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Automotive

 

Drive for Success

Automotive component manufacturers from around the world have found the road to success leads to West Virginia. Businesses that supply and support the automotive industry find a ready workforce with the skills needed by today's market. Machinists, machine tool operators, welders and others with essential skills are ready for work with more highly skilled potential employees graduating all the time. West Virginia's workforce has earned a reputation for high productivity and a low turnover rate among manufacturing industries. West Virginia provides easy access to suppliers of raw materials such as steel, aluminum and chemicals/polymers. The state is also home to research and technology resources like the non-profit Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium and the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI).

 

 

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Automotive Industry Leaders in West Virginia

 

Strategic Location

West Virginia is within easy range - eight hours if you drive, faster if you fly - of half the U.S. population and a third of the Canadian market.

 

World-class workforce with turnover rate
below national average and tied for
3rd-lowest for manufacturing.

Pro-business tax-climate with no new
business taxes in the last 20 years.
Business franchise tax eliminated in 2015.

Fiscally responsible state government with
Fitch credit rating AA+ for general debt
obligation and overall stable outlook

Low cost of living 14% lower than
national average with safe communities
and unparalleled outdoor
recreation opportunities

Electricity rates more than 33% lower
than the national average

Employers have saved more than
$280 million since the state privatized the
Worker's Compensation fund in 2006

Cost of doing business 14% below the
national average

 

Raw Materials

West Virginia provides easy access to suppliers of raw materials such as steel, aluminum and chemicals/polymers.

 

 

 

 

Growing Industry Cluster

The growing cluster of businesses that supply and support the automotive industry make doing business in West Virginia easier and more efficient.

 

Qualified Workforce

The available labor force includes machinists, machine tool operators, welders and others with essential skills. West Virginia's workforce has earned a reputation for high productivity and a low turnover rate among manufacturing industries.

 

Training & Education

West Virginia is home to research and technology resources like the non-profit Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium and the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI).

 

Training Access

The Governor's Guaranteed Work Force Training Program offers assistance to eligible companies to support industry-specific custom technical and knowledge upgrade training.

 

Transportation

West Virginia is connected to the East Coast and Continental United States by highways, railways and navigable waterways. The new Heartland Intermodal Gateway provides clearance for double-stack rail cars from Roanoke, Virginia, through southern West Virginia to Chicago.