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First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin (left), Pietro Fiorentini engineers Michael Powell and Robert Morehead and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on the night of the governor’s 2014 State of the State address in Charleston.

During his October 2013 investment mission to Europe, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin met Michael Powell (second from left) and Robert Morehead (second from right). 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.

Excerpt from Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s State of the State address, Jan 8, 2014

“For example, in October, I led a 13-day investment mission to Europe with stops in Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.  As you know, jobs are my number one priority. I will go anywhere and meet with anyone to bring good paying jobs to West Virginia."

“During that trip my team met with a number of prospects—several have committed to investing in West Virginia.  One of the highlights of this trip was my stop at Pietro Fiorentini in Italy." 

“During my visit, I met with Robert Moorhead of Bridgeport and Michael Powell of Parkersburg, both recent WVU engineering grads hired by the company to help run its West Virginia operations.  They were in Italy as a part of their 4-month training program.  These two young men are living examples of why we made our trip and why we make job opportunities our highest priority.  Robert and Michael are two young West Virginians who have worked hard, earned degrees in engineering, and are now using their education to create good paying jobs here in the Mountain State."

“My thanks goes out to the Italian company for placing its trust in West Virginia and West Virginians like Robert and Michael who are with us here in the chamber this evening." 

“Robert and Michael, you are our future.  Gentleman, please stand so we may thank you for showing the world that West Virginians can compete."

See more of Gov. Tomblin’s complete State of the State address