Charleston West Virginia Economic Development

Discussions on Economic and Community Development in West Virginia and the Charleston MSA as well as issues of the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Progenesis to open labs in South Charleston
The Herald-Dispatch

SOUTH CHARLESTON -- A company formed from research conducted at Marshall University is expected to announce this morning it will open laboratories in Charleston.

Progenesis Technologies, founded by Marshall professors Hongwei Yu and Richard Niles, will make a presentation today to the board of directors of the Chemical Alliance Zone (CAZ) on its product and a plan for a business model, said CAZ Executive Director Kevin DiGregorio.

"They're moving into an incubator (start-up location), and we're extremely excited about having them," DiGregorio said. "It's a great technology with a great business plan."

The CAZ is dedicated to maintaining, supporting and expanding the chemical industry across the state. While not technically a chemical venture, DiGregorio said Progenesis is "close."

The company has patented the altering of genomes in bacteria to create a substance known as alginate, which is used in everything from cosmetics and pharmaceuticals to brewing. Under normal circumstances, alginate can only be obtained through harvesting large amounts of brown seaweed. Biomanufactured alginate saves time and money, and is environment-friendly.

Marshall President Stephen Kopp said the company is a success story of biotechnical research, a growing field in West Virginia, which saw a business volume of $7.2 billion in 2006, while employing nearly 22,000, according to a study released Wednesday.

"This is an example of research leading to patents and spinning off into a new business venture, with new employment opportunities," he said.

Kopp has long stated he wants to found an institute at Marshall that would be dedicated solely to scientific research, where breakthroughs would lead to patents and more jobs for the state.
Progenesis will be using the South Charleston labs to test its product and produce samples for potential customers.

"They have to test the production capacity before they move ahead," Kopp said. "They have to demonstrate they can mass-produce it and meet the demand for it."

Kopp said he was thrilled that Progenesis evolved from work conducted at Marshall.

"Dr. Yu is a pioneer," he said. "We're exceptionally proud of the work Progenesis has been doing."

Growth Strategies for Business
March 6, 2008
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Charleston Town Center Marriott

Make an investment in your future.

Discover the secrets to growing your business from people who have done it themselves! Co-sponsors Dinsmore & Shohl and The State Journal will conduct four moderated panel discussions throughout the state with key business leaders who will share their experiences and insights on growth in the 21st century. These successful business professionals will talk about the challenges and opportunities they faced while improving and increasing capacity and efficiency. Plenty of time will be allotted for questions from the audience. Executives from businesses of all sizes will benefit from these stimulating discussions. Plan now to attend - and put your own company on the road to new growth.

Make your reservations now for the first 2008 in the Seminar Series: Growth Strategies for Business presented by Dinsmore & Shohl and the State Journal. Please register by February 28, 2008. Click here to register online. Contact Rebekah Hogue at (304) 720-6527 or via email with any questions.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Groundbreaking Opportunity for Chemical Engineer

Kureha PGA LLC, a subsidiary of Kureha Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and a leading global supplier of specialty chemicals and plastics is constructing the world’s first Polyglycolic Acid (PGA) polymer production facility in Belle,West Virginia, providing an immediate opportunity for two Production Engineers. The successful candidates will join the team to design, construct, start-up and operate this new facility. Primary responsibilities will be to work closely with Kureha Japan technical resources to transfer the PGA technology to the US, and to provide Chemical engineering support, including process safety, process control and troubleshooting to enable the engineering, construction and production teams to safely achieve schedule and cost targets for first quality material. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in leading and working in teams, be a self starter, and results driven.

BS in Chemical Engineering
5-10 years experience in chemical process operations
Experience in an OSHA PSM facility
Completion of formal root cause analysis training
Demonstrated communication (written and oral) organizational and problem solving skills
Strong interpersonal skills with people at all levels in the organizational (domestic & international)
Capability with Microsoft Office Products

Send resume and required qualification information to:

Charleston Workforce West Virginia Job Service Center
1321 Plaza East
Charleston, West Virginia 25325
Attention: Allan Galloway or Stephen Jenney (Kureha)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Mid-Atlantic Aerospace Education Program offers $1,000 Scholarship

The Mid-Atlantic Aerospace Complex Aerospace Education Program (AEP) is proud to offer a scholarship to a student who wishes to pursue an Aerospace Engineering degree from a West Virginia higher education institution. The AEP, which is supported by NASA, has the main goal of providing aerospace education outreach activities for the State of WV. More specifically, the purpose is to introduce the aerospace industry to West Virginia students, to show them career choices they may not have considered and to make them aware that many of these careers are available right here in West Virginia. By offering this scholarship the Mid-Atlantic Aerospace Complex will be one step closer to fulfilling the ultimate goal of producing a robust workforce to not only support but to expand the WV aerospace industry sector as well.

