WV EDGE Business Report | March 2015

Published Tuesday, March 17, 2015 @ 12:33 PM by Andrew.C.King@wv.gov (Andrew King)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2015

CONTACT:
Chris Stadelman, 304-558-4977
Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340

Governor Tomblin Releases March Edge Business Report

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report, highlighting the state’s economic progress. The March 2015 report features projects and announcements from businesses, both large and small, that play a critical role in the Mountain State’s continued economic growth.

Metals company to open facility in Wood County
Sunshine Metals plans to open a 30,000-square foot processing facility in Davisville. The multi-million dollar project is expected to create seven to 10 jobs.

Sunshine Metals will process aluminum to be used in aircraft manufacturing.

The Davisville site is part of the West Virginia Polymer Alliance Zone (PAZ). A membership organization, PAZ includes both polymer and related industries. PAZ has one of the highest concentrations of high-technology, specialty and engineering polymers production in the world.

Sunshine Metals is a leading global supplier of specialty metals and custom supply channel services for advanced technology application in the aerospace and marine industries. In addition to the Davisville facility, the company has operations in California, Kansas and Louisiana.


Sistersville Tank Works breaks ground for new plant in Pleasants County
Sistersville Tank Works hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 40,000-square-foot plant in the Pleasants County Industrial Center. Construction is scheduled for completion by July 2015. The expansion facility is expected to initially create 30 new jobs. Sistersville Tank Works will continue operations at its original site in Tyler County, where it employs 50 workers.

Sistersville Tank Works breaks ground for new plant in Pleasants County
Photo courtesy Salter & Associates
Groundbreaking for Sistersville Tank Works expansion, Pleasants County Industrial Center
"We looked at a lot of different areas and a lot of different plant sites," says Assistant Plant Manager Jason Morgan. "We finally chose this because of the good customer base, good employee base, access to the river and access to the interstate. We ship large items, so it helps to be able to transport." Sistersville Tank Works got its start in 1894 producing oil field boilers, tanks and pressure vessels for the growing oil and gas industry. Today the company manufactures custom ASME pressure vessels, tanks, and heat exchangers for domestic and international customers in the chemical, oil, power generation pharmaceutical industries.


WVDO International to present market entry opportunities in Poland
The West Virginia companies looking for new business opportunities may want to consider exporting to Poland, suggests the West Virginia Development Office International Division.

WVDO International to present market entry opportunities in Poland
The International Division and the U.S. Commercial Service are offering an introductory session on the country in March.

There is no cost for the introductory session. The state International Division and the U.S. Commercial Services encourage attendees to register in advance so sufficient materials and refreshments can be provided. To register online, click on the preferred location or call 304-957-2018.
  • March 23, Monday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Morgantown: Waterfront Place Hotel, 2 Waterfront Place. Networking lunch buffet follows seminar from noon to 1 p.m.
  • March 23, Monday, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., Wheeling: NTTC Building, Room 118, Wheeling Jesuit University. A networking reception follows the seminar at 5 p.m.
  • March 24, Tuesday, noon – 3 p.m., Charleston: Charleston Marriott Town Center Hotel, 200 Lee Street East. A networking lunch will precede the seminar from noon to 1 p.m.
Business representatives who like what they learn about the market potential may want to plan to attend the West Virginia Trade Mission to Poland, June 22-26, 2015. The mission will be led by the state International Division and the U.S. Commercial Service. The event is open to all industry sectors, including clean coal technology, mining equipment, industrial products, medical equipment, information technologies, green building materials, consumer goods and more. Deadline to apply for the mission is April 30.

As part of its services, the West Virginia International Division can assist businesses with prearranged meetings with qualified prospective clients, agents, distributors and other contacts in their markets

The International Division is currently recruiting for or in the planning stages for more shows and missions abroad in 2015, including:
  • Canadian Institute of Mining Expo, May 9 – 13, Montreal, Canada
  • Trade Winds Business Development Conference and Trade Mission, September. South Africa
  • Coal and Mining Expo, October. China
  • Trade Mission, November, Japan
Check the website worldtradewv.org for updates or contact the West Virginia Development Office at 304-558-2234.


EPA names Berkeley County company among top performing Energy Star plants
Essroc Cement Corporation is among the 70 companies
EPA names Berkeley County company among top performing Energy Star plants
Essroc Cement in Martinsburg, West Virginia, receives EPA Energy Star certification.
across the country recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for superior energy performance in 2014. Two Essroc locations — Martinsburg, West Virginia, and Nazareth, Pennsylvania — are among seven first-time honorees.

The companies achieved Energy Star certification by advancing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The certified plants are independently verified on an annual basis to have reached the top 25 percent of energy performance for their industries nationwide.

Essroc is part of the global Italcementi Group of companies in cement, building materials, related technologies and research. In addition to the cement manufacturing plant in Martinsburg, Essroc operates a masonry warehouse in Huntington and a bulk cement terminal in Nitro, West Virginia.


Marcellus and Manufacturing Development conference set for March 25-26, Charleston
The West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA) will hold the 2015 Marcellus and Manufacturing
Marcellus and Manufacturing Development conference set for March 25-26, Charleston
Development Conference (MMDC) in Charleston, March 25-26. The MMDC combines the former Marcellus to Manufacturing Conference and the WVMA Leadership Summit. The combined event gives participants the opportunity to register for one or both Marcellus development and manufacturing development tracks. The two-day event culminates with the association’s 100th Anniversary celebration social at Charleston’s Clay Center.

The Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference draws companies interested in locating new facilities or expanding existing operations in the state, and provides companies and industry leaders the opportunity to gain an expanded understanding of the potential for ethane and ethylene related product development in West Virginia. Conference attendees learn about the state’s advantages, including tax credits, environmental permitting, workforce development, availability of employees and site options. The 2014 conference attracted more than 5,300 attendees from 29 states and four foreign countries.

To register, visit http://wvexpo.com/page_Registration.php.


WVEDA approves $2.7 million loans for Jefferson County manufacturer expansion
During its February meeting, the West Virginia Economic Development Authority (WVEDA) gave final approval for two loans totaling $2,763,000 for Randox.
  • Loan #1, $1,593,000, to expand the existing facility in Kearneysville
  • Loan #2, $1,170,000, to purchase new equipment
Based in Northern Ireland, Randox manufactures and markets a wide range of clinical and veterinary diagnostic reagents and systems. The company opened its first East Coast facility in the Jefferson County's Burr Business Park in 2010. The structure houses administrative, distribution, sales and manufacturing functions. The two loans will enable Randox Laboratories to finance new equipment and expansion of its current facility in Kearneysville.

Randox currently employs 27 workers at its Jefferson County facility and expects that to increase to 53 workers after one year.



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Metals company to open facility in Wood County

Sistersville Tank Works breaks ground for new plant in Pleasants County

WVDO International to present market entry opportunities in Poland

EPA names Berkeley County company among top performing Energy Star plants

Marcellus and Manufacturing Development conference set for March 25-26, Charleston

WVEDA approves $2.7 million loans for Jefferson County manufacturer expansion

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