Eagle Manufacturing’s CEO honored as ‘Sharp Shooter’

STATE HONOR — Joe Eddy, president and chief executive officer of Eagle Manufacturing of Wellsburg, is one of 10 West Virginia business leaders to be named a 2017 Sharp Shooter by West Virginia Executive magazine. -- Contributed

WELLSBURG — Joe Eddy, the president and chief executive officer of Eagle Manufacturing Co., is one of 10 business leaders from throughout the state named a 2017 Sharp Shooter by West Virginia Executive magazine.

The awards are presented annually by the magazine to West Virginia business leaders known for their hard work, open minds, positive attitude and genuine enthusiasm.

Eddy and the other nine honorees were recognized during a reception at the University of Charleston.

Nominated anonymously by their peers, recipients of the honor must have built their reputations on a commitment to career and community success, be active in community service and philanthropic endeavors and have invested not only in their own success but also in the success of others and the future of the state.

Each was profiled in separate articles of the June issue of the magazine.

In the story, Eddy notes he grew up on a large cattle farm in Friendly, W.Va., and attributes his work ethic to his father, an engineer at Union Carbide, and his compassion for life to his mother.

While working at his grandfather’s farm, he became interested in the wells where they pumped their own oil and that led to his pursuing and obtaining a degree in petroleum engineering at Marietta College.

After graduating in 1983 and working successfully in the energy field for more than a decade in Texas, California, Ohio and Wyoming, Eddy returned to West Virginia in 1996 to serve as marketing and business development manager for Eagle Manufacturing.

Established in Wellsburg in 1894, the family owned business is a leading manufacturer of safety cans and cabinets, poly drums and spill containment and material handling protective products.

As president and CEO of Eagle, Eddy has significantly expanded its product lines and market channel, creating many new jobs.

Eddy has supported the community efforts of his many employees, who include volunteer firefighters and youth sports coaches, and offered opportunities for youth to learn about his field through summer internships for more than 500 college-age students and tours by local high school students.

“West Virginia is at the epicenter of the natural gas boom. We already have developed the upstream and midstream energy industries, and with further development of downstream chemical and manufacturing, we will see unprecedented creation of jobs and technologies that will give our young people the opportunity to have rewarding careers that pay excellent wages in West Virginia. We are creating hope and a future that will help West Virginians shine for many years into the future,” he said.

In an effort to help prepare the next generation of manufacturers, he founded the Joseph and Debra Eddy Foundation and the Joseph Eddy Technology Scholarship Fund at West Virginia Northern Community College.

Eddy also is a founder and chairman of the board of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association’s educational fund and its Explore the New Manufacturing middle school campaign.

He has been active in the WVMA, serving on its board of directors, and has served on the boards of the National Association of Manufacturers, West Virginia Northern Community College Foundation, Marietta College’s McDonough Leadership School and West Virginia University’s global supply chain management advisory council.

Eddy serves on the Regional Economic Development Partnership board, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Charleston Industry Roundtable, West Virginia Economic Development Authority board and advisory board for the National Institute of Standards & Technology-MEP Program.

“I am surprised and humbled to have been nominated for such an award,” Eddy said. “To be selected as a Sharp Shooter among the long list of qualified nominees across the state is such an honor, and I appreciate everyone who works alongside me every day to help make our communities, businesses and state vibrant and prosperous,” he said.

Eddy is the second Brooke County resident to be recognized by West Virginia Executive in recent years. Last year the magazine named Eric Fithyan, owner of Chambers and James Funeral Homes, one of 10 West Virginia Young Guns, an honor given to residents 43 and younger for success in their communities and fields.