CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Wrapping up a 13-day trade mission to Europe, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he couldn't announce any business prospects Monday, but added, "I bet I can announce some in the next few days."
Tomblin met with the media via video teleconference from the Zurich World Trade Center in Switzerland, where West Virginia has its new European trade office.
The trade mission, in its 12th day Monday, has visited five counties, eight cities, and met with representatives of eight companies that currently have investments in West Virginia, and 23 prospective investors, Tomblin said.
"It's kind of a whirlwind tour, but the companies we've met with have been very positive," Tomblin said.
The group also attended the K Trade Fair in Dusseldorf, Germany -- the largest plastics and rubber industry trade show in the world -- and visited the state Polymer Alliance Zone booth at the show.
"There were 19 buildings, each probably the size of our Civic Center, full of displays," Tomblin said.
Earlier Monday, the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon for Tomblin in Zurich, and the governor said there were representatives of about 40 companies in attendance.
"They had a great deal of interest in West Virginia," he said.
Tomblin said European companies' interests in the state run the gamut, from energy -- particularly natural gas -- to building products, auto manufacturing, metals, plastics and chemicals.
He called the face-to-face meetings with potential investors "very valuable."