develops new technologies that improve the direct analysis of proteins and other biomolecules. The work is used in basic research, pharmaceutical development and diagnostic applications. International research journal The Scientist recently recognized Protea in its Top Ten Innovative Technologies awards for the year 2011.


In This Issue


Hiring now underway at Macy’s fulfillment center in Berkeley County

West Virginia leads the nation in export growth

First Marcellus Shale business conference set in Charleston, W.Va.

National Marcellus & Utica Shale Conference and Expo to take place at Greenbrier Resort

State Tech Park announces addition of new tenant, 12 jobs

Clark Testing opens lab in Mercer County

Mustang Survival dedicates new RF welding room in Wirt County facility

New technology company launches in Monongalia County

Ohio County firm expands CFOAM production capacity

New community foundation program creates summer intern jobs; deadline to apply set for March 14

Work-readiness certificates issued to 29,594 West Virginia job seekers

WVEDA approves $200,000 loan for Monongalia scientific firm


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