West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Gov. Tomblin Honors State's Export Businesses

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West Virginia business leaders receive awards for exporting their goods and services from Gov. Tomblin.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined the West Virginia Export Council and the West Virginia Development Office, to honor a state record-setting 52 West Virginia businesses with the Governor's Commendation for International Market Entry awards. This award honors companies that have successfully exported to a new country in the past year.

"In 2012, our state's exports reached a record high of $11.3 billion," Gov. Tomblin said. "Expanding into new markets around the world has provided our businesses an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to successfully compete in the global marketplace. And I'm pleased to have this opportunity to honor them for their success."

The Governor's Commendation for International Market Entry award is a framed piece of currency from each new country to which the recipient business began exporting in 2012. The presentation is based on the tradition of displaying the first dollar a business earns.

Commendations were awarded to:

Barbour County
  • Blackheart International, Philippi - Norway, France, Brazil
Berkeley County
  • Growth Media Services, Martinsburg - Hong Kong
Brooke County
  • Merco Marine, Wellsburg - Bahamas
  • United States Gypsum Co., Weirton - Russia

Cabell County

  • American Babbitt Bearing, Huntington - Canada
  • Crosscutting Concepts, Huntington - Canada
  • Guyan International, Barboursville - Ecuador, Peru
  • Nippon Tungsten USA, Barboursville - Brazil
  • Star Technologies LLC, Huntington - Brazil, Canada, Mexico
  • Steel of West Virginia Inc., Huntington - Netherlands, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China. South Korea, South Africa
  • Tri-State Coating and Machine, Salt Rock - Canada

Fayette County

  • The Robbins Co., Fayetteville - Brazil

Grant County

  • Allegheny Wood Products, Petersburg - Indonesia, Mexico

Greenbrier County

  • Almost Heaven Saunas, Renick - Australia, Belgium, Chile, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland
  • BMS Rescue Equipment, Friars Hill - Australia, Canada
  • EZEbreak LLC, Frankford - Canada
    Hancock County
  • The Homer Laughlin China Company, Newell - France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Norway

Jackson County

  • J & M Industrial Inc., Millwood - Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Israel

Jefferson County

  • Schonstedt Instrument Company, Kearneysville - Tanzania

Kanawha County

  • Air Robotics, Charleston - Italy, Israel, Romania
  • ConveyWeigh LLC, Dunbar - Dominican Republic, Russia
  • Cyclops, South Charleston - Colombia, South Korea
  • Precision Samplers, South Charleston - Colombia
  • Preiser Scientific, Saint Albans - Bolivia
  • Terraquip Construction Products, Charleston - Australia, India, Ireland, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Turkey
  • Walker Machinery Co., Belle - Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Germany

Logan County

  • Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Mount Gay - China

Marion County

  • Backbone Security, Fairmont - Azerbaijan

Mason County

  • ICL-IP America, Gallipolis Ferry - Trinidad & Tobago

McDowell County

  • Gilco International Lumber, McDowell County - Thailand, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic

Mercer County

  • The Daniels Co., Bluefield - Mongolia

Mineral County

  • Automated Packaging Systems, Inc., Keyser - Malaysia, New Zealand
  • Howell Automotive, Keyser - Argentina
  • Kessel Lumber Products, Keyser - Canada

Monongalia County

  • Gurkees, Morgantown - Japan, South Korea, Romania, Tanzania, United Kingdom
  • Petitto Mine Equipment, Morgantown - China
  • RockyBrook Sinkers LLC, Morgantown - Canada, Japan, Russia
  • Z Electric Vehicle Corp., Westover - Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam

Morgan County

  • Caperton Furnitureworks, Berkeley Springs - Dominican Republic, Pakistan

Nicholas County

  • Advantage Precision, Summersville - Australia, China

Ohio County

  • DirectOnline Marketing, Wheeling - South Africa
  • Touchstone Research Laboratory Ltd, Triadelphia - Portugal, Israel, Italy
  • TROY Group, Wheeling - Bahrain, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Cayman Islands, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Israel, South Korea, Libya, Nicaragua, Russia
  • Warwood Tool Co., Wheeling - China, United Kingdom
  • Wheeling Truck Center, Wheeling - Azerbaijan, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Mongolia, Namibia, Philippines, Uruguay, Yemen, Zimbabwe


  • Clark International Logistics LLC, Poca - New Zealand
  • Eagle Research, Scott Depot - Bolivia, Peru
  • Premier Solutions, Hurricane - Hungary


  • Quality Environmental Containers, Beaver - Nigeria


  • Aplicare, Inc., Prichard - Afghanistan, Canada, China, India, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom


  • Baron Blakeslee SFC, Williamstown - Turkey, India, Saudi Arabia
  • Rolling Ridge Woods, Parkersburg - Austria

The West Virginia Development Office (WVDO) International Division regularly organizes international trade events to assist small and mid-size West Virginia companies with their export growth. Upcoming events for 2013 include mining trade shows in Australia and China, and an open industry trade mission to Colombia. Interested companies may view upcoming events on the wvdo.org exports website and contact WVDO International Division for details.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin