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West Virginia Electric Announces Service to the Marcellus and Utica Gas Field Industry West Virginia Electric will now be providing electrical services to the Marcellus and Utica gas fields in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. “With our commitment to safety and vast experience over the past 60 years in providing turnkey electrical contracting to the coal industry, we are well positioned to provide these types of service to the gas industry,” says Wayne Stanley, CEO of West Virginia Electric. Denny Toothman, president of West Virginia Electric, says, “We are excited about now being able to offer complete electrical solutions to the developing Marcellus and Utica gas industry. Geographically, being located in Fairmont, WV puts us right in the middle of this activity, which will add to our ability to provide value to our customers.” West Virginia Businesses Embark on Trade Mission to Mexico Nine West Virginia businesses recently embarked on a mission to expand exports to Mexico. The trade mission was led by the West Virginia Development Office International Division in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Trade between the United States and Mexico generates more than $1.25 billion a day. A team from the West Virginia Development Office and executives from the nine companies spent three days meeting with qualified prospective clients, agents, distributors and other contacts in their markets. The companies then flew to separate destinations where their market opportunities are concentrated. “These types of trade missions have become a very successful part of our strategy to increase West Virginia’s presence in the global market. The missions provide West Virginia business owners with the opportunity to meet face-to-face with international executives who are interested in their products,” says West Virginia Secretary of Commerce Keith Burdette. The participating businesses were Eagle Manufacturing, Leveltek International, Nippon Tungsten, Rolling Ridge Woods, Special Metals Corporation, Steel of West Virginia, Sur-Loc Flooring, Tecnocap and West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. U.S. exports to Mexico reached $222.6 billion in 2013, making it the second largest export market for U.S. products and services. Mexico is the ninth largest export destination for West Virginia products. A pottery piece by Alex Brand. Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition Winners Announced Jurors awarded Alex Brand of Greenbrier County the Best of Show for his marble-patterned blown glass vase at the 7th Annual Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition at Tamarack in Beckley. Vernon Howell of Cabell County was awarded second place for his mixed media collage, “Room for Calder,” and Byron Young of Kanawha County received third place for his turned wood vessel, “Pandora’s Hope,” during the June 15 event at the David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery at Tamarack. The event was held before a standing-room-only crowd and marked the opening of the juried exhibition, which was on display at the Dickirson gallery through August 3, 2014. Space Planning Design Furniture A pottery piece by Alex Brand. Smallwood & Small Insurance Honored by Erie Insurance for Growth and Profitability Smallwood & Small Insurance in Martinsburg has been named an Erie Insurance 2013 Personal Lines Elite Award winner for achieving growth and profitability goals. The Erie Insurance Elite Award recognizes the top 10 Erie agents company-wide in one of three lines of business: personal, commercial and life. Smallwood & Small Insurance, chosen as No. 1 from more than 2,225 Erie agencies across the county, is owned by Fred Kerns and Tom Miller. Kerns and Miller were presented the Personal Lines Elite Award at the West Virginia Branch Recognition Meeting in Bridgeport, WV. This is the fourth consecutive year Smallwood & Small has achieved the elite status among all Erie agencies. David McCormick, Jr. Peggy Schifano Lovio 510 Hartman Run Road • Morgantown, WV 26505 www.omegacommercialinteriors.com 304.581.6701 A Dealer www.wvexecutive.com summer 2014 127