CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WV News) — DST Innovations, a technology company headquartered in Wales, has chosen West Virginia as the home of its new American manufacturing base, Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday.
The company has agreed on a contract with West Virginia-based company Blue Rock Manufacturing to establish a new facility for the development of its new energy cells, according to a release.
The development is expected to create up to 1,000 new jobs in the manufacturing and technology sectors. The manufacturing base will be located in Morgantown, with a Phase 2 expansion planned for the southern part of the state.
“This is a gigantic announcement for West Virginia and I could not be happier,” Justice said. “It’s wonderful to be able to announce a new international partnership for business in West Virginia. The development is a great example of the special relationship we have with the UK and, now, specifically, with Wales.
“We want to thank Gov. Justice and his team for the warm welcome we have received. We are excited to create our American home in West Virginia, and truly believe, together, we can turn West Virginia coal into the clean resource of the future. The technology that will be used in Swansea for the Dragon Energy Island project can be utilized throughout the world, and we welcome the opportunity to aid governments achieve their sustainability and green ambitions,” said a spokesperson for DST.