County Added to W.Va. Polymer Alliance Zone
Sistersville- Tyler County has been admitted to the West Virginia Polymer Alliance Zone (PAZ), following approval by the PAZ Board of Directors during the organization’s annual meeting on June 7, in Parkersburg. Tyler County now joins the geographic footprint of the PAZ, which also includes Mason, Jackson, Wood and Pleasants Counties.
During the annual meeting, membership to the PAZ Board of Directors was granted to Chad McKnight, Momentive Performance Materials Sistersville site manager; Patrick Walsh, Proviron, Inc., plant manager; and Eric Peters, Tyler County Development Authority (TCDA) executive director. Each will serve a three-year term, representing Tyler County and were nominated to the PAZ board by the TCDA.
Initial efforts by the Tyler County Development Authority to gain Tyler County’s inclusion in the PAZ began in 2001. Now, in 2017, the goal has been reached.
“It seems the time was finally right to make a stronger push to convince members of the PAZ board of directors and the PAZ staff that Tyler County’s inclusion in the zone, and the contributions which can be made by new board members from our polymer industry and development sectors, will enhance the PAZ,” stated TCDA executive director, Eric Peters. “Earlier efforts had been resisted by some member-county development directors who seemed to wish to reserve the benefits of membership for their own counties and development entities.”
“I want to thank outgoing PAZ President Karen Facemeyer, and my current development organization counterparts in Mason, Jackson, Wood and Pleasants Counties for their willingness to bring us aboard and allow Tyler County to share in the marketing and development assistance benefits, as well as the increased visibility to new business prospects, that come with PAZ membership,” Peters said. “I believe they agree that we are stronger and can be more successful when we work together as a region, and that county lines should not be a barrier to employment opportunities.”
The Polymer Alliance Zone, Inc (PAZ) was formed in 1996, as a pilot project of the State of West Virginia through an executive order of Governor Gaston Caperton. PAZ has one of the highest concentrations of high-technology, specialty and engineering polymers production in the world.
PAZ is a membership organization, which includes both polymer and related industries. The organization is dedicated to expanding the industrial base within its geographic footprint by growing and recruiting polymer businesses and related service companies that will provide increased quality job opportunities. PAZ has received a Top Ten ranking in the USA for growth in plastics facilities by the Society of Plastics Industry.
“While Tyler County may not experience immediate growth in jobs and investment from the polymer industry sector, PAZ membership will certainly give us a new advantage and allow us to partner with our neighboring counties to the south to increase our visibility to major companies which are seeking new locations for job-creating investment,” Peters concluded.