VP Mike Pence talks economy at local business in Greenbrier County

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. (WVNS)-- Vice President Mike Pence made a stop at a local business in Greenbrier County on his way to The Greenbrier for the 2018 Republican Congressional Retreat.

Vice President Pence stopped by Worldwide Equipment Incorporated Wednesday afternoon to talk to workers about the need for economic progress, tax reform and the revival of the coal industry. 

Pence said some companies are taking advantage of the tax breaks they're receiving and are giving back to their employees.

"Worldwide Equipment is investing more than 8 million dollars back into this business and this great American business has already given a bonus to every single one of it's 1100 employees," said Vice President Mike Pence. 

Senator Shelley Moore Capito joined Pence and tells 59 News she believes the Trump administration has helped the state in the past year. 

"Particularly when we look at our energy industries and I'm sure Worldwide Equipment will be one of the beneficiaries of smaller and fewer and more manageable regulatory environment. If we look at the tax reform we're already seeing the benefits," Capito said. 

The administration is also working to bring coal back to West Virginia and diversify the economy. Congressman Evan Jenkins said he stands behind this effort and is ready to see coal make a comeback.   

"I believe coal has a future, whether it be in energy production, carbon fiber in cars or rare earth elements in phones," Jenkins said. 

Pence said these changes won't happen overnight but encourages West Virginians to not lose hope.   

"Don't grow weary, don't give up. Have faith," Pence said. 

President Donald Trump is expected to be at the GOP retreat Thursday morning. 

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