Can you name some of the industries, besides coal, that have been significant in our state? If you need some help, this is the room to visit. You’ll see artifacts and photos for glass, and pottery, chemicals, oil, gas, timber, and steel. You will probably recognize some companies that are still around today, like Homer Laughlin, which still makes Fiestaware. Meadow River Lumber is gone now, but at one time this Rainelle company ran the largest hardwood sawmill in the world. Check out the nail machine. They used machines like this at the LaBelle plant in Wheeling until 2010.
Video courtesy of West Virginia Public Broadcasting; Videographer/Editor: Janet Kunicki; Narrator: Beth Vorhees