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Governor Releases April “Open for Business” Report

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the latest “Open for Business” report documenting the state’s economic progress. The April 2012 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs and the preservation of existing jobs.

West Virginia earns high score for online government transparency
West Virginia netted one of the top scores in the country for providing citizens with online access to information on government spending. The state’s budgeting and spending transparency earned an A- from the nonpartisan group U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund. The state’s Auditor’s office, in cooperation with the governor’s office, created the website transparencywv.org. The website shows citizens where tax dollars are being spent. In addition, online access to West Virginia government financial information earned the state a 2012 Sunny Award from the nonprofit group Sunshine Review.

West Virginia ranks 2nd in U.S. in job growth
West Virginia ranks second in the nation in non-agricultural job growth, according to a report compiled by Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. The report provides analysis based on figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data shows that West Virginia gained 19,200 jobs between January 2011 and January 2012.

Wayne County firm to add 45 jobs
Allevard Sogefi USA plans to add 45 jobs in its Prichard plant by the end of the year. The firm also plans to invest $5.5 million on facility and equipment upgrades. The company produces automotive filters for Ford, Chrysler, Fiat, Mazda and TI Automotive. Allevard Sofegi USA is a subsidiary of Sogefi, based in Italy.

Toyota to add 80 jobs at Putnam County plant
Toyota announced it will invest $45 million to boost production and create 80 new jobs at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) facility in Buffalo. When completed by July 2013, the effort is expected to enable TMMWV to produce 10,000 more transmissions per month. The expansion will increase employment at the West Virginia plant to 1,200 and Toyota’s total investment to $1.3 billion. TMMWV builds six-speed transmissions for the Avalon, Camry, Lexus RX350, Sienna and Venza.

Protea Biosciences to expand into new laboratory facility in Monongalia County
Morgantown-based Protea Biosciences Group is expanding into a new 11,000-square-foot facility in Morgantown. The firm plans to expand its current mass spectrometry services to the biopharma market. The new space will provide more room for instrumentation and analytical capabilities, including the use of the company's LAESI DP-1000 system for distribution profiling of biomolecules. The facility is expected to be operational by the end of April 2012. Protea is a leader in the field of bioanalytics, the identification and characterization of proteins, metabolites and other biomolecules.

STASIS to acquire UK software provider to power Audi and Volkswagen products
STaSIS announced its intent to integrate automotive software provider Revo Technik into its performance technology group. STaSIS is headquartered in Summit Point, W.Va. Revo Technik is based in Daventry, United Kingdom. STaSIS specializes in performance-enhancing brake, suspension, driveline and engine products for Audi and other Volkswagen Group products. Revo Technik develops performance software products for Volkswagen Group and Porsche vehicles. A news release from STaSIS states that the new multinational organization will deliver performance products through an established network of more than 550 dealerships and independent performance centers in more than 35 countries, reaching Audi and Volkswagen enthusiasts around the world.

Private firm to develop industrial park in Lewis County
CGP Development announced plans to build a privately-funded industrial park along I-79 in Lewis County. The new park will be situated on 73 acres at the Jane Lew exit. Road construction for the green-field site is expected to get underway during spring 2012. The new enterprise will be located near a concentration of energy businesses and manufacturers in Lewis County. Based in Elkins, CGP Development is a privately-owned firm that has successfully completed several projects in North Central West Virginia. Learn more about this property.

The CGP development park is listed on the West Virginia Development Office (WVD) TopSites website (www.topsiteswv.com). Currently, TopSites includes 417 buildings, parks and locations in its Site Selector database. Visitors can search the database of properties by region, by county or by features.

SBA to honor six West Virginia small businesses on May 30
Six West Virginia businesses will receive awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Office. The West Virginia companies to be honored at the Small Business Awards Luncheon in Morgantown on May 30 are:

  • 2012 West Virginia Small Business Persons of the Year
    Gene T. Brooks, Jr., President; Frances Foster Brooks, CEO; BrooAlexa, LLC, Charleston, Kanawha County

  • 2012 West Virginia Financial Services Champion of the Year
    Clovis B. Lawless, Vice President & Commercial Loan Officer; Community Trust Bank, Summersville, Nicholas County

  • 2012 West Virginia Women In Business Champion of the Year
    Kimberley Beth Dole, Owner; Dole Accounting Services, Martinsburg, Berkeley County

