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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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Coal CEO expected White House help; Trump administration said no

Without FirstEnergy's plants burning his coal, Murray said his own company would be forced ... 3 conversation in Huntington, West Virginia, he said.

Northern Holds Oil and Gas Industry Seminar
Wetzel Chronicle

West Virginia Northern Community College's New Martinsville campus ... HIippensteel explained that most in the industry work a 12-hour schedule, ...

Eleven Graduate from Machining Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Women
Modern Machine Shop

The Step Up program, a partnership between West Virginia Women Work and ... The Step Up for Women Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship ...

Guest editorial (Huntington): Region needs to get serious about skills training (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky all have strong community and technical college networks, but too few students take advantage of those training ...

Striking a balance in Marcellus development
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

However, if we are not careful, West Virginia could miss out on the ... as the base stock for the plastics, chemical and various manufacturing industries. ... According to The State Journal, natural gas productionin West Virginia is not ...

US Rep. advocates for ethane storage
The Daily Times

WHEELING — Steel materials once made in the Ohio Valley are now giving way to ... Va., is among members of West Virginia's congressional delegation ... A final investment decision by PTT Global Chemical on whether to build an ...

Constellium Announces Plans To Move US Offices To Baltimore
Morningside Maryland Site (press release) (blog)

According to the company's website, it operates a total of 24 manufacturing locations, including its Ravenswood Plant in West Virginia, which houses ...

US Rep. Evan Jenkins Advocates For Ethane Storage Hub In The Mountain State
Wheeling Intelligencer

During a recent stop in the Northern Panhandle, he toured the Eagle Manufacturing Co. in Wellsburg, a maker of metal industrial products which now ...

Talbert Manufacturing recognizes top 10 dealers of 2016
Equipment World Magazine

Leslie Equipment Company, of Cowen, West Virginia, is a consistent top Talbert dealer that has provided quality construction, forestry, mining, and oil ...

W.Va.'s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate 4.7 percent in July
Beckley Register-Herald

West Virginia's not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for last month ... Employment decreases included 1,100 in manufacturing; 2,700 in trade, ...

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin staying out of Trump administration

Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, said Friday he will not join the ... and the GOP one more vote for big issues like health care and tax reform.

State leaders gather for listening tour on business, race relations in West Virginia
WTOV Steubenville

WEIRTON, W. Va. — How to bring business to Weirton and the state of race relations in West Virginia were just two of the topics brought up at a ...

United States

Business Groups Court White House Even After CEO Defections
New York Times

The National Association of Manufacturers is leading a campaign to drum up opposition to Mr. Garrett. And the Business Roundtable spoke out ...

EPA Given Additional Time to Ponder Next Steps on Clean Power Plan as Court Grants Another Stay

JD Supra (press release)
Reports from a late-July meeting between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Office of Management and ...

In Solar Trade Dispute, Will Proposed Tariffs Cost Industry Jobs?
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Mark Holohan, solar division manager at Wilson Electric, stands in his company's warehouse outside Phoenix, Ariz. Solar installers say a proposed ...

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