"It all depends on the particular job you're hiring for," Meisel said. "The fallout here is not higher - it's probably a little lower than I've experienced in other locations. We've had good luck hiring engineers, good luck hiring business people. I'd say on the whole, the skills are available.
"The biggest concern I have when you hire a production entry-level workforce is your turnover is always big. One issue is substance abuse. Over the years I've seen more people terminated for not coming to work than for any other cause. You do see some issues but it's not so bad.
"Some people say they have a GED (General Educational Development certificate) or high school diploma but don't. If you don't have one, we just can't let you in the door."
South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens said the community and technical colleges operating in the West Virginia Regional Technology Park are going to be in close contact with employers, offering training.
Meisel said the stamping plant's human resources department has been working with several schools. "A tool-and-die maker apprenticeship program has been approved and a maintenance apprenticeship program is in the works," he said.
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The church also is planning on having hiking trails, wants to build an amphitheater, would like to have some soccer, baseball and football fields, and hopes to build a day care center.
Eventually the church hopes a road in the development will be connected to the tech park.
A connecting road "would be helpful to provide access to day care," Smith said. "We see this (development) as an oasis in the business of life."
The church wants to make its facilities available to the community. "We want to meet some of South Charleston's needs," Smith said. "We realize it is a big, hairy, audacious goal. I encourage you to contact me if you have some interest."
Bill Wilcox, a member of the congregation, is acting as the outreach contact on the project. He can be reached at 304-552-6121.
Levak has been with the newspaper company for 33 years.
"Retirement is a mixed emotion for me," he said. "I've been at the paper so long they are my family. It's been fun working with people like Bob. He toots our horn. He's the best promoter the newspaper has. Thanks for this."
Chilton said Levak "has been a joy to work with all of these years. He's a wonderful head of advertising and vice president. He's one of the kindest, nicest people I've ever known. He's going to be missed at Charleston Newspapers but he's going to stay in touch."
Contact writer George Hohmann at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.