Amount: $1000

Applicant Qualifications:

• Must be a graduating high school senior who intends on enrolling in an aerospace engineering program or a current college student enrolled in an aerospace engineering program.
• Must attend a WV college/university
• Must be a resident of WV
• Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Application Requirements

• Complete the Application Form
• Submit two evaluation forms, one of which must be completed by a recent teacher. The evaluation forms should be submitted in a separate envelope with the recommender’s signature written across the seal of the envelope.
• Attach a typed résumé. Note: Résumé should be in a professional format as if applying for a job. • Attach a letter of intent that describes your career interests and why you should receive this award. Letters should be no longer than one page double-spaced. Be sure to include any experiences you have had or influences on your decision.
• Submit an official transcript.

If you would like more information regarding this opportunity please feel free to contact us at or 304.842.9415Deadline:

Postmarked by March 7, 2008 Please mail all required materials to: Mid-Atlantic Aerospace Complex - Aerospace Engineering Scholarship - PO Box 490 Bridgeport, WV 26330


The Charleston Area Alliance lauches Internship Development Program

The Charleston Area Alliance is launching a new initiative to promote internships with area businesses in an effort to retain tomorrow’s leaders in our area.

Area businesses are encouraged to inform the Charleston Area Alliance of internship opportunities, paid or unpaid, that provides our future leaders with “real world” working experience.

Our members tell us that workforce development issues are one of their greatest challenges. The region’s growth depends on increasing our intellectual capital – educated and skilled employees. This Internship Development Program is just one way the Alliance is bringing the education and business sectors together to build a workforce equipped for the needs of today and tomorrow.

Please contact Leanne Stowers at or by calling 340-4253 with information about internship opportunities within your organization.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


To launch the newly developed Young Entrepreneur Support (YES) Network, representatives of Vision Shared today announced they will be hosting simultaneous membership drives on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 in Charleston, Morgantown, Martinsburg and Fayetteville. The events will begin at 6 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m.

According to YESNetwork organizer Andrew White, the YESNetwork is a new
initiative that seeks to create a vibrant entrepreneurial environment in West Virginia by helping young people get the tools they need to grow their business and by creating an infrastructure for community among them. The group is looking to support young people, between the ages of 18-40, that are actively pursuing the start-up, development, maintenance, and/or growth of their business in West Virginia. “We are thrilled to kick off the YES Network with an event of this magnitude,” said White. “We feel that bringing young entrepreneurs together in this way is going to not only benefit the members individually, but the business climate throughout the state as well.”

With help from Vision Shared, a small group of organizers have been developing the concept over the last year. With the study of other entrepreneurship initiatives, and through a survey tool, they have identified programming in three key areas that will best serve the needs of young entrepreneurs through peer-to-peer forums, a mentor network and the identification of business opportunities.

“I think the potential for the YESNetwork is phenomenal,” said White. “In order for West Virginia to have a strong economy tomorrow, we must nurture and support our young entrepreneurs today. That’s what the YESNetwork is all about.”
Persons interested in finding out more about the YESNetwork are encouraged to attend one of the membership drives on Feb. 27 at one of the following locations:

Charleston: Summit Conference Center
Morgantown: Waterfront Hotel
Martinsburg: Steptoe & Johnson Law Offices
Fayetteville: White Horse Bed & Breakfast
For more information about the YESNetwork, visit

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Quality Employment Opportunities Available In Local Area

Project Position:

· Piping Designer

Degree Required:

· None

Number of Open Positions:

· Two (2)

Length of Assignment:

·Long Term

Work Location:

·South Charleston

Position Requirements:

·Required: Microstation SE; Field experience including ability to climb, measuring capability and good visualization skills. Some travel may be required.
·Preferred: AutoCad 2000 or Higher

Project Position:

·Civil/Structural Engineer

Degree Required:


Number of Open Positions:

· Three (3)

Length of Assignment:

·Long Term

Work Location:

· South Charleston

Position Requirements:

