KANAWHA/MASON COUNTIES, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today made several stops focused on small business impact and economic development.

First, Senator Capito addressed small businesses at the Meta Boost event co-hosted by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce in Charleston, W.Va. In 2011, Meta launched the Meta Boost initiative to help educate small business owners about the tools that can help them find success on the platform.

“In West Virginia, we know how important small businesses are,” Senator Capito said. “In store, online, or through some combination of the two, West Virginians rely on small businesses to deliver quality goods and services, and to provide a great experience while doing so. The resources Meta can provide our small businesses are invaluable in helping them attract customers, increase online sales, gain exposure, and grow their businesses. In short: The Meta Boost program can help our small businesses make an even bigger impact, and I thank them, along with the Chamber of Commerce, for the work they do every day that truly makes West Virginia a better place.”

Senator Capito later traveled to Point Pleasant and Apple Grove, W.Va. where she met with local leaders to discuss potential economic development in the region and toured the future site for Nucor Corporation. In January, Nucor announced that West Virginia would be the location for their new multi-billion dollar steel mill facility, which will create thousands of new direct and indirect jobs and will be responsible for significant additional opportunities and investments in the region.

“Nucor’s future presence in West Virginia is welcome news, and will have a major impact on our state’s economy,” Senator Capito said. “I enjoyed the opportunity today to not only see the future site of Nucor, but also meet with members of the leadership team to discuss the impact this development will have in the region. As I’ve said before, I’m incredibly proud of this announcement for a number of reasons, but primarily because it shows what we can achieve when we work together at the federal, state, and local levels for solid, long term successes.”

“The Nucor Steel West Virginia team enjoyed welcoming Senator Capito and President Smith to the site of our new steel mill.  We appreciate the support we have received from the community and from leaders at all levels and are excited to begin construction in the fall,” John Farris, Vice President & General Manager of Nucor Steel West Virginia, said.

After touring the Nucor site, Senator Capito visited APG Polytech, a plastic manufacturing company that supports 180 jobs in Mason County. Senator Capito also attended the reception prior to the 76th Annual Mason County Chamber of Commerce Dinner where she met with community leaders and small business leaders from across Mason County. 

Photos from today’s visit included below:

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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) delivers remarks at the Meta Boost event in Charleston, W.Va. on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) meets with local leaders from Mason County in Point Pleasant, W.Va. on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.


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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) tours the future Nucor site in Apple Grove, W.Va. on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.


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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) attends the reception for the Annual Mason County Chamber of Commerce Dinner in Point Pleasant, W.Va. on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

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