November 14, 2013

Manchin Proud of Industrial Investment Announcement to Build First Cracker Plant in West Virginia

The project will create thousands of good-paying jobs, boost economic prosperity and keep West Virginia and America competitive worldwide

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement today in regards to the announcement the Brazilian company, Odebrecht, has the option to purchase land in Wood County to explore industrial opportunities, including the potential to build West Virginia’s first cracker plant:

“With our state’s continued development of natural gas drilling, I am extremely pleased that Governor Tomblin has announced that the Brazilian company, Odebrecht, is interested in exploring the development of a new petrochemical complex in Wood County. After years of our local and state leaders working together with energy companies worldwide, this is a textbook example of how a public-private partnership can strengthen not only West Virginia, but also the entire Mid-Ohio Valley region. Today’s announcement is further proof that our collaborative efforts – among every West Virginia economic stakeholder – are continuing to restore confidence in the hearts and minds of West Virginians and the business community that the Mountain State is indeed a great place to do business.

“I thank Governor Tomblin, Odebrecht and all the parties involved in making this deal possible, especially since it will create thousands of good-paying jobs in the construction, energy and manufacturing sectors, while keeping us strong and competitive. As plans develop and work on this venture continues, I stand ready to assist in any way that I can while also making sure this Administration and the EPA work as our partner and not as our adversary.”