· Required: Civil/Structural engineer with 20+ years experience in manufacturing industry (chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, etc.) and power; (fossil fuels); Experience with shallow and deep foundations, retaining walls, masonry, masonry, aluminum, stainless steel and timber design
· Preferred: SE and MSCE preferred; Structural steel detailing, plate and shell analysis and design with elevated temperatures is preferred; Experience in civil design including drainage structures and soil engineering knowledge preferred; Robot Millenium software experience a plus.
·Travel up to 25%; PE licenses in any or all of the following are desirable: WV, KY, MI, OH, NC, FL, IO, WA, CT, MO, LA, TX

Project Position:

·Civil/Structural Engineer

Degree Required:


Number of Open Positions:

·One (1)

Length of Assignment:

·Long Term

Work Location:

·South Charleston

Position Requirements:

·Required: Civil/Structural engineer with 15+ years experience in manufacturing industry (chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, etc.) and power; (fossil fuels); Experience in working with various building codes and code compliance issues.
·Travel up to 25%; PE licenses in any or all of the following are desirable: WV, KY, MI, OH, NC, FL, IO, WA, CT, MO, LA, TX
·Software: Staad Pro

Project Position:

·Mechanical Engineer

Degree Required:


Number of Open Positions:

·Two (2)

Length of Assignment:

· Long Term

Work Location:

·South Charleston

Position Requirements:

·Required: Familiarity with ASME/ANSI and other discipline codes and requirements; Experience with stress, vibration and flow analysis to support piping and systems design; Familiarity with State and local building codes; Ability to perform materials evaluation and review of vendor supplied data for conformance to customer standards and requirements.
·Preferred: Familiarity with International and European Conformities (e.g. CE, EU, etc.); Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics knowledge; Power plant or turbine accessory equipment design experience.

Project Position:

·Mechanical/ Fluids Engineer

Degree Required:


Number of Open Positions:

·Two (2)

Length of Assignment:

·Long Term

Work Location:

·South Charleston

Position Requirements:

·Familiarity with ASME/ANSI and other discipline codes and requirements; Familiarity with stress, vibration and flow analysis to support piping and systems design; Develop scoping of work and solutions to implementation; Ability to perform materials evaluation and review of vendor supplied data for conformance to customer standards and requirements; Perform analysis of fuel gas and liquid fuel systems critical to quality (hardware definition/design/operation/maintenance/reliability); Fluids flow (fuel control, cooling, lube, hydraulic, fire protection and other fuel handling systems) and process background; Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics knowledge, field experience in Turbine skid designs and construction techniques.

If you are interested in applying for these any of these positions, you may apply online by sending your resume and cover letter to the Charleston Area Alliance at Or you may send your resume and cover letter via U.S. mail to: Charleston Area Alliance, 1116 Smith Street, Charleston, WV 25301. Attn: Engineering jobs.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Bioscience Industry Booming In WV
Morgantown, W.Va.

West Virginia is quickly becoming one of the best places to do business for those in the bioscience sector. A new West Virginia University study says the state’s bioscience industry is witnessing a significant shift away from chemicals and agriculture to biopharmaceuticals and research. The report says the industry has a private sector economic impact, direct and indirect, of $7.2 billion and supports more than 21,000 jobs in the state.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) CEO Billy Tauzin says that means West Virginia is a great place to do business.

"State government is very favorable to this type of economic development," said Tauzin. "The academic institutions are working hand in glove to help invest in the bioscience area in the state and there's a general very positive, pro-business policy in the state. That's important, not only for the job growth, but for all the students coming out of the universities learning biosciences. They're likely to have a job at home and that's all good news."

Tauzin says West Virginia is the seventh fastest growing state in the nation when it comes to bioscience jobs. The economic output is fifth in the nation over the past ten years. And these are not bad jobs, the salary for the average bioscience job is $55,220 compared to statewide average earnings of $37,894, according to the study.

The private sector economic impact does not include research initiatives at West Virginia University (WVU), Marshall University and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Those institutions combined for another $200 million in economic impact.

According to the report, West Virginia has numerous efforts underway as well as new initiatives that will create an environment that is more attractive and welcoming to the bioscience sector. The study, entitled “An Economic Profile of the Bioscience Industry in West Virginia,” is authored by Graduate Research Assistant Anthony Gregory and Tom Witt, director, Bureau of Business and Economic Research for the WVU College of Business and Economics. The report was commissioned by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

The study highlights specific initiatives in West Virginia that will help the bioscience industry grow:WVU is expanding the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center; creating new space in the Health Sciences Center Library; and the Blanchette Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute is projected to open in 2008.
At Marshall, the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Sciences Center opened in 2006 and the MU Biotechnology Development Center will provide support for the commercialization of scientific concepts.Marshall and WVU are in the process of building research parks to support growing bioscience initiatives.The study also notes that the Chemical Alliance Zone Biotechnology and Allied Sciences Incubator Center in South Charleston provide laboratory and office space and business services to bioscience companies.
A full copy of the study is available on line through WVU’s College of Business and Economics at

Research center expands services

Group hopes creation of engineering arm will help keep that aspect of its projects in state

George Hohmann
Daily Mail Business Editor

The Mid-Atlantic Technology Research and Innovation Center, also known as MATRIC, said today it has formed MATE - an acronym for Mid-Atlantic Technical Engineering.

