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September Open For Business Report


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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the latest “Open for Business” report documenting the state’s economic progress. The September 2011 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.

Dominion to build $500 million natural gas plant in Marshall County
Energy company Dominion announced plans to build a $500 million natural gas processing plant adjacent to the PPG Industries Natrium plant near New Martinsville. The plant is expected to create 40 to 50 permanent jobs when completed in 2012. The Dominion plant will be strategically positioned to access production in the Marcellus Shale and the Utica Shale regions. Its location will also provide easy access to barge, rail, truck and pipe modes of product transportation.

Caiman Energy to invest $500 million in Marshall County processing plant
Caiman Energy will invest $500 million to increase the capacity of its Fort Beeler cryogenic gas processing plant. The plant currently processes about 120 million cubic feet of gas per day. The planned expansion is expected to boost the total gas processing capacity to 520 million cubic feet per day by summer 2012.

Chemical firm to invest $1.7 million to expand capacity of Tyler County plant
Specialty chemicals company Momentive Performance Materials announced plans to invest $1.7 million to expand the capacity of its Sistersville plant to produce amino silanes. Before the end of the year, the Sistersville plant will also resume production for trimethoxysilane, Silquest A-187 brand epoxy silane and Silquest A-174 methacryl silane. Silanes are used to help materials such as adhesives and fiberglass bond to surfaces such as rubber, glass, metal, stone and plastic. They are used in automotive, construction, electronics and other industries.

West Virginia ranks third in job creation, Gallup Poll reports
Gallup's Job Creation Index shows that West Virginia ranks third in the nation in job creation during the first half of 2011. North Dakota topped the chart, followed by Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. Gallup reports that the “energy-producing states of North Dakota, Oklahoma, and West Virginia have been in the 10 ‘best state job markets’ for the past 3-½ years, from 2008 to mid-2011.” The complete Gallup ranking is available at www.wvopenforbusiness.com/Gallup.

Groundbreaking for mining project to create 250 jobs in Randolph County
Ground was broken in August at the Roaring Creek coal mine site near Ellamore. Roaring Creek Coal Company is a division of United Coal Company, a subsidiary of Metinvest. Roaring Creek is investing $150 million to develop the previously-mined site. When it becomes operational in 2013, the Roaring Coal Company is expected to produce 250 jobs and 1.6 million tons of metallurgical coal each year.

ARC funding to support West Virginia Competitive Improvement training
Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick Rahall announced $225,000 for the West Virginia Development Office’s Competitive Improvement Program (CIP). The funding is from the Appalachian Regional Commission. This project will serve a minimum of 1,000 existing workers currently employed in 23 existing businesses with customized job-specific training.

Simonton Windows takes top spot in J.D. Power customer satisfaction survey
Simonton Windows, which operates manufacturing plants in Ritchie County, ranked the highest in customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study. This is the second consecutive year that Simonton has earned the ranking.

WVEDA approves $5.8 million lease agreements for expansion of Ohio County business
The West Virginia Economic Development Authority (WVEDA) approved new lease agreements during its September 2011 meeting:

  • Ziegenfelder Company Inc., $1.8 million contract to build an 8,000-square-foot facility, connected to the existing manufacturing and distribution center in Wheeling, and up to $4 million to purchase new production equipment. The company produces flavored frozen ice pops known as Budget Saver Twin Pops. Ziegenfelder will lease the addition and the equipment at an interest rate not to exceed the interest rate on the 20-year U.S. Treasury security the day prior to the dual closing, plus ¾ percent. Based in Wheeling for more than 140 years, Ziegenfelder currently employs 100 people and expects to add 30 jobs when the expansion is complete in 2012.

West Virginia’s new business recruiting tool features state’s CEOs
West Virginia CEOs talk about starting and growing their successful businesses in the state in a feature from the West Virginia Development Office. The video Business at the Speed of Life and the online profiles are the latest tools in the state’s business recruitment kit. The features are designed to speak to CEOs and encourage them to consider expanding their existing operations, opening new branches or starting new businesses in West Virginia, ultimately creating new jobs for the state. A total of 21 executives took part in the effort. Those featured in the video are Craig Hartzell, president, Azimuth Inc., Morgantown; Gene Brooks, president, and Frances Brooks, CEO, BrooAlexa, Charleston; Gerard El Chaar, senior vice president of operations, Coldwater Creek, Parkersburg; Karl J. Boelter, plant manager, DuPont Washington Works, Washington; Peter Longo, president of logistics and operations, Macy’s, Martinsburg; Tim Pulte, Quad/Graphics, Martinsburg; Jay Petre, Renick Millworks, Renick; and Paul Lambert, president and CEO, STaSIS Engineering, Summit Point. The videos and online profiles are available on www.businessatthespeedoflife.com.

West Virginia wins regional awards for marketing economic development
The West Virginia Department of Commerce won five awards in the Southern Economic Development Council’s 2011 Communication Awards. The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) is the largest regional economic development association in North America. In head-to-head competition in a 17-state region, West Virginia took “Excellent” awards in the category of overall marketing campaign for its integrated immersion campaign; magazine design for its Wonderful West Virginia “Expect the Unexpected” special issue; single advertisement for its exports insert; and special events for its Boy Scout trading cards for the 2010 Jamboree. The state also won a merit award in branding packages for its West Virginia USA logos. For images and information on West Virginia’s SEDC awards, visit: www.wvcommerce.org/sedc2011awards.

Lewisburg ranks as top Coolest Small Town in America
Lewisburg in Greenbrier County takes top honors in the 2011 list of Coolest Small Towns in America. The annual list by Budget Travel looks for towns with populations with less than 10,000 that have “everything — great coffee, food with character, shop owners with purpose.” The award cited Lewisburg’s “creative control tower” Carnegie Hall, reported as one of only four in the world.

Huntington wins $100,000 “Bark for Your Park” prize, breaks ground for dog park
Huntington competed against 500 other cities to win the national PetSafe “Bark for Your Park” contest. The pet product developer awarded $100,000 to be used to build a local dog park. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Huntington PetSafe Dog Park in Ritter Park was held in August. ThePetSafe prize and more than $80,000 raised by local businesses, foundations and individuals will fund phase 1 of the dog park, which is expected to be operational by 2012.

USA Today names Upshur County wildlife center “great place to visit”
USA Today has designated the West Virginia State Wildlife Center in French Creek as one of 51 great places in the nation to visit. The wildlife center allows visitors to view native and common animals in the state.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2011

CONTACT:
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Governor Releases September “Open for Business” Report

In This Issue

Dominion to build $500 million natural gas plant in Marshall County

Caiman Energy to invest $500 million in Marshall County processing plant

Chemical firm to invest $1.7 million to expand capacity of Tyler County plant

West Virginia ranks third in job creation, Gallup Poll reports

Groundbreaking for mining project to create 250 jobs in Randolph County

ARC funding to support West Virginia Competitive Improvement training

Simonton Windows takes top spot in J.D. Power customer satisfaction survey

WVEDA approves $5.8 million lease agreements for expansion of Ohio County business

West Virginia’s new business recruiting tool features state’s CEOs

West Virginia wins regional awards for marketing economic development

Lewisburg ranks as top Coolest Small Town in America

Huntington wins $100,000 “Bark for Your Park” prize, breaks ground for dog park

USA Today names Upshur County wildlife center “great place to visit”


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