Leaders from the state's plastics industry are promoting West Virginia as an ideal location for plastic and polymer companies at this week's PLASTEC East Trade Show in Philadelphia.
Polymer Alliance Zone president Karen Facemyer said officials will have a West Virginia booth set up at the show, which runs Tuesday through Thursday. More than 20,000 plastic industry representatives from all over the world are expected to attend the event.
"Our mission is to meet with plastic industry companies, vendors and suppliers to let them know the benefits of establishing operations in West Virginia or purchasing products from West Virginia polymer companies," Facemyer said.
She said several international companies have visited the state as a result of officials' participation in similar events.
"The opening of PWP Industries, which has operations in the Wood County area, was a direct result of participating in similar trade shows several years ago," Facemyer said.
In addition to officials from the Polymer Alliance Zone, representatives from the West Virginia Division of Commerce and Development Office, the Wood County Development Authority, Commercial Plastics Recycling, Pickering Associates, ICL-IP America and the Jefferson County Economic Development Authority will participate as part of the West Virginia delegationWith the show coinciding with the state's sesquicentennial on June 20, Facemyer said the group plans to hold a special reception at the show Thursday to mark the occasion and generate additional interest in the state's plastics industries.