Firm to Get Involved With Community

Shortly after acquiring Caiman Energy some five months ago, Williams Partners (Ohio Valley Midstream) made it known that it was looking for office space, and working with the Regional Economic Development Partnership and the Marshall County Commission on Thursday the announcement dealing with the site was made.

Williams will be setting up “shop” at TeleTech, located on TeleTech Drive in the southern section of Moundsville and should be operational there in a few months. The location will be sort of a general field office.

When the Williams firm began its operation in Marshall County it had 51 employees and in the past four months has added 75 to its work force. The plan is to employ an additional 100 workers.

In addition, the company will be spending $1.34 billion on three Marshall County facilities in the next two years, these being the Fort Beeler cryogenic processing plant near the intersection of U.S. 250 and Fork Ridge Road; a fracking facility at the former North Plant of Allied Chemical; and a new location to be known as Oak Grove, five miles west of Fork Beeler.

Frank Billings, vice president of Onshore Gathering and Processing for Williams’ Eastern Region, represented the firm at Thursday’s announcement, while on Tuesday Darrell Bull, general manager of Ohio Valley Midsteam, and communications specialist Scott Carney, presented the program to the Moundsville Lions Club.

At both presentations the Williams officials told of the firm’s plans to become involved in the communities in which they are located, and employees are encouraged to do likewise.

Among major involvement by the company will be with United Way, schools, and hospitals.

No one could be more happier than the Marshall County Commissioners with this past week’s announcement, with commission president Jason “Jake” Padlow having the privilege of making the announcement on Thursday, on behalf of fellow commissioners Don Mason and Brian Schambach. Padlow reminded everyone about the county’s continued growth as the result of the energy companies, which in turned has created jobs, more business in the county and, more taxes to the county.

Also among those taking part in Thursday’s announcement was Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

While TeleTech’s space will be decreasing by some 50 percent, the company is looking to expand its numbers by some 100 to 120 in the next four months.

TeleTech, which began operations in Marshall County in May 1988, has provided employment for as many as 500 at times depending on the number of clients, which has been as many as five. The firm has two clients at the current time.

TeleTech hopes to maintain a work force of 300 to serve its clients at this time, and to reach that figure it is seeking the 100-120 new employees.

TeleTech Holdings Inc., a leading global provider of technology-enabled customer experience solutions, is excited about being able to offer the 100-120 customer service positions at its Moundsville location, and those interested can learn more about the jobs online at www.TeleTechJobs. com, in person at 100 W. TeleTech Drive, Moundsville or by phone at 304-843-5561.

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The initial topic of a conference call Thursday evening involving Lions Club members from District 29-L was the weather.

The Lions are scheduled to hold the 11th annual Dan Dague Memorial Car & Bike Show on Monday at the Highlands, but in event the weather is such that it needs to be postponed the committee members were asked by co-chairman Jeff Baxter to chose a new date. That date was Sept. 9.

A decision on whether the event is held tomorrow or next Sunday will be announced by noon today.

As to the show, it is the No. 1 fund raiser of the Lions in West Virginia, with proceeds going to the organization’s Sight Foundation which is responsible for providing different sight-related medical proceedures.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward the purchase of equipment that will be used across the state to test children as young as six months. The equipment will cost between $35,000 and $40,000.

Once the date issue was addressed, committee members finalized plans for the event, with getting the vehicles to the registration site, and then to the parking areas where they will be judged. The registration will take place at Cabela’s Distribution Center.

Of course, once the drivers and their passengers get to the site they will need transportation around the show grounds, and that will be taking care of by the Lions who will be providing shuttle buses throughout the Highlands from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with stops at eight locations to enable these individuals to visit the different businesses.

The Lions will have a food booth, and will be selling raffle tickets and have a 50/50 drawing, with proceeds also going to the Sight Foundation.

The Foundation provides numerous free surgeries, special equipment, eye screening and hearing aids to needy West Virginians with either limited or no insurance coverage.

The Foundation has been able to provide more than $1 million in services over the past few years.

The co-chairs of the car/bike show are Eva Dague of Moundsville and Baxter of Morgantown, both former District Governors.

The car show was started 11 years ago by the late Dan Dague, a Marshall County native, and after his death it was named in his honor.