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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. (WCHS) — A company official announced Thursday that a new company will bring 500 to 600 high-tech jobs to West Virginia.
The jobs will be created by American Medicines Co., where Crystal Mersh is the chairwoman of the board. She is also the chief executive officer for QxP.
Mersh, a Calhoun County native, made the announcement at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Women’s Leadership Summit at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs.
“My team looked at me and said, ‘We want to go to West Virginia and the reason we want to go to West Virginia is two things: workforce and our opportunity to work with the state economic development authority here, the governor’s office and just the general state of West Virginia,'” Mersh said.
The company that will make everyday medications to help with things like heart disease, blood pressure and diabetes is still looking for an exact city to locate.
“There are options for existing facilities,” she said. “There are options for greenfield options.”
In terms of what kinds of jobs they will be hiring for, Mersh says people can expect a way range of skillsets from manufacturing to lab work.
“We’ve got a broad variety of skill sets that we will need there. We’ll also need laboratory analysts, chemists, microbiologists leaders, managers, executives, the entire gamut,” Mersh said.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — PepsiCo Inc. plans to open two new facilities in West Virginia by the end of this year, bringing an investment of $32.5 million into the state.
Gov. Jim Justice announced the projects on Thursday, which include a 100,000 square foot warehouse and distribution center for PepsiCo Beverages North America in Ona and a 70,000 square foot distribution center for Frito-Lay North America in Scott Depot.
The Scott Depot facility will replace the current facility in Poca. The new space will have four times the square footage with expanded operations.
PepsiCo’s products include Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Lay’s chips and Doritos.
The company will employ 185 people between the facilities, including 25 new full-time positions.
“These new facilities are going to be absolute game changers for West Virginia and I am beyond excited to celebrate PepsiCo’s exciting expansion in our state,” Justice said.
Construction on the Ona facility is already underway.
Original Article by MetroNews Staff, March 10th 2022, on wvmetronews.com
Comments Off on West Virginia Is Thriving in the Roaring (20)20s
We started the decade with a goal: fix the problems that confront West Virginia and her people. In pursuit of that goal, we have empowered a strong, aggressive championship team to help take the lead in powering a dynamic, vibrant economy in the Mountain State.
Now, two years into the 2020s, we can proudly share that West Virginia boasted a historic revenue surplus of $413 million in FY 2021. Tourism across the state is breaking all records for visits and revenue and West Virginia has seen a balanced budget — without tax increases — for five consecutive years. We have also seen major reductions in business taxes over the past seven years, including eliminating the Business Franchise Tax.
These successes are underscored by the caliber of companies who have recently elected to call West Virginia home. Since 2017, West Virginia has seen more than $7.3 billion in business investments.
Nucor, North America’s largest steel and steel products company, recently announced the construction of a new state-of-the-art sheet mill on a greenfield site in Mason County. This investment of $2.7 billion is the largest in West Virginia history. This will bring 800 full-time jobs and approximately 1,000 construction jobs to the state.
GreenPower Motor Company Inc. announced they will be leasing/purchasing a 9.5-acre manufacturing facility in South Charleston. This facility will include an 80,000-square-foot building. The company will manufacture zero-emission, all-electric school buses, bringing 200 new jobs this year and 900 jobs within the next two years and millions of dollars in economic impact to West Virginia.
West Virginia University Medicine and Owens & Minor Inc are creating over 125 jobs, with an estimated $50 million investment in the Mountain State.
West Virginia continues to thrive and has been recognized as 10th in best business climate, according to the Business Facilities 2021 State Rankings Report. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Industry Report in 2020, West Virginia ranks first with the lowest turnover rate in manufacturing.
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West Virginia is conveniently located within 500 miles of 50 percent of the US population and 30 percent of Canada’s population. This proximity, coupled with access to an extensive interstate highway system, river transportation, and rail network, makes West Virginia the ideal location to build and expand business opportunities. We are also committed to providing West Virginians with improved Broadband access. Through the Broadband Investment Plan, we’ve pledged a $1 billion commitment to expand Broadband in West Virginia.
In addition to bringing thousands of new jobs to the state, West Virginia is leading the change with employee recruitment with a first-of-its-kind partnership with JobCase, a free jobs portal that empowers West Virginians to find employment opportunities.
As we advance through the 2020s, West Virginia will continue to invest in our people and highlight the beauty and opportunities found within our borders.
About the Author
On February 1, 2021, Governor Jim Justice selected Senator Mitch Carmichael to be the first Secretary of Economic Development in West Virginia.
