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mfg day2019CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Manufacturers Association is celebrating National Manufacturing Day, October 4, 2019, by highlighting how important the industry is to our state and national economy.

“Our manufacturing activity in West Virginia accounts for more than 10 percent of our state’s gross state product, and we employ nearly 50,000 people,” said WVMA President Rebecca McPhail. “On National Manufacturing Day, it’s a great chance for us to remember how important it is support goods made in West Virginia and to advocate for policies that allow for job growth.”

championwvma2019CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Manufacturers Association has honored legislators and industry professionals with its Champions of Industry awards.

“Each year, we honor those who recognize the importance of manufacturing to West Virginia’s economy,” said WVMA President Rebecca McPhail. “West Virginia manufacturers have to weather the highs and lows of market demand and other economic factors that can make it incredibly challenging to remain competitive. Fostering a policy environment that keeps us on a level playing field is vital, and we are grateful for the progressive leadership of those we have honored tonight.”

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.