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Work globally. Live locally.
International and high-tech jobs find a home in West Virginia.

Its verdant beauty, friendly communities and low cost of living make West Virginia an appealing place to live. A growing number of native and transplanted professionals also are finding the Mountain State a rewarding home for their high-tech and international careers.

Workers in West Virginia conduct business with associates in Brazil, Japan, Italy and other formerly distant shores. More than 26,000 West Virginians work for companies from 30 countries.

Among those who have found high tech careers in emerging industries in their native West Virginia include, in the automotive industry: Troy Thomas, Allevard Sogefi USA, Prichard; and Mike Hill, Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc., Williamstown; and in the chemicals industry, Kevin DiGregorio, Chemical Alliance Zone, Charleston; and Glenn Anderson, Kureha PGA LLC., Belle.

Read about these West Virginians who pursue careers with global firms here at home:

WVDO International Mission
During his October 2013 investment mission to Europe, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin met Michael Powell and Robert Morehead. The 2013 graduates of the West Virginia University Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources were in Italy to receive four months of special training from Pietro Fiorentini, a world leader in the production of pressure regulators, valves, and pressure reducing and metering systems for the natural gas industry. A mechanical engineer and a process engineer respectively, Powell and Morehead work in Pietro Fiorentini’s first U.S. production facility, based in Wheeling. The governor cited Powell and Morehead during his 2014 State of the State address. Read More...

Auto career steers back home
Pursuit of a career in automotive manufacturing led Troy Thomas away from his native West Virginia. Now that same career has brought him back home. Thomas manages the West Virginia-based plant of an Italian auto firm. Read More...

New assembly plant takes root
Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc. gave Mike Hill a chance to stay in the Mountain State, use his degree — and marry his West Virginia sweetheart. Read More...

Bringing opportunities home
Inviting chemical companies to make their homes in West Virginia, bringing jobs and creating opportunities, is part of Kevin DiGregorio’s mission. As executive director of the Chemical Alliance Zone, this West Virginia native has worked with attracting global chemical giants such as Kureha and innovative biotechnology startups such as Progenesis. Read More...

Mechanical aptitude leads to engineering career
Glenn Anderson’s father recognized his youngest son’s mechanical aptitude and encouraged him to study engineering. Following that career lead Anderson away from his native Charleston. Now a global company with a breakthrough process brings him back home to West Virginia, again.

West Virginia Development Assistances
West Virginia Development Assistances

Locating a business in West Virginia makes good business sense. It is the reason more than $20 billion worth of new business investments have been made in the state’s economy since 2005.