West Virginia is home to distribution and fulfillment centers for renowned companies. The Mountain State delivers the logistical and operational advantages these successful businesses seek. A highly skilled workforce combined with low energy costs and a strategic location are the key reasons companies have created a base of operations in West Virginia. In addition to major highways I-79, I-77, I-64 and I-70, the Eastern Panhandle sits on the I-81 corridor. West Virginia is within overnight reach of 74 percent of the U.S. polyols market and 79 percent of the country's auto body, part manufacturing and assembly plants, making it the perfect 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.
In addition to major highways I-79, I-77, I-64 and I-70, the Eastern Panhandle sits on the I-81 corridor. Airports and railroads provide additional options for efficient distribution and shipping of products to customers.
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
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
Educational and Training Resources
Educational/vocational institutions partner with industry to offer customized training programs. The Governor's Guaranteed Work Force Training Program offers assistance to eligible companies to support industry-specific custom technical and knowledge upgrade training.
Employer-friendly Business Climate
Thanks to aggressive pro-business legislation, we offer some of the lowest worker's compensation rates in the country.
Pro-growth Tax Reforms
The state has reduced taxes such as the Corporate Net Income Tax and gradually eliminated others, including the Business Franchise Tax.
West Virginia's commercial electricity rates are 33 percent below the national average and lower than all neighboring states.
Cents per Kilowatt hour
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.
Qualified and Available Workforce
Thousands of highly skilled and experienced technical workers are available and ready to work. Unique education/industry partnerships create customizable programs to equip workers with industry-specific skills and know-how.
Quality of Life
The cost of living is low and the quality of life is high, with safe communities and outdoor recreation opportunities that include biking, hiking, golfing, skiing and whitewater rafting.
Research & Technology
Uncommon capabilities can be found at groups such as Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center (MATRIC); and the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), which includes the nationally-certified RCBI Machinist Technology Program. The RCBI Machinist Technology program meets standards set by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). These skills combined with many technical programs and partnerships help build a ready workforce.