One of WV Gov. Tomblin’s Biggest Fears: Untrained Workers

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin went to Europe to find him an ethane cracker plant, and by golly he did (see WV Announces Brazilian Company to Build Ethane Cracker Complex). Tomblin knows that an ethane cracker plant is an economic bonanza like none seen in the northeastern U.S. in generations–maybe centuries. Yes, it’s that big a deal–and he knows it. Kudos to Gov. Tomblin for persevering and finding a cracker plant for WV.

Now that it looks as if a cracker will come to WV, something else is keeping Gov. Tomblin up at night. Last week at a breakfast meeting Tombin said that one of his biggest fears is not having a trained workforce in WV to build and operate the cracker. So Gov. Tomblin is now on a new mission: get WV residents trained and ready…

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