West Virginia's Economy on the Move

WV Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce is a solutions-based organization that works to advance policies and programs that will increase opportunities for job creation and economic growth in the state. Over the past three legislative sessions, the West Virginia Chamber has worked closely with leaders in the West Virginia Legislature and the Governor's Office to enact policies that will make West Virginia irresistible to business. The work is paying off. Over the past few months, numerous economic development announcements have taken place around West Virginia, showing that our economy is on the move.


Economic Development Announcements 2017

August

N3, an Atlanta-based firm that helps companies with online sales and services, opened offices in South Charleston.  N3 has said it expects this new facility will create 300 new jobs.

PPD of WV One announced plans to locate in Greenbrier County and convert solid waste materials into diesel fuel.

September

U.S. Methanol broke ground in Institute for its first facility in the United States.  The U.S. Methanol site will employ 300 workers during construction and fifty-full time jobs.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing announced a $115 million investment at its plant in Buffalo.  Due to this investment, Toyota will begin manufacturing the company’s first American-made hybrid transaxles.

Hino Motors Manufacturing in Wood County purchased the former Coldwater Creek Distribution Facility off I-77 in Mineral Wells.  Hino Motors will add about 250 new jobs in the production of trucks at this facility.

Niche Polymer, which produces engineering polymers for the automotive industry, announced 30 additional jobs at its Jackson County plant as it ramps up production.

October

Solvay announced that it plans to double production capacity at its Willow Island Facilities along WV-2 in Pleasants County.  The expansion will total about $70 million and bring 30-40 new jobs to the area.

The historic Morris Memorial Hospital in Milton, vacant since 2009, will undergo a renovation to become a grand hotel, with 100 rooms and will include features such as a grand ballroom, conference center, and multiple activities.

Armstrong Flooring in Beverly, the largest pre-finished hardwood flooring plant in the country, announced an 85,000 square feet addition that is expected to create 50 new jobs in Randolph County. 

The West Virginia Great Barrel Company announced that it will begin producing white oak barrels in Greenbrier County.  Approximately $30 million has been invested for the plant and sawmill, and the facility plans to produce 125,000 barrels a year.  113 people will be employed initially at a minimum salary of $40,000 per year.

November

Armacell, which makes crosslinked polyethylene block for the aerospace, food and beverage industry announced an expansion at its Spencer facility in Roane County. The expansion is expected to add 20 manufacturing jobs.