WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Timothy Duke, Steel of West Virginia Inc.'s president and chief executive officer, made it clear to Business Summit attendees that the state needs to do more to be competitive.
Duke was one of several manufacturing executives who spoke at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's annual gathering of business leaders at The Greenbrier Resort.
Steel Dynamics Inc., the corporate parent of Duke's company, has three plants in Indiana, one in Virginia and one in West Virginia, at Huntington.
He rated West Virginia versus the others.
He was complimentary of state government's economic development team. Not so much its legal environment.
"It's not good compared to the other states. There are too many lawsuits and there is no intermediate appellate court."
Duke said West Virginia regulators are reasonable to work with.
As for electricity, "We have a very good supplier," he said of Appalachian Power. "When we have a problem, they run.
They get it."