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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.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA) is celebrating the combined $215 million investments announced by automobile manufactures Hino and Toyota.

Wednesday evening, Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. announced it will make a $100 million investment to expand its truck manufacturing and assembly operations in West Virginia, relocate its operations from Williamstown to the former Coldwater Creek facility in Mineral Wells. 

And Tuesday, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia announced a $115.3 million expansion of their operations to produce the company’s first American-made hybrid transaxles at the company’s plant in Putnam County.

“This has been a banner week for manufacturing in the Mountain State,” said WVMA President Rebecca McPhail. “To have two world-class automobile manufacturers choosing to invest in West Virginia is proof positive that we can provide the workforce and business climate that manufacturers want.”

Both companies have 2020 as the target date to begin operations on their newest investments.

On August 3, President Trump, who won big in West Virginia — 67.9 percent of the vote vs. Hillary Clinton’s 26.2 percent — held a campaign-style rally at the 9,000-person Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, West Virginia.

“As you have seen, I have kept my promise as President,” he told attendees.

“We are putting our coal miners back to work. We have ended the war on beautiful, clean coal. We have stopped the EPA intrusion. American coal exports are already up.”

The West Virginia Manufacturers Association honored three legislators as Champions of Industry during its annual All-State Legislative Meeting Sept. 18. From left, Delegate Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, Senator Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, WVMA President Rebecca McPhail and Delegate Mark Zatezalo, R-Hancock.CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA) hosted its third annual all-state legislative meeting Monday and highlighted the work of three legislators as Champions of Industry.

Senator Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, and Delegates Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, and Mark Zatezalo, R-Hancock, were named WVMA Champions of Industry for promoting policies that are conducive to manufacturing.

“The WVMA is pleased to recognize the commitment of our Champions of Industry to the development of policy that fosters an environment of manufacturing growth,” said WVMA President Rebecca McPhail. “Each legislator stood out in their desire to learn about and understand key industry issues, and champion these causes.”

In West Virginia, location is a key selling point for manufacturing companies that want easy access to eastern markets and east coast shipping channels. Yet location means little if roads and bridges are not well maintained or modernized.

West Virginia ranks near the bottom — 46th — for its percentage of structurally deficient bridges. Infrastructure improvements must be made now so we can maintain and grow the manufacturing sector.