Composite Strength

From the steel Bessemer converters in 1880s to 3-D printers today, metals have long been an essential component in West Virginia's manufacturing industry. The state has forged strong links between our abundant raw materials, skilled metalworking labor force, and supportive business climate. West Virginia has ready supplies of primary and fabricated metals, machinery and other components necessary for the manufacture of metalworking and machinery products. The state is at the heart of more than 4,000 regional suppliers of needed materials and home to thousands of skilled production and craft workers, particularly metalworking machinery operators, metal fabricators and machine assemblers.




Metal Industry Leaders in West Virginia

Strategic Location

Population hubs West Virginia is within easy range - eight hours if you drive, faster if you fly - of half of 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


Research & Technology

Uncommon capabilities can be found at groups such as MATRIC (Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center); 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).





Employer-friendly Business Climate

Thanks to aggressive pro-business legislation, we offer some of the lowest worker's compensation rates in the country.


Proximity to Materials

The state has ready supplies of primary and fabricated metals, machinery and other components necessary for the manufacture of metalworking and machinery products, with more than 4,000 regional suppliers of needed materials to support the metalworking and machinery industry.


Qualified 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.


Training Access

Educational/vocations 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.



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