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Welcome to MMDC 2018

Now in its seventh year, the Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference plays host to companies interested in locating new facilities or expanding existing operations in the state, and provides companies and industry leaders the opportunity to gain an expanded understanding of the potential for ethane and ethylene related product development in West Virginia.

Conference attendees learn about West Virginia’s advantages, including tax incentives, environmental permitting, workforce development, availability of employees and site options, and have the opportunity to network with West Virginia leaders, manufacturers and suppliers.

 

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From the President

Appalachia is well situated for a regional extraction-consumption strategy for the Utica, Marcellus, and associated shale gas plays; a strategy that focuses on long-term opportunity.   

The 2018 MMDC explores the infrastructure needed to take advantage of the abundance of shale resources in the region, challenges and opportunities for growing ethane related exports, and takes an in depth look at why our region is an ideal place to invest in the diversify our energy and manufacturing economies. We’ll share comparative analysis, discuss infrastructure needs including pipeline construction, as well as the development of an Appalachian Storage Hub for ethane reserves, and hear updates on the status of these projects.  

Infrastructure investment can create a readily available single source supply of ethane for consumers, predictability in pricing, and distribution channels that promote a broader geographic use and investment that could benefit the businesses and citizens of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Rebecca R. McPhail, President
West Virginia Manufacturers Association

MMDC Keynote Speaker

Steven Winberg

Steve Winberg
Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy

As Assistant Secretary, Steven Winberg is responsible for the management and oversight of FE’s research and development program, encompassing coal, oil, and natural gas, as well as the Office of Petroleum Reserves.

Mr. Winberg has 39 years of experience in the energy industry. He began his career at the engineering firm Foster Wheeler as an engineer on coal-fired utility boilers. From there, he spent 14 years with Consolidated Natural Gas working in a variety of positions before becoming Vice President for CONSOL Energy Research & Development. Immediately prior to coming to DOE, Mr. Winberg served as a Senior Program Manager at Battelle Memorial Institute.

Over the span of his career, Mr. Winberg has participated in a number of policy and energy initiatives.  He has also gained extensive experience in numerous energy technologies, including advanced fossil energy combustion, coal-to-liquids, fluidized bed combustion, emulsified fuels, fuel cells, alternative fuel vehicles, and carbon utilization.

Mr. Winberg received a bachelor’s degree in nuclear science from the State University of Maritime College in 1978 and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991.


Our Speakers

MMDC Sponsors

Diamond

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Platinum

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Gold

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Silver

Client 1
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Huntington Bank
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Bronze

ACC
Client 1
Bowles Rice
Client 1
DTE
Ergon
First Energy
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Event Venue

Waterfront Place Hotel
2 Waterfront Place
Morgantown, WV 26501

(304) 296-1700

$144

  • Deadline for reservations: March 16, 2018
  • Parking available in the Morgantown Event Center Parking Garage.
  • All reservations are subject to a 24-hour cancellation policy.

Additional Accommodations

Hampton Inn & Suites Morgantown/University Town Centre
$104 Per Night - 304-598-0600  

Deadline to Reserve:  April 1, 2018

Standard Suite Style Rooms

Complimentary “On The House”™ Hot Breakfast Buffet Daily 6am-10am (To-Go bags available earlier)

Complimentary on-site Fitness Center

Complimentary Dual Business Center

Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and internet access - 3x Hilton standard - 6x Hilton standard for Diamond guests

Indoor Salt-Water Swimming Pool 

Outdoor patio space including Grill + 2 Fire Pits

Access to on-site Guest Laundry Facility

Conveniently located directly off I-79  

Additional Accommodations

Holiday Inn Express – Morgantown
$99 per night – 304-291-2600

Reserve Deadline: April 15, 2018

Upgraded available for IHG Rewards Members based on availability

Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast 6am-10am

Indoor pool and spa 

High Speed Wireless internet throughout entire property.

24-Hr Fitness Center

24-Hr Business Center

Located right off I-68 at Exit 7 Pierpont Rd.

H. Wood “Woody” Thrasher

Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Commerce

H. Wood “Woody” Thrasher was appointed the West Virginia Secretary of Commerce in December 2016 by Governor Jim Justice.  He oversees eight agencies including the Development Office, the Divisions of Forestry, Labor, and Natural Resources, the Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training, WorkForce WV, the WV Tourism Office, and the WV Geological and Economic Survey.  Thrasher’s main goal is creating jobs in West Virginia by growing existing businesses and attracting new businesses to the state. 

Thrasher is the previous president and CEO of The Thrasher Group, Inc., a leading Mid-Atlantic engineering and architectural firm, with the headquarters based in Bridgeport, WV. In 1983, Mr. Thrasher with his Father, Henry, started Thrasher Engineering in Harrison County with one employee.  The company has grown to employ over 400 professionals in six different states. Thrasher also held interests in commercial and residential developments in North Central WV through High Tech Development, LLC, the developing company of the White Oaks Business Park. 

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