Ohio Valley business leaders join West Virginia Business Hall of Fame – Parkersburg News

by | Sep 3, 2022 | Business


Joseph Eddy, the retired president and CEO of Wellsburg-based Eagle Manufacturing, said his upbringing in Tyler County help shape his life as a businessman. (Photo by Steven Allen Adams)

Fiesta Tableware Co. President and CEO Elizabeth McIlvain thanked her family after being inducted into the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame. (Photo by Steven Allen Adams)

David Simmons, the former chairman and chief executive officer of PPD Inc., thanked his parents for raising him with values he carried into his business career. (Photo by Steven Allen Adams)

Joseph Eddy, the retired president and CEO of Wellsburg-based Eagle Manufacturing, said his upbringing in Tyler County help shape his life as a businessman. (Photo by Steven Allen Adams)WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — West Virginia University paid tribute to three Ohio Valley business leaders Thursday by inducting them into its Business Hall of Fame.
WVU’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics held an induction ceremony Thursday afternoon for 2022 class of the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 86th Annual Meeting and Business Summit at the Greenbrier Resort.
“We gather today to congratulate four outstanding leaders,” said E. Gordon Gee, president of WVU. “Each of their careers demonstrates the bold things required to move this state forward.”
Four individuals were inducted into the hall of fame, including Joseph Eddy, the retired president and CEO of Wellsburg-based Eagle Manufacturing; Elizabeth McIlvain, president and CEO of the Newell-based Fiesta Tableware Co.; and Wheeling native David Simmons, the former chairman and chief executive officer of PPD Inc.
Eddy spent 25 years at Eagle, where he won numerous awards for his business acumen and leadership. Eddy still manages Enhanced Technologies LLC, an energy development company, and Heritage Holdings LLC, a real estate company. He also produced the television show Shale Valley and makes regular appearances on radio programs promoting the natural gas industry and downstream manufacturing opportunities in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions.
Fiesta Tableware Co. President and CEO Elizabeth McIlvain thanked her family after being inducted into the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame. (Photo by Steven Allen Adams)Eddy also serves as executive vice president at Chicago-based Justrite Safety Group. Eddy was born in Parkersburg, was raised in Friendly in Tyler County, and is a graduate of Sistersville High School. He credits his upbringing on his family’s farm for his work ethic.
“Growing up on the farm was a blessing for all of our lives,” Eddy said. “Learning the value of hard work, responsibility, determination, and perseverance; taking care of livestock, crops, farm equipment, and most of all each other. Our father instilled in us the economic value of a great work ethic, and our mother the importance of a gracious heart and a strong compassion for life.”
McIlvain is the fourth generation of the Wells family to own and operate Fiesta Tableware Co., formerly known as the Homer Laughlin China Co. McIlvain joined the family business shortly after graduating from Bethany College, working her way up the company’s h …

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