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Silling Architects BY MAGGIE MATSKO. Established in 1902, Silling Architects, a full archi- tectural design services firm headquartered in Charleston, WV, is the longest-running continuous architecture practice in the state and one of the oldest in the country. The firm, which performs feasibility stud- ies, master planning, programming, design and documen- tation and construction administration services, has expanded its geographic reach beyond West Virginia into Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and New York. Over the last century, Silling has developed an expertise in building typologies centered on worship, education, workplace, health care and custom residential markets. Its reputation as a leading designer of courthouses and judicial facilities through- out Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia took root in the late 1990s with the completion of the Putnam County Ju- dicial Building in Winfield, WV. In total, Silling has managed the design of more than $150 million in out-of-state court con- struction projects since 2007 in addition to its continued proj- ects in West Virginia. “Over the next several years, we believe Silling Architects will be recognized as a regional design expert with the ability to part- ner with local architects of record to accomplish an even greater volume of work,” says Jody Driggs, Silling principal. Walhonde Tools, Inc. BY ALICIA ELKIN . Gary McClure invented a tool that revolution- ized how tubes fit boilers, and his wife, Joyce, found a way to turn it into a business. The McClures founded Walhonde Tools, Inc. in 1986 in South Charleston, WV, where they manufacture unique, patented tube and pipe alignment tools for the heavy-industrial construction industry. While working in the industry, Gary developed the original Wallbanger, which cut fitting times up to 300 percent. Joyce turned their garage-based idea into one of country’s industry- leading pipe and alignment companies. Since its inception, Walhonde Tools, Inc. has evolved from handmade tools to state-of-the-art manufacturing and offers 10 specialized tools in various sizes. The company now employs 11 West Virginians and ships its products all over the U.S. to clients like the U.S. Navy and NASA, as well as internationally to Iceland, Canada, Cumbria, U.K., Guam, South Africa, France, Japan and Italy. “Every tool that is sold or rented is processed through our facility in South Charles- ton,” says Joyce. “We are proud to be a made-in-the- USA company.”  West Virginia Executive Magazine, Class of 2017 ~ Sharp Shooter C Wilson Martino Dental, TLC Dental, Tots & Te