Metals and metalworking are in Putnam County’s DNA
Putnam County, West Virginia’s history of manufacturing and mining work has long relied upon companies working in and with the nation’s metals industry. With a strong manufacturing presence and surrounded by more than 4,000 regional material suppliers, metal-related businesses will find both the materials they need and a market that’s hungry for their output. Just as important, our labor shed of 573,000 workers grew up around manufacturing and mining, so they’re familiar with the value of a good day’s work and loyalty. No wonder companies like Mountaineer Fabricators Inc., FLSmidth USA Inc., and WV Steel Corporation chose to locate operations here.
Putnam County keeps that workforce strong and well-trained through cooperation with local education providers. Metal industry companies benefit from workforce- and certification-focused programs in subjects such as welding, heavy equipment operation, advanced manufacturing, machining, materials science, and engineering. West Virginia offers workforce training support, along with tax credits, financing, and other incentives to encourage job growth.
Connected in Every Way
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. Air cargo is available through 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 working with bulk materials can also take advantage of the navigable Kanawha River and the Port of Huntington-Tri-State, one of the nation’s largest ports.
Finally, our utility infrastructure is large enough to accommodate the unique needs of metal companies, 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 thanks to Putnam County’s proximity to the Marcellus, Rogersville, and Utica shale gas reserves.