Clarksburg, West Virginia – Stockmeier Urethanes USA played host to a roundtable discussing economic development in West Virginia in August. As well as several Stockmeier executives, attendees included local US congressman David McKinley, German minister and deputy chief of mission Boris Ruge, and the West Virginia governor’s chief of staff, Mike Hall.
Also present were Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia University; Craig Graybill, general plant manager at Covestro’s New Martinsville site; and Ulrich Wicke from Prebena, a German business that manufactures nails and fasteners in the state. The group was rounded out by various members of the local and state Chamber of Commerce, as well as German trade and industry representatives from Washington, D.C.
Stockmeier Urethanes Group chairman Christian Martinkat said that the company’s USA business has come to feel at home in the state. ‘The benefit of West Virginia not being a huge state is that it’s a small community,’ he said. ‘And on the government side, the legislative side, you get to know everybody relatively quickly.’