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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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West Virginia

DEP seeks federal approval of WV water pollution law change
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Rebecca McPhail, president of the Manufacturers Association, said her group was pleased that DEP was seeking federal approval of the language in ...

White House Highlights 'Made In America' Products From Each State

To choose the companies, the White House "asked for suggestions from governors and members of .... Virginia, National Capital Flag Company (Flags) ... West Virginia, Homer Laughlin China Company (Iconic fiesta line of china).

Justice looks to create federal subsidy for hardwood industry
The Inter-Mountain
“In West Virginia, our trees are cleaning up the atmosphere. ... Justice said in recent years “we've lost all of our furniture manufacturing to China, ...

Northern Panhandle Activity Picking Up in Wake of Shell's Cracker Plans
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

It's feedstock at Eagle Manufacturing, used in safety cans and cabinets and materials-handling items such as parking stops, barricades, dockplates, ...

Oil and gas officials are confident in the industry's bright future
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

“The price of natural gas is approximately $3, and West Virginia gas is ... “The growth of our industry will promote the growth of the manufacturing ...

Northern Panhandle Activity Picking Up in Wake of Shell's Cracker Plans
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

As signs go, Eagle Manufacturing's Joe Eddy sees plenty that tell him the Upper Ohio Valley's economic fortunes are changing. With one ethane ...

RCBI ramps up efforts to help Southern WV
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

RCBI Director Charlotte Weber said the decline in coal production and population loss has made many West Virginians look for work elsewhere, ...

Officials react to last-place ranking for W.Va.
Marietta Times

Officials react to last-place ranking for W.Va. ... “I think folks will find West Virginia to be a fantastic place to live and to work and to do business. ... years and the controversial right-to-work policy that is currently the subject of litigation.

Trump Hints At New Limits On Steel Imports
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Alliance for American Manufacturing, which represents steelmakers and the steelworkers union, supports new restrictions on imports. "If we don't ...

Pre-Apprenticeship Partnership Graduates First Class of Students
Modern Machine Shop

In West Virginia, young people are getting a head start on manufacturing careers thanks to a partnership between the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) ...

United States

Factories to baby boomers: Please keep working!
Washington Post

According to the National Association of Manufacturers, the industry will need 3.5 million more factory workers over and above what exists today.

House budget blueprint boosts military, cuts food stamps
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

As proposed by House leaders, tax reform would essentially be deficit neutral, which means cuts to tax rates would be mostly “paid for” by closing ...

The future of the connected car
Manufacturing Global

Automotive companies have their foot on the pedal too. ... There are also regulatory and legal questions, which many manufacturers will need to ...

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