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 “Senator Swope's deep-rooted commitment to promoting economic growth in West Virginia is truly commendable. His extensive experience in the business world has translated into effective policymaking that bolsters our state's manufacturing industry, creating jobs and strengthening our economy,” McPhail said. “Delegate Anderson's leadership as chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Manufacturing has been instrumental in shaping West Virginia's manufacturing landscape. His tireless efforts to bridge the gap between education and industry have resulted in innovative programs that prepare our workforce for the challenges of the 21st century.”

Swope's journey into public service began with a focus on economic development. As a longtime business leader, he built a successful company specializing in commercial and industrial building projects with multiple locations across West Virginia. Now retired from business, his entrepreneurial spirit and profound understanding of the manufacturing sector have been invaluable assets during his time in the West Virginia Senate. 

“Senator Swope's legislative service has been marked by numerous achievements. His dedication to supporting the growth of existing manufacturers and nurturing an environment conducive to innovation has set a remarkable example for his peers,” McPhail said. 

Anderson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from both the education and legislative sectors. His background as a retired educator has uniquely positioned him to advocate for the intersection of education and manufacturing, fostering a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the industry's evolving demands.

"Delegate Anderson's advocacy for energy stability and security has positioned West Virginia as a leader in the energy sector, opening new doors for manufacturers and contributing to the state's efforts to create a diverse energy economy.”

McPhail said both Swope and Anderson have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their respective roles, driving West Virginia's manufacturing sector to new heights. Their dedication to economic growth, job creation, and innovation aligns with the mission of the WVMA, making them deserving recipients of the 2023 Champion of Industry Awards.