Business

Wood County company enters construction contract

MINERAL WELLS — Conley Fabrication LLC in Mineral Wells has entered into an agreement with JAG Mobile Solutions Inc., a Howe, Ind.-based company, to cooperatively build specialty trailers. JAG Mobile Solutions has manufactured and supplied world-class units for the specialty trailer ...

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Representatives of Shale Crescent USA attended the World Petrochemical Conference March 20 in Houston. Standing in front of its display are, from left, Wally Kandel, Mark Schwendeman, Brian Chavez, Christy Chavez, Greg Kozera and Jerry James, members of the Shale Crescent board of directors, except for Kozera, who is director of marketing.

Shale Crescent USA attends Texas conference

MARIETTA — Shale Crescent USA, a non-profit group of business and community leaders from Ohio and West Virginia, attended the World Petrochemical Conference March 20 in Houston to promote the Mid-Ohio Valley and the Shale Crescent for high-energy manufacturing industries to expand or ...

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FirstEnergy expects to invest $166 million in transmission and distribution projects in Mon Power’s service area in 2017 to enhance service reliability for customers. Among the projects will be the replacement of 26 disconnect switches at a total cost of $1.3 million in a number of 138-kilovolt transmission substations like the one pictured here. The switches will allow electricians to disconnect the substation breakers from the grid so equipment can be safely inspected, upgraded and maintained.

First Energy plans Monongahela Power projects

PARKERSBURG — The electric company plans to spend $166 million on distribution and transmission infrastructure projects, including projects in Wood, Pleasants and Calhoun counties, officials announced. First Energy said the projects in Monongahela Power’s 34-county service area in West ...

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Mike Voshel, of the Williamstown Auction Center, shows that much of the machinery used in the workshops of the Fenton Glass factory are still operational and will be up for auction in the coming weeks.

Fenton Art Glass equipment going to auction

WILLIAMSTOWN —Auctioneers are cataloging items at the old Fenton Art Glass for an auction before the facility that once made glassware known around the world is demolished in June. “We’ll be selling the tools from the maintenance shop, filing cabinets, desks, lockers, chairs and items ...

People’s Bank given award

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank of Marietta is one of nine winners of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio. The winners will feted at a celebration on May 17 in the Columbus Athenaeum. The Governor’s Awards Selection Committee, comprised of six Ohio Arts Council board members and ...

Nan of Music Mountain by N. C. Wyeth

DuPont donates artwork to museums

WILMINGTON, Del. — DuPont announced this week it will make a donation of works of art from the DuPont collection and the Hotel du Pont to the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum and Hagley Museum & Library. The donated artwork includes pieces by three generations of the ...

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Pictured, from left: Jerry Piggott, Duane Arnold, Barbara Dollman, Patsy Hardy, Kenny Hardy, Steve Hardy, Kelly Wyatt, Kevin Eddy, Chris Batton, Tommy Cooke.

S&P Harley-Davidson recognized

WILLIAMSTOWN— S&P Harley-Davidson earned the prestigious Silver Bar and Shield Circle of Achievement Award for 2016. Presented by Harley-Davidson Motor Company, this award is given to dealers based on motorcycle and related product sales performance, customer service and satisfaction ...

Proposed West Virginia tax changes worry businesses

PARKERSBURG — A bill changing the tax system in West Virginia has its skeptics. Senate Bill 335 would eliminate the 6 percent sales tax and replace it with an 8 percent general consumption tax, including food, lower the income tax rate to 2.65 percent with a method to eliminate it around ...

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Chris Metz stands in his tank room where maple syrup is produced at Cedar Run Farm in Friendly, W.Va.

Maple syrup collection ends early due to unusually warm weather

FRIENDLY — At the top of the ridge of Cedar Run Farm the land is open and there’s lots of it. The sun shines, the wind blows and cuts like a knife, dropping 30 degree temperatures in the teens wind chill. Chris Metz rides his side car buggy along the ridge and shakes his head over what ...

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Lindsey Kerr Piersol, director of the Wood County Economic Development Office, recently commemorated one year on the job.

Lindsey Kerr Piersol marks year at Wood County Economic Development Office

PARKERSBURG — The director of the Wood County Economic Development Office recently commemorated one year on the job, highlighting the changes made during that time. Lindsey Kerr Piersol started with the Area Roundtable on March 7, 2016. She says it’s been a year full of positive changes. ...

