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Gov. Tomblin Signs Executive Order Adding Pleasants County to the Polymer Alliance Zone

3/2/2015

Davisville, WV (March 2, 2015) – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed an executive order on February 11, 2015 adding Pleasants County to the Polymer Alliance Zone, an organization that markets West Virginia’s plastics and polymer industries to the world.

In the Executive Order (No. 1-15) Governor Tomblin proclaims, “The Mid-Ohio Valley is one of the most cost effective places in the world to produce and manufacture plastics and polymers and therefore, it benefits Pleasants County and its citizens to align with the Polymer Alliance Zone for the promotion of the area to attract new companies, industries, jobs and education opportunities.”

“The development of the Marcellus and Utica Shale region will continue to make the area attractive to polymer and polymer-related companies, and the Pleasants County Commission is committed to promotion, education and development of Pleasants County and its citizens.”

Karen Facemyer, president of the Polymer Alliance Zone, said, “We appreciate the efforts of the Governor to expand the Polymer Alliance Zone to include Pleasants County.  This is a natural extension of the “Zone” and we look forward to working with the Pleasants County Commission and the Pleasants County Development Authority to market the advantages the area offers to plastics and polymer companies around the globe.”

Facemyer said the Polymer Alliance Zone was created through executive order in 1996 and includes Mason, Jackson, and Wood Counties, and now Pleasants County.

Pleasants County Commission President Larry O. Barnhart, said, “Joining the Polymer Alliance Zone will be a great thing for us.  The Polymer Alliance Zone’s reach extends beyond the borders of West Virginia and the region, providing international exposure of the county’s resources and accessibility for production and commerce.  This should open up new avenues for marketing the benefits of Pleasants County.”

J. McGoldrick, executive director of the Pleasants County Development Authority, said, "The Polymer Alliance Zone has been active in recruiting investments resulting in jobs in this part of West Virginia. Since we have similar goals, we are pleased with the Governor's decision to honor our request for Pleasants County to join the Zone's membership. We look forward to marketing our county cooperatively with the Zone to increase investment and job opportunities in our county. Polymer and related facilities are an increasingly important part of our manufacturing base, and we expect that to increase in coming years, particularly with the potential construction of an ethane cracker in the region."

For additional information contact the Polymer Alliance Zone at (304) 428-1622 or visit the organization’s website at www.pazwv.org