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The West Virginia Manufacturers Association is transforming its annual conference to reflect modern trends in their industry.

What formerly was known as the Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference now will take place as the 2022 Manufacturing and Energy Growth Summit, or MEGS. The WVMA will hold this annual conference in Wheeling for the first time, giving attendees the opportunity to visit the Northern Panhandle. 

MEGS will take place May 2-3, 2022, at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s manufacturing community is applauding the West Virginia Legislature for removing a longstanding ban on nuclear power in the Mountain State. Senate Bill 4, which repeals the nuclear ban, passed the full Legislature last week and was signed into law yesterday by Governor Jim Justice. 

“The WVMA and our members long have supported a diverse energy portfolio in West Virginia,” said Rebecca McPhail, president of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association. “As one of the nation’s leading producers of energy, our state has a rich history of powering the region. Repealing the ban on nuclear development provides the Mountain State with an opportunity to expand our energy portfolio in the future.”

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Manufacturers Association is eager for the state’s newest appellate court to begin its work now that Gov. Jim Justice has named the slate of initial appointees to the bench.

“Creation of the West Virginia Intermediate Appellate Court long has been a goal of ours, and we are excited to see that Governor Justice has named three judges who are known to be exceedingly fair and balanced,” WVMA President Rebecca McPhail said.

The Intermediate Appellate Court will have three judges who are appointed to staggered terms. Justice appointed Tom Scarr of Cabell County to the two-year seat; Kanawha County lawyer Dan Greear has been appointed to the four-year seat; and Donnell Nickerson of Ohio County has been appointed to the initial six-year seat.

“Having this new avenue for appellate proceedings means West Virginia will join the vast majority of states that have a special court to review decisions from trial courts and various administrative agencies,” McPhail said. “Having this mid-level appellate court ready to handle administration appeals means our Supreme Court will be able to focus on those issues of utmost importance in the legal system.”

2021EncovaSafetyAward copyWHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Encova Insurance, in partnership with the West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA), presented the annual Encova and WVMA Safety Award during the WVMA Winter Convention and Annual Meeting, held December 7 in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

The 2021 Encova and WVMA Safety Award was presented to J.H. Fletcher & Co. of Huntington. The company is one of the top global producers of custom underground mining equipment and has provided engineering and manufacturing solutions since 1937. 

Lisa Hamrick, senior business development manager at Encova, presented the safety award to J.H. Fletcher & Co. during the Encova Safety Award Luncheon at the WVMA Winter Convention.

“It is a great honor for us to present this award in partnership with WVMA,” Hamrick said. “At Encova, we are aware that a culture of workplace safety requires education, commitment and dedication from the employer. This award is our way of recognizing those employers who choose to make safety paramount.”

Fletcher CEO Greg Hinshaw accepted the award, joined by company President and Vice Chairman Rod Duncan, and Dave Cooper, retired vice president of risk management.