Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined seven other governors and 1500 government and business leaders from across the country for a U.S. Manufacturing Summit focused on strengthening the manufacturing industry and creating jobs in America. During a panel discussion at the Orlando, Florida gathering, Gov. Tomblin discussed West Virginia's recent successes.
"American manufacturing shapes our great country while putting food on the table and a roof overhead for millions of families. In West Virginia, we've welcomed billions of dollars in new business investments and thousands of good-paying jobs in recent years because of the competitive, friendly-business environment we maintain," Gov. Tomblin said. "I'm proud to say we not only have the capable, world-class work force needed to get the job done, a strategic location to get goods to market, but our state is also a reliable, fiscally responsible partner to our business sector."
During the event, Gov. Tomblin explained why, since 2005, West Virginia has seen over $21 billion in new business investments. The U.S. Manufacturing Summit, sponsored by Walmart and the National Retail Federation, is intended to bring together government leaders, hundreds of manufacturers and supplier companies to discuss and potentially develop job opportunities.