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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.

Opportunity:

Reporting to the President, this position is open due to growth and expanding market opportunity. This is a key transformational role with career growth opportunity. This is a unique opportunity for a seasoned operations leader to apply their developed skills and experience to raise the manufacturing capability of this multi-site manufacturing organization. We seek an experienced leader and builder who can collaboratively engage and lead a multisite workforce in an energized transformation environment.

This candidate will be responsible for all production operations for a growing multi- site operation. Key to this role will be leading continuous improvement activities and culture transformation across the business. As an experienced operations leader, they will be integral to providing direction, coordination, coaching, and counseling at the organizations production locations. The organization is continuing to add new sites as they expand.

State Journal
March 6, 2017

By: Rebecca McPhail, president, WV Manufacturers Association

Rebecca McPhail is president of the WVMA, a role she has held since 2013. She previously served as the president of Vision Shared as well as the assistant vice president of development at Marshall University, among other positions. She resides in Huntington.

Natural gas use across the United States has seen a dramatic increase in recent years. According to the 2017 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, a report produced by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the U.S. has experienced a 79 percent surge in shale gas extraction since 2011 and a 12 percent jump in total gas production over the past five years. As the Factbook reports, “natural gas is now the number one source of power in the U.S., contributing 34 percent of the electricity mix in 2016, up from only 22 percent in 2007.”


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