  • 2012 West Virginia Young Entrepreneur of the Year
    Robert James “RJ” Williams, Owner; Reclaim Company LLC, Fairmont, Marion County

  • 2012 West Virginia Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year
    Lyle C. Tabb, III, President; Howard C. Tabb, Vice President; Jane M. Tabb, Secretary; Lyle C. Tabb, IV, Treasurer; Virginia D. Tabb, Asst. Treasurer; Lyle C. Tabb & Sons, LLC, Kearneysville, Jefferson County

  • 2012 West Virginia Entrepreneurial Success Award
    Michael P. McKechnie, Managing Member; Peter M. McKechnie, Member; Mountain View Solar and Wind, LLC, Berkeley Springs, Morgan County

Marion County tech firm alliance wins $7.4 million NOAA contract
Global Science & Technology (GST) announces that its National Mesonet Program Alliance has been awarded a $7.4 million contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The contract is for the NOAA National Weather Service National Mesonet Program. The alliance consists of the two largest privately-owned fixed-station weather networks combined with GST’s mobile weather network as well as networks operated by universities. The network of weather observation stations supply data to improve prediction of high-impact local weather events. The National Mesonet Program will be managed from the GST Innovation Lab in Fairmont.

Monongalia County mine equipment manufacturer makes first sale to China
Morgantown manufacturer Petitto Mine Equipment has made its first sale to China. The family-owned firm has been pursuing export opportunities in the China market in cooperation with West Virginia University and the West Virginia Development Office (WVDO). The company manufactures the Petitto Mule™ to remove shields from longwall mines. Datong Coal Mine Group of Shanxi Province purchased the equipment for use in underground mines in China.

StartUp WV Manufacturing announces first entrepreneur award recipients
The first seven West Virginia businesses have been selected for StartUp West Virginia Manufacturing assistance. The program offers specialized tools and technical assistance to take an entrepreneur’s idea from concept to prototype with the goal of creating West Virginia jobs. The first recipients are Craft-Totes by Bell, Dunbar, Kanawha County; MarTek, Big Chimney, Kanawha County; Extreme Endeavors, Philippi, Barbour County; Carbon Fibers, Barboursville, Cabell County; Wallace Metal Works, Charleston, Kanawha County; Floor Cam Charleston, Kanawha County; and HCS Technologies, Morgantown, Monongalia County.

StartUp West Virginia Manufacturing is a program of TechConnect West Virginia and the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing. The StartUp West Virginia Manufacturing program will continue to consider applications on a rolling basis. For more information or an application, visit www.techconnectwv.com or www.rcbi.org or call 800-469-7224.

Wood County specialty contractor receives safety award
The Contractors Association of West Virginia recently presented IVS Hydro with the 2011 Industrial Division Safety Award. The honor was in the “greater than 300,000 man-hours” category. The specialty contractor employs more than 260 workers in its operations in Kanawha and Wood counties and does work over a large region throughout the United States. The company’s main operating facility is based in Waverly.

77 employers attend WorkForce West Virginia Green-Up Job Fair
A total of 77 employers participated in the WorkForce West Virginia Green-Up Job and Education Fair on March 7 at the Charleston Civic Center. The event attracted 756 job seekers to apply for job openings and to learn about training opportunities in green technology. For more information about WorkForce West Virginia services for employers, visit www.workforcewv.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 5, 2012

CONTACT:
Amy Goodwin, (304) 558-2000
Catherine Zacchi, (304) 957-9340


In This Issue

West Virginia earns high score for online government transparency

West Virginia ranks 2nd in U.S. in job growth

Wayne County firm to add 45 jobs

Toyota to add 80 jobs at Putnam County plant

Protea Biosciences to expand into new laboratory facility in Monongalia County

STASIS to acquire UK software provider to power Audi and Volkswagen products

Private firm to develop industrial park in Lewis County

SBA to honor six West Virginia small businesses on May 30

Marion County tech firm alliance wins $7.4 million NOAA contract

Monongalia County mine equipment manufacturer makes first sale to China

StartUp WV Manufacturing announces first entrepreneur award recipients

Wood County specialty contractor receives safety award

77 employers attend WorkForce West Virginia Green-Up Job Fair


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