SW Resources unveils expanded warehouse

Photo by Michael Erb SW Resources Board of Directors Treasurer Andy Daniel, left, and Executive Director Christina Smith, right, help to cut the ribbon Thursday on SW Resources newly expanded warehouse. The expansion will allow the company to serve more area businesses and individuals with disabilities.

PARKERSBURG — SW Resources unveiled its newly expanded warehouse Thursday which will allow it to serve more businesses and individuals with disabilities.

Work began last spring to expand the warehouse at 1007 Mary St. in Parkersburg from 7,100 square feet to 11,200 square feet. Officials held a ribbon-cutting Thursday afternoon and provided tours of the facility.

SW Resources is a non-profit, community-based rehabilitation facility, which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

“SW Resources currently employs 251 individuals in our community, and 20 of those were added just this summer,” said Executive Director Christina Smith. “The expectation with this new warehouse expansion is that number will be able to increase to 500. We’re thrilled about that,” Smith said.

SW Resources employee Matt Whalen, who uses a wheelchair, said the expanded warehouse not only allows more space for storage, but also more accessibility for employees.

Photo by Michael Erb April Pennell, Director of Rehabilitation for SW Resources, leads a group of community members on a tour of the company’s newly expanded warehouse during Thursday’s open house event.

“It has helped us tremendously,” he said. “We’re definitely not as crowded as we used to be, and I have more room to maneuver, which means they put me to work more.”

SW Resources Board of Directors Treasurer Andy Daniel said numerous organizations and individuals contributed to help the project, and bricks in the garden out front of the building display the names of numerous donors and are still being sold.

Parkersburg Development Director Rickie Yeager said the warehouse expansion has been long anticipated.

“Anytime we can see an expansion project like SW Resources or other small businesses grow, it not only creates jobs and provides a valuable service, it also makes our community more resilient,” Yeager said.