West Virginia Executive Spring/Summer 2020 | Page 72

P.O. Box 1828 506A River Road, Pineville, WV 24874 (304) 732-6707 Barkers Creek Industrial Park wyomingcounty.com Since 2011, leaders in Wyoming County have been working toward the renovation of the former Lusk Lumber property in Tralee, WV. With funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Clean-Up Grant and in partnership with Main Street Builders, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers, the Wyoming County Economic Development Authority (EDA) has completed the remediation of the site, which is now home to the Barkers Creek Industrial Park. The 11-acre industrial park includes amenities like public water, an on-site septic system, on-site power and access to rail, internet, phone and natural gas, and readyto-build space is available. Two spaces are currently being leased by Vecellio & Grogan, Inc. and PDK Construction, Inc., both contractors for the ongoing Route 10 road expansion project from the Mercer County line to the Logan County line. On the other side of the park is the new Coalfields Expressway, which is expected to open this fall. “We are excited for all of the opportunities Barkers Creek Industrial Park will bring to our county,” says Christy Laxton, executive director of the Wyoming County EDA. “This project is an economic driver that will bring new industry, new business, new jobs and a new sense of hope for the people of Wyoming County. With the new surrounding roads and proximity to hubs like Beckley, Princeton and Bluefield via the new Route 10 and Coalfields Expressway, the location is ideal.” Wyoming County’s other prominent site, the John D. Rockefeller Industrial Park, has been full since 2006. The success of this site provided the opportunity needed to offer another location for business and industrial growth. “Wyoming County is a little different than most,” says Laxton. “Our industrial parks are not hundreds or thousands of acres, but what happens here is just as important. We are proud to have companies that do work globally, and we want to let people know that the skill set of our workforce and the location of this new industrial park make our rural community the perfect place for industries and businesses to call home. Our goal is to have businesses thriving at the industrial park, providing jobs and using the railroad if needed. We want to have families living in our local communities and utilizing the local education system. We want everyone to know that the decision to have their business in Wyoming County was the best one they ever made. I want them to be happy to call Wyoming County home, just like I am.” While the completion of Barkers Creek Industrial Park from site assessment to remediation was a long and challenging process, the Wyoming County EDA, its consultants and partners are excited about the progress that has already been made as well as future progress. With ready-tobuild property, easy access to utilities and travel access to points across the country, Barkers Creek Industrial Park will provide excellent opportunities for businesses to locate, expand and hire in Wyoming County. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION