Facemyer leaving PAZ Inc.

DAVISVILLE — The president of the Polymer Alliance Zone Inc. is stepping down.

President Karen Facemyer said Monday she was resigning from the board, effective April 28.

”I have taken another job,” she said. ”It is time to try my hand at something else.”

Facemyer said she could not officially announce her new job, saying that organization will be making the announcement in the near future.

In her role as president of PAZ, Facemyer has worked to retain and expand the region’s industrial base and market West Virginia as a location to grow the polymer industry, according to the organization’s website.

”During (Facemyer’s) tenure she has significantly increased the organization’s membership, successfully recruited new companies and manages the growth of a 165-acre Polymer Technology Park,” the website said. ”The Polymer Alliance Zone – focusing on Wood, Mason and Jackson counties in West Virginia – has one of the largest concentrations of high technology, specialty and engineering polymers production and manufacturing companies in the world,” the organization said.

Facemyer, of Jackson County, had previously served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1993 to 2000 and the West Virginia Senate from 2000 to 2012. She also served on the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors for about a year, stepping down in November 2014.

She was chosen in 2002 as one of 40 emerging state leaders from across the nation to participate in the Henry Toll Fellowship Leadership Program sponsored by the Council of State Governments, the PAZ website said.

In 2008, the National Association of Professional and Executive Women (NAPEW) selected Facemyer into the registry for “Women in Excellence” and in 2009 the NAPEW honored her as “Woman of the Year” in Economic Development, the website said.

Facemyer has been with the PAZ for almost 11 years and has worked on a number of projects.

She helped get stoplights placed at the intersection of W.Va. 47 and South Meadville Road, which has helped industrial and residential traffic in that area of Wood County, the organization noted.

She was involved in getting the building built which has Pactiv Recycling and the building where Sunshine Metals is now located in Davisville in the Polymer Technology Park.

”Both of those have brought quite a few jobs into the area,” Facemyer said. ”We still have a couple of projects in the works that can pan out in the next couple of months.”

Facemyer said she does not know who might replace her at the Polymer Alliance Zone, saying that decision would be made by the organization’s Board of Directors. Facemyer will remain on call with the organization after April 28 to help train her replacement, she said.

The group’s annual meeting will be June 7 at the Blennerhassett Hotel. She hopes everything will be in place by then.

The PAZ has helped with economic development in the area, especially the plastics industry, which is expected to grow with the growing natural gas industry in the region, Facemyer said. The organization is still supporting the possible placement of an ethane cracker facility in Wood County and other projects in the near future in the area.

”It has been an honor to have worked there,” Facemyer said of the organization. ”It has been very rewarding.”

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