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  • June 25 - Construction and Maintenance- Can the Design/Build construction method reduce project cost and shorten schedule leading to shorter service outage.

    June 25, 2019 Can the Design/Build construction method reduce project costs and shorten schedules, leading to shorter service outages? Chad Earle, director of business development at ORDERS Construction Company, will provide an overview of the design/build process. He will examine the pros and cons of the design/build process and discuss what pitfalls to avoid.  Earle will demonstrate and discuss how design/build can expedite the construction process and ultimately reduce the costs associated with shutdown down time and save owners money related to actual construction costs and expenses.
  • July 17 - New Markets Tax Credit Financing

    July 17 The federal new markets tax credit program provides up to 25% of any short-fall in financing (which generally must be at least $4 million) for (a) the purchase, expansion, and/or renovation of manufacturing facilities; (b) the purchase of equipment; and/or (c) other operational needs.  This subsidy is in the form of a 7-year forgivable which only requires approximately 1.5% interest-only payments during 7 years.  Facilities and operations must be located in a rural community or low-income census tract.
  • August 12 - Using Public Relations to Advance Public Policy

    August 12 Have you ever wondered what why certain pieces of legislation are passed and others are forgotten? What communication tools are best to effectively send your messages to the correct audience? Join us as TSG Consulting goes over how public relations interacts with public policy and the tools to use to get the results you desire.   Tom Susman has a decade of experience providing lobbying, public relations and strategic planning services to his clients. He is president of TSG Consulting, LLC. 
  • September 16 - WVMAEF Explore the New Manufacturing Program: Building Tomorrow’s Workforce Today

    The WVMA Educational Fund’s (WVMAEF) mission is  to link industry and education through its Explore the New Manufacturing Program which  consists of presentations, academies, and video contests.  The goal of these programs, targeting middle school students across West Virginia, is to create awareness and interest in manufacturing careers, as well as the subsequent educational and training pathways through manufacturer-student engagement. The WVMAEF is continually building networks and seeking collaborative opportunities with organizations to more effectively and efficiently create a workforce and provide avenues for our young folks to stay in their home state.
  • October 10 - Apprenticeships: A Customized Approach to Workforce Problems

    October 10 Apprenticeship Works at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) offers an affordable option for customizing apprenticeship programs in 20 occupations. This grant-supported initiative has partnered with 26 manufacturers, including 12 in West Virginia. These employers recognize the primary benefits to apprenticeship: improved recruitment, standardized training and reduced turnover. Learn how Apprenticeship Works can help your company develop an apprenticeship program targeting your specific needs.
  • November 6 - iOS in Business: Applications that Work for You

    Mobile applications and processes that support your business while giving you the freedom to make the entire world your office Jamie Summers-Brown is the founder and president of Bricks Without Straw, a web-development and design firm in South Charleston, W.Va. Since 2004, his company has served a diverse clientele with offices in both West Virginia and Tokyo, Japan.

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Women complete training for manufacturing careers
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Step Up for Women is a partnership between West Virginia Women Work and Apprenticeship Works, the National Advanced Manufacturing ...

Mark Sadd: Coal is dead. Long live King Coal! (Daily Mail Opinion)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Without the stellar rise of domestic oil and gas production, including here in West Virginia, coal's decline would not be the inevitability that the ...

Mountain State Momentum: State business experts say economy on the rise
WV News

Deskins said annual coal production in the Mountain State rose from about 82 ... Both Deskins and McCabe agree that West Virginia's economy remains ... State leaders need to recruit new employees to come to West Virginia and ...

Mary Anne Ketelsen to speak at manufacturing conference
Parkersburg News

Mary Anne Ketelsen is bringing positive changes to West Virginia Potato Chip Co., doing business as Mister Bee Potato Chips in Parkersburg.

Federal tax reforms lead to West Virginia utility rate reduction
Herald-Mail Media

In Pennsylvania, the tax reform bill-related savings for utility customers, including more than 66,000 WestPenn Power customers in Franklin and ...

Wheeling a National Contender for Revitalization Award
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On what an evolving community looks like in West Virginia: ... the state's historic tax credit, and also preserving it through tax reform at the federal level.

Anne Blankenship: Higher natural gas severance is a tax on WV's future (Gazette Opinion)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia oil and natural gas industry has been identified by some as a ... gas industry in West Virginia is primed to create a manufacturing boom. ... Our employees live throughout the state and we want the best for our ...

Charles Bockway: State's craft brew market has room to grow (Daily Mail Opinion)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

To put that number in perspective, total annual beer production from West Virginia's 26 breweries would equal the output of one nice, mid-sized craft ...

Utilities show signs of sharing tax cut windfall
Beckley Register-Herald

West Virginia American Water recently announced a proposal for its savings ... rates, even as they stood to save millions from corporate tax reductions.

United States

US chemical activity flat in August

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) had a flat reading month on month in August, the ACC ...

Chinese Companies Said Still Honoring US Agreements, Despite Trade War
Natural Gas Intelligence

Meanwhile, China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. ... "We and the West Virginia government, and other related companies have always been ...

Trump Says He'll End Nafta After Reaching New Deal With Mexico

Trump Says He'll End Nafta After Reaching New Deal With Mexico .... The U.S. wanted to bring back auto manufacturing jobs that had gone to Mexico.As 'trade war' looms, Trump manufacturing allies cautiously optimistic

Washington Examiner
We'll have to see how this plays out,” Jay Timmons, the president of the National Association of Manufacturers, told the Washington Examiner. “Clearly ...

US Job Gains In Manufacturing Leads Increase In Blue Collar Employment – Analysis
Eurasia Review

Manufacturing accounted for much of the gains in blue collar employment as the ... Regionally, the Midwest and the West both had overall manufacturing ... York (-1.1 percent), Vermont (-1.0 percent), and West Virginia (-0.2 percent).

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