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Specialty metals manufacturers galvanized their importance to West Virginia’s economy with new investments.

In January, Constellium Rolled Products started up a new 30 million pound stretcher at its Ravenswood, W.Va., facility. Representing a $46 million investment, the stretcher is a critical piece of equipment, providing the unique capability of handling material up to nine inches thick and allowing crosssectional areas larger than any other aluminum manufacturer. Later, in May, Constellium announced that the Ravenswood plant will help make jet frames under the company’s overall $2 billion multiyear agreement with Airbus.

In June, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin met with Nisshin Steel officials while he was in Japan. On the agenda was the company’s whollyowned subsidiary, Wheeling-Nisshin in Follansbee, W.Va. It is one of the country’s largest hot-dip coating mills.

Nick Cortese, General Manager, Wheeling-NISSHIN

"There was a lot of COOPERATION WITH THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA. We have a bright future and I think we will be here for a long time."

Nick Cortese, General manager
Human Resources and Public Relations

Following the governor’s trip, Wheeling- Nisshin announced it would make a capital investment of $28 million to its Aluminizing and Galvanizing Line (AGL.) This was the largest investment to the AGL Line since it was commissioned in 1998, adding the new highly corrosionresistant steel coating called ZAM®. ZAM® extends the lifetime of steel products used in severe environmental conditions such as airports, sea ports, chemical plants and highways.

“We have always remarked about the quality of life in this area as a contributing factor to our success. It goes without saying that the quality of our workforce must be included in any discussion about our company,” said Nick Cortese, the company’s general manager of human resources and public relations.

Meanwhile, a metals plant in Letart, W.Va., celebrated its 60th anniversary and its revival after being purchased by Felman Production Inc. in 2006.

Felman invested nearly $80 million in the three-furnace plant. Now, the formerly-closed plant produces high-quality ferroalloys, elements essential in the manufacture of steel. It is one of only two U.S. plants making ferroalloy silicomanganese.

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Schonstedt Instrument Company’s Humanitarian Demining Initiative is saving lives across the globe with products made in Kearneysville, W.Va. This small business employs 25 people who make magnetic locators used in the search for landmines and underground, unexploded ordnance such as cluster bombs. In addition to producing these lifesaving products, the company provides a one-to-one match for all equipment donations received for humanitarian demining use.

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