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Chemicals America Show 2021

West Virginia’s prime location, highly productive workforce and pro-business climate are just a few reasons successful companies continue to say #YesWV.

  • West Virginia is within a day’s drive of 50% of the U.S. population and a third of the Canadian market.
  • West Virginia is a right to work state.
  • West Virginia’s workforce recorded the lowest manufacturing turnover rate in the country and is below the national average of turnover rates in all other workforce categories.
  • West Virginia’s cost of living is 14% below the national average, boasting a high quality of life with top-ranked universities, fulfilling careers, award-winning health institutions and ample outdoor recreation activities.



Companies that already call West Virginia home:

West Virginia’s Chemical and Polymer Industry

Chemical and polymer companies have thrived in West Virginia for generations. While many advantages that attracted multinational companies are still present, structural shifts have made West Virginia even more competitive as a global chemical and polymer hub.

Our Partner

Advantage Valley is a non-profit economic development organization that works with the State of West Virginia, local governments, county economic development authorities, sector and business leaders, chambers of commerce, academic and training institutions, and nonprofit partners to showcase our nine-county region and strengthen the economy. Our efforts represent Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam, and Wayne Counties.

Meet the Team


West Virginia Department of Economic Development

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Samantha Smith
Business and Industrial Development Manager

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Angel Mascia
General Manager, Europe

Advantage Valley WV 

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Terrell Ellis
Executive Director


Thriving Industries

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