Senator Carmichael previously served our state as President of the West Virginia Senate & Lieutenant Governor. Mitch is an accomplished businessman in the field of information technology and broadband deployment. He was raised in Jackson County and attended public schools in Ripley, WV. Mitch is an Honors graduate from Marshall University with degrees in Finance and Economics. He is active in many community and charitable organizations including Epworth United Methodist Church.
Mitch Carmichael was first elected to the Senate in the year 2012 and served until 2021. His talent and leadership skills were quickly realized by his colleagues and he was selected to be Senate Majority Leader. Subsequently, the Senate unanimously elected Mitch Carmichael to the position of Senate President-Lieutenant Governor and re elected him in 2019. Mitch is the first Republican to serve consecutive terms as Senate President & Lieutenant Governor in the past 90 years of West Virginia history.
Mitch previously served our state in the West Virginia House of Delegates, where he was elected to five consecutive terms. His voting record has garnered awards from various organizations including the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, West Virginia Manufacturers, Hospitals, State Medical Association, and many others. Mr. Carmichael is recognized statewide for his pro-growth economic policies and broadband expertise. Secretary Carmichael is ideally suited to convey the many benefits of West Virginia to current and potential employers throughout America and the world.
Comments Off on MHIRJ Aviation Inc. announces hiring plan for 300 available positions at Bridgeport location
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – MHIRJ Aviation Inc. (MHIRJ) announced that it will be launching a recruitment campaign at both its Bridgeport, West Virginia, and Tucson, Arizona Service Centers hiring up to 300 Aircraft Technicians in Structures, Maintenance, and Avionics.
“To cater to the growing demand in aftermarket services, we are currently expanding our service centers manpower to continue to offer world-class services to the national and international markets,” said Stephen McCoy, Head of Commercial Aircraft Service Centers. “We want to benefit from the expertise that is available to continue driving growth and investing in the future. We value our diversified workforce, who are talented, dedicated, and motivated, and are a key asset in keeping the fleets flying. Therefore, we provide them with an environment that fosters and celebrates their growth.”
The release explained that MHIRJ offers the stability of a large corporation with flexible and transparent leadership, continual learning opportunities, and a healthy work-life balance with the intent to provide each employee with a sustainable career.
Comments Off on Toyota West Virginia announces $210 million new investment and 100 new jobs
New investment to upgrade existing engine production line; new jobs to add third shift.
To help meet customer demand, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) will invest $210 million to upgrade existing engine production and add 100 new jobs to increase assembly capacity of its four-cylinder engine line. Once complete, TMMWV’s total investment will be more than $1.8 billion and total employment will exceed 2,000.
“Today’s announcement represents Toyota’s continued commitment to our customers as well as our community,” TMMWV President Srini Matam said.
“We are thrilled to expand our Toyota family and continue our long-standing commitment to provide top-quality engines and transmissions for our customers.”
The $210 million investment will upgrade TMMWV’s current six-cylinder engine production line with new equipment and machinery, creating flexibility based on market demand for Toyota’s vehicle assembly plants in the U.S. and Canada.
The 100 new jobs will create a third shift due to a significant increase in Rav4 engine production at the Buffalo site, increasing assembly of an additional 5,900 engines per month, or more than 70,000 engines per year.
The upgrade project and hiring will be complete in the second half of 2022. Information regarding available positions at TMMWV can be found at www.tourtoyota.com.
“Toyota’s commitment to increase its investment in West Virginia and into our hard-working West Virginians prove they continue to be a wonderful business partner right here in the Mountain State,” West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said.
“This is such exciting news for West Virginia’s business community as well as our families that businesses are choosing to grow their organizations here. Toyota is a wonderful example of how a global company can be successful right here in West Virginia.”
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, praised Toyota for their long-term commitment to the Mountain State.
“In 2005 as Governor, I had the opportunity to travel to Japan to meet with Dr. Toyoda and company officials and since then they have been a strong partner for West Virginia,” Manchin said.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Toyota as they continue to build on their investments in the state, which now total more than $1.8 billion and support 2,000 good-paying jobs,” Manchin said.
“Today’s announcement of 100 new jobs and its continued investment in the state is testament to the team in Buffalo and the West Virginia workforce. The partnership between Toyota and West Virginia is stronger than ever and I look forward to continuing to work with Toyota officials to foster more long-term investments in our economy, communities and people.”
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said Toyota’s success in West Virginia sends a clear message to other companies about West Virginians’ skills and work ethic.
“Since Toyota first came to West Virginia more than 25 years ago, they have expanded their operations multiple times in Buffalo and proven to the country that our state has the skilled and dedicated workforce necessary for any company to be successful here,” she said.
