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In June 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. The decision overturned prior precedent and allows a state to impose sales tax on transactions from out-of-state sellers, even if the company has no physical presence in that state. At first glance, the decision appears to be aimed primarily at the evolving e-commerce retail environment; however, it also has significant implications for manufacturers.

mrbee usoParkersburg, W.Va. – Mary Anne Ketelsen, majority owner and chief executive officer of Mister Bee Potato Chips, unveiled the design of a special new five-ounce potato chip bag saluting Veterans. Additionally, Ketelsen pledged to donate 10 percent of the purchase price of the designated “Salute Our Veterans” bags to United Service Organizations (USO) to assist Veterans and their families.

“Veterans should be honored every day and not just one day in November each year,” said Ketelsen. “We are proud to announce this campaign to show our deep respect and appreciation for the women and men who have served our country.”

Ketelsen said West Virginia’s only potato chip company will produce 250,000 bags with the “Salute Our Veterans” design, which could generate as much as $50,000 for the USO. She added, “We are confident our loyal customers, as well as managers of outlets who sell our products, will enthusiastically support this initiative to show our commitment to caring for our Veterans.”

In some circles, “plastic” has become an almost verboten term because of growing concerns about waste. But addressing waste around the globe while growing West Virginia’s economy are not mutually exclusive goals.

West Virginia’s abundant resources in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions make us the ideal engine for growth in the petrochemical industry, and the federal government recognizes it.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Tax Foundation is reporting that West Virginia’s overall business tax structure is showing signs of improving fairness, but some unique taxes are making it difficult for manufacturers to compete.