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Jobs are Job #1: New Engineering Firm to Open in Charleston Creating up to 75 Jobs

Audubon Vice President Rick Caldwell shares his passion for bringing high value jobs to West Virginia.

Audubon Engineering, a full-service project solutions provider for the domestic and international oil and gas, petrochemical and refining and power generation markets, plans to open a flagship operation in Charleston, creating as many as 75 jobs.

The announcement was made at during the annual meeting of the Charleston Area Alliance on Tuesday.

The company also plans to open field offices in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The work of these field offices, along with overflow work from its Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain region offices, will be sent to Charleston.

“Charleston was chosen as the location because of the availability of highly-skilled and experienced personnel,” said Audubon Vice-President Rick Caldwell. “These will be high paying jobs with subsidized benefits. This is exactly what is needed here in West Virginia.”

Audubon has primary offices in New Orleans and Houston. For the Charleston location, the company plans to have between 30 to 40 employees actively engaged by mid-2012.

Beyond 2012, Caldwell said the market will dictate the appropriate level of staffing, but added the company is planning to have enough space to support 75 employees.

“In addition to our in-house engineering design work, the Charleston office will have a full-service technical staffing and recruiting operation to support all of the local manufacturing industries,” Caldwell said.

The company is in the final stages of negotiations for Class A office space in downtown Charleston. Currently, the Charleston Area Alliance is providing Audubon space at its business incubator located at 1116 Smith St.

“All of the staff members at the Alliance have been very helpful,” Caldwell said. “I cannot imagine what the social, cultural and business environment in the Charleston area would be like without their presence.”

Matt Ballard, the Alliance’s president and CEO, said the organization is excited with company’s plans for the Charleston area.

“We are happy to assist Audubon with its transition to the Kanawha Valley,” Ballard said. “All companies in the energy and chemical industries should find Charleston and the region to be a great location to conduct business. We are committed to further sustainable growth in both of these industry segments.”

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