Greenbrier Valley’s workforce is ready to help manufacturers thrive

West Virginia’s Greenbrier Valley has a long tradition of producing what America and the world needs, from hardwoods, to energy, to agricultural products. And with our location in the nation’s industrial heartland, our counties have a strong history with manufacturing, too, from traditional to today’s most advanced technology. Today, we’re home to manufacturers like Collins Aerospace, Appalachian Electronic Instruments, Mott Manufacturing, Plastics Processing, Architectural Wood, and Almost Heaven Saunas.

Heritage of Hard Work

Our region’s labor shed encompasses more than 282,000 people, many of whom grew up around timber production and mining, giving them both easily transferable skills and a generational appreciation for taking pride in a job well done. That labor shed is renewable thanks to the efforts of local education providers focused on developing skills in areas such as global supply chain management, industrial technology, welding, engineering, machining, CDL certification, business management, and more.

Robust Transportation Infrastructure

It’s easy to bring in raw materials and ship manufactured goods, thanks to our region’s transportation network. Interstate 64 connects our region with Interstates 77, 79, and 81 and other U.S. and state highways, as well as Norfolk’s deepwater port and river ports in Charleston and Huntington, speeding shipments of finished products to customers. Rail users benefit from access to both CSX and Norfolk Southern mainlines, with opportunities to add spurs. Greenbrier Valley Airport (KLWB), Charleston Yeager Airport (KCRW), and Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (KROA) offer extensive commercial service and general aviation, and KROA has an onsite cargo facility.