Manufacturing

A robust manufacturing tradition and an even brighter future

Putnam County, West Virginia is at the heart of a region that’s long been associated with high-quality manufacturing. Our rich supply of both natural and manufactured resources includes hardwoods, metals, plastics and polymers, providing a reliable source of raw materials, and our labor shed includes 573,000 workers who grew up in the industrial heartland, many from families with a long history of working in manufacturing.  They aren’t afraid of hard work and are remarkably loyal. In fact, our state has the nation’s lowest turnover rate in manufacturing-specific jobs. That’s why companies like  Multicoat Corporation,  Kanawha Scales & Systems Inc., and Parkline Inc. have major manufacturing operations here.

Workforce-Focused Education

We keep that workforce strong and well-trained through cooperation with local education providers. Local manufacturers benefit from workforce- and certification-focused programs in subjects such as welding, heavy equipment operation, advanced manufacturing, machining, robotics, and engineering. West Virginia offers workforce training support, along with tax credits, financing, and other incentives to fuel automotive manufacturing.

Well-Connected to Everywhere

Putnam County’s transportation infrastructure makes it easy for manufacturers to receive raw materials and ship finished goods. The county offers fast access to I-64, connections with I-77 and I-79, and links to well-engineered highways such as U.S. 35 and U.S. 60. Rail users appreciate having access to both a busy CSX mainline and WATCO’s Kanawha River Railroad, with plenty of spurs. Companies depending on air cargo are close to two major airports, including Huntington’s Tri-State Aeroplex – West Virginia’s only FedEx Boeing 757 hub and home to onsite FedEx Air and Ground service – and Charleston’s Yeager International Airport.  Companies can also take advantage of the navigable Kanawha River and the Port of Huntington-Tri-State, one of the nation’s largest ports.

Powerful Utilities

We also have a utility infrastructure large enough to accommodate the special needs of manufacturers, with electric power capable of three-phase service, redundant loops, and loads of up to 7.2 MVA. The county’s water plant has excess capacity of 2.2 million gallons per day, and local natural gas suppliers have a nearly endless supply of affordable high-pressure natural gas.

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