The Kanawha Valley encompassing the capital city of Charleston is one of the most scenic cities in the US, situated in the Appalachian Mountains. With a population of just under 50,000, it’s a decidedly un-crowded city with one of the lowest crime rates in the US.
The state is home to several thriving industries, including:
· Chemical manufacturing: providing more than 120,000 jobs, there are 140 chemical manufacturing companies, one of the largest areas in the world for the industry.
· Biotechnology: including pharmaceutical companies, chemical companies, and agricultural feedstock
· Energy: especially coal mining. The state produces about one-tenth of the nation’s coal and is a leading top interstate electricity exporter in the US. The state also has over 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale rock formation.
· Aerospace: one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, for two reasons: one, the large group of experienced workers, and two, the abundance of primary and fabricated metal products the industry needs.
· Automotive: companies like Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Hino Motors, Gestamp, NGK Spark Plugs and Diamond Electric are located in West Virginia. The National Research Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions is also located here and does research on things like fuel economy, emissions, engines, and cars. West Virginia University’s National Alternative Fuels Training Center also does research on alternative fuels and advancements for the auto industry.
Metal and lumber production are also big West Virginia industries, as well as crops and livestock. One of the first industries in Charleston was salt mining when the West Virginia Salt Brines were found beside the Kanawha River in 1806. Charleston’s economy began to prosper and was the leading producer of salt in the world. Coal mining then became one of the state’s predominant industries.
Tourism is also a busy West Virginia industry. There are numerous attractions and historic sites, as well as art and culture. From shopping at a Farmer’s Market to hunting, fishing, and skiing, West Virginia has something for nearly everyone.
With so much to do, there’s also the matter of getting around. Of course, you can drive, but what if you don’t? If you’re looking to fly somewhere, Charleston has one major flight hub, Yeager Airport. You can take Amtrak if you want to travel by rail. The Kanawha Valley Regional Transit Authority covers Charleston’s public transportation needs. And as of 2016, you can now call Uber for a car ride.
West Virginia Celebrities
Did you know that West Virginia is home to a number of well-known famous people?
· Don Knotts, actor
· Chuck Yeager, Air Force General, and test pilot
· Mary Lou Retton, Olympic gymnast
· Peter Marshall, TV Host
· Jon McBride, NASA astronaut
Charleston’s Accident Attorney
An accident of any kind can happen anytime, anywhere. Once the initial shock is over, and you’ve moved into recovery mode, there’s a lot to deal with. Don’t try to handle everything yourself. A personal injury case requires an experienced attorney to guide you through the process and make sure you’re treated fairly and get the compensation you need.
The Love Law Firm is ready to help. Call us today at 304-344-5683, or use our online contact form to schedule your appointment with one of our attorneys. We’ll discuss your case with you, explain your options and what to expect in an accident settlement. Our contingency fee arrangement means that if we don’t win your case, you won’t owe us a fee.