Business community helping each other

When it was announced in June that Koppers would be closing its Follansbee facility, and putting close to 50 local residents out of work, the response was quick.

JSW Steel contacted Brooke County officials, offering the possibility of hiring some of the workers. From there, other businesses in the valley answered the call. The result is what some are calling the largest job fair in the county’s history, with approximately 20 employers set to be on hand Saturday morning at Vito’s 2 in Follansbee, meeting not only with the Koppers workers but anyone else who may be looking for employment.

We would like to thank JSW for their part in getting this effort kicked off. For a company that is still relatively new to our region, they have quickly become a part of our community fabric.

We also express our appreciation to the Follansbee Chamber of Commerce, Brooke County Commission and the Business Development Corp. for their part in putting the pieces together. That includes working with the office of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin in organizing a resume writing workshop held Thursday with support from West Virginia Northern Community College, West Liberty University, West Virginia University and Workforce West Virginia.

All too often, when businesses close, there is despair about the future for the individuals affected and their communities. We are glad to see that hasn’t been the case this time.

There are opportunities in the Ohio Valley, and this is just one more bit of evidence.