Business

FirstEnergy Corp. honored with excellence award

AKRON — FirstEnergy Corp. has been honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business with a 2019 Excellence in Human Resources Award for its workforce diversity and inclusion programs. The award recognizes FirstEnergy’s efforts to increase diversity and establish an inclusive environment where all ...

Marietta’s Food Truck Friday drives interest in local entrepreneurs

MARIETTA — The smell of food cooking and bright sunshine met those venturing out to the corner of Second and Greene streets in Marietta for Food Truck Friday. Misty Anderson, 51, of Barlow, and her 14-year-old daughter, Taylor, were in town and decided to stop by the trucks. “She had a ...

Ill feeling after West Virginia, Ohio hospitals announce closures

WHEELING — The governor of West Virginia on Thursday directed his administration “to dig deep to see what kind of help the state can offer” to prevent the closure of the Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling. The medical center and its affiliate East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins ...

Mister Bee Potato Chips plans new warehouse as business grows

PARKERSBURG — Mister Bee Potato Chips plans to construct a half-million-dollar warehouse next to its location on West Virginia Avenue in Parkersburg. Mary Anne Ketelsen, owner of West Virginia Potato Chip Co., discussed the project and other recent improvements to the facility when state ...

Justice talks economic opportunities with cities, towns

HUNTINGTON — Gov. Jim Justice told mayors, city managers and council members from around the state Thursday that despite some good economic signs for the state, there was still much to be done. Justice addressed attendees of the West Virginia Municipal League’s 50th annual Conference at ...

Wincore tells West Virginia officials it needs space to expand

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia commerce secretary toured businesses in Wood County Wednesday and today to see what his office could do to help existing businesses in the area. Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch visited Kreinik Manufacturing, Wincore Windows and Gaskets, Packing & Seals on ...

B&W Pharmacy in Beverly fully reopens

BEVERLY — Friday was the wind-up of a long year for the B&W Pharmacy. On the night of Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, part of the roof of the building on Dietz Lane fell in. It was a disaster but also the beginning of a new phase for the 47-year old business that might not have otherwise ...

Business program inspires local girls

PARKERSBURG — Nine girls from the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg were inspired to pursue their passions and develop into motivated, young female leaders at a week-long entrepreneurship immersion program for grades four through six from July 14-19. The program, “Envision Lead ...

Kroger expands parking at Belpre location

BELPRE — Kroger has expanded parking for customers of the Belpre store at 1000 Washington Blvd. The new parking lot, located to the right of the store, has a capacity of 75 spaces. “The additional parking already is used by customers daily,” said Allison McGee, spokesperson for ...

Miller earns certification

PARKERSBURG — Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics announces that Alexander Miller has received his certification from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC). Miller is now a certified prosthetic and orthotic assistant working at the Belpre and Parkersburg ...

Weiner, Morris join Miller Prosthetics

BELPRE — Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics welcomes Kim Weiner of Belpre and Tyler Morris of Marietta to its full-time team. Weiner has over 16 years of experience in the Prosthetic & Orthotic industry in the patient, office administration, billing and supervising role. Patients have ...

Cinalli voted president of W.Va. optometry group

PARKERSBURG — Dr. Mark Cinalli has been elected president of the West Virginia Association of Optometric Physicians through May 2020. Cinalli is the senior associate with Optometric Physicians of Parkersburg and has a solo practice, the Calhoun-Gilmer Eye Clinic in Grantsville. He completed ...

Pain pills in Parkersburg meet new competition

PARKERSBURG — A new pain management specialist has arrived in Parkersburg and hopes to change the culture surrounding opioid usage and treatment of chronic pain through early intervention. Dr. Galal Gargodhi was recently hired by WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center to pioneer the new ...

Ohio tax holiday aims to help families prep for new school year

MARIETTA — Ohio is doing its part to relieve a small part of the back-to-school expenses for families beginning today and continuing through midnight Sunday. The tax holiday for purchases of clothing, school supplies and instructional material will save people who shop this weekend 7.25 ...

Leonhardt: West Virginia agriculture helps grow businesses

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia commissioner of agriculture told the Wood County Commission that agriculture needs to be viewed as a business that can positively impact the state in jobs, revenue and other ways. Commissioner Kent Leonhardt and Chief of Staff Norman Bailey appeared before ...

Grand Central Mall announces new stores

VIENNA — Four retailers will join Grand Central Mall next year in the area vacated by Sears. Construction is expected to begin this fall on an addition to the end of the mall to house HomeGoods, PetSmart, Ross Dress for Less and T.J. Maxx, mall owner Washington Prime Group announced in a ...

Gov. Justice signs tax break bill for Pleasants Power Station

WILLOW ISLAND — A multi-million-dollar tax break aimed at giving Pleasants Power Station a new jolt of energy was signed Tuesday by Gov. Jim Justice beneath the shadow of the plant’s smokestacks. House Bill 207, passed by the West Virginia Legislature July 23 after being added to the ...

Justice discusses lawsuit between his company, Pleasants Power owner

WILLOW ISLAND — Gov. Jim Justice called stories citing a lawsuit between one of his companies and FirstEnergy Solutions, the owners of Pleasants Power Station, an attack on his honor during a bill signing Tuesday for a $12.5 million tax break to keep the station open. Justice was at ...

Mall announces four stores to replace Sears

VIENNA — HomeGoods, PetSmart, Ross Dress for Less and T.J. Maxx will replace the former Sears location at Grand Central Mall. The mall announced the incoming tenants this morning. Sears closed in December, and demolition of the store began in May. Ross Dress for Less will have an interior ...

Marietta sees changes in downtown businesses

MARIETTA — Just past mid-summer, businesses are coming and going in downtown Marietta, an ebb and flow not uncommon in the city’s main historic district. New businesses in progress include Rockstar Wellness, which is moving into the space at 249 Second St. previously occupied by the River ...