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Terramite plant sold again?

In 2008 there was an unconfirmed report that Terramite Corp. of 600 Goff Mountain Road, Cross Lanes, had been sold to Coneqtec Universal Corp. of Wichita, Kan.

Now it seems that TerraQuip Construction Products Inc., the company currently operating at the Cross Lanes facility, has been sold to Huichen Xu. A document filed Sept. 26 with Secretary of State Natalie Tennant lists Xu as taking over as president from Gary Cochran.

A woman who answered the phone at TerraQuip on Monday promised to have someone call back, but no one did. Meanwhile, there's nothing about Terramite or TerraQuip on either the Coneqtec or Terramite websites.

Terramite - and now, TerraQuip - produce small backhoes, small tractors, end loaders and other construction equipment.

In 2003, then-U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald Evans and U.S. Rep. Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.Va., toured Terramite. Evans called it a homegrown success story. At the time, the company had 94 employees.

For what it's worth: The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that China's construction equipment manufacturers have "massive overcapacity and pressure to consolidate" in the wake of a slowdown in building there.

Chinese manufacturers are looking to markets in other countries "to alleviate the pain at home," the Journal said. One Chinese company, Guangxi Liugong Machinery Co., recently bought a manufacturing unit in Poland and expanded its relationship with a German company. Another, Sany Heavy Industry Co., has a factory in Georgia, the Journal said.

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Leadership West Virginia, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's leadership development program, wants to hire a full-time alumni coordinator.

According to an open letter from Leadership West Virginia Executive Director Pam Farris to the program's alumni, the job would be "to develop and maintain strong ongoing relationships with the program's nearly 1,000 graduates and to facilitate alumni engagement statewide."

The salary will be commensurate with experience. Leadership West Virginia will be accepting resumes through Nov. 24. For more information, email Farris at pfarris@leadershipwv.org.

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Bridge Road Bistro is the new operator of the cafeteria in Columbia Gas Transmission's office tower at 1700 MacCorkle Ave. S.E., said Karl Brack, a spokesman for NiSource, Columbia Gas' corporate parent.

AVI Foodsystems Inc. operated the cafeteria before the bistro took over on Oct. 22.

"The Bridge Road folks came in and did some remodeling and gave the cafeteria a fresh look, a fresh menu," said Brack. "Folks in the building seem to have taken to it. The cafeteria is such a convenience, to head downstairs and grab a breakfast or lunch."

The cafeteria has been operating since the building was erected in 1956.


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