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Join Rebecca McPhail, president of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, for a behind the scenes look at some of the state’s manufacturers. The array of products made in West Virginia is extremely diverse and the innovative processes used are by all standards, world class. The companies highlighted in this series are proud of their history and accomplishments, and relationships with their employees and local communities. Each short video leaves you with a sense of great pride in West Virginia’s amazing manufacturers!

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Hungry for some crispy potato chips? Look no farther than Parkersburg, W.Va., where we are visiting the famous Mister Bee Potato Chip Co. for our Made with WV Pride series.

As we crunch our way through the only potato chips made in the Mountain State, West Virginia Manufacturers Association President Rebecca McPhail learns about this fun facility that has been creating our favorite snacks since 1951.

Now operating as the West Virginia Potato Chip Company, Mister Bee potato chips are just one of many amazing products made with pride in West Virginia. Check out our visit with Mister Bee today!

Showcasing yet another global manufacturer with operations in the Mountain State, the West Virginia Manufacturers Association heads to Covestro’s South Charleston plant in our latest installment of the Made with WV Pride series.

Germany-based Covestro is among the leading suppliers of premium polymers with two of its 30 global locations in West Virginia. Their materials and application solutions are found in nearly every area of modern life, from mattresses and car seats to insulating materials for refrigeration and building materials.

The company’s South Charleston facility employs 105 people plus another 25 contractors. Join WVMA President Rebecca McPhail as she takes a closer at what Covestro makes with pride in West Virginia.

The campus of NGK, a leading global manufacturer of spark plugs and oxygen sensors, resides in Kanawha County in the small town of Pocatalico. With 12 manufacturing sites worldwide, Pocatalico is the only site that manages the production of both spark plugs and oxygen sensors. NGK’s employees -- from the floor associates to management -- take great pride in manufacturing their products with the utmost precision and excellence. 

The company produces about 40 million spark plugs every year and has been repeatedly recognized by the state of West Virginia for creating a safe working environment. Many of NGK’s total workforce of about 600 employees are skilled to operate or monitor extremely fast and efficient processes. The company invests in its workforce by offering a wide variety of training opportunities for anyone wanting to improve their skills and prepare for promotion -- just one more way that NGK exhibits true West Virginia pride! 

This leading global producer of original automotive parts is located along the Big Sandy River in the town of Prichard. An Italian company with 42 plants worldwide, Sogefi’s West Virginia plant is its only plant in the United States. The company specializes in filtration, air management and engine cooling systems, and supplies several major auto manufacturers with fluid filtration products.

Sogefi employs 360 people in Prichard who make complex products using advanced technologies. Employees in Prichard are proud that their plant is now one of the largest and most productive Sogefi plants worldwide. The future is bright for this growing automotive manufacturer. 

Located along the Ohio River in the small town of Follansbee, Wheeling Nisshin is proud to be the only West Virginia manufacturer that makes every major type of coated steel. The company has further distinguished itself with a new coating product made from zinc, aluminum and magnesium (ZAM), with highly corrosion-resistant properties that define it as the coating of the 21st century.

Established in the 1980’s, Wheeling Nisshin was the first joint venture between an American steel company and a Japanese company. For 30 years, Wheeling Nisshin has supplied coated steel products to every industry that uses them. With 180 employees, the company is proud to be an active partner in building a sense of community in Follansbee.

Berkeley Springs is home to Gat Creek Furniture, a company that began just after World War II as a one-man shop. Gat Creek now uses several skilled artisans to hand craft a variety of solid wood home furnishings that are sold throughout the United States and to nearly 40 countries around the world. 

The Appalachian forest supplies Gat Creek with some of the highest quality hardwood in the world. Each artisan at Gat Creek takes ownership over building an entire furniture piece, which is then finished, stained and signed by hand. With 150 employees -- the majority of whom are women, along with a solid number of young people -- Gat Creek’s entire staff takes pride in producing superb, hand-crafted wood furnishings being used worldwide.

In the 1860’s, Ziegenfelder, a small family company, began making homemade candies and ice cream. They did so until the 1980’s, when steep competition motivated the company to shift its focus to the water-ice business -- a niche that has made Ziegenfelder one of the world’s largest producers of frozen twin pops. 

Located in Wheeling, the Ziegenfelder company now has over 300 employees with three manufacturing facilities in the United States. This woman-owned company is built on strong family and customer-centered values. Ziegenfelder takes a great deal of pride not only in selling their twin pops to retailers in every state, but in being a model employer striving to uplift their “backyard” communities in vital ways.

The northern panhandle of our state is the home of Warwood Tool Company. This small company produces industrial grade, forged steel hand tools that serve a wide variety of industries. From the most commonly used tools to specialty items that are industry specific, Warwood’s high-quality tools have withstood the test of time.

Beginning as a blacksmith shop in 1854, Warwood Tool has endured for decades. Employees at Warwood represent an ideal mixture of long-term, highly skilled workers and younger, apprentice workers who are ready to carry on the Warwood tradition of quality. Warwood Tool Company takes pride in being a small manufacturer where the high level of skill and efficiency required to make their fine products also gives rise to their employees’ strong sense of camaraderie and commitment to excellence.