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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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Daily Mail editorial: Listen to the job creators to improve West Virginia
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

It's no secret what condition the state of West Virginia is in. ... prosperity and improved manufacturing related to shale-gas byproducts, and agreeing ...

What to Make of the West Virginia Senate's Ambitious Tax Overhaul Legislation
Tax Foundation

West Virginia has at least three. Facing a revenue shortfall and a widely-held conviction that reforming the state's tax code could increase the state's ...

Rebecca R. McPhail: Safe regulations don't negate economic competitiveness
Huntington Herald Dispatch

The West Virginia Manufacturers Association, the West Virginia Coal Association, the West Virginia Farm Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce and ...

Oil and gas industry rallies at Capitol as time runs down on key bills
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

“We're at a crossroads in West Virginia,” said Rebecca McPhail, president of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association. “Time is short, and we urge ...

Governor Justice is not a fan of legislative tax reform proposals
West Virginia MetroNews

This version includes a tax on groceries, eliminated in West Virginia four years ago. A Senate Finance subcommittee started looking at the bill today.

Action Kicks Up In West Virginia Legislature
Wheeling Intelligencer

The bill is among many moving in the West Virginia Legislature as lawmakers' ... SB 335 would repeal West Virginia's 6-percent sales tax and its personal ... The bill has been approved by the Select Committee on Tax Reform, and is ...

Proposed West Virginia tax changes worry businesses
Parkersburg News

The consumption tax on sales would make West Virginia the highest ... out of committee Monday by the Senate Select Committee on Tax Reform.

Weirton manufacturing companies get loan help from state agency
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Two manufacturing companies are planning to jump-start operations in Weirton with help from the West Virginia Economic Development Authority.

Ply Gem Receives West Virginia Governor's Award for Energy Efficiency
LBM Journal

Ply Gem Building Products and its West Virginia manufacturing facilities received the West Virginia Governor's Award for Excellence in Industrial ...

Bill Clarifying Right-to-Work Law Passes in House
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

It would make changes to the West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act, or the state's right-to-work law. The debate over whether West Virginia should be .

United States

NCTO to discuss state of the US textile industry
Innovation in Textiles

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) annual meeting will take place on ... The Yarn Council represents domestic yarn manufacturers.

API data show US crude supplies up 4.5 million barrels: sources

The American Petroleum Institute late Tuesday reported a climb of 4.5 million barrels in U.S. crude supplies for the week ended March 17, according to ...

Apple Pushes to Bring Manufacturing Jobs to the US
iDrop News

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world's largest contract chipmaker and a major Apple supplier, has announced that ...

Unleashing 3D Printing on Automotive Manufacturing

The world's first 3D-printed car made a huge impact at IMTS 2014, leading many to wonder when we'd start to see additive manufacturing on factory ...

Industry divided over future of US conflict minerals rule
Chemical Watch (subscription)

Companies and industries affected by the US conflict minerals rule have different ... And the American Chemistry Council (ACC) submitted comments ...

If the US wants high-end manufacturing jobs, the US needs imports

Two of Trump's main economic talking points are increasing the number of well-paid manufacturing jobs and cutting back on imports. But many of the ...

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