About the State

West Virginia is located in the heart of Appalachia, strategically located and connected to major metropolitan areas up and down the Eastern U.S. and Canada. Learn how our low cost of living and pro-business tax climate coupled with a high quality of life make life better here.

Key Industries

West Virginia's diverse economy has moved beyond our history of resource extraction to include a robust array of products and services. Learn about the key industries that have taken a foothold here and learn why leading companies make their home in the Mountain State.

Business Assistance

The West Virginia Development Office works hard to make the process of locating in West Virginia smooth and seamless. Our team walks with businesses every step of the way to locate a new site, expand facilities, export goods, train to employees, and much more.

Global Engagement

West Virginia is home to more than 130 businesses representing 27 countries from around the world, and West Virginia businesses export goods and services to more than 95 countries. Learn how our international team works out of three worldwide office to foster global engagement.

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Trading tours: Commercial specialist from Korea reciprocates WVDO mission visit

Tuesday, December 12 2017

Jessica Son, Senior Commercial Specialist for the U.S. Embassy-Commercial Service in Korea, visited West Virginia from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 at the invitation of the West Virginia Development Office (WVDO).

During the WVDO’s trade mission to South Korea and Japan in September 2017, Ms. Son was one...

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China Energy and West Virginia announce framework to invest $83 billion in shale gas and chemical manufacturing projects

Thursday, November 09 2017

U.S. President Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, WV Commerce Sec. Thrasher join in Great Hall in Beijing for MOU signing

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Governor honors 34 West Virginia businesses exporting to new markets

Friday, November 03 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va.– West Virginia businesses export a diverse range of products, from aluminum coil to video distribution, construction coatings to silk yarns. In an awards ceremony today, 34 companies received the Governor's Commendation for International Market Entry for exporting to a new...

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Armacell to expand manufacturing plant, create 20 new jobs, in Roane County

Friday, November 03 2017

SPENCER, W.Va. — Armacell announced plans to expand its crosslinked polyethylene block or "bun" manufacturing capabilities and create 20 new jobs in the city of Spencer. 

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Governor, Secretary of Commerce, announce barrel manufacturing plant in Greenbrier County

Thursday, October 19 2017

Enterprise to use West Virginia white oak to make bourbon, whiskey and rye barrels, create more than 100 jobs


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Solvay Technology Solutions to Double Manufacturing Capacity at Willow Island in Pleasants County

Wednesday, October 04 2017

For Release: Oct. 4, 2017

Media Contact: Samantha Smith, 304-957-9364, Samantha.Smith@wv.gov

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the assistance of state and local economic development agencies, Solvay Technology Solutions has committed to doubling its manufacturing facility at Willow Island in Pleasants...

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West Virginia's Automotive Industry: Keeping Good Company in Our Communities

Friday, September 29 2017

When a new business comes to town — or established businesses announce expansions and investments — people celebrate. We welcome the new employment opportunities, the retained jobs, the tax base support and other economic advantages to the community.

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Governor Justice, Secretary of Commerce announce Hino Motors to expand, create 250 new jobs

Wednesday, September 27 2017

Hino Motors chooses West Virginia for truck cab assembly expansion

For Release: Sept. 27, 2017Governor Justice Media Contact: Butch Antolini, 304-890-2945, Butch.Antolini@wv.gov

Secretary Thrasher Media Contact: Samantha Smith, 304-957-9364, Samantha.Smith@wv.gov

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Governor, Secretary of Commerce announce Toyota to invest $115.3 million in West Virginia plant

Tuesday, September 26 2017

For Release: Sept. 26, 2017

Media Contact: Samantha Smith, 304-957-9364, Samantha.Smith@wv.gov

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Toyota announced today that it will invest $115.3 million to add a hybrid transaxle product line to the facility in Buffalo. These hybrid transaxles will be the first built outside...

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Diversifying West Virginia's Economy: The Mountain State's Automotive Industry

Monday, September 25 2017

Some journeys never end. They aren't meant to. That's the way it is with building a strong, diverse economy in West Virginia or anywhere else in the world. Conditions change, markets shift, and we continue to adapt and move forward.

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