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Diamond Electric Mfg. Corp. BY MAGGIE MATSKO. With corporate head- quarters in both Japan and West Virginia, Diamond Electric Mfg. Corp. is a tier one supplier of automotive electrical compo- nents. Originally established in Japan in 1937, the manufacturer began as an auto- mobile ignition coil manufacturer, branch- ing out into the production of electronic ignition devices in 1971. In 2014, Diamond Electric’s U.S. cor- porate offices were moved from Dundee, MI, to Eleanor, WV, where the manufac- turing plant produces more than 15 mil- lion ignition coils annually for customers that include Toyota, Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Subaru. There are three sales offices located in the U.S.: Ann Arbor, MI; Novi, MI; and Katy, Texas. In addition to Diamond Electric’s Japa- nese and American offices, the company’s international footprint includes manufac- turing plants and sales offices in Hungary, China, India and Thailand with addition- al sales offices in Indonesia and Korea. Diamond Electric currently employs more than 300 people in the U.S., and Chad Carte, vice president and general manager of human resources and adminis- tration in Eleanor, believes the company’s greatest successes are the people they hire. “It’s the commitment to safety and qual- ity from our employees that allows us to continue to offer jobs in West Virginia,” he says. “Since the automotive market is extremely competitive, it may be cheap- er to produce products elsewhere in the world, but the people of West Virginia have made us feel like the Mountain State is our second home.” Looking to the future, Diamond Elec- tric hopes to expand in the area of home electronics. The company currently manu- factures HVAC components for custom- ers in Japan, and they are aggressively pursuing other business opportunities in the U.S. For Japan and other European countries, homes and businesses are heated and cooled room by room. This method has proven to be a more cost-effective and eco-friendly process, and Diamond Electric wants to be there to support the customer base during this transition. Energy Corporation of America BY MAGGIE MATSKO. Energy Corpora- tion of America (ECA) has proven to be a strong contender as an oil and natural gas exploration and production company. With the support of approximately 170 employees, ECA explores, extracts, pro- duces and transports oil and natural gas throughout the U.S. and around the world. With headquarters located in Charleston, WV, the com- pany has offices situated in Buckhannon, WV; Greene County, PA; and Indiana, PA. It also has op- erations in West Virginia, Pennsyl- vania, Kentucky, New York, Mon- tana, Wyoming, Colorado and Texas and manages an international footprint that includes New Zea- land and China. 84 WEST VIRGINIA EXECUTIVE Due to the strong growth ECA has experienced over the years, Kyle Mork, CEO, has a strong belief that the compa- ny’s greatest success is the people behind the scenes. “Without a doubt, I am most proud of the team we have assembled at ECA,” he says. “This group ushered ECA into the shale gas era and navigated the company’s transition from a shallow- well, conventional operator to an adept, unconventional developer. Simultane- ously, they launched horizontal drilling at ECA, which established the company as one of the best horizontal shale devel- opers in the world.” This great success all began with Kyle’s grandfather, Roy Mork, who drilled the company’s first well in 1963 at a site in Glenville, WV, and formed Pacific States Gas & Oil, which is now known as ECA. The torch was then passed to John Mork, Kyle’s father, who, through a series of mergers and acquisitions, built ECA into a dominating player within the market. In 2016, Kyle took up this tremendous family legacy by becoming CEO, and he is optimistic about the company’s future. “The Marcellus Shale was just the begin- ning, and I only see great potential for ECA with future exploration of the Utica Shale, the Rogersville Shale and other untapped areas,” he says. “While the last two years have seen the longest and deepest downturn our industry has experienced in decades, the future is very bright for ECA and the energy industry as a whole.”