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Amanda Mercer demonstrates a pose while students look on. From left are Denise Pottmeyer, Denyse Fordham and Tonya Hays.

THRIVEfitt thrives at Marietta location

MARIETTA — Personal trainer, health coach and now fitness center owner, Amanda Mercer is trying to breathe new life into a building that has been empty for a long time. She also encourages her clients to breathe as she runs them through rigorous training. THRIVEfitt officially kicked off ...

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Motivational Speaker Larry Winget displays his T-shirt, ‘Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get a Life.’

Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce honors citizens of year

MARIETTA — A standing ovation filled Dyson Baudo Recreation Center at Marietta College in honor of Dan Stephan Sr., 80, of Williamstown, Monday evening. Stephan, the man who held onto a historic landmark in Marietta which now hosts a variety of shows as the Peoples Bank Theatre, was ...

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From left, Senator Jay Rockefeller, Mr. Eiji Toyoda, Gov. Gaston Caperton and Mr. Hiroshi Okuda break ground for Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia Inc. in September 1996.

Study shows Toyota’s impact on West Virginia

BUFFALO, W.Va. — A recent study by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) shows Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia Inc. is making a major impact on the Mountain State through strong jobs numbers, payroll, and capital and philanthropic investments, according to a press release from ...

Mid-Ohio Valley residents form solar energy co-op

PARKERSBURG — A solar energy co-op is expanding into the Mid-Ohio Valley, officials said. WV SUN, or West Virginia Solar United Neighborhoods, and OH SUN were created to save money, make going solar easier and build a network of solar supporters. Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action, the West ...

Shale Crescent USA to speak at roundtable

MARIETTA— Representatives of the Shale Crescent USA, a group which encourages economic development of the natural gas shales in the region, will discuss opportunities in the Mid-Ohio Valley and what’s being done to promote the region around the world at the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio ...

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From left, Bob Rauch, chairman of the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee, and Kathleen Young, a liaison for the governor of Ohio, at a committee meeting on Wednesday.

Young meets with Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce committee

BELPRE — A Southeast Ohio region liaison for the governor of Ohio Wednesday met with the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee. Kathleen Young listened to members of the committee, business owners, residents, city and chamber officials and economic development ...

Peoples Insurance Agency acquires Patrick Consulting Services LLC

MARIETTA — Peoples Insurance Agency, a subsidiary of Peoples Bank, has acquired Patrick Consulting Services LLC in Piketon, Ohio. Patrick Consulting was started by Rick Patrick in 2005 to meet the needs of Piketon area employers. The firm is a group benefits and third-party administration ...

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From left, Pickering Associates engineers John Bentz and Mark Welch and professional surveyor Bill Showalter are shown with the company’s Engineering Company of the Year award at the 2017 Northeast Oil and Gas Awards Gala Dinner on March 2 in Pittsburgh.

Pickering Associates named Engineering Company of Year

PITTSBURGH — Pickering Associates was named Engineering Company of the Year for the second year in a row at the 2017 Northeast Oil and Gas Awards. Company leadership and clients represented the local architecture, engineering and surveying business at the fifth annual Northeast Oil and Gas ...

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The Camden Clark Medical Center and the American Cancer Center recently celebrated six years in partnership at the ACS Cancer Resource Center (CRC.) Pictured from left seated are Lesa Hunter, CRC coordinator; Jean Lawrence, Road to Recovery coordinator; Betsy Ehret, Look Good Feel Better coordinator; Yvonne Pratt, and Kathy Lowers. Standing are Rondal Cline, Linda E. Robinson, Sandy Hathaway, CRC volunteer scheduler, Linda McKitrick and Jane Cottle.

Cancer Resource Center partnership marks anniversary

PARKERSBURG — The Camden Clark Medical Center and the American Cancer Center recently celebrated six years in partnership at the ACS Cancer Resource Center (CRC) located in the WVU Cancer Institute in CCMC’s Medical Office Building B Suite 130 on Garfield Avenue. The CRC is staffed by ...

Business fundamentals workshop slated

WEST UNION — The West Virginia Small Business Development Center will offer a Business Fundamentals workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 25, in the Doddridge County Public Library, 170 Marie St., West Union. Business Coach Marsa Myers will lead the session. The course includes ...