About Us - Interesting Facts
  • Easy market access within a one day trucking distance to 50 percent of the US population and 1/3 of the Canadian population.
  • 15 percent growth in employment since the mid-1990s
  • Eighth most productive workforce in the United States
  • Industrial electricity are the third lowest rates in the nation
  • World-class research and technology on electronics recycling
  • The Polymer Alliance Zone®, Inc is the site of the highest concentration of high technology, specialty and engineering polymer production in the world
  • Education Week "Quality Counts" reports West Virginia Public School systems top 5 in U.S. for education excellence
  • West Virginia's average plastic industry wage ($32,950) is less than 82 percent of the national average industry wage ($40,400)
  • A typical West Virginia plastics manufacturer enjoys an average operating profit margin of 8.5 percent
    compared to the national average of 4.6 percent and 5.3 percent for competing states
  • PAZ received a Top Ten ranking in the USA for growth in plastics facilities by the Society of Plastics Industry
  • The Polymer Alliance Zone®, Inc has assisted the West Virginia Development Office and our County Development Authorities to create and retain 1036 jobs in the Zone
  • These 28 projects have generated over $508 million in new investments
  • These new additions when added to the 4,628 existing jobs bring the total jobs in PAZ to 5,201
  • States per capita income growth 8th best in U.S.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic analysis, West Virginia's per capita income (calculated by dividing total income from all residents by total population) was $23,688 in 2002, compared to $22,682 in 2001. The 3.6 percent growth was eight best in the U.S., and was nearly double the national growth rate of 1.7 percent. The total personal income from all state residents grew 3.7 percent and was good enough to be ranked 21st of all the states and the District of Columbia. The total income from all West Virginia residents grew faster than the median of all U.S. states.