KENOVA/HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Today, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) traveled to Wayne and Cabell counties where she made visits focused on manufacturing, economic development, child health care, and addiction recovery.

First, Senator Capito visited the Braskem facility in Kenova, W.Va., where she met with national leadership and received a tour. Braskem is the largest petrochemical company in the Americas and the world's leading biopolymer producer, producing 529 MM lbs./year of polypropylene homopolymers and employing over 100 people at the Kenova facility.

“Braskem is an important economic development driver in Wayne County, and I cherish the opportunity to meet with leadership, tour the facility, and receive an update on operations. I thank Braskem’s leadership for their continued investment into West Virginia, and look forward to continuing our partnership together,” Senator Capito said.

“We enjoyed Senator Capito’s visit to our Neal production facility today. She had the opportunity to meet some of our team members and learn more about our operations. Our team members work every day to manufacture the raw materials that are used in making plastic products to improve people’s lives right here in West Virginia. We are proud of our team, and we are proud to have been part of the Kenova community for over 60 years.” Braskem America’s CEO Mark Nikolich said.

Later, Senator Capito visited Lily’s Place Children’s Center in Huntington, W.Va., where she participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for an addition to their facility. The Children’s Center provides counseling to clients 18 and younger, as well as prevention services. This is the third expansion of Lily’s Place, focusing on youth and equipping them and their families for how to best navigate their mental health. Funding for the addition was made possible through a Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) request secured by Senator Capito.

“The work happening at Lily’s Place is outstanding, and they provide incredible services to children and families in our state who need it the most. I have always been inspired by the mission of Lily’s Place, and the dedicated care they provide to children with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. After conversations with their leadership and understanding their needs, I was proud to secure funding to build the addition we are celebrating today. I am confident Lily’s Place will continue to touch countless lives across our state,” Senator Capito said.

“Lily’s Place is excited to add a children specific behavior health center to serve the needs of our community. The expansion of services for Lily’s Place is essential for serving the whole family and filling any gaps. None of this would be possible without the support of our community and the leadership of our state. We are grateful to Senator Capito for recognizing the importance of these needed service and for having the confidence in Lily’s Place to deliver them. We want to thank her and her team for working diligently to secure the funds needed for this and other projects that will be coming from Lily’s Place over the next year,” Lily’s Place Executive Director Rebecca Crowder said.

Photos from the events are included below:

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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) meets with Braskem leadership at their facility in Kenova, W.Va. on Friday, April 21, 2023.

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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) tours the Braskem facility in Kenova, W.Va. on Friday, April 21, 2023.


U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) participates in a ribbon cutting ceremony at Lily’s Place in Huntington, W.Va. on Friday, April 21, 2023.

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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) at Lily’s Place in Huntington, W.Va. on Friday, April 21, 2023.


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