Initiating Growth Manufacturers are a critical engine for economic develop- ment and prosperity, stimulating innovation and generating high-paying jobs. According to Dr. Ednilson Bernardes, associ- ate professor of global supply chain management at the WVU College of Business and Economics, combining supply chain expertise with a burgeoning manufacturing sector can make West Virginia even more attractive to the global marketplace. “In recent decades, manufacturers have generally shifted from in-house production to more distributed production in networks of suppliers,” says Bernardes. “For any given large manufacturer, there is a dense network of suppliers—typical- ly smaller manufacturers—supporting the process of taking a product from concept to market.” For example, Aurora Flight Sciences in Bridgeport, WV, is one of many smaller suppliers providing high-value-added com- posite airframe parts to aerospace manufacturer Bell Helicop- ters for its new high-capacity commercial craft. Aurora Flight Sciences has its own network of suppliers, smaller and larger, both inside and outside the state. In West Virginia, the average salary in manufacturing is ap- proximately 20 percent higher than the overall average salary in the state. The new Procter & Gamble (P&G) facility in Tabler Station near Martinsburg, WV, illustrates the impact that man- ufacturing can have on the economic prosperity of the state. It looks to eventually fill 700 new, full-time positions and will stimulate local entrepreneurship activity through the creation of small businesses, an indirect effect of the new plant. Bernardes, whose current research interest addresses innova- tion, coordination and competitive dynamics on supply network systems, says, “The P&G facility will be able to supply products to 80 percent of the East Coast within one day, which will bring supply chain development and innovation to the region. P&G investment in the state also signals to other manufacturers that West Virginia is competitively positioned to become part of their value chain network.” Invigorating the Workforce Today’s advanced manufacturing sector is now highly techni- cal, innovative and networked, employing workers at all skill and educational levels because of increasing manufacturing and supply chain demands. This is of great benefit to West Virginia, as it in- vigorates the workforce and presents tremendous new job oppor- tunities for college graduates, slowing the out-migration of young people from the state. Manufacturing and supply chain and logistics management are also major factors in one of the most important and fastest growing industries in West Virginia: health care. West Virginia health care conditions reflect, to a great extent, those of the national landscape. Deficiencies in providing access to primary care and inefficiencies in the overall health care system can be detrimental to broader regional development. Thus, an efficient health care system can support a strong and competitive manufacturing system. “In health care delivery, a well-designed and managed supply chain and logistics will ensure health care facilities have available the right items in the right quantities with the highest standards of quality whenever and wherever needed while simultaneously Congratulations, Joe Eddy, President and CEO of Eagle Manufacturing, on being inducted into the Sharp Shooters Class of 2017! Plumbing • Heating • Cooling (304) 744-3221 • www.mullenplumbing.com We offer 24 hour emergency services! We’re proud of you! For all your plumbing needs … and more. EAGLE MANUFACTURING COMPANY 2400 Charles Street • Wellsburg, WV 26070 (304) 737-3171 • www.eagle-mfg.com 60 WEST VIRGINIA EXECUTIVE Mullen Plumbing, Heating and Cooling has been servicing the Kanawha Valley since 1950. Trusted as a leader in our area, let us assist with your plumbing and HVAC projects. We offer repair, replacement and installation services for both residential and commercial applications, including full kitchen and bath remodels. 24-hour emergency services are always available to ensure your needs are met in any circumstances. We pride ourselves on providing the best customer service—PERIOD.