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Area port officials seek support from state


Officials with the Port of West Virginia plan to build up their operation in Brooke County, bringing hundreds of jobs with it, and are looking for support from the state to help reach their goal.

Mitch Carmichael, cabinet secretary of the state Department of Economic Development, was in Follansbee Wednesday, meeting with the leadership of the port and touring their facilities along the Ohio River.

The Port of West Virginia, formerly known as Empire Trimodal Terminal, is operated by Empire Diversified Energy, a Florida-based business providing logistics and services for the energy industry. The company purchased the property in late 2020, and recently completed the purchase of the former Koppers property in Follansbee.

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