A Solid Foundation
West Virginia's building products industry, with hardwood products leading the way, has the workforce skills, building materials and support services the construction industry needs to build a solid foundation for success. With 11.9 million forested acres, West Virginia is the third most forested state in the nation. The state also has abundant resources such as coal and limestone for making cement. The many coal-fired power plants found in West Virginia create opportunities for companies manufacturing wallboard. Mix those assets with a focus on higher education resources and the West Virginia Wood Technology Center provides training programs in advanced wood manufacturing technologies and you have a state ready to help build for the future.
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
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, Training and Economic Development Support
The West Virginia Wood Technology Center provides training programs in advanced wood manufacturing technologies. The state's educational institutions offer associate and bachelor's degree programs in forestry related subjects.
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.
The state's educational institutions offer associate and bachelor's degree programs in forestry-related subjects. Many associations working to advance the building product industry include the Builders Supply Association of West Virginia, Hardwood Alliance Zone, Appalachian Hardwood Center, Wood Education and Resource Center, West Virginia University Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the West Virginia Forestry Association.
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.
With 11.9 million forested acres, West Virginia is the third most forested state in the nation. The state's forests are at least 94% hardwood species. The state also has abundant resources such as coal and limestone for making cement.
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.
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.
Employer-friendly Business Climate
Thanks to aggressive pro-business legislation, we offer some of the lowest worker’s compensation rates in the country.
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).