"We will be opening a new plant in Nitro on Oct. 1," Preiser said on Thursday, "and moving our manufacturing unit to a new facility." The company also maintains offices in Louisville, Ky. and Beijing, China, he said.
The company was started in 1924 by Alvin Preiser's father, Benjamin, who was in the first class of chemical engineers that graduated from West Virginia University, his son said.
In addition to coal, Preiser Scientific provides testing devices to industrial chemical plants, to colleges and universities and to medical laboratories.
Preiser also provides equipment to environmental companies like REIC in Beckley to help them monitor water pollution and environmental conditions at industrial plants.
Kevin Westfall, an engineer and vice president for manufacturing at Preiser Scientific, said some of the company's equipment is designed to "get a uniform sample of coal sent to a factory. We keep running it to get a uniform mix, getting a representative sample we can test and analyze."
Westfall said he travels widely to market company products and services. Recently, he's been to China, Mongolia and South Africa.
The company's website, www.preiser.com, provides more detailed descriptions of its products -- which are also translated into several other languages, including Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian and Portuguese.
Convey Weight, a Dunbar-based company that makes scales, exports to about 30 countries, said company president Austin Amos.
Many companies today are involved in "a world market. Your customers may not be around the corner, but around the world," Amos said.
Convey Weigh makes scales used by a wide variety of companies, including those involved in: iron mining, steel production, food processing and chemical manufacturing. Convey's scales also weigh products like sand, flour, coal and sugar.
"For us, exporting evens out our sales cycles, to where they are is not a feast or famine," Amos said. "It takes the peaks and valleys out."
The hardest part about exporting, he said, may be getting started. The learning curve starts with the first [foreign country]. Subsequent ones are far easier," Amos said.
Drake is also encouraging local exporters to attend an upcoming national conference to be held in Atlantic City, N.J. at the end of the month, which will have representatives from countries around the world. For information, contact her at 304-347-5123 or leslie.dr...@trade.gov.
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.