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Mark your calendar and join us on March 23-24, 2016 in Charleston, West Virginia for the 2016 WVMA Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference (MMDC).

The MMDC combines the former M2M Conference and the WVMA Leadership Summit (Annual Meeting) to offer attendees an opportunity to attend one or both Marcellus development and manufacturing development tracks.

The West Virginia Manufacturers Association Conference will be held in connection with the WV Construction Design Expo and the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

Now in its fifth year, the Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference, plays host to companies interested in locating new facilities or expanding existing operations in the state, and provides companies and industry leaders the opportunity to gain an expanded understanding of the potential for ethane and ethylene related product development in West Virginia.

Conference attendees learn about West Virginia’s advantages, including tax incentives, environmental permitting, workforce development, availability of employees and site options, and have the opportunity to network with West Virginia leaders, manufacturers, and suppliers.



2015 Expo Highlights

  • 466 Indoor Booths
  • 9 Outdoor Exhibitors
  • 76-Page Program Book with 78 Advertisers
  • Nearly 5,000 SHOW ATTENDEES – from 31 States and 5 foreign countries!
  • 87 Quality SEMINARS / MEETINGS
  • 10 After Hours Reception Sponsors
  • BrickStreet Insurance as an EXPOsure Sponsor
  • 4 Sponsors for Business over Breakfast BOB

Special Registration for WVMA Events

register nowThe WVMA will include activities that require separate registration and payment:.

Thursday, March 24 – Annual Meeting Lunch ($15) – 11:30 a.m.

Our annual meeting lunch at the Charleston Civic Center.

Thursday, March 24 – Brickstreet Safety Awards Dinner ($75 Member /$125 Non-Member)  – 7 p.m.

Please join us for dinner at the Clay Center, Charleston, WV.



Welcome to the 2016 Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference

Join the WVMA on March 23-24, 2016 in Charleston, West Virginia for the 2016 WVMA Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference (MMDC). The MMDC combines the former Marcellus to Manufacturing Ethane Development Conference and the WVMA Leadership Summit offering attendees an opportunity to attend the region’s most comprehensive shale and manufacturing conference. The MMDC is held in conjunction with the West Virginia Contractors Association Construction and Design Expo.

Appalachia is well positioned for development of a regional extraction-consumption strategy for the Utica, Marcellus, and associated shale gas plays. The 2016 MMDC explores the infrastructure needed to take advantage of the abundance of shale resources in the region. These infrastructure needs include pipeline development, as well as the development of an Appalachian Storage Hub for ethane utilization.  Such components can create a readily available single source supply of ethane for consumers, predictability in pricing, and distribution channels that promote a broader geographic use and investment that could benefit the businesses and citizens of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The development of the Appalachian piping infrastructure would help to satisfy the strategic need for feedstock and offtake requirements for world scale distributed manufacturing elements. 

The time is now for West Virginia and the Appalachian region to take a strategic approach to our energy future.  Be part of the solution by joining the WVMA for MMDC 2016. 

For information the conference or sponsorship opportunities call 304-342-2123. 





Rebecca McPhail
President, WVMA

    Event Schedule

    Gubernatorial Candidate Showcase

    Get to Know Who Is Running to Be Our Next Governor

    MMDC is the first event to feature all four gubernatorial candidates at our Candidate Showcase. Each candidate for governor will have the opportunity to speak directly to West Virginia’s manufacturing sector about their plans for the Mountain State and answer a few questions from the moderator. Candidates will appear one at a time to allow MMDC participants to focus on each person individually.

    Bill Cole

    gb_coleBill Cole is a fifth-generation businessman who has spent more than 30 years growing businesses and creating jobs. In 2000, he started building Bill Cole Automall that along with his other business interests employs over 400 people. He also owns an aviation company and is a licensed pilot with more than 4,000 hours of flying time.

    In 2012, he ran for and won a seat in the State Senate. Bill quickly realized that in order to end the culture of corruption in Charleston that was holding West Virginia’s economy back, he needed to help elect a group of like-minded legislators who shared his belief that state government needed to modernize in order for West Virginia’s economy to grow.

    In 2014, Bill Cole led the effort to win a Republican majority in the state senate for the first time in 83 years, despite the political experts’ predictions that it could not be done. His colleagues elected him to serve as Senate President.

