Business

Simply Sophia’s Merle Norman makes move to Vienna

VIENNA — A local cosmetics and skin care boutique has moved into a separate studio on Grand Central Avenue in Vienna. Simply Sophia’s Merle Norman, which offers Merle Norman products, has moved from Lee’s Studios to 506 Grand Central Ave. in the former location of the Gold Mark Party ...

Doyle sisters making big impression at J.P. Henry’s

PARKERSBURG — The Doyle sisters are making quite an impression at J.P. Henry’s restaurant in Parkersburg. Faith Doyle, Grace (Doyle) Colunga, Temperance Doyle and Harmony Doyle, all of Parkersburg, are waitresses, bartenders and hostess at J.P. Henry’s. Faith, 35, a bartender and ...

SECUR O&G invests millions into Tyler County effort

SISTERSVILLE — A company providing environmental services to the oil and gas industry has invested about $5 million in a facility in Tyler County. The SECUR O&G facility, approved by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and designed for the environmentally ...

WVU schedules Economic Outlook Series

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research will begin its fall Economic Outlook Series in October with the first of five events that will run through mid-November. The bureau in the College of Business and Economics will present its West Virginia ...

WVU-P, Marshall University reach deal on MBA program

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg and Marshall University have approved an agreement for students to earn a Master of Business Administration from Marshall. Under the agreement, students at WVU-Parkersburg who earn an undergraduate degree with a 2.5 or greater grade ...

FirstEnergy Corps. dividend unchanged

AKRON — The Board of Directors of FirstEnergy Corp. Tuesday declared an unchanged quarterly dividend of 36 cents per share of outstanding common stock. The dividend will be payable Dec. 1 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Nov. 7. FirstEnergy is among the nation’s ...

Three businesses hope to create downtown Parkersburg hub

PARKERSBURG — Nearly 122 years after opening as the Auditorium Theatre, the former Parkersburg Office Supply building at Fifth and Avery streets began a new chapter Thursday as a planned technology center in downtown Parkersburg. “We’re excited to (help) revitalize downtown Parkersburg ...

WVU Medicine to perform heart transplants in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN — People in West Virginia will no longer have to travel out of state to have a heart transplant. WVU Medicine recently announced its plans to start West Virginia’s first heart transplant program at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute in Morgantown which will benefit people all ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority seeks comment on Saturday changes

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority is seeking public comment about proposed changes to its Saturday services. Officials are looking at changing the way buses run on Saturdays, including going from the current routes to providing a commuter style service that is in use during ...

Gov. Justice cites increase in tourist spending

MORGANTOWN — Research from a West Virginia travel impacts study shows traveler spending in the state grew at a rate above the national average in 2017, 3.9 percent compared to 3 percent, according to speakers Wednesday at the 2018 West Virginia Governor’s Conference on Tourism in ...

Sears closing Grand Central Mall store

VIENNA — The Sears store at the Grand Central Mall will be closing in early December, according to an email Tuesday from Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holdings Corporation. ‘‘We are making the difficult, but necessary decision to close the Sears store at ...

Sears closing Grand Central Mall store

VIENNA — The Sears store at the Grand Central Mall will be closing in early December, according to an email today from Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holdings Corporation. ‘‘We are making the difficult, but necessary decision to close the Sears store at ...

Altmiller hopes to expand Camden Clark Medical Center, WVU Medicine partnership

PARKERSBURG — Camden Clark Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Altmiller hopes to see a partnership between the hospital and West Virginia University Medicine expand in the coming years. Altmiller was hired in December and began in January. In an interview Monday with ...

WVU, Jackson County, Wetzel County hospitals join together

RIPLEY — WVU Hospitals is expanding its health care network with management agreements in place with two Mid-Ohio Valley hospitals. An agreement with Jackson General Hospital in Ripley went into effect Sept. 1, with hospital President and CEO Stephanie McCoy becoming an employee of the West ...

New bakery, market opens in Washington County

PALMER TWP.—When Caleb Miller moved to the area after being a farmer in Sugarcreek, Ohio, he had no idea he would be opening a market within two years. “My wife had worked in a store before, but I had no experience in the retail food business,” Miller said. Despite his lack of ...

ELPRO executive receiving honor

MARIETTA — An executive with ELPRO in Marietta has been named the CEO Connection’s 2018 Young Leader of the Year. Micalyn Harris, CEO of ELPRO Services Inc., joined ELPRO in 2009. ELPRO designs and manufactures solutions that monitor the transport and storage of pharmaceuticals throughout ...

Wonder Valley Farm takes off at Launchpad competition

PARKERSBURG — Business startups from tech hubs, to all natural product creators and a brewery were among the finalists for the third annual Launchpad pitch competition Thursday at the Parkersburg Art Center. Winning the $5,000 prize and a free radio advertisement package with Results ...

Full-time enrollment down at West Virginia University at Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The enrollment at West Virginia University at Parkersburg is down for full-time enrollment. West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors member Donna Smith gave an enrollment report at the board’s monthly meeting Wednesday. The trend is due to the fact that ...

Launchpad opens today at Parkersburg Art Center

PARKERSBURG — Ten entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses today at the third annual Launchpad. Participants will make presentations in hopes of receiving a $5,000 prize to develop their business. Organized by the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, the Pleasants County Area Chamber of ...

Constellium makes agreement with Boeing

RAVENSWOOD — Constellium and the Boeing Co. have reached a multi-year agreement to supply the company with advanced aluminum rolled products coming mostly from its plant in Ravenswood. “This new contract reflects the strong relationship established over the years with Boeing,” said ...