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safety2020awardFrom left, WVMA President Rebecca McPhail is joined by Dale Stemple of Viatris and Dana Burns of Potesta for the presentation to Viatris of the annual Encova and WVMA Safety Award.CHARLESTON, 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 December 1 in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

The 2020 Encova and WVMA Safety Award was presented to Viatris Inc. (NASDAQ: VTRS), located in Morgantown, a new kind of global health care company formed through the combination of Mylan and Pfizer’s Upjohn business, whose mission it is to empower patients worldwide to live heathier at every stage of life. 

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.