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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.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Barbara Buck has become the first woman to serve as chairman of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA) Board of Directors.

Buck, vice president and plant manager for Covestro’s South Charleston Polyurethane manufacturing facility, was installed as chairman during the WVMA’s June 18 board meeting.

“It is truly an honor to be named chairman of the WVMA board, and it’s an even bigger honor to hold the distinction of being the first female chairman,” Buck said. “Manufacturing is such an important part of the West Virginian economy and way of life, and I am excited to bring my passion to this position as I continue to support the WVMA and its goals for the industry.”

A few weeks ago, we told you how manufacturers had stepped up to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The #CreatorsRespond effort has helped our first responders and health care workers meet the unpredictable demands of managing an unprecedented viral threat. Thanks to careful guidance from health care experts, herculean efforts by our care-giving community and responsible behavior from a majority of citizens, West Virginia is able to open back up for business.