Mingo County currently boasts three industrial parks. The Wood Products Industrial Park and the Belo Industrial Park both contain very successful businesses, and BOTH have vacant properties available for occupancy. The Air Transportation Park is currently under development, and will afford excellent industrial growth opportunities in the very near future.
The James H. (“Buck”) Harless Wood Products Industrial Park is located on a reclaimed mine site on 22 Mine Road near Holden, West Virginia. In late 1999, the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority began transforming this site into Mingo County’s first industrial park. The transformation wasn’t easy, as it would require the development of public/private partnerships, the implementation of innovative financing techniques, and the remediation of a reclaimed surface mine site into a 650 acre development site with access and infrastructure. It was this development which triggered the West Virginia Legislature’s adoption of land use master planning for all of the state’s coal producing counties. Winner of the EPA’s prestigious Brownfields Award in 2004, the Wood Products Industrial Park is now home to four successful businesses, with capital investments exceeding $50 million.
The Belo Industrial Park is the smallest of Mingo County’s commercial and industrial development sites, but offers the most immediate access to transportation and infrastructure. Adjacent to US 119 near Belo, this park currently houses two businesses: a branch of The Bank of Mingo and J.P. Technical Services
Air Transportation Park
The new Mingo County Airport (Appalachian Regional Airport), located at Varney, West Virginia, boasts a brand new, state of the art 5,000’ runway and taxi-way, complete with lighting, fencing and wind instrumentation. This FAA approved facility was constructed as a post mine land use project with Alpha Natural Resources, the Mingo County Airport Authority, and the WV Aeronautics Commission. Once its surface mining operation was complete and the airport facility was constructed to rough grade, Alpha Natural Resources DONATED this 900 acre site to Mingo County, at no cost to the taxpayers!! The 2012 opening of this facility affords Mingo County (1) an improved quality of general aviation services; (2) a safer environment for aircraft operations; and (3) hundreds of acres of developable land for aviation related and light industrial businesses needed to generate job creation in Mingo County.