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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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China Energy officials cancel trip related to WV deal due to Trump trade spat
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Officials say the deal, announced in November after West Virginia and ... to the state's natural gas industry, including chemical manufacturing projects. ... Eyeballs shifted back to the deal between West Virginia and China Energy on ...

Studies give mixed views on manufacturing
Huntington Herald Dispatch

CHARLESTON - While West Virginia recently ranked poorly on a private sector report grading its manufacturing and logistics sectors, several business ...

Japanese-brand Automakers Demonstrate Strong Commitment to American Workers, Communities
Longview News-Journal

From new manufacturing investments underway in Alabama and West Virginia to technical training initiatives and educational grants, JAMA members ...

China suspends $84B W.Va. gas project, citing tariffs
E&E News

A Chinese power company is holding off on a nearly $84 billion investment in shale gas and chemical manufacturing in West Virginia, citing an ...

Popular Japanese Immersion Camp kicks off
Huntington Herald Dispatch

... Department of Education, Cabell County Schools, and locally based Japanese companies Toyota Motor Manufacturing in West Virginia, of Buffalo; ...

China's $83.7B Plans for West Virginia Shale, PetChem Projects in Jeopardy As Trade War Escalates
Natural Gas Intelligence

Brian Anderson, director of West Virginia University's (WVU) Energy ... underground natural gas liquids storage and chemical manufacturing projects.

ACMA Holds its 18th Consecutive Technical Workshop at International Bridge Conference
Composites Manufacturing Magazine

Another example of successful rehabilitation technology was demonstrated by West Virginia University's Hota GangaRao, Ph.D., P.E., and Ray Liang, ...

LyondellBasell looking to control Braskem; could help W.Va. cracker
Composites Manufacturing Magazine
Chemical giant LyondellBasell Industries and Odebrecht SA, the controlling owner of petrochemicals producer Braskem, said Friday they have entered into exclusive talks for Lyondell to acquire control of Braskem, numerous media reported ...

Chris Stansbury: Tax cuts are feeding economic growth (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Manufacturing, which is particularly important in West Virginia, is booming. Two recently approved natural gas pipelines in the state will create tens of ...

United States

China hits pause on Appalachian energy investment citing trade war concerns
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

He was hoping to be flanked by officials from China Energy Investment Corp. and to watch the crowd's eyes widen as the CEO of the Chinese giant ...

China's $83.7B Plans for West Virginia Shale, PetChem Projects in Jeopardy As Trade War
Natura Gas Intel

As fears over a trade war with the United States loom, executives from China Energy Investment Corp. canceled an appearance they were scheduled to make at an industry conference in Pittsburgh this week ...

Trump to host mining, trade policy roundtable in Duluth
West Fargo Pioneer

DULUTH—President Donald Trump will meet with local mining industry representatives and elected leaders during a formal "roundtable" discussion ...

Intel has paths around Trump's China tariffs, analysts say

(Reuters) - Intel Corp, the world's biggest chipmaker by revenue and a prominent U.S. manufacturer, could avoid the most severe effects of a new list ...

Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs

Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs ... Tariffs are charged on the manufacturing cost, which is about 70 percent of the ... For instance, the RAV4's engines are made in Alabama and transmissions in West Virginia.

Looking At US Trade With China

Dan Ikenson is director of Cato's Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies and joins us now. Mr. Ikenson, thanks for being with us.

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