×

Business

West Virginia’s April tax revenue brings in slight budget surplus

CHARLESTON — With two months left in fiscal year 2021, West Virginia’s tax collections for April came in above estimates but below where state officials wanted collections to be at. “Revenue wasn’t quite as high as we thought ... but we’ll take any number that’s in the black and ...

Many local ties to proposed Memorial Bridge project

PARKERSBURG — United Bridge Partners is based in Colorado, but company officials envision the proposed $50 million rehabilitation of the Memorial Bridge as a very local project. “We’re pretty happy about the economic boom this is going to create for the area, especially coming out of the ...

Memorial Bridge bid in the works for years

PARKERSBURG — Details about a proposal to purchase and rehabilitate the Memorial Bridge were made public over the last week, but the effort by United Bridge Partners has been underway for several years. “We just found that it was a bridge in need with, potentially, a lack of funding,” ...

Northwest Pipe completes plant expansion

PARKERSBURG — The Northwest Pipe Co. has completed a multi-million-dollar addition to its manufacturing plant at Washington, W.Va., adding increased capacity for major water infrastructure projects and improved workflow. The expansion also is creating new employment opportunities at the ...

O’Bleness Hospital earns national recognition

ATHENS — OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing O’Bleness’ achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent ...

Veritas Classical Academy freshman wins first round of Junior PioBiz

MARIETTA — A freshman at the Veritas Classical Academy won the 2021 Junior PioBiz: Problem/Solution stage of the competition at Marietta College. Sophia Nayak, who competed April 8 against 14 students from Belpre High School, was awarded $250 and one free three-credit course at Marietta ...

Shaffer taking reins at West Virginia Credit Union League

PARKERSBURG — A change in command is underway at the West Virginia Credit Union League. Ken Watts is retiring as president and CEO and will be succeeded by Rich Shaffer. The retirement, capping a service span of 46 years, was effective at the end of April. The announcements were made by ...

RCBI, Marshall University readying Maker Camps

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University has announced dates for its popular series of statewide 3D Printing and Maker Camps for middle and high school students. Three virtual week-long “Design to Production” camps will run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily June 21-25, July ...

EPA gives $1M to back WVU brownfields efforts

MORGANTOWN — From abandoned coal mines to shuttered factories, the Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University has helped communities resurrect once lifeless properties since 2006. With a boost from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the amount of $1 million, the ...

Bridge bidder presents proposal to Parkersburg City Council

PARKERSBURG — The company looking to buy the Memorial Bridge pitched Parkersburg City Council on Thursday on an approximately $50 million rehabilitation plan to keep the span operational for at least 50 years. After hearing the proposal from United Bridge Partners, council members ...

Shuttered Wood County schools up for auction

PARKERSBURG — Two former Wood County school buildings and their property will be up for purchase in a public auction Friday. After being closed down in the spring of 2020, the former Worthington and McKinley Elementary schools will be auctioned off to the public. Worthington will be the ...

Bridge proposal outlines rehabilitation, toll plans

PARKERSBURG — The Memorial Bridge would undergo a nearly two-year rehabilitation project before tolls increase and switch to completely electronic collection under a proposal before Parkersburg City Council. Colorado-based United Bridge Partners would pay $4 million, take over responsibility ...

Specialty trailer manufacturer acquiring Conley Fabrication

MINERAL WELLS — A company with West Virginia ties purchased the assets of Conley Fabrication and plans to add 40 jobs. JAG Mobile Solutions is purchasing the 23,000-square-foot facility that opened six years ago off West Virginia 14, near what is now Hino Motors. Owner Roger Conley and his ...

Coplin Health Systems receives $200K in federal funds

ELIZABETH — More than $200,000 in funding for Coplin Health Systems was announced last week by Sens. Shelley Moore Capito-R, W.Va. and Joe Manchin,-D, W.Va. The grant was awarded through U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and is part of a community based Rural Health Care ...

Parkersburg City Council to hear Memorial Bridge proposal

PARKERSBURG — The city of Parkersburg stands to gain more than $14 million by selling the Memorial Bridge to a private company. A press release from Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce on Friday afternoon identified Colorado-based United Bridge Partners as the bidder to purchase the toll bridge, ...

United Bankshares reports record earnings for first quarter of 2021

CHARLESTON — United Bankshares has reported record earnings for the first quarter of 2021 of $106.9 million, or 83 cents per diluted share, up significantly from earnings of $40.2 million, or 40 cents per diluted share for the first quarter of 2020. First quarter of 2021 results produced ...

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley marking 50 years

PARKERSBURG — Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley is celebrating its golden anniversary. Consumer Credit Counseling has responded to challenges over the past 50 years helping the community achieve financial independence and most notably by adapting to meet needs posed ...

Visitors Bureau outlines pandemic effect on Wood County tourism, revenue

PARKERSBURG — Wood County has seen fewer tourism dollars coming in over the last year as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has impacted local attractions who receive a portion of the hotel/motel tax. Mark Lewis, president and CEO of the Greater Parkersburg Convention and ...