Millions in international investment could be headed to the Valley


For months, the U.S. has been in a global trade war because of our new tariffs on aluminum and steel. 

But Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle, Executive Director Patrick Ford, said this hasn’t frozen any discussions of business with Canada.

In fact, Ford recently took a trip to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to build new relationships.

Spending just three days there, Ford confirmed millions in potential investment could be headed to the Ohio Valley.

“We were able to engage 40 businesses that expressed an interest. Then, we actually locked in four companies that have the potential to invest anywhere from $25-75 million and probably add 300 jobs to the area,” Ford said.

Currently, 19 Canadian companies operate in West Virginia, with four in the Northern Panhandle.

Ford said he hopes to increase that number in the near future.

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