CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- Dominion plans to move its office in downtown Clarksburg, along with nearly 300 jobs, about four miles east to a business park in Bridgeport.
A facility that will be constructed at the White Oaks business park will help the company attract and retain top employees, Dominion Vice President Jeff Barger told The Exponent Telegram on Tuesday.
Dominion spokesman Bob Fulton said the company had considered remodeling the Clarksburg building but determined that it would be more cost-effective to build one.
"We're making a very firm commitment to the area and to our employees,'' Fulton told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The move is expected to occur in 2015.
Several hundred construction jobs will be created as the facility is built, White Oaks developer Woody Thrasher told the newspaper.
Clarksburg City Councilman Patsy Trecost called the move a "tough shot in arm right there.''
"And, it looks like somebody else is going to move from Point A to Point B,'' he told the newspaper. "Hopefully with some new development of land, that will bring us some new jobs.''
"The plus side of it at least they're not moving totally out of the area to Virginia,'' he said.
Harrison County Commission President Ron Watson and Bridgeport Mayor Mario Blount said they were glad that Dominion would remain in the area.