Maloney: W.Va. Needs To Nurture New Businesses

WHEELING – Republican candidate for West Virginia governor Bill Maloney tried a cool job on a hot day Thursday in Wheeling.

He visited the Ziegenfelder Co., and for a few moments he helped workers pack banana-flavored Budget-Saver pops into their familiar clear cellophane packaging.

“The technology is neat to see,” Maloney said. “Something we need to work on (in the state) is nurturing new business. We have to fight he federal overreach on industry.”

Maloney added he has spoken with many small business owners in the state who say their biggest complaint is the amount of bureaucracy they must address on a regular basis.

“They tell me, ‘Make it easier – there is just too much paperwork,” Maloney said. “They talk about bureaucracy more than they do taxes.”

Barry Allen, vice president of sales and marketing at the Ziegenfelder Co., noted his firm is growing. Since April, Ziegenfelder Co. has added 45 jobs and now has more than 200 employees.

“When the economy is down, we’re still growing,” he said. “We’re proud of that. We believe in strong core values, and we know we can have the opportunity to help people have better lives.”

The Ziegenfelder Co. provides health benefits to its workers, he noted.

Lisa Allen, president and chief executive officer of the company, spoke well of the relationship she has with both state and local governments, but she acknowledged not all companies may be as fortunate.

“I think small businesses are the bread and butter of the country,” Allen said. “Some of the regulations and taxing are creating a stress on business, and it can make it difficult.”

She said the Ziegenfelder Co. “is a well-kept secret” in downtown Wheeling. Allen has opted against placing signs on the company’s building on 18th Street and said she would rather spend the money in others ways to help the business.

Maloney noticed the lack of signs Thursday.

“I never knew this place was here,” the Morgantown resident said. “My kids have been playing soccer here in the Ohio Valley for years.”