    After serious consideration, Bill Cole announced his candidacy for Governor on June 2, 2015, saying, “West Virginia needs a Governor committed to reform. I believe my lifelong experiences in business, as well as my accomplishments as Senate President give me a unique opportunity to lead our state government in a new direction.”

    Booth Goodwin

    gc_goodwinBooth Goodwin was the U.S. Attorney for Southern District of West Virginia for the past 5 years, and a federal prosecutor for 10 years before that. Booth has prosecuted and sent to jail corrupt politicians and gone after prescription drug abuse. He’s fought for safer schools and reached out to kids to keep them from going down the wrong path. He’s helped rebuild communities plagued by drugs and violence. He’s prosecuted criminals who prey on our elderly and our children.

    Booth grew up in Ripley and is married to Amy Goodwin, a Wheeling native. Booth and Amy now live in Charleston with their boys—Joe and Sam. When Booth and Amy are not watching their boys play hockey or run cross country they can be found mountain biking, camping at one of their favorite state parks, skiing the hillsides of the Mountain State, or hiking with their very large lab, Gus.

    Jim Justice

    gc_justiceJim Justice is best known as the owner of The Greenbrier, but he is also the President of 47 different companies. As the President and CEO of Bluestone Industries, Jim launched a massive expansion of multiple businesses including coal, agriculture, and timber. He is the largest grain producer on the east coast.

    When The Greenbrier went into bankruptcy, Jim stepped up to buy the resort. He invested in major renovations and expansions, and reversed employee benefits cuts. Jim brought the PGA Tour, the NFL, and the NBA to West Virginia.

    He is President of the Beckley Little League and is the boys and girls’ basketball coach at Greenbrier East High School. At Christmas, Jim donates $1 million in gifts to needy kids.

    He earned an undergraduate degree and a masters in business administration from Marshall. He and his wife Cathy, have two adult children, Jay and Jill.

    Jeff Kessler

    gc_kessl01Like so many West Virginians, Jeff came from humble beginnings and was raised in a small town by parents who were proud, hard-working people who had high expectations for their children. In fact, I was the first in our family to graduate from college and go on to law school.

    Jeff is the founding partner in the law firm of Berry, Kessler, Crutchfield, Taylor & Gordon. He was appointed to the Senate in 1997 and elected the following year. Jeff served as Judiciary Chairman from 2003 to 2001 when he was elected by the members of the Senate to serve and preside over that body as the first and only Acting President in the history of the West Virginia Senate.  He was elected and served as President of the Senate from 2012 to 2014 and now serves as Minority Leader.

    Jeff Is proud of the work he’s done as a State Senator, but without question, he will tell you that his greatest achievement has been his role as a husband and father. Jeff and his wife, Gretchen, live in Glen Dale and are especially proud of their five children ages two to 26.

    2016 MMDC Speakers

    A broad range of speakers for MMDC 2016

    Shelley Moore Capito was elected by the people of West Virginia to the United States Senate in 2014. She is the first female U.S. Senator in West Virginia’s history and was elected with the largest margin of victory for a Republican in state history – winning more than 62 percent of the vote and all 55 counties.
    Shelley Moore Capito

    U.S. Senator

    Roy Harstein has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry that includes both upstream E&P and downstream pipeline operations. His current responsibilities include overseeing the company’s water stewardship program, ECH2O (Energy Conserving Water), methane emissions reductions through ONE Future and other initiatives that seek to balance the company’s impact on community, economy and environment.
    Roy Harstein

    Vice President, Southwestern Energy

    Dr. Anderson has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT. His research interests include intermolecular interactions of gases such as CH4, H2, CO2, with water and with solid surfaces, molecular modeling of natural gas hydrates, economic modeling of energy technology, and EGS (Enhanced Geothermal Systems).
    Dr. Brian Anderson

    Associate Professor, WVU

    Keith Burdette is Secretary of Commerce for the state of West Virginia under the administration of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. Burdette holds many state and national awards and records as he served at such young ages in various roles such as a former Democratic President of the West Virginia Senate from Wood County serving from 1989 to 1995.
    Keith Burdette

