By Debbie Rolen
August 20, 2013
CHARLESTON – West Virginia’s Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox and Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Steven Dale to unveil the new Contractors Association of West Virginia’s “Hard at Work” license plate.
“From this day forward, a vehicle carrying the “Hard at Work” license plate will remind all those who see it that our contractors are Hard at Work building West Virginia bridges, roads, hospitals, office buildings and other projects that lead to future economic development,” Gov. Tomblin said. “These plates will also remind all who view them of the good-paying jobs this industry provides to more than 36,000 West Virginians.”
Since 2010 West Virginia has allowed the Division of Motor Vehicles to work with individual groups to produce a special license plate promoting their organization. Previously, the Legislature approved applications for special plates. Organizations must reach 250 license plates to begin production. With nearly 300 applications, the CAWV became only the third group in history to have a special plate, joining Friends of Coal and Organ Donors.
CAWV President Phil Weser, March-Westin Company, Inc., Morgantown, joined the Governor, adding, “The CAWV Public Relations Committee and Board of Directors created the “Hard at Work” logo in 2000 to represent pride in the industry and our association. This license plate continues that mission by raising the visibility of contactors throughout the state.”
The plate is sponsored by the CAWV Scholarship Foundation, which travels each year to schools throughout the state to promote the construction industry to students. This is in addition to efforts made through a national “Build Up” 5th grade curriculum currently being taught in over 30 West Virginia counties.
Plates are available to both member and nonmembers. They can be used on personal and fleet vehicles, leased or owned. The only requirements are that the vehicle be under 10,000 pounds and titled in West Virginia. Applications are available at DMV locations statewide or can be downloaded at www.cawv.org. The initial check to the CAWV Scholarship Foundation will be $70. This includes a one-time $40 fee for the license plate and the normal $30 yearly registration fee. Annual renewals are $45.
The CAWV represents nearly 475 businesses in the highway, utility and building contracting industry throughout West Virginia.