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HUNTINGTON, WV – On Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, the Huntington Regional Chamber will host a luncheon with Rockwool, a new West Virginia company building a manufacturing facility in the Eastern Panhandle – its second in the United States. The Denmark-based company makes stone wool insulation and other building materials, and plans to hire more than 150 people, bringing millions of dollars in economic activity to the area.

Rockwool encountered resistance from activists after its summer groundbreaking, despite receiving all necessary federal and state permits for construction.

“As our Chamber is involved in many economic development efforts here in our part of West Virginia, I have read about Rockwool and the unfair challenges they have faced, and I am concerned about the potential for precedent that could have a negative impact on our economic development efforts here,” said Dr. Bill Bissett, President & CEO of the Huntington Regional Chamber. “I appreciate Rockwool’s steadfast commitment as a West Virginia business, and I think that we can learn from their experience about how to comply with the law, even in the face of emotionally-charged opposition, to grow jobs in Cabell and Wayne Counties. If West Virginia is truly going to be open for new business, we have to welcome companies like Rockwool and find other companies like them that want to call West Virginia home.”

WHO:            The Huntington Regional Chamber is hosting an informational luncheon with Rockwool, a stone wool insulation manufacturer locating in the Eastern Panhandle.

WHEN:         Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

WHERE:       St. Mary’s Conference Center, 2849 Fifth Avenue, Huntington, WV.

NOTE – This events is free to members of the Huntington Regional Chamber. If members of the media would like to attend, please RSVP at
chamber@huntingtonchamber.org or by calling 304-525-5131.