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New occupant for Coldwater Creek? Development Authority, Hino Trucks USA schedule press events

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The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A new occupant for the former Coldwater Creek facility is expected to be announced this evening.

A new occupant for the former Coldwater Creek facility is expected to be announced this evening. (News and Sentinel file photo)

A press conference has been scheduled for 7 p.m. today by the Wood County Development Authority at the Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna. The purpose of the press conference is to “make an announcement on the former Coldwater Creek facility.”

Meanwhile, a live feed of a press conference will be hosted on Facebook by Hino Trucks USA at 7 p.m. today. The event, which lists its location as Novi, Mich., was posted Tuesday afternoon, The page says: “We’re growing. Join us live.”

Hino has offices in Novi but also operates a facility in Williamstown. Efforts to determine whether the two press conferences are related Tuesday night were unsuccessful.

Although local officials are remaining tight-lipped about who the new occupant is, many are excited over the prospect of having a large-scale business setting up in the 962,000-square-foot former clothing company distribution center near Pettyville.

“It’s going to be a big deal,” said Wood County Commissioner Bob Tebay.

Tebay said he was excited for several reasons, for the investment that will be made into the building and the additional jobs the project will create.

“I surely am excited, especially for the new jobs,” he said.

Over the last year, companies have shown an interest in the property with at least three seriously taking a look at the property.

Wood County Commission President Blair Couch said he was also excited to hear about someone taking over the facility.

”Anytime we can take an empty building and turn it into a productive building is a good thing,” he said. ”It will mean that Wood Countians will be hired and put to work. We need more jobs in this area. It is really important.”

Messages left for Gov. Jim Justice’s office and Secretary of Commerce Woody Thrasher’s office asking if either would be in Wood County this evening for the announcement were not returned by presstime.

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