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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 attorney general backs right-to-work law

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has appealed a judge's ruling blocking the state's new right-to-work law from taking ...

Back in the saddle for tax reform bill, despite critical fiscal note
West Virginia MetroNews

Back in the saddle for tax reform bill, despite critical fiscal note ... look at a fiscal note examining the effects of proposed tax reform in West Virginia.

W.VaManufacturers Association Launches WVMA Cares Initiative
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

The West Virginia Manufacturers Association is launching a new community support program aimed at making a positive impact on communities in the ...

West Virginia Wire Company Has Big Presence in Arizona
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

West Virginia Wire Company Has Big Presence in Arizona ... Service Wire has manufacturing, factory warehouses and sales offices in Culloden, West ...

Benefits of Shale Gas in Appalachia Provide Promise For the Future
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

The Marcellus Shale creates a distinct competitive advantage for West Virginia manufacturers in the global marketplace. This and other shale plays ...

Adjustments ahead for tax reform bill, committee chairman says
West Virginia MetroNews

Adjustments ahead for tax reform bill, committee chairman says ... He also said West Virginia University or Marshall University might be able to study ...

Ready for another WV tax reform plan? The House has one cooking
West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — While the state Senate's Select Committee on Tax Reform goes back to the drawing board for its proposal to eliminate the ...

Eagle announces staff changes
The Daily Times

WELLSBURG — Officials with Eagle Manufacturing Co. of Wellsburg have announced the promotion of Steve Roberts to national sales manager and ...

How the economy of West Virginia has changed over the past 25 years
Washington Post

To hear Donald Trump tell it, Americans hold one of three jobs: They work in manufacturing, they work as coal miners or they do something else.

Steve White: Pipeline projects will create plenty of good jobs (Gazette)
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

West Virginia has been hit especially hard, shedding more industrial jobs since August 2015 than it has at any point since the end of the recession.

Carpenter Technology completes $35M acquisition of West Virginia manufacturer
Lehigh Valley Business

Operations will continue at Puris' existing production site in West Virginia. The facility will operate as a functional unit of Carpenter Powder Products.

West Virginia House votes to revise water pollution limits

The change has long been sought by the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, which says it will help redevelopment of vacant industrial ...

Daily Mail editorial: EPA standards should be good enough for WV
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

The West Virginia Manufacturers Association rightly believes that ... West Virginia's business environment, then new job creation possibilities will ...

United States

Business Leader: 'Made in the USA' Rebirth on the Way
CBN News

"I'm very optimistic," Drew Greenblatt, chair of the National Association of Manufacturers, told CNBC's "On The Money." "We're going to see an ...

GM and Honda Announce Executive Leadership and Board of Directors for Fuel Cell System ...
EIN News (press release)

Kosaka was president & CEO of Honda of America Mfg., Inc., responsible for .... of the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers.

China mulls cutting its electric car production quota
Christian Science Monitor

March 7, 2017 —Eight weeks ago, China seemed to be preparing to loosen its famously strict car-manufacturing rules for foreign makers.

ExxonMobil plans $20 bn investment to expand manufacturing in US
Business Standard

ExxonMobil plans $20 bn investment to expand manufacturing in US ... and chemical manufacturing projects in the US Gulf Coast region to expand its ...

Primary metals manufacturing has lost 84000 jobs over last decade

Last year, primary metals manufacturing lost 8,600 jobs, a decline of 2.2 percent. The subsector has lost 27,100 jobs since 2014, a decline of 6.7 ...

How 'Made in the USA' can see a renaissance, and what will (and won't) change

Greenblatt, chair of the National Association of Manufacturers and president of Baltimore-based Marlin Steel Wire Products, pointed to policies that ...

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