Business

Mid-Ohio Valley business leaders meet with lawmakers in Charleston

CHARLESTON — Local business leaders met with state elected officials in Charleston this week. The Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley held its annual MOV Chamber Day at the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston with around 25 Chamber members traveling to Charleston and interacting with ...

Great American Home Show enjoys success in Vienna

VIENNA — The 2019 Great American Home Show ended its three-day run on Sunday with organizers again pleased with the turnout. “It’s been great,” said Steven D. Bailey, an officer of the sponsoring Home Builders Association of the Mid-Ohio Valley and an exhibitor at the event held ...

Memorial Health System establishes breast milk bank in Marietta

MARIETTA — A program that provides breast milk for infants who need it now has a connection with the Memorial Health System in Marietta. Memorial established itself as part of the OhioHealth Mothers’ Milk Bank network late last year, and several nursing mothers have begun contributing to ...

Putnam Commons welcomes new stores

MARIETTA — Putnam Commons at 121 Putnam St. is the home to a few new businesses. The facilities also offers newly remodeled spaces for people hoping to branch out on their own. “We are a small business for other small businesses,” said Levi Holbert, property manager of Putnam ...

Comfort Keepers of the Mid-Ohio Valley receives award

MARIETTA — Local Comfort Keepers owner Joanie Yeomans recently accepted the Operational Excellence Award at the 2018 Comfort Keepers Leadership Conference in San Antonio. The local Comfort Keepers of the Mid-Ohio Valley has received the award for a sixth consecutive year from CK Franchising ...

Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce plans multiple events for February

MARIETTA — The Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce will hold several programs this month. Boost Your Business workshop will be held 8:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Huntington Bank, 226 Third St. The topic is “Understanding Cash Flow vs. Profitability” with featured speaker John Voorhies of ...

Manchin talks natural gas at Legislative Breakfast

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s senior U.S. senator has a lot to say about coal and natural gas, and his new committee position will give him a platform to have his voice heard. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., spoke to attendees by video chat at the West Virginia Press Association’s annual ...

Great American Home Show coming to Vienna this weekend

VIENNA — It will be a Do-It-Yourselfers paradise during the 2019 Great American Home Show. Area homeowners planning a variety of projects in the coming year will have the chance to examine a wide range of products and services available locally during the annual show that will be held ...

McMahon Truck Center in Marietta works on Ohio State University truck

MARIETTA — When The Ohio State University football team heads to away games, the truck and trailer hauling their gear has a custom paint job done right in Marietta. When Steve Coe and Neil Fritsche of McMahon Truck Center in Marietta received a call from Ken Blair, president of Circle ...

Opportunity zones created by federal legislation explained

PARKERSBURG — Opportunity zones were created as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017, but potential investors and advisers are still learning how they might best be utilized. “The idea behind an opportunity zone is to incentivize individuals who own an asset ... to sell ...

Horticulture innovation comes from West Virginia University graduate

MORGANTOWN — Just across the Monongahela River from Morgantown sits a small greenhouse with a picturesque view of Woodburn Hall. During the winter months, you might notice its soft pinkish purple glow, but if you weren’t looking for it, you’d probably never notice the unassuming ...

United Bankshares announces record earnings

PARKERSBURG — United Bankshares has reported earnings for the fourth quarter and year of 2018. Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2018 were $64 million or 62 cents per diluted share as compared to earnings of $18 million or 17 cents per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2017. ...

2019 Great American Home Show coming to Vienna on Feb. 8-10

VIENNA — It will be a Do-It-Yourselfers paradise during the 2019 Great American Home Show. Area homeowners planning a variety of projects in the coming year will have the chance to examine a wide range of products and services available locally during the annual show that will be held ...

Small businesses in Marietta come with learning curve

MARIETTA — Starting a business in Marietta can be daunting. “You start a business because you want to help people,” said new business owner Erin Stevens, as she cut hair in her salon, The Modest Peacock, on Wednesday. “And people in the different agencies and organizations are ...

QCA Urgent Care and Wellness Center opens in Marietta

MARIETTA — Sometimes a person may be sick, but not sick enough to go to the emergency room. But they may be apprehensive to go to an urgent care facility because of their fear of a potential lack of treatment options available there. On Monday, Dr. Jeff Patey opened QCA Urgent Care and ...

Ohio University engineering faculty member receives $1M in grants

ATHENS — An Ohio University engineering faculty member has received $1 million to develop a novel laboratory-scale process to simultaneously convert two of the energy industry’s most problematic substances to manage — carbon dioxide and ethane — into valuable products. With the support ...

Mattress Warehouse parent company files for bankruptcy

VIENNA — Despite parent company Innovative Mattress Solutions filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month, it’s business as usual at the Mattress Warehouse in Vienna and other company stores. According to a release posted online at www.mattresswarehouse.com, IMS is ...

Pat Catan’s set to close doors

PARKERSBURG — The parent company of Pat Catan’s is closing all 36 of its stores, but some could reopen under the Michaels brand. It’s not known yet if the location in Parkersburg’s Park Shopping Center is one of them. The closures were announced Wednesday morning by the Michaels ...

Genesis Healthcare to close Marietta Center

MARIETTA — The Marietta Center rehabilitation and long-term care facility is preparing to close down. The company that owns the center, Genesis Healthcare of Pennsylvania, confirmed Wednesday that it is assisting residents and their families in finding other facilities. “We have made ...

Unemployment numbers vary throughout Mid-Ohio Valley counties

PARKERSBURG — Unemployment among counties in the Mid-Ohio Valley is a mix of the best and worst, according to statistics released by the state. Calhoun County led the state with the most unemployment, 12.4 percent, in December, according to the non-seasonally adjusted unemployment numbers ...