CHARLESTON, WV — Today, over eighty business leaders across West Virginia who represent a wide array of industries are announcing the launch of “Business Leaders for Manchin.” The founding members of the group, made up of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, are confident that the organization will rapidly grow due to Manchin’s track record of getting results for the business community. The job creators who have built companies in West Virginia are supporting Manchin because of his record and commitment to helping both workers and businesses thrive.


During Manchin’s tenure as governor, more than 240 companies located or expanded in West Virginia, and businesses invested over $13 billion. Under Manchin’s watch, a $235 million tax burden was removed from local businesses.


Manchin fixed the broken old workers’ comp system that was losing $1 million a day and had an unfunded liability of $3 billion. Today, thanks to Joe’s efforts, the total debt had been reduced to just $29 million. Not only did Joe’s fiscal stewardship save taxpayers money, it helped West Virginia businesses by lowering workers’ compensation premium costs by 70% since 2006. (MetroNews, Dec. 2017)


West Virginia business leaders can add their name HERE:

Before he entered public service, Joe Manchin was a small business owner in North Central West Virginia. As Senator he’s hosted dozens of job fairs across the state to connect employees with talented West Virginians.

As Senator, Joe Manchin has continued to bring jobs to the state, by creating opportunities and recruiting jobs.  He is the Honorary Chair of the Discover the Real WV Foundation, an organization of business leaders who recruit jobs to West Virginia. He also has co-hosted 35 job fairs across the state, linking West Virginians up directly with employers and job building resources.

“Joe is a straight shooter. He is working to make sure that West Virginians have the education and skills to be competitive, and understands what local companies need in order to grow and stay in our state,” said Arria Hines, CEO of Allegheny Science & Technology.


Dave Arnold, owner of Adventures on the Gorge, said, “Joe makes West Virginia businesses proud because he is an independent thinker and is always doing what he can to promote West Virginia tourism. He sees the potential in our state and opportunities we have to create tourism jobs.”


Dave Alvarez, owner of Applied Construction Solutions, said, “Joe owned a business before he got into public service and he gets us. Joe understands what it takes to grow a local company and put people to work.This isn’t about political party, it’s about what’s best for West Virginians and having a U.S. Senator we can work with.”


“Joe never forgot where he came from,” said Dana Summers, the owner of Craft Connection. “The leadership of Joe Manchin has lured businesses to West Virginia. Joe’s willingness to listen to his constituents and work with both Democrats and Republicans shows that he will always do what’s best for West Virginia.”


“Before Joe helped privatize workers’ comp in this state, the system was terrible, and it was really one of the great job killers in West Virginia,” said Gat Caperton, owner of Gat Creek American Made Furniture. “Today, with a privatized workers’ comp system, people are getting real care, employers are getting support at a fair price, and the state is financially better off with it in place.”


“I’ll always do what’s best for the state, and what’s best for West Virginia is new opportunities for workers to earn an honest paycheck and the companies they work for to expand,” said U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. “I’m proud to have strong support from both business and labor. When we all work together, nothing is impossible.”


Founders of Business Leaders for Manchin

Penny Harman, Harman’s Cabins
Dave Arnold, Adventures on the Gorge
Arria Hines, Allegheny Science and Technology
John Brown, Brown Communications
Robert Shell , Guyan International
Roger Ramsey, Peters Equipment and Ramsey Industrial
Dean Cordle, AC&S, Inc.
Ken Boggs, N3
Gat Caperton, Gat Creek Furniture
Tom Heywood, Bowles Rice LLP
Ike Morris, Waco Oil & Gas
Christian Asam, Bavarian Inn
David Asam, Bavarian Inn
Fred Engle , Candlewyck Inn
Michael Constantino, Four Wheeler Heaven, LLC
Deno Stanley, Adelphia Sports Bar & Grille
Dave Alvarez, Applied Construction Solutions
Tom Campbell, The Campbell Company
Tammy Ray, Handi Man Car Wash
Oshel Craigo, Tudor’s Biscuit World & Gino’s Pizza and Spaghetti House
Tom Flaherty, Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso
Chuck Smith, Smith Cochran & Hicks
Simon Hargus, Partner First Settlement Physical Therapy
Ken Lowe, The Clarion Inn
Karen Coria, DK Enterprises, LLC
Eric Young, Mountaineer Brand
Rick Johnson, River Expeditions
Dave McCormick, Omega Commerical Interiors
Joe Boczek, L&K  Distributing
Joe DeBellis, DeBellis Construction
Mark Oliverio , Oliverio Peppers
Andrew Smith, Smith Rentals, LLC
Michael Wehrle, Adventures on the Gorge
Angel Moore, Moore Firm of Charleston
Mike Audia, Audia’s Restaurant & Catering
Kirk Sestito, WCO Flooring
Frank Tatta, Jack & Jill Menswear
Steve Haid, Stephen E. Haid & Associates
Brad Shaffer, Shaffer Insurance, LLC
Dana Summers, Craft Connection
Dewey Guida, Dee Jay’s
John Hankins, Hankins Management Company
J. Thomas Jones, Retired Health Care Systems CEO
Mark Urso, Bear Contracting
Vincent D’Annunzio, Beverage Distributors
Tim Dyer, Dyer Insurance
Andria Wymer, Energy Transportation
Steve Zubrzycki, East Coast Tees
John Waugaman, Tygart Technology
Chad Robinson, Robinson Capitol Consulting
Sam & Linda Jasper, White Oak Golf & Event Center
Hiedi Wood, Rock, Paper, Scissors Hair Salon
Rick Barton, Wincore Windowss
Paul Astorg, Astorg Motor
Steve Turner, Hartland Planing Mill
Tim Matheny, Matheny Motors
Rick Pruitt, Pruitt & Associates
Mark Gillespie, Entrepeneur
Marvin Masters, Masters Law FIrm
Ralph Ballard, IMG, LLC
Luke Diserio, American Muscle Docks & Fab
Wally Thornhill, Thornhill Auto Group
Jamie Dickinson, Yoga Power LLC
Tony Figaretti, Figaretti’s Restaurant
Gaston Caperton, Former West Virginia Governor
Jack Rossi, Summit Community Bank
Nick Arcure, Valley Distributing Company of Fairmont Inc.
Chad Nuzum, Hood Insurance Group LLC
Rick Pruitte, Pruitte & Associates CPA in Fairmont
Bryan Towns, AMBS, Inc.
Steve Lorenze, Suburban Lanes
Jim and Debbie Lambert, Lambert’s Vintage Wine
Randall Snider, Community Bank of Parkersburg
Sam Kapourales, Kapourales Properties
Robert E. Mayhew, KB Mayhew Holdings, LLC
Stephen Skinner, Skinner Law Firm
Mark Rodak, Alpine Coal Company Inc.
Tommy Halloran, Aqua Clear Inc
Dr. Ahmed Faheem, Appalachian Psychiatric Services
Edward J. Hall, J&J Contracting
Charles T. Jones, Amherst Madison Inc.
Greg Chandler, Chandler Frame and Body Shop

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