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WVMA ChampionsPic 2020From left, WVMA President Rebecca McPhail and Jeff Fritz of Chemours present Delegate Moore Capito, R-Kanawha, with the 2020 WVMA Legislative Champion award.CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Manufacturers Association honored legislators and industry professionals Nov. 17 with its Champions of Industry awards.

“Each year, we honor those who recognize the importance of manufacturing to West Virginia’s economy,” WVMA President Rebecca McPhail said. “This year is especially challenging for business and industry, but manufacturers innovate, adapt and respond to the needs of our communities during challenging times. Fostering a policy environment that keeps us on a level playing field is more important than ever in the Mountain State, and we are grateful for the leadership and commitment of those we honored tonight.”

Statewide Candidates 

  • Jim Justice (R) – Governor
  • Patrick Morrisey (R) – Attorney General
  • Mac Warner (R) – Secretary of State
  • J.B. McCuskey (R) – State Auditor

West Virginia Senate Candidates

  • Ryan Weld (R) – District 1
  • Mike Maroney (R) – District 2
  • Donna Boley (R) – District 3
  • Amy Grady (R) – District 4
  • Chandler Swope (R) – District 6
  • Rupert “Rupie” Phillips (R) – District 7
  • Jack Woodrum (R) – District 10
  • Robert Karnes (R) – District 11
  • Patrick Martin (R) – District 12
  • Randy Smith (R) – District 14
  • Craig Blair (R) – District 16
  • Patricia Rucker (R) – District 16

Celebrated annually on the first Friday in October, National Manufacturing Day shines a light on modern manufacturing careers by encouraging companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders.  Things may look different this year due to COVID-19 but that is even more reason to share the importance of manufacturing in today’s world.  

West Virginia manufacturing companies were deemed essential businesses during the global pandemic and quickly responded to calls for personal protection equipment, hand sanitizers and other critical supplies.  “WVMA companies continued their important work during this unprecedented time and stepped up when they were needed most.  We salute you every day but especially on National Manufacturing Day,” said WVMA President Rebecca McPhail.

The WVMA encourages you to share your stories and engage with future creators!  Please post on your social media platforms today, and throughout October, about the cool things your company is doing to further manufacturing in West Virginia.  

Use #WVMA, #MFGDay20 and #CreatorsWanted in all your posts.

GovernorJusticeCHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginians for Manufacturing Jobs (WVMJ) PAC, in consultation with the West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA), announces its endorsement of Gov. Jim Justice for reelection in the 2020 General Election.

“Governor Justice took swift action in response to the COVID-19 crisis. He recognized the necessity of manufacturing as an essential industry in response to COVID, which allowed West Virginia’s manufacturers to respond to critical needs during these challenging times,” said WVMA President Rebecca McPhail. “He quickly assembled a responsive crisis team, and they all have worked tirelessly to adapt to the changing landscape of the pandemic.”

She said Justice and his team have continued working to protect the health and safety of West Virginians while keeping the economic engine of the state running. 

“The leadership of Governor Justice is what we need to move West Virginia forward in the coming years,” McPhail said.

In addition to governor, the WV Manufacturing Jobs PAC endorsed 63 candidates in West Virginia Senate, House of Delegates and Board of Public Works races. For information, contact Rebecca McPhail at (304) 767-5189.