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Celebrate traditions with international spirit



Celebrate Traditions with International Spirit

The holidays have a way of taking us home again, if only in our memories. Some who work for West Virginia’s growing community of international companies recall traditions that differ from those familiar to the Mountain State, yet share a kindred spirit. 

From Alps to Mountain State

From Alps to Mountain State
Kurt Ruefenacht was born in the crossroads of Europe. Today he is an American citizen, serving as CEO of EuropTec USA Inc., a Swiss-owned specialty glass company in West Virginia.  

Engineering a New Life in Morgantown

Engineering a New Life in Morgantown
Born in one of the oldest cities in one of the most ancient civilizations in Europe, John Varellis engineered a classic American life here in Morgantown. Now the owner of X3DCAE and a U.S. citizen. 

Forging a future in Mason County

Forging a future in Mason County
Vitaliy Anosov worked in a Ukrainian metals factory during the day and studied for his advanced degree in metallurgy at night. The skills he acquired in Eastern Europe are now at work in West Virginia.

From Emerald Isle to Mountain State

From Emerald Isle to Mountain State
To borrow from a quote from wartime British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, America and Ireland are two nations divided by a common language. Even so, County Cork native Jackie Murphy feels at home in West Virginia. Now plant manager for Alcon Research Ltd. in Huntington.