About Assemble

Your industry, your issues, your voice.

AssembleWV knows the vital role that manufacturing plays in each and every community, big or small, throughout West Virginia. 

We believe that everyone, from the machine operator, to the small business owner, to the thousands of West Virginians who want to make manufacturing in our state everything it can be, should have a say in government policies that affect their livelihood. 

We’ll let you know when issues critical to our well-being are debated at the capitol, and we’ll let you know what you can do about it.

With your help, we can make manufacturing in West Virginia as strong as it can be for our communities, our workers, and as a future economic engine for our state.

View Legislative Honor Roll

 

Issues

Our ability to create and maintain great high-paying jobs for West Virginia is impacted by state policy. West Virginia has an opportunity to develop a more competitive and stable environment for manufacturing investment and job growth. Today’ state leaders have an opportunity like no other to build a foundation that supports manufacturing growth through the downstream benefits presented by the shale industry.

We are pleased to report that the West Virginia Legislature has listened to the needs of manufacturers and responded with changes to overly stringent regulations, clarification of unemployment benefits during voluntary strike situations, and expanding drug testing options to make workplaces more safe.

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Manufacturing in West Virginia

  • Partisan politics frequently overshadow the need to change the state’s approach to building a more competitive environment for West Virginia.

  • While much progress has been made to achieve regulatory balance, additional work remains to create a level playing field in our state. 

  • West Virginia ranks 49th in the country in business climate. 

  • West Virginia comes in near last for tax competitiveness with one of the highest tax rates for labor intensive manufacturing, ranked 47th. Labor intensive = jobs.

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Manufacturing Nationally

  • We have the highest corporate tax rate among industrialized countries, yet Congress can’t move forward with balanced tax reform that would help us compete against foreign companies

  • Ninety five percent of the world’s customers live outside the U.S., but many of our leaders can’t seem to agree that trade agreements are vital to manufacturers. 

  • Our roads and bridges are crumbling, yet we can’t fund infrastructure improvements.

  • The United States must maintain regulatory competitiveness in a global manufacturing environment.

Updates

Why does manufacturing matter?

  • Manufacturers in West Virginia account for over 10 percent of the total output in the state, employing over 6 percent of the workforce.

  • Total output from manufacturing was $7.43 billion in 2015.

  • In addition, there were 47,100 manufacturing employees in West Virginia in 2016, with an average annual compensation of $67,399 in 2015.
  • Manufacturers help to drive West Virginia’s economy, with $3.67 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2016.

  • That same year, $1.80 billion in exports was without free trade agreement (FTA) partners.

  • Manufacturing helps create jobs in the state, and 20.6 percent of manufacturing employment stemmed from exports in 2011.
  • Small businesses comprise 76 percent of exporters in West Virginia. 

Facts About Manufacturing

Key Facts

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Legislative Honor Roll

The WVMA supported many key legislative initiatives during the 2017 Legislative Session. The Association vocally advocated environmental balance (HB 2506), fair practices for unemployment compensation benefits (SB 222), expanded drug testing in the workplace (HB 2857), efficiencies for heavy haul permits (HB 3064), restrictions on unmanned aircrafts over industrial properties (SB 9), a fair approach to medical monitoring (SB 236), and increases to fees assessed by the Department of Homeland Security that while an increase cost for manufacturers, provides funds necessary to modernize compliance reporting for potential contaminants (HB 3048). 

While SB 9 and SB 236, did not make it through the legislative process. The majority of WVMA efforts were legislatively successful. Based on Association priorities and review of voting records, the following list represents Legislators who demonstrate a strong desire to create an environment that encourages manufacturing investment and growth in the Mountain State. 

To make the Honor Roll, legislators must have scored an A or B based on the WVMA 2017 Legislative Score Card.

Senate Honor Roll

Mike Azinger
Craig Blair
Donna J. Boley
Greg Boso
Mitch Carmichael
Charles Clements
Sue Cline
Ryan Ferns
Ed Gaunch
Mike Hall
Robert L. Karnes
Mike Maroney
Mark R. Maynard
Robert Plymale
Patricia Rucker
Randy Smith
Chandler Swope
Tom Takubo
Charles S. Trump, IV

Ryan Weld

House Honor Roll

William Anderson
Tim Armstead
Lynne Arvon
Martin Atkinson, III
Saira Blair
Jim Butler
Moore Capito
Roy Cooper
Daryl Cowles
Vernon Criss
Frank Deem
Joe Ellington
Paul Espinosa
Allen V. Evans
Tom Fast
Geoff Foster
Nancy Regan Foster
Cindy Frich
Danny Hamrick
Roger Hanshaw
Jason Harshbarger
Joshua Higginbotham
Jordan Hill
Ray Hollen
Eric L. Householder

Gary G. Howell

John R. Kelly
Kayla Kessinger
Charlotte Lane
Patrick Martin
Zack Maynard
Pat McGeehan
Tim Miley
Carol Miller
John Overington
Tony Paynter
Rupert “Rupie” Phillips, Jr. 
Ben Queen
C.E. “Chuck” Romine
William R. Romine
Ruth Rowan
John Shott
Kelli Sobonya
Joe Statler
Amy Summers 
Terri Sypolt
Danny Wagner
Ron Walters
Steve Westfall
S. Marshall Wilson
Mark Zatezalo 

Action Center

The AssembleWV Action Center is your source for action alerts and resources to enable you to make a strong statement to your local legislators on policy directions that impact YOUR livelihood in the manufacturing industry. From policy statements, to voting records, and easy to use advocacy tools, you find everything you need to make an informed decision and take action in an easy and efficient way.

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