Italian auto maker to add jobs in Wayne
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Allevard Sogefi USA, a maker of filters for the auto industry, announced that by the end of the year it will add 45 jobs at its plant at Prichard, Wayne County.
The company, which is headquartered in Italy, produces filters for Ford, Chrysler, Fiat, Mazda and TI Automotive.
Troy Thomas, Allevard Sogefi USA's general manager, said in a prepared statement, "Our new contract with Chrysler Corp. to produce oil filter housings for all of its 6-cylinder engines has lead to the expansion."
The company said it would invest $5.5 million on facility and equipment upgrades for the expansion.
Allevard Sogefi opened its Prichard plant in 2004. The West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council provided a $3 million loan and the West Virginia Economic Development Authority provided a $10 million loan and employee training assistance for the $27 million project. The plant also received support from the Huntington Area Development Council, also known as HADCO, and the Wayne County Commission.
According to HADCO, Sogefi has 44 manufacturing plants and employs 7,200 people worldwide.
White House/Black Market opens Thursday
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - White House/Black Market, a fashion store that caters to women 25 years of age and older, will open at the Charleston Town Center on Thursday, the mall announced.
There will be a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. The store will feature sales promotions throughout April.
Coach, a leather goods company, will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on April 20; Sephora, a beauty care and fragrances store, will open on June 1; and Francesca's, which offers women's fashion apparel and accessories, will open later in June, the mall said.
The four retailers are in a cluster on the first floor near Starbucks that mall marketers are calling a "women's neighborhood."
S.C. Chamber to host 'Meet the Candidates'
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The South Charleston Chamber of Commerce and the Woman's Club of South Charleston are hosting a "Meet the Candidates" event April 17.
The event will be in conjunction with the chamber's monthly "Business After Hours" business card exchange, and will be at the Woman's Club of South Charleston, 214 D St.
State House of Delegates candidates from the area have been invited.