July 11, 2023

Manchin Welcomes Helicon Chemical to West Virginia Regional Technology Park

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) welcomed Helicon Chemical as the newest tenant of West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston. Helicon Chemical is developing innovative drop-in-ready, upgraded propellant binders that will improve the performance of missiles, rockets, aerospace propulsion systems and munitions for government and commercial customers. Helicon’s patented technology allows for the rapid modernization of current armaments and future hypersonic weapons programs — aligning with one of the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) top Research and Development priorities.

“Since 1949, this park, formerly known as the Union Carbide Corporation Technology Center, and the West Virginians who continue to work here have brought innovative, groundbreaking ideas to market that have shaped not only the United States, but the entire world. I am proud to see the West Virginia Regional Tech Park continue that legacy – and that businesses like Helicon see the potential in our small but mighty state. In addition to being America’s energy powerhouse, West Virginia has maintained our national security for generations. We mined the coal and forged the steel that helped us become the greatest military might the world has ever seen. I am glad to welcome Helicon and its innovative defense technologies to West Virginia, and I know that they will find great success here. There truly is no better place to do business,” said Senator Manchin.

The West Virginia Regional Technology Park, home to over 25, businesses and 1,000 jobs, is a prominent hub for innovation, science and technology in the state. Originally established to support the chemical industry, the park has since evolved into a multi-tenant campus fostering cutting-edge technologies across various fields.

“The partnership we have forged here in West Virginia is a significant step in our ability to deliver enhanced rocket fuel at scale,” said Dr. Wes Naylor, Chief Executive Officer, Helicon. “We look forward to bringing jobs to the community and adding to the rich history of technology development and innovation. Increased range and speed is the name of the game when it comes to deterring bad guys and giving our warfighters the edge in combat—today’s event is step one in making that a reality.”