Our marbles were used in movies such as "Home Alone" and "Goonies," and I'm proud to have represented our state and company on television, including "The Colbert Report," "The Martha Stewart Show," CNN and Fox Business News.
Marble King has received export awards from the U.S. Department of Commerce and state of West Virginia, and our business continues to compete on a global stage.
For that to continue, however, we must have a long-term supply of affordable energy such as the Marcellus Shale offers.
Currently, our energy costs alone represent three-quarters of what it costs Chinese manufacturers to produce and ship marbles to the United States.
Cheap natural gas will make a significant difference in our production costs, and we encourage the federal government to pass tax credits that help offset price differences and encourage domestic purchases.
We have the opportunity to recapture those long-lost manufacturing jobs and again become the envy of a nation that is the envy of the world.
We must not let this opportunity pass us by.
Fox is CEO and owner of Marble King in Paden City.