Economy

The 3,000-pound drop forge (the biggest in the factory) in full downward plunge onto a piece of steal as it's pounded into a new reality.
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In an age of globalization and a shrinking manufacturing sector, two young men in Wheeling are hedging their bets and running with a business idea that first took off in 1854. Hand-forged tools actually took off much earlier, but Warwood Tool has been in the tool-forging business for over 160 years now: hammers, crow-bars, pick-axes, you name it.


Manchin Works to Lift U.S. Oil Export Ban

May 20, 2015
U.S. Energy Information Adminstration

U.S. Senators want to introduce a bill that will help lift the U.S oil export ban

The export ban on US oil currently compromises American competitiveness and security by restricting the ability of American crude oil producers to export and sell their products outside of our national border, said U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and several of his companions on the Hill.

Mountaineer Food Bank

Justin Morrison has been appointed executive director of the Mountaineer Food Bank.

The Exponent Telegram reports Morrison started at the food bank in October 2008 as food resource coordinator.

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The state will no longer provide education services at a facility for youth in Berkeley County.
 

The Charleston Gazette reports that West Virginia Board of Education terminated its contract with the Board of Child Care of The United Methodist Church last week.

The move follows investigations by the Department of Health and Human Resources that found safety lapses and frequent runaways.
 
 

Danny Jones
City of Charleston

Mayor Danny Jones was reelected to a fourth 4-year term Saturday in Charleston's municipal election. With the victory, Jones becomes the longest serving mayor in the capital city’s history.

According to media outlets Jones, a Republican, garnered 62 percent of the vote. He beat back challenges from Democrat Paul Monroe who received 34 percent of the vote, and Independent Bill Carpenter, who pulled 3 percent.

Jones has been mayor since 2003.

Charleston voters also chose 26 members of city council including 20 in ward races and six to council at-large seats.

Davis & Elkins College

Davis & Elkins College is officially looking for a new president. After a two-year stint, the current president of the four-year private institution has resigned to accept another job as president of the Appalachian College Association – a non-profit consortium of 35 private four-year colleges and universities.


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In Kanawha County, reoccurring mud and rock slides have led to the on and off closure of a portion of route 60 near Cedar Grove.

A community group has organized a meeting in Belle this evening to discuss the long-term impacts that these reoccurring closures could have on businesses and residents.

Office of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

A trade delegation led by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is going to Japan in mid-May to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the state's development office in Nagoya.

The 15-member delegation includes former Gov. Gaston Caperton. The Nagoya office opened during Caperton's administration.

Mountaineer Food Bank

Mountaineer Food Bank has survived financial problems that threatened to shut it down.

Mountaineer board of directors president Julie Harris attributes the turnaround to support from various sources. She tells The Exponent Telegram that the next step is to hire a permanent executive director and begin a strategic planning process.

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Groundbreaking for the new Proctor & Gamble Company in Berkeley County is expected to be this fall.

Stephen Christian is the executive director of the Berkeley County Development Authority. In a speech to the community Friday, Christian said negotiations for what became the plans to bring Proctor & Gamble into the county began in fall of 2012.

Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / New River Gorge, Fayette County, Fayette Station Road

A report from the National Park Service says three parks in southern West Virginia brought tens of millions of dollars into the surrounding communities, supporting hundreds of jobs.

The National Park Service says the New River Gorge National River, Bluestone National Scenic River and Gauley River National Recreation Area brought 1,280,604 visitors into southern West Virginia last year.

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Developers say they're considering a site in eastern Ohio for a multibillion-dollar ethane plant.

State and local leaders announced Wednesday that developers envision a site in Belmont County near the Ohio River for a new ethane cracker plant, which takes ethane and breaks it down into a substance used to make chemicals and plastic.

  A new study of a radioactive, carcinogenic gas has grabbed the attention of news outlets and both pro and anti-fracking groups alike. The study published earlier this month says increases of radon gas in people’s homes in Pennsylvania coincide with the horizontal drilling boom. Some geological researchers in the region are skeptical while others aren’t at all surprised.


David M. Mistich

Brazilian petrochemical company Odebrecht and plastics maker Braskem say they will re-evaluate an ethane cracker they proposed to build in West Virginia.

In a statement to media outlets, the companies say a re-evaluation of the project's configuration is needed under current energy scenarios.

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A West Virginia official says Procter & Gamble's planned factory in Berkeley County will be bigger than originally envisioned.

The maker of Tide detergent and Charmin bathroom tissue announced in February that the $500 million plant in the Tabler Station Business Park near Martinsburg would employ 700 workers when it opens in 2017.

Equal Pay Day fell this year on April 14. It’s the day that women’s wages catch up to men’s wages from last year, according to national rates. Of course, if it were a state holiday, we would have to celebrate in May or June. Women in West Virginia face some of the largest gender wage gaps in the country.

The WVU College of Law’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development hosted their 4th annual National Energy Conference last week in Morgantown. The day-long conference examined issues affecting water in energy production. 


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  Procter & Gamble plans to construct its new manufacturing plant in Berkeley County in two phases.

The majority of construction will be completed in the first phase. Construction is expected to begin in October.

The Journal reports that Procter & Gamble outlined the project in site and development plans filed with the Berkeley County Planning Department.

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Baseball is finally being played at the Monongalia County Ballpark. 

 

Three years in the making, the new stadium opened Friday, April 10. A capacity crowd of more than 2,500 people watched the West Virginia Mountaineers beat the Butler Bulldogs, 6-5, in 13 innings.

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  American Electric Power is preparing to close six coal-fired power plants in four states by the end of May.

The company recently gave WARN notices to workers at the Philip Sporn, Kammer and Kanawha Valley plants in West Virginia, the Muskingum River Plant in Ohio, the Tanners Creek Plant in Indiana and the Glen Lyn Plant in Virginia. The closures will affect more than 250 workers.

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