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For manufacturers of chemical or polymer products, West Virginia offers the right work force. There are over 131,000 people working in West Virginia, and counties in adjacent states, who have the skills most in demand. Businesses will find over 45,000 workers in key occupations like machinery operation; over 35,000 workers in industrial and machinery maintenance; and 10,300 chemists, engineers and related technicians.

Workers with the Skills Needed by the Chemical and Polymer Manufacturing Industry

Occupational Title Number Working in WV’s Labor Shed
Chemical plant and system operators 660
Chemical equipment operators and tenders 427
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 2,791
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 7,607
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 2,063
Machine feeders and off bearers 3,548
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1,870
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 5,786
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 40
Maintenance and repair workers, general 32,505
Maintenance Workers, Machinery 2,912
Packers and Packagers, Hand 20,326
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 18,853
Mechanical Engineers 3,128
Chemical Engineers 367
Chemical Technicians 1,119
Chemists 784
Industrial Engineers 2,980
Industrial Engineering Technicians 979
Mechanical Engineering Technicians 570
Engineering Technicians, All Other 443
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production and Operating Workers 17,951
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Helpers, Laborers and Material Movers 3,702
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistic; Workforce West Virginia; other states’ bureaus of workforce statistics.

West Virginia has the nation’s second-lowest employee turnover rate across all industries, and has the nation’s lowest rate for manufacturing industries. This loyal, dedicated workforce means lower recruitment and training costs and bigger bottom lines.

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Advanced training and technical assistance in machining, composite fabrication and manufacturing technology is available from six institutions offering extensive, industry-designed associate degree programs in chemical technologies specifically to meet the work force needs of the industry. These institutions include: