Woody Thrasher

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Japanese truck maker Hino Motors Manufacturing said Wednesday it is moving its West Virginia assembly plant about 20 miles to a larger location at a former retail distribution center.

Hino Motors Manufacturing President Takashi Ono said the $100 million investment could create up to 250 new jobs.

On The Legislature Today, medical  marijuana is one step closer to becoming legal in West Virginia after a vote in the House, but the latest version of the bill delays the program until 2019.

In the Senate, members vote unanimously to add an abortion restriction to the state’s telemedicine law.

Eric Householder
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The West Virginia Department of Commerce gave the House and Senate Finance committees a presentation Monday morning to explore the state's competitiveness in attracting businesses.

The Commerce department also asked for a significant increase in its funding. However, that request collided with the reality of the state’s dire budget situation.

The West Virginia Ethics Commission has approved a blind trust agreement for Woody Thrasher, president of an engineering and architecture firm chosen by Gov. Jim Justice to be the state's new commerce secretary.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that agreement puts the Bridgeport businessman's firm and various real estate holdings in the control of two trustees.

West Virginia's new commerce secretary says he is trying to avoid conflicts of interest as he assumes his new role, but he isn't willing to give up ownership in one of the largest engineering firms in the state.

Woody Thrasher is an owner of Thrasher Group, which according to state data, has received nearly $15 million from government contracts since 1995.

A company associated with West Virginia's newly tapped commerce secretary has agreed to pay a $150,000 fine after it was accused of violating the federal Clean Water Act.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports federal authorities recently finalized a deal with High Tech Corridor Development LLC regarding what federal inspectors concluded was unpermitted construction work for an extension of the White Oaks business park in Bridgeport.

Jim Justice Victory Speech
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West Virginia’s incoming governor has chosen the president of an engineering and architecture firm to be his administration's commerce secretary.

 

Gov.-Elect Jim Justice said Woody Thrasher has experience growing jobs in the state and a passion for serving its people.