After the Civil War, Lawrence County's iron furnaces produced iron for the warships of England, France, and Russia.
One of the most abundant resources in the Tri-State area is an available workforce. Employers in the region draw from a deep labor pool from Portsmouth and Ironton, Ohio, Ashland, Kentucky, and Huntington, West Virginia. Dedicated and diverse, the majority of the workforce has specialized skills in the key areas of production and technology. In addition to being qualified and affordable, the workforce is available and can benefit companies with low labor costs and a strong work ethic.