Keith Pauley, president and chief executive officer of MATRIC, said in a prepared statement that MATE complements MATRIC's research and development by providing the professional engineering services required for the detailed design and construction oversight needed for new process facilities.

"To date, MATRIC often has to pass our research to out-of-state entities to complete the designs and to work with contractors," he said. "We plan to hire over 50 engineers and support staff in 2008 with the goal of becoming a major regional engineering firm within the next five years."

MATE is a for-profit corporation. Asked how much capital it is starting with, spokeswoman Mary-Margaret Chandler replied, "MATRIC is bootstrapping it with work from existing clients." She said Pauley will initially head the new firm.

MATE is located in MATRIC's offices in Building 740 at the South Charleston Technology Park.
In a prepared statement, MATRIC said, "MATE plans to secure significant professional engineering contracts in order to employ workers who have recently been notified of downsizing by The Dow Chemical Co. and other local firms as well as offering interesting opportunities for engineers of all disciplines who may wish to return to West Virginia from other states."

Job openings are posted on MATRIC's Web site. Go to and click on "Careers."

MATRIC said, "With focused expertise in natural gas, coal, nuclear, biofuels, chemical and aerospace development, design, construction and start-up, MATE can already offer an experienced staff to support some of the most important industries in West Virginia and the surrounding region."

MATRIC is a nonprofit organization established more than three years ago to harness the brainpower that Union Carbide Corp. had brought to the Kanawha Valley over the decades. MATRIC is patterned after the Research Triangle Institute at Research Triangle Park, N.C. That organization has attracted more than 100 high-tech companies that employ thousands of people in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.

Since its establishment, MATRIC has won $13.8 million in contracts, engaged in projects ranging from biomass-derived fuels to devices NASA may use on its lunar rover, spun off several companies and absorbed the National Institute for Chemical Studies.

MATRIC has more than 70 employees.

After The Dow Chemical Co. announced in December that it will cease most of its research operations in West Virginia over the next two years, MATRIC's leaders launched an all-out effort to pick up many of the 150 researchers who will be leaving Dow.

One focus of that effort has been to acquire additional financing. So far MATRIC has lined up $3 million in new money. Gov. Joe Manchin announced last month that he put $2 million in the state budget for MATRIC. "We're committed to building off the intellect we have," he said. "You don't get many of these opportunities to keep the best and brightest."

In addition, the Kanawha County Commission and the city of South Charleston each agreed last month to contribute $500,000 to MATRIC. Also, Pauley has said MATRIC is working with the Charleston Area Alliance "on various scenarios that would extend or change the terms of the agreement" under which MATRIC has a $500,000 line of credit from the Alliance.

Contact writer George Hohmann at or 348-4836.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Hatching a business
Charleston Area Alliance's business incubator helps local, international companies

By Sarah K. Winn
Gazette Staff writer
Photo by Chirs Dorst
A label rewinder sits on a desk between Jeff Isner (left) and Michael Panzeri at the office of D.P.R. LLC, an Italian company that makes and distributes the machines for the labeling industry.

Jeff Isner, a West Virginia native, works for an Italian company. He speaks two or three times daily to the company's president, and meets with the president's son and business partner.

Isner does all this out of a small office in Charleston, at the Charleston Area Alliance's business incubator on Smith Street.

"I wanted to test the international waters, but stay home in West Virginia," he said. "I think it is great that the [Charleston Area] Alliance is trying to attract international companies."

With a degree in international business, Isner started working for D.P.R. LLC last summer. The Italian company makes unwinders, rewinders and dispensers for the labeling industry.

Most recently, the leadership and engineering staff of Kureha PGA LLC, the Japanese company that is designing, constructing and operating the new $100 million polymer plant in Belle, has taken up residence.

The Alliance is providing free office space for eight of the company's employees while the facility is built.

