The people of Japan and West Virginia have long enjoyed a special partnership. Twenty-two Japanese companies currently have operations in the state, employing thousands of West Virginians and natives of Japan. These companies, their employees and their families are valued members of our community, and our thoughts are with those affected by today’s historic earthquake and tsunami.
We have begun reaching out to our member companies with ties to Japan and stand ready to help at this difficult time. I know the entire community joins the Alliance’s 600 members and their 40,000 employees in offering solidarity and support for our friends, colleagues and neighbors touched by today’s events.
Matthew G. Ballard
President / CEO