Business

Paul Worstell to speak to Economic Roundtable

MARIETTA — The retired president of PRO-TEC Coating Co. will be keynote speaker at the Economic Roundtable noon Wednesday at the Parkersburg Country Club. Paul Worstell will speak about “Process Wrapped in Culture: PRO-TEC’s Performance Excellence Journey.” Worstell, the 2018-19 ...

Full clutch of businesses hatching at Marietta incubator

MARIETTA — It’s not your typical business incubator. The Epicenter, a project of Building Bridges to Careers — BB2C — has filled the ground floor of the Tenney Building on Lancaster Street, with five tenants who have bought into its unique atmosphere and requirements. Like other ...

Leadership West Virginia announces 2019 class

CHARLESTON — Four people from the region are among the 57 participants in the 2019 Class of Leadership West Virginia. They are: * Kaitlyn McKitrick, Bowles Rice, LLP, Parkersburg * Cam Matheny, Matheny & Co. AC, Ripley * Roberta Ferrell, Jackson County Board of Education, Ripley ...

West Virginia University students named in fashion competition

MORGANTOWN — The path to a career in the fashion industry just became clearer for three West Virginia University students, including a senior from Parkersburg. Emma Ervin of Parkersburg, Katelynn Walker and Mariah White, all fashion, dress and merchandising students, were recently named 2019 ...

United Bank receives outstanding rating

PARKERSBURG — United Bank has received an “Outstanding” rating from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond in its recent evaluation of Community Reinvestment Act performance. The award represents the highest possible rating of how well a financial institution meets the credit needs of its ...

AI integration expected at Huntington Bank

COLUMBUS — In response to customer feedback over a two-year period, Huntington Bank is rolling out The Hub. The Hub is Huntington’s new digital banking experience that is free to all Huntington customers, It is designed to help customers save more money, manage their spending and keep ...

Rayon senior apartment complex opens

PARKERSBURG — A new 40-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors is filling up fast. Nineteen people moved into Parkersburg Elderly Housing, built on the former site of Rayon School in south Parkersburg, last week. A 20th was taking up residence Friday afternoon, while more ...

House committee takes first look at business and inventory tax repeal

CHARLESTON — The legislative committee took up a possible amendment to the West Virginia Constitution paving the way for eliminating the business and inventory tax. The House Finance Committee took a look Wednesday morning at House Joint Resolution 17. The resolution proposes an amendment to ...

Parkersburg educator makes it her business to bring books back to life

PARKERSBURG — Heather Royer wants to preserve books. That is why she started the business A Stitch in Time Bookbindery in 2017. She repairs Bibles and other books that are special to people. “I love the idea of preserving history,” Royer said. “Books are becoming a lost art ...

WVU Heart and Vascular Institute expands services in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute is increasing its services at WVU Medicine’s medical campus in downtown Parkersburg and enhancing its support of the only hospital in the Mid-Ohio Valley to offer open-heart surgery. Cardiothoracic surgeon Geoffrey Cousins, M.D., began ...

Officials seek answers regarding Wirt County facility

ELIZABETH — One of the people who helped get the nursing care facility built in Wirt County is now looking into why it is not operating as a nursing care facility. Harold Villers of the Wirt County Development Corporation appeared before the Wirt County Commission this past week to ask ...

Mister Bee Potato Chips receives federal certification

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia Potato Chip Co., doing business as Mister Bee Potato Chips in Parkersburg, has received a woman-owned small business certification as it prepares to install new equipment in March. Mary Anne Ketelsen of Belpre is majority owner and president of West Virginia ...

Lending becoming easier for manufactured homes

MARIETTA — A national shortage of affordable housing prompted Freddie Mac, a government-sponsored company that purchases mortgages from banks, to issue in late 2018 a new set of financing guidelines that are expected to make it easier for people seeking low-cost housing to purchase ...

Jackson General Hospital to join the West Virginia University Health System

MORGANTOWN — Jackson General Hospital in Ripley has signed a letter of intent to join the West Virginia University Health System. WVU Hospitals will file a Certificate of Need application with the West Virginia Health Care Authority seeking approval to acquire the hospital. Jackson General ...

Grogg’s Home Service announces purchase of Keeling Chimney Service

PARKERSBURG — Grogg’s Home Services announced the acquisition of Keeling Chimney Service, a local, family-owned partnership that has been servicing the Mid-Ohio Valley area for eight years. Keeling Chimney specializes in the maintenance and restoration of chimneys and fireplaces in ...

West Virginians go online for unclaimed property

CHARLESTON — Almost half of the claim applications to the Unclaimed Property Division in December were made electronically, the West Virginia treasurer said. The trend is not unusual as the Fast Track program attempts to get money in claimants’ hands faster, Treasurer John Perdue ...

Peoples Bank names Tyler Wilcoxen executive vice president

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank has appointed of Tyler Wilcox as executive vice president, south regional president. “With more than 11 years of executive experience at Peoples Bank, Tyler brings top-level expertise to this new role,” said Chuck Sulerzyski, Peoples Bank president and chief ...

Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce announces speaker for dinner

MARIETTA — The Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the keynote speaker for its 2019 annual dinner on March 11 at the Dyson-Baudo Recreation Center at Marietta College. J.B. Bernstein is a sports marketing pioneer and the co-creator of “The Million Dollar Arm,” a reality show ...

Shentel Foundation commits $50K to Leadership West Virginia

CHARLESTON — The Shentel Foundation, part of Shenandoah Telecommunications Co., has made a $50,000 commitment to Leadership West Virginia over the next five years. The contribution makes the foundation the first diamond sponsor of the program in 2019. “Shentel looks forward to this ...

WVU researchers examine hospital readmissions

MORGANTOWN — A widely used index to assess hospital patients’ risk of readmission may have a blind spot, according to new research from West Virginia University. Physicians and nurses use the L.A.C.E. index to identify which patients are most likely to be readmitted to the hospital because ...