    WV Director of Commerce

    Kelley M. Goes practices in the Environmental Practice Group of JacksonKelly in Charleston, West Virginia.  Ms. Goes has wide legal experience, including litigating patent infringement cases for one of the world's largest energy companies. Ms. Goes previously served as the State Director for United States Senator Joe Manchin, III.
    Kelley Goes

    Member, JacksonKelly

    Steve Hedrick is President & CEO of MATRIC | Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC) in South Charleston, W.Va. MATRIC delivers market-driven innovation, research, technical engineering, and technology commercialization for the chemical, energy, environmental, and advanced software sectors.
    Steve Hedrick

    CEO, Matric

    Gideon Gradman is an energy executive and advisor on matters of energy, environmental and industrial development. He has over 15 years of experience in business development, government affairs and industrial real estate development in the oil & natural gas, chemicals, electric power, and waste management sectors.
    Gideon Gradman

    Managing Director, Integrated Energy Advisors

    Ken Zapinski manages the Allegheny Conference’s Infrastructure programs as well as its energy initiatives. He helps manage the Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh, a partnership of corporations, universities, nonprofit organizations, and others with the mission of increasing the scale of the region’s energy industry while continuing to advance Greater Pittsburgh’s global leadership in improving the environment.
    Ken Zapinski

    SVP, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

    Ms. Jones oversees the NAM’s energy policy work and has expertise on issues ranging from energy production and infrastructure, water quality, land use, chemical regulation, and the legislative and rule making processes.
    Rachel Jones

    Director of Energy and Resources Policy, National Association of Manufacturers

    Kevin DiGregio leads the The Chemical Alliance Zone, a nonprofit economic development group dedicated to advancing the chemical and related industries in West Virginia.
    Kevin DiGregorio

    Executive Director, The Chemical Alliance Zone

    Pat Getty is a leader of Power of 32, a 32-county, four-state visioning and development project in the economic region with Pittsburgh at its center. In West Virginia, Mr. Getty is a member of the Board of Vision Shared Inc., and the Governing Board of Imagine West Virginia.
    W. Pat Getty

    President & Trustee, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

    Logan guides PCIC, a 30-year-old advocacy council, to serve as the voice of the state’s chemical and related industries in the public policy process. The group also serves as liaison to the chemical industry in other states and advocates for the responsible use of chemicals.
    Jeff Logan

    President, Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council

    Gary M. Fechter and his team are currently working on multiple CCHP projects totaling 5,400 KW of electric capacity. Several of these projects have been awarded $5.4 million in State of Pennsylvania Grants and Guaranteed Loans. He has more than 35 years of experience in energy, engineering, and project management.
    Gary M. Fechter

    General Manager of Performance Solutions and Engineering Services, UGI HVAC Enterprises

    Mr. Barrus works with public service and utility commissions, state agencies, and other trade and industry associations on policy, regulatory and legislative matters related to gas utilization in industrial markets. Mr. Barrus is also engaged in API’s work on natural gas infrastructure development.
    Brett Barrus

    Senior Policy Advisor, American Petroleum Institute

    Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and COO for the Research Triangle Regional Partnership where he was in charge of developing economic and cluster strategies and implementing all marketing efforts.   As an economic futurist, Ted speaks to over 100 groups annually on topics ranging from leadership to global trends impacting competitiveness.
    Ted Abernathy

    Consultant, Economic Leadership LLC

    Jenkins is responsible for EQT’s customer facing natural gas business including business development for the pipeline and midstream business. Blue also has oversight of the commercial natural gas operations team and the natural gas trading and asset optimization business.
    Donald “Blue” Jenkins

    Executive Vice President, Commercial EQT

    2016 Sponsors

    Our 2016 MMDC Sponsors


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    200 Lee Street East
    Charleston, WV 25301

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    • Fitness Center
    • Pool
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    Check in: 4:00 PM
    Check out: 12:00 PM

    On-site parking, fee: 5 USD hourly, 15 USD daily
    267 Spaces, Well Lighted & Secure


    • Yeager Airport – CRW
    • Hotel direction: 7 miles S
    • Airport shuttle service, on request, complimentary
    • Shuttle Phone: 1 304 345 6500
    • Courtesy phone available
    • Alternate transportation: C&H Taxi; fee: 15 USD (one way) ;on request
    • Estimated taxi fare: 12 USD (one way)Huntington Tri-State Airport – HTS
      Hotel direction: 59 miles E
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