Metal fabricators craft shining success in Advantage Valley
Advantage Valley and the metals industry have long had a strong relationship, thanks to our abundance of natural resources and workers who know how to transform steel and other raw materials into top-quality products and components.
Metal fabrication and machine shops looking for growth opportunities will find our resources attractive. West Virginia is home to more than 4,000 regional suppliers, and metals-related companies at work in Advantage Valley include Steel of West Virginia, JH Fletcher, Special Metals, Martin Steel, Kanawha Manufacturing, Gestamp, Sulzer Pump, Okuno International, Richwood Industries, and Hercules International.
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Advantage Valley’s labor shed includes 617,000 people, many of whom have experience in metalworking and automaking. Those workers and their employers benefit from workforce-focused programs at local colleges and universities, including classes in advanced manufacturing, welding, mechatronics, mechanical engineering, machining, materials science, and robotics.
Served by three Interstates (I-64, I-77, and I-79) and several U.S. highways with Interstate access, Advantage Valley has fast connections to key cities and markets throughout the eastern half of the nation. Our area has also long been an important rail corridor, with busy CSX and Norfolk Southern mainlines connecting the region to the continent’s rail network, and ports along the Ohio River and in Virginia. We’re served by six navigable rivers with truck-to-barge capabilities, including the Port of Huntington-Tri-State and the Jackson County Maritime & Industrial Park. Companies needing access to air service appreciate Charleston Yeager Airport’s (KCRW) 6,800-foot runway and 24/7 FBO, and Huntington Tri-State (KHTS) has a 7,000-foot runway and Aeroplex capable of handling heavy air freight. Both airports have nonstop commercial travel to many cities, and Advantage Valley is served by many general aviation airports.