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Old 08-13-2012, 10:22 AM
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Law firm's operations center helps revitalize West Virginia mill town - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


WHEELING, W.Va. -- In this sprawling, four-story building, workers a century ago churned out tin products and kerosene lanterns.

Today, 300 employees of law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe sit at workstations and peruse electronic documents, conduct legal research, and manage functions including payroll, human resources, billing, and networking services for Orrick's 1,100 attorneys around the world.

This exquisitely restored factory, which once housed Wheeling Stamping Co., is not Orrick's headquarters. The law firm's home is across the continent in San Francisco. But to cut costs, the California firm selected this once-thriving steel and coal town along the Ohio River to house its 24/7 global operations center.

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Old 08-13-2012, 08:48 PM
Location: Winfield, WV
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That's great, when did this company move it's GOC to Wheeling?
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:44 PM
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That happened several years ago. In fact, I knew several employees of the former stamping plant. They really did do a nice job of rennovating the factory to serve as an office center. Wheeling could use another half dozen employers like that, and they have the facilities ready for similar projects if they were to come along. A once proud and affluent industrial town has basically had to totally reinvent itself during the past 30 years. They stumbled many times in the process, and still have leadership acting like bozos, but it is making a serious comeback of sorts and has for the past several years.

Since the town is in the wet gas region, I would expect that to help too going forward.
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