Business

Businesses look to future in West Virginia

PARKERSBURG — Earlier this month U.S. News and World Reports published an article ranking the states based on multiple factors to include health care, infrastructure and education to name a few. The publication found West Virginia as the 47th best state in the union and ranked it dead ...

Marietta Main Street looks for executive director

MARIETTA — Marietta Main Street, the nonprofit organization advancing and promoting downtown, is looking for a new executive director. Sam Tuten, who was director for less than a year, has resigned and will be replaced on an interim basis by former executive director Cristie Thomas, who ...

Chemical, small business expo to be held

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute and Advantage Valley with the West Virginia Development Office will hold an expo to link small businesses with major West Virginia chemical and polymer manufacturers from 1-5 p.m. June 13 at Valley Park Conference Center in Hurricane. The West ...

Frontier Shopping Center up for sale

MARIETTA — The Frontier Shopping Center in Marietta is up for sale, although it’s continuing to welcome new businesses to the strip mall in the meantime. In April the shopping center was listed for sale for $10,507,000, for the commercial parcels and buildings, with the listing boasting ...

Groundbreaking held for new Monroe County power plant

HANNIBAL, Ohio—Before it closed in 2013, the Ormet Aluminum Corp. in Monroe County used the same amount of power in a day that the city of Pittsburgh did. “And that was 540 megawatts of power we were using,” explained Robert Cox, general manager of the Long Ridge Energy Terminal, on ...

OVP HEALTH receives accreditation

RAVENSWOOD — OVP HEALTH, formerly Ohio Valley Physicians, which operates a facility in Ravenswood, has again received three-year accreditations from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for two of its programs for care and treatment of people suffering from opioid ...

WV Forward posting jobs portal

MORGANTOWN — As thousands of jobs remain unfilled across West Virginia, WV Forward is posting a jobs portal that serves as a front door to statewide job platforms and listings, according to a press release. At a time when employers and government officials express the need to better ...

West Virginia gas industry committed to improvements

CHARLESTON — As the state works to address declining road conditions, West Virginia’s natural gas industry spent more than $110 million from 2014 to 2018 on road upgrades, maintenance and design, industry spokesmen said. The industry spent $34 million in 2018 alone, Anne Blankenship, ...

Settlers Bank announces new internet domain

MARIETTA — Settlers Bank has announced a new internet domain, www.Settlers.Bank, for internet operations. Dot Bank is a new, more secure internet domain than dot com or dot net. It is an easily identifiable website channel for trusted communications between banks and customers. Since the ...

WVU economist speaks on natural gas

MORGANTOWN — A West Virginia University economist believes the natural gas industry could have a tremendous impact on the state’s economy, and that the development of public policy and infrastructure in West Virginia can help bring about substantial economic impact from the fossil fuel. ...

Budget passed to reduce business tax exemption

MARIETTA — A budget passed by the Ohio House of Representatives and being considered by the state Senate includes tax breaks for nearly every Ohioan except for small business owners. House Bill 166 proposes that people making less than $22,500 a year will not have to pay any state income ...

Six receive promotions at Williamstown Bank

WILLIAMSTOWN — Six officers have been promoted at Williamstown Bank. They are: * Kelly Allen to senior vice president-risk management, audit and compliance. * Rissa Farrar to auditor. * Jennifer Seckman to customer relationship officer. * Alexandria Flowers to customer relationship ...

Marietta officials work out buffers around medical marijuana businesses

MARIETTA — Medical marijuana business development in Marietta city limits and boundaries of state law were the focus of city officials Tuesday as they mapped changes from the discussion in real time. “That’s what we’re here for,” said Buckeye Hills GIS Specialist Jason Pyles after ...

Women’s clothing chain Dressbarn to close all 650 stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Dressbarn, the women’s clothing chain that’s been around for nearly 60 years, is closing all 650 of its stores. The company’s chief financial officer, Steven Taylor, said Dressbarn has not been operating at an “acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail ...

Rossi Pasta up for sale

MARIETTA — The parent company of a pasta maker is selling the company that has been a familiar face for more than three decades in Marietta. Christy & Associates Inc. announced it has made a strategic decision to leave the gourmet food business and is seeking to sell its subsidiary ...

Medical marijuana dispensary to open in Marietta soon

MARIETTA — Access to medical marijuana in Southeast Ohio is near, following more than two years of legislation, rules and renovations. Marietta City Law Director Paul Bertram confirmed Tuesday that the Marietta dispensary named Strawberry Fields, which has been under structural ...

Smith acquires Stumbo’s practice

PARKERSBURG — A local orthodontist has acquired another practice with offices in Ripley and Parkersburg. Dr. Amy Smith of Smith Orthodontics acquired the practice of Dr. William Stumbo on April 30. Stumbo has provided orthodontic treatment since 1985. He is a member of numerous professional ...

Woodcraft receives Outstanding Growth Award

PARKERSBURG — Woodcraft recently received an Outstanding Growth Award that reflects the success of its partnership with Adlucent, a digital marketing performance agency headquartered in Austin, Texas. The award was presented to September Fleming, Woodcraft Director of Digital Marketing, ...

Marietta CVB attends legislative day

MARIETTA — A local tourism official attended the Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus 2019 Ohio Tourism Legislative Day on May 7. “Marietta is the first settlement in the northwest territory and the first city in Ohio,” said Deana Clark, executive director of the ...

Shop Local ‘May Madness’ event set for Saturday in Belpre

BELPRE — The Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce’s May Shop Local Saturday, called “May Madness,” the first in a yearly series of Belpre Area shopper events, is set for Saturday, according to Karen Waller, chamber executive director. The Chamber of Commerce with iHeart Media invites area ...