West Virginia Governor Tomblin Releases March Edge Business Report

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin releases the West Virginia Edge Business Report, highlighting the state’s economic progress. The March 2015 report features projects and announcements from businesses, both large and small, that play a critical role in the Mountain State’s continued economic growth.

West Virginia Edge Business Report

Hino Motors announces $8 million expansion in Wood County
Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc. plans to invest up to $8 million in its truck assembly plant in Williamstown. The company will add 30,000 square feet to the existing structure, as well as a dedicated training facility and a stand-alone quality control testing center. The expansion is expected to eventually add up to 50 new employees to the company’s current 225 workforce. Construction is scheduled for completion in fall 2015.

Hino received approval to lease adjoining property owned by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority (WVEDA). The WVEDA approved the lease during its March meeting. The property consists of 11.8 acres. The lease runs through March 31, 2018 and includes an option to buy. Hino will make property improvements such as adding parking spaces, moving light poles and building a berm between the facility and the adjacent neighborhood.

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Metals company to open facility in Wood County
Sunshine Metals plans to open a 30,000-square foot processing facility in Davisville. The multi-million dollar project is expected to create seven to 10 jobs.

Sunshine Metals will process aluminum to be used in aircraft manufacturing.

The Davisville site is part of the West Virginia Polymer Alliance Zone (PAZ). A membership organization, PAZ includes both polymer and related industries. PAZ has one of the highest concentrations of high-technology, specialty and engineering polymers production in the world.

Sunshine Metals is a leading global supplier of specialty metals and custom supply channel services for advanced technology application in the aerospace and marine industries. In addition to the Davisville facility, the company has operations in California, Kansas and Louisiana.

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Sistersville Tank Works breaks ground for new plant in Pleasants County
Sistersville Tank Works hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 40,000-square-foot plant in the Pleasants County Industrial Center. Construction is scheduled for completion by July 2015. The expansion facility is expected to initially create 30 new jobs. Sistersville Tank Works will continue operations at its original site in Tyler County, where it employs 50 workers.

"We looked at a lot of different areas and a lot of different plant sites," says Assistant Plant Manager Jason Morgan. "We finally chose this because of the good customer base, good employee base, access to the river and access to the interstate. We ship large items, so it helps to be able to transport."

Sistersville Tank Works got its start in 1894 producing oil field boilers, tanks and pressure vessels for the growing oil and gas industry. Today the company manufactures custom ASME pressure vessels, tanks, and heat exchangers for domestic and international customers in the chemical, oil, power generation pharmaceutical industries.

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WVDO International plans trade mission to Poland
The West Virginia companies looking for new business opportunities may want to consider exporting to Poland, suggests the West Virginia Development Office International Division.

The International Division and the U.S. Commercial Service plan a trade mission to Poland, June 22-26, 2015. The mission will be led by the state International Division and the U.S. Commercial Service. The event is open to all industry sectors, including clean coal technology, mining equipment, industrial products, medical equipment, information technologies, green building materials, consumer goods and more. Deadline to apply for the mission is April 30.

As part of its services, the West Virginia International Division can assist businesses with prearranged meetings with qualified prospective clients, agents, distributors and other contacts in their markets

The International Division is currently recruiting for or in the planning stages for more shows and missions abroad in 2015, including:

  • Canadian Institute of Mining Expo, May 9 – 13, Montreal, Canada
  • Trade Winds Business Development Conference and Trade Mission, September. South Africa
  • Coal and Mining Expo, October. China
  • Trade Mission, November, Japan

Check the website worldtradewv.org for updates or contact the West Virginia Development Office at 304-558-2234.

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EPA names Berkeley County company among top performing Energy Star plants
Essroc Cement Corporation is among the 70 companies across the country recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for superior energy performance in 2014. Two Essroc locations — Martinsburg, West Virginia, and Nazareth, Pennsylvania — are among seven first-time honorees.

The companies achieved Energy Star certification by advancing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The certified plants are independently verified on an annual basis to have reached the top 25 percent of energy performance for their industries nationwide.

Essroc is part of the global Italcementi Group of companies in cement, building materials, related technologies and research. In addition to the cement manufacturing plant in Martinsburg, Essroc operates a masonry warehouse in Huntington and a bulk cement terminal in Nitro, West Virginia.

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