"[The incubator] is like a bridge," said Matt Ballard, the alliance's president and chief executive officer. "It can help provide support for other companies here."

Since 1986, 104 companies have been through the incubator, creating 257 employees.

Today, the incubator houses 20 companies with 56 employees. Many are small, family-owned operations, but some are international companies looking to get a foot in the market.

The incubator opened its doors on Sept. 2, 1986, with six tenants on two floors, after two alliance predecessors bought the old Charleston Hardware building on Smith Street, said Michael Aeiker, the Alliance's vice president.

Grants totaling $1.375 million helped buy and renovate the 72,000-square-foot building.
In just over a year, 19 companies offering 75 jobs occupied all of the incubator's available office space, Aeiker said.

To keep up with demand, third-floor construction began in March 1988, adding 14 offices by August.

Most recently, the alliance renovated the fourth floor of building to create 10 loft suites, encompassing 13,000 square feet.

"I believe what was envisioned 20 years ago as a desire to establish a small-business incubator in this part of Charleston has stimulated new life back into not only the old building ... but new life back into Smith Street," Aeiker said.

John Nottingham of Novel Geo-Environmental LLC was a tenant from 2002 to 2004. Now, he has offices in Pittsburgh and St. Albans, with 25 employees company-wide.

"We are still in the area and continue to grow," he said. "It is surprising how well we matched what we had planned. We are where we hoped we would be."

Companies that want to be housed in the incubator have to meet certain criteria, including being a start-up company and having a well-written business plan, Aeiker said.

Companies' rents are economical, he said. Nottingham paid just $230 monthly for a single office. After the first year, he added another.

Renting just one office can be hard to do in commercial spaces, Aeiker said. However, he emphasized that the business incubator is not taking away business from commercial real estate, he said.

"If [companies] rent commercial space elsewhere in the city, they are not allowed to come here," he said.

A typical stay for a company is about five years, with companies re-signing each year, he said. Companies can stay longer, if space is available, and the alliance works with each business to develop an exit strategy, he said.

"If they are kind of struggling, we are not going to push them out," he said.

Also, companies can move out before their lease is up, as long as no money is owed, Aeiker said: "We are not your typical landlord."

Without the incubator, Nottingham said he would have likely just worked out his home, trying to make contacts for his engineering consulting business.

"If you work out of your home, you sometimes feel isolated," he said. "When you get up and go to work into a business environment, it helps motivate you."

Kanti Patel of American Geotech Inc. was housed in the incubator from 1993 to 1998.
Patel started in a 200-square-foot office, moving next to 1,000 square feet with warehouse space and finally a 3,000-square-foot space, he said.

"When I needed more space, it was always there," he said.

Now, his building on 601 Ohio Ave. is 16,000 square feet, with nine to 10 employees during the winter and 15 to 18 in the summer.

Patel's company has done soil studies for the Clay Center, the Embassy Suites hotel and NGK, he said. Now, with his new home and steady business, he has moved up and on, he said.

"It was the best thing to happen to me and helped me get off the ground," he said. "My egg has hatched. We graduated."

To contact staff writer Sarah K. Winn, use e-mail or call 348-5156.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Hot Shot Business Competition for Kids

Hot shot business shows young people what it is like to start a business.

The Hot Shot Business Competition is a fast-paced, fun, computer simulation that provides the opportunity to learn by doing.

At the end of the game, whoever has the highest score (largest Profit) will win a certificate and an assorment of prizes from local sponsors and entrepreneurs to exemplify their accomplishment.

For more information contact Kathleen Thornton at the Small Business Developmnet Center (304) 399-1042. The deadline for registration is Friday, February 15, 2008, 4:00p.m. Seats are limited so register your child today! Click here for additional details.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Governor announcing big energy recycling project
New facility would take plant exhaust and use it to power factory

by George Hohmann
Daily Mail Business Editor

Gov. Joe Manchin was expected to join today with executives from West Virginia Alloys Inc. and an Illinois company to announce an innovative $45 million to $55 million energy-recycling project at the Alloy Plant in Fayette County.

Manchin was to announce that West Virginia Alloys has entered into an agreement with Recycled Energy Development of Westmont, Ill., to recycle hot exhaust from the Alloy Plant.
The project is expected to generate 40 to 44 megawatts of electricity, offsetting about one-third of the Alloy Plant's electric consumption. The project will burn no fossil fuel, will emit no pollutants and will eliminate 290,000 metric tons of annual greenhouse gas emissions, Recycled Energy Development said in a prepared statement.

