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Following a process that took several months, Sistersville Tank Works has received its Korean Gas Safety Certification, which allows it to fabricate equipment for South Korea.

Sistersville Tank Works is a custom vessel fabrication company that has been in operation for 115 years.

With the assistance of the West Virginia Department of Commerce, particularly the office of Diego Gattesco, and the support of the office of Sen. Jay Rockefeller, STW was visited by the Korean Gas Safety department for audit and inspection to receive the stamp of approval. The KGS is a governmental testing, inspection, and education organization under the control of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE).

"Sistersville Tank Works is a perfect example of a small West Virginia company that's making a successful leap into the global economy. The company knew their pressure tank was a great product, so they worked hard to find a growing marketplace that would be receptive to it," Rockefeller said in a prepared statement.

"It's impressive the way they navigated the Korean certification process in order to obtain a Korean Gas Safety certification – a step that unlocked the door to the Korean marketplace. With this kind of innovative thinking and commitment to success, Sistersville Tank Works certainly has a bright future. I can't wait to see what's next for them."

The inspection team visited Sistersville for five days in November 2012. In May of this year, two STW representatives accompanied the Department of Commerce on a business trip to Seoul, South Korea, and Taipei, Taiwan. They attended Trade Winds ASIA 2013, where they met potential customers and made new connections with both American and Korean government agencies.

"The trip was exciting and showed us a great number of opportunities to expand into new markets,"said Don Rush, STW plant manager, in a news release. "The ability to work closely with our friends and partners in the state departments has been critical to allowing us the opportunity of a lifetime here."

Sistersville Tank Works is owned by the mother-daughter team of Janet Wells and Darlene Morgan. The company is in its third generation of ownership and management.

"My brother Zach and I truly believe that our mother and grandmother have paved the way for the company to do great things in the future and we are just excited to be a part of history to be made,"assistant plant manager Jason Morgan said.