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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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Despite Uptick,...

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West Virginia

Despite Uptick, Long-Term Future for Coal is Unclear, According to West VirginiaUniversity Study
Wheeling Intelligencer

A new West Virginia University study predicts Mountain State coal production to grow slightly this year before eventually falling. WHEELING — U.S. ...

DEP issues flow prescription allowing recreational releases for "The Dries"
Beckley Register-Herald

The hydro facility generates power for West Virginia Manufacturing. Originally issued in December 1987, the current license was set to expire Dec.

Long-term future for coal unclear
The Inter-Mountain

If he brings back jobs in factories and manufacturing, that will increase ... According to Raney, West Virginia coal companies produced about 25.6 ...

Finally, a right to move — and to compete — in West Virginia
Washington Examiner

Finally, a right to move — and to compete — in West Virginia ... My business — the freedom to do the workI have chosen — is an important part of who ...

West Virginia Delegate Pat McGeehan Wants 'Bill Of Rights' For Taxes
Wheeling Intelligencer

His planned measure comes just weeks after multiple bills aimed at tax reform in the state were rejected during a special session of the West Virginia ...

AK Steel to Purchase Precision Partners Holding Company
Marketwired (press release)

AK Steel to Purchase Precision Partners Holding Company ... WEST CHESTER, OH--(Marketwired - Jul 3, 2017) - AK Steel ( NYSE : AKS) .... Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia) and one tube plant in Mexico.

US Factories See Growth in Orders, Production, Employment
Hartford Courant

chemical company said its business globally "continues to show improvement." U.S. factories have largely recovered from a slump in late 2015 and ...

Thai company moves ahead with land purchase for petrochemical plant
The Columbus Dispatch

PTT Global Chemical of Thailand bought the 168-acre site in Belmont County ... and Utica shale formations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Heated words continue over higher education funding
West Virginia MetroNews

Armstead wrote, “I have always had the greatest respect for the office of the Governor of West Virginia. I have had the honor to work in that office for ...

Report: Two million more natural gas jobs by 2040
The Daily Times

In West Virginia, the numbers were nearly 36,000 jobs resulting in almost $2.6 ... The study shows there were about 4 million natural gas industry jobs ...

STEM teachers finish week of visits to industries
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

Earlier in the week, they visited Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Dow Chemical, Appalachian Power and TransCanada. On Friday, June 30, ...

Letter: Federal tax code needs reformed (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Recently I contacted U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin urging him to work toward federal tax reform and to focus on it sooner than later. For West Virginia and the ...

Natural Gas Jobs Could Continue Climbing in Ohio, West Virginia
Wheeling Intelligencer

Natural Gas Jobs Could Continue Climbing in Ohio, West Virginia ... pipelining, processing, abstracting, manufacturing and other fields, natural gas ...

United States

Study paints a strong picture of US manufacturing scene
Packaging World

The Ball State study paints a positive picture of the state of manufacturing in the U.S. ... We are proud to stand with NAM and support the legislation.

Brunell: Abundant natural gas propels US businesses
The Columbian

The American Chemistry Council credits the surge in natural gas production with reversing the fortunes of our country's plastics industry. Companies ...

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