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  • 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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WVMA Praises Major Auto Industry Investments in State

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA) is celebrating the combined $215 million investments announced by automobile manufactures Hino and Toyota ...

West Virginia prepares for manufacturing jobs spurred by shale gas
On August 3, President Trump, who won big in West Virginia — 67.9 percent of the vote vs. Hillary Clinton’s 26.2 percent — held a campaign-style rally at the 9,000-person Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, West Virginia ...

Daily Mail editorial: Vote for the road bond and demand government accountability
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Wrote Rebecca McPhail, president of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association: “West Virginia ranks near the bottom — 46th — for its percentage of ...

Economic roadmap for West Virginia pushed
Miami Herald

An outside study identified natural gas production and storage, plastics and chemical manufacturing, cybersecurity, higher-end tourism and ...

Toyota to retool for hybrid axle production
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Fred Pace/Herald-Dispatch Leah Curry, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, announces Toyota's first American-made hybrid ...

Toyota making more than $115 million investment at Buffalo facility

BUFFALO, WV (WCHS/WVAH) — Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia announced it will be making a $115.3 million investment to produce the ...

UPDATE: Hino officials, Gov. Justice to attend local news conference Wednesday evening
The News Center

Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. currently operates a truck-manufacturing facility in Williamstown, W.Va., and there has long been speculation ...

M&G Polymers to cease production for lack of funding

APPLE GROVE, WV (WCHS/WVAH) — M&G Polymers has informed the Mason ... According to Mauro Fenoglio, Global Manufacturing Director of M&G ... the chemical plant in Apple Grove, West Virginia, will be effectively shut down, ...

Mooney: Lower it and they will come
Martinsburg Journal

MARTINSBURG — One way to boost West Virginia and other state's ... As both houses of Congress gear up to again take on tax reform, Mooney, in a ...

Shale boom foundation for WV's new manufacturing economy
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

It is, in very real terms, the foundation for West Virginia's new manufacturing economy. This economy has the potential to lift the state out from under a ...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Hints Trump Has Plans For West Virginia
Wheeling Intelligencer

Justice said he and Perry spoke of a natural gas manufacturing hub “that's going to fall right in (West Virginia's) lap,” ways to help the coal industry and ...

Economists see slower growth for US than Trump does

... in 2017 to 2.2%," said NABE vice president-elect Kevin Swift, who is chief economist and managing director for the American Chemistry Council.

Tri-State facility envisioned to boost aerospace industry
Huntington Herald Dispatch

"This grant is a major step in launching a regional aerospace manufacturing industry in southern West Virginia," Weber said. "Our area's existing ...

Using Right to Work to Sell W.Va. to Job Creators
Wheeling Intelligencer

Finally. Nearly 15 months after the West Virginia Legislature passed the West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act, we can finally say that West Virginia is .

After South Korea trip, WV companies concerned about Trump ending trade deal
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

But South Korea has been a strong market of late for Eagle Manufacturing, Oliu said, with plenty of industrial companies looking for the safety, spill ...

RCBI lands grant for aerospace training center
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

“This grant is a major step in launching a regional aerospace manufacturing industry in southern West Virginia,” Weber said in the release. “Our area's ...

Jason Huffman: Tax reform will restore opportunity to W.Va. (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

All too often these days, national news stories that mention West Virginia will invariably include the words “hopelessness” and “despair.” The Mountain ...

New company planning $73M synthetic fuel plant in Greenbrier County
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Serving as counsel for PPD of WV One, Amy Condaras of Spilman, Thomas & Battle, said the companyalready has purchased land in Greenbrier ...

Thrasher takes aim at business tax
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

Thrasher says the tax is one of the core issues that makes West Virginia ... The state needs comprehensive and revenue-neutral tax reform that ...

United States

Trump To Address Manufacturer Association on Sept. 29
Transport Topics Online

President Donald Trump was due to address the National Association of Manufacturers on Sept. 29, and discuss tax reform in a bid to boost economic ..

End of the road for the auto industry? Yes and no
The Adelaide Review

automotive manufacturers to close its doors, bringing a proud history of automotive manufacturing to an end. The closure of an entire industry is rare in ...

Association encourages manufacturers to promote Manufacturing Day events
Crow River Media

The National Association of Manufacturers encourages businesses or organizations that are planning a Manufacturing Day event to register the event ...

US OSHA, chemical makers focus on diisocyanates
Chemical & Engineering News

The effort by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration and the American Chemistry Council, an industry trade association, would raise ...

Jack Ma says stop looking for manufacturing jobs
China Economic Review

Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma said people should stop looking to manufacturing to drive economic growth. Ma called on leaders to embrace the promise ..

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