Chemical & Polymers


Long tradition Bright future

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. Active chemical industrial parks throughout the state offer access to shared services and colocation at sites with significant infrastructure and existing permits. West Virginia is located within the Appalachia Basin, which produces essential feedstock for the chemical and polymer industries. Combined with the concentration of existing chemical plants, West Virginia provides your company with access to reliable supplies from a variety of sources.




Chemical and Polymer 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






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.


Raw materials

Vast Marcellus Rogersville and Utica Shale natural gas reserves in this region contain ethane, propane and methane. The salt wells that originally brought the industry here are still present, and the state's waterways, including the Ohio, Kanawha, and Monongahela rivers, provide ample water for mixing, cooling and other industry needs.


Qualified Workforce

Thousands of highly skilled and experienced technical workers. Institutions partner with industry to equip workers with needed industry-specific skills and know-how.


Research and Technology Resources

World-class industry research institutions are located at regional universities and the West Virginia Regional Technology Park. Uncommon capabilities can be found at groups such as the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center (MATRIC); and the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI). Industry-focused groups such as the Chemical Alliance Zone; the Polymer Alliance Zone; MATRIC; and the Robert C. Byrd Institute of Advanced Flexible Manufacturing.