CHARLESTON – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has released the April “Open for Business” report, which documents developments on economic progress across the state. Among the highlights:
STASIS acquiring software provider
STaSIS announced its intent to integrate automotive software provider Revo Technik into its performance technology group. STaSIS is headquartered in Summit Point; Revo Technik is based in the United Kingdom.
STaSIS specializes in performance-enhancing brake, suspension, driveline and engine products for Audi and other Volkswagen Group products. Revo Technik develops performance software products for Volkswagen Group and Porsche vehicles.
According to STaSIS officials, the new multinational organization will deliver performance products through an established network of more than 550 dealerships and independent performance centers in more than 35 countries.
High score for TransparencyWV.org
West Virginia netted one of the top scores in the country for providing citizens with online access to information on government spending. The state’s budgeting and spending transparency earned an A- from the nonpartisan group U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. The state’s Auditor’s office created www.transparencyWV.org, a website that shows citizens where tax dollars are being spent.
No. 2 in job growth
West Virginia ranks second in the nation in nonagricultural job growth, according to a report compiled by Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. The report is based on figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data shows that West Virginia gained 19,200 jobs between January 2011 and January 2012.
Wayne firm to add 45 jobs
Allevard Sogefi USA plans to add 45 jobs at its Prichard plant by the end of 2012. The firm also plans to invest $5.5 million on facility and equipment upgrades.
The company produces automotive filters for Ford, Chrysler, Fiat, Mazda and TI Automotive. Allevard Sofegi USA is a subsidiary of Sogefi, based in Italy.
Toyota growing in Putnam County
Toyota announced it will invest $45 million to boost production and create 80 new jobs at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia facility in Buffalo. When completed by July 2013, the effort is expected to enable the plant to produce 10,000 more transmissions per month.
The expansion will increase employment at the West Virginia plant to 1,200 and Toyota’s total investment to $1.3 billion. The facility builds six-speed transmissions for the Avalon, Camry, Lexus RX350, Sienna and Venza.
Morgantown lab facility to expand
Morgantown-based Protea Biosciences Group is expanding into a new 11,000-square-foot facility in Morgantown. The firm plans to expand its current mass spectrometry services to the biopharma market. The new space will provide more room for instrumentation and analytical capabilities, including the use of the company’s LAESI DP-1000 system for distribution profiling of biomolecules. The facility is expected to be operational by the end of this month.
Protea is a leader in the field of bioanalytics, the identification and characterization of proteins, metabolites and other biomolecules.
Industrial park headed to Lewis County
CGP Development announced plans to build a privately-funded industrial park along Interstate 79 in Lewis County. The new park will be situated on 73 acres at the Jane Lew exit.
Road construction for the greenfield site is expected to get under way this spring. Based in Elkins, CGP Development is a privately owned firm that has successfully completed several projects in north central West Virginia.
Tech firm alliance wins $7.4M contract
Global Science & Technology announces that its National Mesonet Program Alliance has been awarded a $7.4 million contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The contract is for the NOAA National Weather Service National Mesonet Program. The alliance consists of the two largest privately owned fixed-station weather networks combined with GST’s mobile weather network as well as networks operated by universities.
The network of weather observation stations supply data to improve prediction of high-impact local weather events. The National Mesonet Program will be managed from the GST Innovation Lab in Fairmont.
Manufacturer makes sale to China
Morgantown manufacturer Petitto Mine Equipment has made its first sale to China. The family-owned firm has been pursuing export opportunities in the China market in cooperation with West Virginia University and the West Virginia Development Office.
The company manufactures the Petitto Mule to remove shields from longwall mines. Datong Coal Mine Group of Shanxi Province purchased the equipment for use in underground mines in China.
7 get StartUp West Virginia Manufacturing aid
Seven West Virginia businesses have been selected for the initial round of StartUp West Virginia Manufacturing assistance. The program offers specialized tools and technical assistance to take an entrepreneur’s idea from concept to prototype with the goal of creating West Virginia jobs.
Four of the recipients are from Kanawha County: Craft-Totes by Bell, Wallace Metal Works and Floor Cam and MarTek. The others are Extreme Endeavors (Barbour County), Carbon Fibers (Cabell County) and HCS Technologies (Monongalia County).
StartUp West Virginia Manufacturing is a program of TechConnect West Virginia and the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing. The StartUp West Virginia Manufacturing program will continue to consider applications on a rolling basis. For more information or an application, visit www.techconnectwv.com or www.rcbi.org or call 800-469-7224.
Specialty contractor wins safety award
The Contractors Association of West Virginia recently presented IVS Hydro with the 2011 Industrial Division Safety Award. The honor was in the “greater than 300,000 man-hours” category. The specialty contractor employs more than 260 workers in its operations in Kanawha and Wood counties and does work over a large region throughout the United States. The company’s main operating facility is based in Waverly.
Employers attend Green-Up Job Fair
Some 77 employers took part in the WorkForce West Virginia Green-Up Job and Education Fair March 7 at the Charleston Civic Center.
The event attracted 756 job seekers to apply for job openings and to learn about training opportunities in green technology. For more information about WorkForce West Virginia services for employers, visit www.workforcewv.org