Thomas Casten, chairman of Recycled Energy Development, said the project will employ about 50 construction workers over two years and, when finished, the project will have seven or eight permanent employees.

Casten said the project will enable the Alloy Plant to expand by about 20 percent, "and that's going to add 16 to 20 full-time jobs for the mill itself."

Arden Sims, president of West Virginia Alloys, confirmed Casten's statement. Sims said the plant currently has about 200 employees.

The energy-recycling project is expected to go online in 2010.

Manchin said in remarks prepared for delivery at a press conference in the Governor's Reception Room at the Capitol, "This substantial investment is a step forward for West Virginia's economy and our environment. This project shows that our state is leading the way in showing that economic growth and environmental stewardship can and must go hand in hand."

The Alloys Plant is on the Kanawha River about 30 miles east of Charleston. It uses five electric arc furnaces to produce nearly pure silicon. Recycled Energy Development, also known as RED, said its project will allow the plant to capture energy from the furnaces that is typically vented.
RED said it will install waste heat recovery boilers that convert exhaust heat into steam. The steam will drive a generator to produce electricity. RED said it will supply all of the capital and energy expertise for the project, receive a return on its capital and split all remaining financial benefits with West Virginia Alloys, "thereby helping to maintain the competitiveness of the silicon facility."

Sims said in a prepared statement, "Our company is focused on doing right by the environment through initiatives such as this one. We are improving our energy profile and associated emissions. Our goal is to look for ways to benefit the environment in a way that will also provide benefits to our customers, community and employees."

Casten said in prepared remarks, "This project validates RED's mission of profitably reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The cost savings help preserve and grow local manufacturing and the pollution savings reduce health and environmental expenses while mitigating climate change. Everybody wins."

RED said this is its first deal under a recently announced partnership with private equity firm Denham Capital Management to invest $1.5 billion in energy recycling projects.

The Alloys Plant has a capacity to produce 75,000 tons of silicon a year. Chemical, aluminum and steel manufacturers, auto companies, ductile iron foundries, manufacturers of photovoltaic solar cells and computer chips, and concrete producers use the silicon.

West Virginia Alloys is a unit of Globe Metallurgical Inc. of Beverly, Ohio, which is in turn a unit of Globe Specialty Metals Inc., which is headquartered in New York. Globe's stock is traded on the London Stock Exchange.

Globe bought the Alloy Plant in 2005 from Norway's Orkla ASK, the corporate parent of Elkem Metals Inc. Elkem had purchased the Alloy Plant from Union Carbide Corp. in 1981.

At the same time Orkla sold the Alloy Plant, it signed an option to sell its Hawks Nest hydropower plant to the D.E. Shaw investment fund of New York. The Hawks Nest hydropower plant supplies electricity to the Alloy Plant. Brookfield Power Corp. bought the hydro plant in 2006.

Charleston Sanitary Board Seeks Engineering Department Manager

The Sanitary Board of the City of Charleston, West Virginia, a Municipal Utility (CSB), is seeking a State of West Virginia, Registered Professional Engineer for the position of Engineering Department Manager. The Engineering Department Manager will report to the Operations Manager and will directly supervise CSB engineers, surveyors, GIS Manager, as well as CSB hired consultant engineers and contractors. Primary Duties: Among others, supervise assigned employees, consulting engineers and contractors; design and endorse plans for sewage treatment, collection and conveying systems; manage the CSB’s CIP; review and approval of new collection systems and sewer plans issued through the City Building Department; supervises and performs engineering studies and designs to assure compliance with EPA, WVDEP policies and regulations regarding CSO’s.

The Sanitary Board offers an excellent compensation package including a competitive wage and access to a full range of excellent benefits including; health, vision, dental and life insurance; the PERS (State) Retirement program and a generous paid-leave (annual and sick leave) program. Please respond by providing a complete, current resume and a letter of interest. Responses should be addressed to: Human Resources, P.O. Box 2749, Charleston, WV 25330, Attn: Operations Manager. No phone calls please. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Clay Center Seeks Highly Creative Graphic Designer

The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences seeks a highly creative and motivated graphic designer with experience in design, page layout and typography. Candidate must work effectively in a multi-task environment, be detail oriented and handle projects from conception to completion. Bachelor’s degree in related field or two years job related experience may be substituted for degree. Proficiency with Adobe CS3, PC experience is a must; basic web/FLASH experience preferred. Portfolio review required. Send resume, salary requirements, three references and portfolio to <>. No phone calls please.