Business

Gov. Justice honors 31 West Virginia businesses

CHARLESTON — In a ceremony Friday, 31 West Virginia companies, including one in Wood County and four in Jackson County, were presented with the Governor’s Commendation for International Market Entry Award. The commendation recognizes businesses that exported to a new country for the first ...

Career help reaches across the Ohio River

WILLIAMSTOWN—Concrete block walls are rising up out of the mud at the construction site for the new Williamstown Elementary School. Cranes, dozers and heavy forklifts moved around the small site on Henderson Street Wednesday morning as masons laid block and supervisors consulted with one ...

Elizabeth Sudgen Broughton Community Building project kicks off

MARIETTA — The foundation is laid for the Elizabeth Sudgen Broughton Community Building, but for George Broughton it’s a foundation for much more than a structure. Set in the privately owned, publicly used Broughton nature preserve just off Interstate 77 the building will not only fill a ...

Superior Toyota-Hyundai supports Grant Your Grant challenge

MARIETTA — Superior Toyota-Hyundai has been the lead sponsor for the past four years for the Marietta Community Foundation’s “Grant Your Grant” non-profit challenge. Locally owned businesses play a major role in the vitality of the communities in which they are situated, said Heather ...

Dr. Deric Bryant named hospitalist director at Camden Clark Medical Center

PARKERSBURG — A new director of the hospitalist program has been named at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center. Dr. Deric Bryant, D.O., will be the full time director of Camden Clark’s hospitalist program and will lead the hospitalists’ team of 14 full time physicians and six ...

Calhoun Banks to open new Grantsville site

GRANTSVILLE — Calhoun Banks on Monday will cut the ribbon on a new, 8,000 square foot bank in Grantsville. An opening day celebration will begin at 8:15 a.m. with refreshments continuing the entire day. In 2015, the board of directors assessed the current location to determine its ...

Cintas Corp. announces Parkersburg location’s certification

PARKERSBURG — Cintas Corp. announced that its Parkersburg location received Voluntary Protection Program Star certification from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The announcement took place during a recent ceremony in Mineral Wells. Special guests included Blake McEnany, ...

Swilled Dog Hard Cider continues to expand

FRANKLIN, W.Va. — Parkersburg native Brooke (Litton) Glover has good news to share about the company she co-owns. West Virginia’s Swilled Dog Hard Cider announced Thursday, following a record year of growth and demand in 2018, it will be expanding and relocating from its facility in ...

Report highlights need for ethane hub

PARKERSBURG — A federal report issued this week cites the economic potential from additional ethane hubs in the United States. Natural gas processing capacity has expanded more than 10-fold from 2010 to 2016 in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia where the boom in crude oil and ...

Marietta College does study on its economic impact on region

MARIETTA — Marietta College released a study measuring the economic impact of the college’s presence on Washington and Wood counties. Based on the combined operating budget, student and visitor spending, and construction expenditures, the study calculates a total economic impact on the ...

HealthSouth Western Hills Regional Rehabilitation Hospital to rebrand

PARKERSBURG — HealthSouth Western Hills Regional Rehabilitation Hospital will unveil a new name and brand as part of its company’s name change and rebranding initiative. Beginning Jan.1, the inpatient rehabilitation hospital will be known as Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of ...

All Aboard: Grand Central Express adds new train

VIENNA — All aboard the new Grand Central Express. The owners of the miniature train that carries passengers around the mall recently put a new Wattman train into service during the Santa Arrival Parade. The colorful all-new Grand Central Express has realistic locomotive sounds, wheels in ...

Marietta businesses crazy for Moonlight Madness event

MARIETTA — Despite a chill in the air, hundreds of people strolled Marietta’s downtown streets Friday night to see what was offered in the Moonlight Madness-themed First Fridays event for the month of December. At the corner of Butler and Front streets, Mack McHale, dressed as The Grinch ...

Arbitration ordered on Constellium health coverage

CHARLESTON — Arbitration was ordered by a federal judge in West Virginia between Constellium and retirees. Judge Thomas Johnston on Wednesday also granted an injunction preventing the aluminum processing company in Ravenswood from changing medical and prescription drug coverage for about ...

Man files sexual harassment suit against fracking company

UNIONTOWN, Pa. — A West Virginia man filed a federal lawsuit against a fracking company, alleging his co-workers and supervisors verbally, physically and sexually harassed him because they did not believe he was masculine enough. George Keaton of Clendenin named two supervisors and Keane ...

Big Lots holds grand opening in Marietta

MARIETTA — Shoppers applauded as the orange grand opening ribbon was cut and cascaded to the ground Friday morning at the new Big Lots location at 110 S. Seventh St. The 29,000-square-foot store will give shoppers a better experience, said Dewayne Tanner, district team leader for Big ...

Renovated Marietta building rents desk space to start-up businesses

MARIETTA — For Jared Perry, the Ketter Block wasn’t a building to be restored so much as it was an idea to be realized. The three-story brick structure at 204 Front St. now offers a temporary home to small start-up entrepreneurs who have a stake in Marietta’s future. Perry, a ...

United Bank recognized for volunteers efforts

PARKERSBURG — United Bank’s employee volunteer program has been recognized among the strongest in the nation by the American Bankers Association Foundation. The foundation recognized United’s Community Reinvestment Act Action Committee during its Annual Convention in New York City. In ...

Up-cycling store opens in downtown Marietta

MARIETTA — Tables and other furniture with clean, elegant lines, unusual lamps, mirrors and wall plaques, decorative candles and other home decor articles have taken up residence with skateboarding clothing and gear in an uncommon combination of merchandise at 179 Front St. Tayla Lerch ...

Oil, natural gas severance tax revenue up in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Natural gas is having an impact on the state budget and in local economies throughout West Virginia, a trade association said. The oil and natural gas industry paid more than $138 million in severance taxes in fiscal year 2018, an increase of 4.3 percent or more than $5 million ...