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Statement from WVMA President Rebecca McPhail on Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement that he is creating a new task force to focus on on downstream manufacturing opportunities in the petrochemical industry and also committed to repealing the property tax on inventory, machinery and equipment:
“The West Virginia Manufacturers Association long has championed the incredible opportunities for our state within the petrochemical industry. We applaud Gov. Jim Justice for creating this new task force and appointing DEP Secretary Austin Caperton as its leader. Secretary Caperton has the knowledge and vision to help West Virginia work with the Trump Administration and navigate this exciting path forward. The job growth and revenue potential in the petrochemical industry can be a true game-changer for West Virginia, and the WVMA is eager to be part of the conversation. 
At the same time, we are encouraged by the governor’s commitment to repealing the onerous, anti-competitive tax on inventory, machinery and equipment. Repealing this tax is a necessary first step toward growing our manufacturing industry and capitalizing on all the opportunities before us.”

In some circles, “plastic” has become an almost verboten term because of growing concerns about waste. But addressing waste around the globe while growing West Virginia’s economy are not mutually exclusive goals.

West Virginia’s abundant fossil resources in the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions make us the ideal engine for growth in the petrochemical industry, and the federal government recognizes it.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Manufacturers Association is applauding Cyclops Industries on its 60th anniversary.

“It’s such an incredible accomplishment when a home-grown business like Cyclops Industries can reach 60 years in business,” said WVMA President Rebecca McPhail. “This incredible company has a global business, and we’re proud to have them right here in the Kanawha Valley.”

Cyclops Industries Inc. was founded in 1959 by Gene LeRoy with 13 patents while he was employed at Union Carbide. Located in South Charleston, the company can ship anywhere worldwide.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Manufacturers Association is optimistic about public education in the Mountain State’s following full legislative passage of a comprehensive reform package.

The West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates have approved a compromise bill, House Bill 206, that provides pay raises and other financial incentives for teachers along with paving the way for a more localized approach to delivering public education and providing additional school choice options.