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CHARLESTON, W.Va. As children across West Virginia return to school, state lawmakers are receiving grades for their performance from the state’s manufacturing industry.

AssembleWV, a political advocacy organization affiliated with the West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA), has scored members of the 83rd Legislature for their actions on a several pieces of legislation during the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions. 

“We felt it was important and necessary to establish objective measures for evaluating legislator performance in relation to the mission and goals of AssembleWV and the West Virginia Manufacturers Association,” said Rebecca McPhail, WVMA president. 

Charleston, W.Va. - An ongoing survey conducted by the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) finds that West Virginia manufacturers are in the process of hiring more than 1,000 positions, the majority of which are new jobs. The survey further indicates a high demand for workers in specific areas, such as machining, CNC machining, and welding.

“We were pleased to uncover that our West Virginia manufacturers are hiring – with some companies reporting the need for up to 40 to 50 available new positions,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director and CEO. 

Without a doubt, West Virginia is one of the most important energy producing states in the country. From our world class reserves of coal to our growing output of oil and natural gas, our state has tremendous potential to help our country become energy independent and put West Virginians back to work in family-supporting jobs.

It was not that long ago that pressure from Washington, D.C., attempted to strangle all aspects of energy production and transmission in our state. Trying to keep West Virginia’s energy resources in the ground — for purely political reasons — would have helped to put West Virginians out of work, helped create an unstable state budget and made our state unfriendly to businesses that need reliable, affordable energy.