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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

Fairmont Senior High School's Poling named West Virginia Teacher of the Year
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

2017 West Virginia Teacher of the Year Toni Poling, left, receives a ceremonial key to a Toyota Prius from Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia ...

P&G to host information event geared toward women
Herald-Mail Media

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Procter & Gamble will host an information session for women seeking manufacturing careers on Thursday, Feb. 16, from ...

Senator Smith says legislature will work on budget, broadband issues this session
The Parsons Advocate

Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Legislature Senator Randy Smith, ... of the issues facing the 2017 Legislature include the deficit budget, tax reform, ...

Steve Roberts: West Virginia saw job growth in 2016 (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

ManufacturingManufacturers tell us West Virginia's tax structure impedes job creation. The tax on equipment and inventory, which is not charged in ...

Carmichael: Legislature seeks to create atmosphere for jobs growth
The Inter-Mountain

He wants to see West Virginia do away with its income tax-based structure, and shift it toward a consumer sales tax. ... Other needed reforms include additional changes to the judicial system that will make the state's courts more ...

Ohio, W.Va. Senators Hope to Help Steel Industry in the Ohio Valley
Wheeling Intelligencer

“The steel industry is critical to American manufacturing, energy production and national security, and it employs thousands of people in West Virginia ...

W.Va. Legislators: Sales tax hike, no. Close exemptions, yes.
West Virginia MetroNews

The bill would have eliminating the sales tax exemptions on a number of ... Armstead expressed an overriding desire to broaden West Virginia's tax base. ... real way to solve our budgetary issue in the long run is tax reform,” he said.

Legislature expected to slash millions from West Virginia state budget
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

A legislative tax reform task force will look at this fundamental change to how West Virginia ... West Virginia's 1 cent tax generates $15 million, he said.

United States

API estimates awaited as crude settles down weaker in US
Investing.com

At 4:30PM ET (21:30GMT), the American Petroleum Institute will release its estimates of U.S. crude and refined product stockpiles. The figures are ...

Honda and Hitachi Are Forming an Electric Vehicle Motor Company
Fortune

"Producing motors is capital intensive, so rather than just manufacturing ... Hitachi Automotive Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi (hthif) ...

What Will It Take To Bring Back Domestic Manufacturing Jobs?
WUWM

Manufacturing employment has been dropping in the U.S. for nearly four decades. And solutions have been scarce. Scott Paul heads the Alliance for ...

Strong jump in US parts manufacturing jobs
Auto Service World

The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association announced the results of a new study by the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association that ...

Experts say US manufacturers should prepare for tariffs
Trade Only Today

Brian Murphy, national managing partner of State and Local Tax services for ... National Association of Manufacturers chief economist Chad Moutray ...


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