Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and representatives from the Polymer Alliance Zone will begin marketing the state's plastics industry Wednesday at the opening of the industry's K Show in Dusseldorf, Germany.
With more than 3,000 exhibitors, a half-million square feet of exhibition space and tens of thousands of industry representatives in attendance, the K Show is the largest plastic industry expo in the world. It begins Wednesday and will last through Oct. 23.
Polymer Alliance Zone president Karen Facemyer said Tomblin and industry representatives plan to meet with several plastic companies, vendors and suppliers to promote the state and its polymer businesses.
"Given all the advantages West Virginia offers the plastics industry - low cost feedstocks, proximity to market, available infrastructure and a skilled workforce - our state is primed for further plastic industry growth, and the Polymer Alliance Zone hopes to help bring it home," Facemyer said.
In addition to encouraging businesses to invest in the state, Facemyer said industry officials also plan to collect information on the latest industry products and tools and share it with state companies to help them improve their existing operations.
Tomblin is visiting the show as part of his 13-day European Investment Mission, which began Oct. 10 and includes stops in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France and Spain.