BUSINESS BEAT: Burnside Law announces expansion in Huntington

February 21, 2019

HUNTINGTON - Burnside Law announced the expansion of its West Virginia practice to a new location at 1016 6th Ave. in downtown Huntington.

“We moved into the new location on Thursday, Feb. 14,” said Burnside Law’s West Virginia managing partner Michael C. Walker.

Walker purchased the commercial property and moved just down the street from the old location at 1416 6th Ave. in Huntington.

“We have experienced tremendous growth in the past year, so much so that we were running out of space,” Walker said. “Our new location is a former accounting firm and gives us the ability to expand with more personnel as the practice continues to grow.”

Burnside Law opened its first West Virginia office in January 2018, focusing exclusively on a personal injury practice. The firm’s main office is a converted church located in Portsmouth, Ohio, which features a fully functioning courtroom in the former sanctuary.

“Burnside Law prides itself on its ability to provide legal services in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky,” Walker added.

The practice will soon expand to a new physical location in the Community Trust Building in Ashland, Kentucky, as well, according to Walker.

Burnside Law’s West Virginia office can be reached by telephone at 681-378-3210.

SHEETZ: Sheetz announced an increase for starting wages at the beginning of February.

Effective Feb. 1, new employees and employees hired within the last six months will earn an additional 50 cents per hour, according to a press release from the company.

“Treating our employees as our most valuable asset is a key value my uncle Bob Sheetz instilled when he founded Sheetz in 1952 and is a value we strongly believe in still today. That’s why we’re excited to announce a starting wage increase for new and recently hired employees,” Travis Sheetz, President and COO, said in the release.

In the release Sheetz said starting wages vary by geographic region. According to a job posting on Sheetz’ website, the starting hourly pay for a store team member in Huntington is $10 per hour.

The release also announced Sheetz once again being named one of the 2019 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine.

This list, now in its 22nd year, recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures. Sheetz was ranked 85th and was the only convenience store chain on the list.

“This is the fifth time in six years we have been named to this prominent list and that would not be possible without our employees,” said Sheetz CEO Joe Sheetz in a press release. “Day in and day out, our company strives to create a place where employees know they are valued and have the opportunity to grow while also instilling a culture of respect and ensuring all employees understand the importance of their job and the role they play in the larger company.”

Fred Pace is the business reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Send your business news and photos to fpace@herald-dispatch.com. You can also call 304-526-2729. Follow him at Facebook.com/FredPaceHD and via Twitter at @FredPaceHD.