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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presented the Governor’s Commendation for International Market Entry to representatives of 49 West Virginia businesses. The award honors companies that have successfully exported to a new country in the past year.

Gov. Tomblin joined the West Virginia Export Council and the West Virginia Development Office on June 28 to commend the West Virginia companies.

“Our export performance continues to be a source of pride for our state and strength in our economy,” said Gov. Tomblin. “International trade and investment create and retain jobs in West Virginia. In 2011, West Virginia exports increased 39.5 percent, the highest export growth rate of any state in the nation. I thank our exporting companies for their efforts and congratulate them on their success.”
The Governor’s Commendation for International Market Entry includes framed currency from each new country to which the recipient business began exporting in 2011. The presentation is based on the tradition of displaying the first dollar a business earns.

The 49 companies being honored this year matches the number of companies recognized last year.

First-time honorees include AFP Logs & Lumber, Buckhannon; Automated Packaging Systems, Keyser; Becker/SMC, Huntington; Constellium Rolled Products, Ravenswood; Direct Online Marketing, Wheeling; StaSIS Engineering, Summit Point; Sulzer Pumps, Barboursville; TerraQuip Construction Products, Cross Lanes; Tri-State Coating & Machine, Salt Rock; Valtronics, Ravenswood; and Warrior Energy, Martinsburg.

Commendations were handed out to:

Barbour County
  • Blackheart International, Philippi; Jordan

Berkeley County

  • DSI Underground Systems, Martinsburg; France
  • Power Sonix Inc., Martinsburg; Germany, Uganda, Trinidad & Tobago; Israel, India, Singapore, Canada
  • Warrior Energy, Martinsburg; Afghanistan


  • Becker/SMC, Huntington; Canada, Mexico, Poland, Australia, Korea, Chile, Hong Kong, Norway, United Kingdom
  • Guyan International, Barboursville; Thailand, Ireland, Colombia
  • JABO Supply Corporation, Huntington; Australia
  • Nippon Tungsten USA, Barboursville; Mexico, Chile, Argentina
  • Richwood Industries, Huntington; Poland
  • Steel of West Virginia Inc., Huntington; Russia
  • Sulzer Pumps, Barboursville; Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Ecuador
  • Tri-State Coating & Machine Company, Salt Rock; Paraguay


  • Allegheny Wood Products, Petersburg; Turkey, Jordon


  • Howell Automotive, Romney; Afghanistan, Malta


  • The Homer Laughlin China Company, Newell; Canada, Australia, Korea, United Kingdom


  • MSES Consultations Inc. – Corrosion Products Division, Clarksburg; Australia, Indonesia, Thailand


  • Constellium Rolled Products Ravenswood LLC, Ravenswood; Australia, Brazil, China, Uruguay
  • J & M Industrial Inc., Millwood; Venezuela, Germany, Taiwan, South Africa, Nigeria, Korea, Peru, Philippines
  • Valtronics, Ravenswood; Trinidad & Tobago; Canada, France, Argentina, Mexico


  • Schonstedt Instrument Company, Kearneysville; Zimbabwe, Mongolia
  • STaSIS, Summit Point; Indonesia, India, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden, Chile, Guatemala, Russia, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Turkey, Greece


  • ConveyWeigh LLC, Dunbar; Saudi Arabia
  • The Moore Company, Charleston; Mongolia
  • Preiser Scientific, Saint Albans; Federated States of Micronesia, Oman, Serbia
  • Terraquip Construction Products, Poca; Mexico
  • Vimasco Corporation, Nitro; India


  • Backbone Security, Fairmont; Estonia, Norway, Japan, Israel


  • IMI Fabi LLC, Benwood; Bulgaria


  • ICL IP America Inc., Gallipolis Ferry; Pakistan


  • American Mine Research, Princeton; Brazil


  • Automated Packaging Systems, Inc., Keyser; Germany, France, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Australia, India


  • Petitto Mine Equipment, Morgantown; South Africa
  • Protea Biosciences, Morgantown; Saudi Arabia, Jordan


  • Caperton Furnitureworks, Berkeley Springs; Burundi, South Africa, Venezuela, Paraguay, Rwanda, Ghana, Djibouti, India, Germany


  • DirectOnline Marketing, Wheeling; United Kingdom, Australia, Russia
  • Touchstone Research Laboratory Ltd, Tridelphia; Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Korea, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom
  • Wheeling Corrugating Company, Wheeling; Canada, Mexico, Jordan, Dominican Republic
  • Wheeling Truck Center, Wheeling; Argentina, Belize, Colombia, Croatia, Honduras, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Slovenia, Ukraine, Zambia


  • Clark International Logistics LLC, Poca; Benin
  • Premier Solutions, Hurricane; Peru
  • Terradon Communications Group, Poca; Mexico


  • Mining Controls Inc., Beckley; China, South Africa, Australia, France, India


  • International Technologies LLC, Elkins; Mexico


  • DynaTech Adhesives, Grafton; Spain, Germany, Poland, Ecuador, Argentina


  • Marble King, Paden City; Germany


  • AFP Logs and Lumber LLC. Buckhannon; India


  • Aplicare, Inc., Prichard; Costa Rica, Australia, Ireland, France


  • Gaskets Packings & Seals Enterprises LLC, Parkersburg; Australia
  • Kreinik Manufacturing, Parkersburg; Ukraine, Bulgaria, Finland, Hungary, Bermuda, Germany

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