“I have seen this dedication and strong work ethic of the Toyota Team Members firsthand during facility visits, and I’m glad that today’s announcement will create new job opportunities for hardworking West Virginians to pursue,” Senator Capito said.
“I’m thrilled that the Buffalo engine plant is continuing to play a key role in producing the engines and motors that power U.S. vehicles as Toyota continues to develop and incorporate exciting new technologies into their fleet. West Virginia has a long and productive relationship with Toyota, and this announcement today further solidifies the company’s commitment to investing in our state and our workers.”
Toyota has created a tremendous value chain in the U.S., with more than $28.4 billion direct investment in the U.S., nine manufacturing facilities, 10 including our joint venture with Mazda, nearly 1,500 independently owned dealerships and approximately 180,000 people working across the U.S.
TMMWV currently employs approximately 2,000 team members and has invested more than $1.8 billion into its nearly two million square-foot facility. TMMWV will commemorate its 25th anniversary this year. It annually produces nearly one million engines and transmissions for North American-assembled vehicles, including Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, Lexus ES, Lexus RX350, Rav4, Sienna, and Sienna Hybrid.
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Hundreds of jobs are expected to be shifted to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) facility in Clarksburg as part of the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works held a hearing Wednesday morning to discuss that project with representatives of the FBI Finance Division and the General Services Administration (GSA) Public Buildings Service.
“In the revised plan, there is a plan if consolidation occurs downtown, the CJIS Center in Clarksburg would have several hundred jobs moving into West Virginia,” U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said during the hearing. “That would be an important development for me, obviously, as that facility continues to grow and become more professional and more highly technological. We would welcome that prospect of having those employees move out into West Virginia, as many have moved there before and have realized the wild and wonderful live is a pretty good one out in West Virginia.”
The FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project began as a means to replace the J. Edgar Hoover (JEH) building that the FBI has occupied since 1974.
Richard L. Haley II, assistant director of the FBI’s Finance, Facilities and Real Property Division, said while the mission of the FBI has evolved, the building itself has not kept pace and is instead falling apart as evidenced by crumbling facades and deteriorating infrastructure.
“This makes it difficult to address rapidly developing threats and collaborate across divisions and programs,” Haley said. “As an organization, we must be able to stay current with constantly changing technologies that make our jobs both easier and harder.
“Simply put, the existing J. Edgar Hoover building is obsolete, inefficient, and faces a number of security vulnerabilities,” he said.
Thus the current J. Edgar Hoover building would be demolished and the construction of a new building would occur on the same site.
During the construction phase, FBI employees would relocate to “swing space,” such as the Clarksburg facility while the existing facility is under construction.
In total, the FBI will be moving more than 2,500 positions — both employees and contractors — to its owned facilities across the nation, which includes not only Clarksburg but also Huntsville, Alabama, Pocatello, Idaho, and Quantico, Virginia.
“It is anticipated that several hundred positions could be shifted to FBI facilities in Clarksburg, West Virginia and Pocatello, Idaho, while the remainder would be realigned to Huntsville, Alabama,” Haley said. “The FBI already has a substantial presence in each of these communities.”
The FBI previously proposed a procurement that would have moved forward with constructing a new suburban facility, but upon a review of real estate costs and footprints, it was decided that demolition and reconstruction would be less costly.
Together, the FBI and GSA began to review and seriously consider the possibility of staying at the current location, determining multiple advantages to doing so, including the property’s proximity other departmental headquarters, inspection facilities, utility plants, Metro lines and road and bus networks.
Thus, a plan to rebuild on the site began. As part of the evaluation, three options were considered: a phased renovation of the existing building, a renovation of a fully vacant facility or a demolition of the current facility and construction of a new building on the site.
“A phase renovation, we determined, would take 15 years, cost more money and deliver you a less successful product than demolishing and rebuilding a new structure,” said Daniel Mathews, commissioner of the GSA’s Public Buildings Service. “New construction allows us to build a facility that can house 8,300 people, instead of a smaller number in a renovated facility. In addition, new construction can mitigate security threats more effectively with tailored designs, newer materials and current construction techniques.”
Overall, Mathews said, the demolition-rebuild allows for the facility to be built faster, cheaper and with less risk than a renovation.
However, the demolition-rebuild is estimated to cost $3.3 billion and require 6 years to occupancy, which makes the relocation of employees to facilities such as Clarksburg’s CJIS vital.
“These other sites that we have identified have been part of our physical portfolio for many years, and while the way forward includes enhancing the use of these sites, these sites are not new to the FBI,” Haley said. “The FBI’s long history at these locations suggests that the functions and staff realigned to those locations can be successful in performing mission operations.”