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 Governor Tomblin Attends Ribbon Cutting for Gestamp West Virginia

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Gov. Tomblin welcomes Gestamp during today's ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony
Photo courtesy of Gov. Tomblin's Office
Gov. Tomblin welcomes Gestamp during today's ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined company executives and other dignitaries in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the newest milestone for Gestamp West Virginia. The automotive stamping plant in South Charleston is now officially in operation. Gestamp announced its intention to move into the formerly-shuttered plant in April 2012 and started small scale cold line product production by September. The plant has ramped up operations, installed new hot stamping lines and now employs nearly 70 employees. By the end of 2012, the company intends to employ 100 to 120 workers. Within five years, Gestamp plans to invest at least $100 million and create a minimum of 400 jobs in the South Charleston plant.

"Today, we're welcoming another company that's discovered West Virginia is a great place to do business," said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. "When Gestamp was looking for a place to open their new plant, they decided West Virginia was the best place in the country-the best place in the world-to put this plant and create these jobs. This is a great day for South Charleston, the Kanawha Valley, and the entire state of West Virginia.

"We've worked hard to create a positive business climate in West Virginia, and the over 400 good-paying jobs being created at this facility are proof our hard work is paying off," continued Gov. Tomblin. "This $100 million investment also proves the great things we can achieve when we work together. Ray Park, Senator Manchin, Mayor Mullens and the folks on the Kanawha County Commission were tremendous ambassadors for our state and worked hard to make sure Gestamp knew West Virginia was the best choice."

The facility on MacCorkle Avenue had housed automotive stamping operations for approximately four decades before closing in 2006. In 2007, site owner Park Corporation purchased the machinery and invested millions to refurbish the building and modernize the equipment.

Gov. Tomblin welcomes Gestamp during today's ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony
Photo courtesy of Gov. Tomblin's Office
Gov. Tomblin welcomes Gestamp during today's ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony.
"Gestamp is excited to work with the State of West Virginia to open our newest plant in North America," said Craig Parsons, Vice President of Business Development, Gestamp North America. "The support received from the state was certainly a key factor when considering the multiple options for our investment. We are fortunate to have such a great plant with an enthusiastic workforce ready to take on such important new product launches. Thank you to the folks from the state and people of West Virginia for their support making this project a reality."

"Government can do two things with your money: spend it, or invest it," said Sen. Joe Manchin III. "When I was governor, we chose to invest our money in Ray Park. The results speak for themselves: hundreds of good jobs, a wonderful investment by a strong international company like Gestamp - and Ray Park paid back every penny.

"The revitalization of the South Charleston stamping plant shows that when we work together and build stronger relationships, we can attract world-class employers to the state of West Virginia," continued Sen. Manchin. "I'm so pleased that the hundreds of new jobs will revitalize not just South Charleston, but also our entire state. I'm also proud to see this project come to fruition, after spending so many years working with dedicated entrepreneurs like Ray Park and public servants like Governor Tomblin. I thank all of them for coming together around this vision that we worked so hard together to achieve."

Job seekers interested in applying should contact their local WorkForce West Virginia office or visit www.workforcewv.org.

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