Business

Marietta shop making its mark with old-fashioned print

MARIETTA — It’s in the details. Pencil sketches become hand-carved wood blocks. Type is set with dental instruments. Teaspoons of ink mix to create custom colors and every letter, number, animal and embellishment sits on the press backward. Then each print is hand-signed and ...

Hino unveils Wood County produced truck line

PARKERSBURG — Hino Motors introduced its new truck line — and by extension its new facility in Wood County — to the world this week at a major truck show in Indianapolis. The Hino XL Series was unveiled Wednesday during the 2018 Work Truck Show, a premiere showcase for the industry. ...

Parkersburg, Vienna Foodlands to become Piggly Wiggly

PARKERSBURG — Local Foodlands will become Piggly Wigglys next weekend. Owners Jim and Becky Oppe said the decision was difficult to make after more than 30 years under the Foodland flag, but it was a business decision based on what will be best for the future of the company, employees and ...

Haessly’s Hardwood Lumber Co. a family business

NEWPORT — From log to board, hardwoods have a long road before they’re crafted into floors, cabinetry or furniture. That’s where operations like Haessly Hardwood Lumber Co. come in. They take logs of oaks, poplars, maples and many more tree species and use every inch for plywood, ...

Wood County student part of Goal Miners project

CHARLESTON — On March 3, Create West Virginia, a nonprofit that fosters a passion for innovation, education and entrepreneurship, launched its Goal Miners pilot project. The organization has offered West Virginia students from several counties the opportunity to collaborate as a team and ...

PioPitch competition to be held April 19

MARIETTA — Area high school students who have an entrepreneurial spirit will have a chance to earn nearly $4,500 in cash and prizes during the second annual Junior PioPitch competition at Marietta College on April 19. “Last year we piloted the program by inviting several Marietta High ...

Enplanements flying high at Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport

WILLIAMSTOWN — Enplanements were up in February at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport, with carrier Via Air posting a 98 percent completion rate. During Thursday’s Wood County Airport Authority meeting — rescheduled from Tuesday due to lack of a quorum — airport Manager Glen Kelly ...

Sportsman Expo reels in sizeable crowd in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Now in its fourth year, the Mid-Ohio Valley Sportsman Expo drew hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts to the National Guard Armory in south Parkersburg on Saturday. The event started in 2014 as a small program at Bethel Baptist Church on Lake Washington Road, said J.B. Campbell, ...

Comic Expo and Savor Saturday events pack downtown Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Two events worked hand in hand in downtown Saturday. First was the fifth annual Classic Plastics Toy and Comic Expo, which began Saturday and will conclude today at the Parkersburg Art Center in downtown Parkersburg. Tony Workman, owner of Classic Plastic Toys, said the ...

Marietta Main Street uses First Friday to celebrate nonprofit groups

MARIETTA — Beginning with a ceremonial ribbon cutting reopening downtown Marietta after weeks of high water, Marietta Main Street’s First Fridays event featured more than 50 local nonprofits. “We have such an awesome community of nonprofits downtown that in addition to supporting the ...

Modesitt promotes new energy, attitude at RMA Presents

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg-based entertainment promoter says it has been quietly adding events to its lineup for the past seven years, but it’s personnel and expertise that makes things grow. RMA Presents, the operating name of Rick Modesitt & Associates, was established in 1985 by ...

FirstEnergy powering up infrastructure efforts

PARKERSBURG — FirstEnergy Corp. will invest $189 million in 2018 on distribution and transmission infrastructure projects to enhance service reliability and meet future economic growth for its customers in Monongahela Power’s 34-county service area in West Virginia. The projects include ...

Woman opens powder coating business in Warren Township

WARREN TWP. — Many women, when they are little girls, are told that they can be anything and do anything when they grow up. Paige Griffith, who lives and works in Warren Township, is making good on that promise. Griffith not only works full time at Oil Haulers in Belpre but now manages her ...

Alliance to boost government contracting opportunities

PARKERSBURG — A partnership between the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University and Professional Services of America in Parkersburg will expand government contracting opportunities for West Virginia manufacturers. The institute and Professional Services will utilize their expertise ...

Women enjoy the simplicity, atmosphere of Muskingum Barber Shop

MARIETTA — It’s midmorning Wednesday at the Muskingum Barber Shop, and men sit in two barber chairs having their hair tended while another two sit waiting for their turns. The small shop is narrow and bright, with mirrors on one wall facing windows on the other. The front faces north onto ...

Companies, Manchin feel hopeful after Charleston job fair

SOUTH CHARLESTON — If all goes as expected, some unemployed or underemployed West Virginians this week may be starting new careers as early as next week. That’s the report from a few of the businesses at the South Charleston Regional Job and Resource Fair on Friday at BridgeValley ...

Downtown PKB moves to Main Street program

PARKERSBURG — During Wednesday’s annual meeting of Downtown PKB, it was announced the group is now a Main Street program. Wendy Shriver, executive director of Downtown PKB, said the name will not change for a while. “Downtown PKB is our organizational brand,” she said after the ...

More than 100 companies set for South Charleston job fair

SOUTH CHARLESTON — West Virginia job seekers will have an opportunity to connect with many potential employers in one location Friday. More than 100 confirmed companies are participating Friday at the South Charleston Regional Job and Resource Fair. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 ...

Westwater Supply moving to Greene Street building

MARIETTA — Despite the unsightly condition of much of the property, Marietta city officials have expressed no concerns about a new tenant occupying part of the former Remington Rand-Kardex plant at 910 Greene St. Westwater Supply, a wholesaler of plumbing and HVAC material, announced last ...