CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Terradon Corporation is a well-known entity throughout West Virginia with three locations already in the Mountain State, but its new fourth location is the first to call North Central West Virginia its home.
Headquartered in Nitro, Terradon is a civil-engineering company that has served the Appalachian region for 25 years. The business offers services such as land development surveying, geotechnical services, and environmental testing and analysis.
Its new Clarksburg location opened earlier this month, with its grand opening and ribbon cutting celebrated by the city of Clarksburg and the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.
“We’ve done work up here for years, since our inception, and we just wanted to plant roots up in the northern part of the state. We wanted to let everyone know we’re still working up here, and we don’t plan on going anywhere,” said Ashley Sodosky, marketing representative for Terradon. “The state’s in a really good place where a lot of the industries are booming, a lot of work is present, and we’re trying to help the northern part of the state out as well as the southern.”
Terradon is heavily involved in the oil and gas industry, including design, construction inspection and construction management, which is in part what sparked the new location.
“We actually just opened an expansion on our corporate office in Nitro. When the road bond passed, the transportation work was booming, and our transportation department grew so much that we added another office in Charleston to support that,” Sodosky said. “This is the same kind of ordeal. The oil and gas industry is really booming right now, so this office is kind of a support system for that, but it will do full service for all kinds of projects.”
While some other companies have noticed a boom thanks to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and other major projects, Sodosky said she can’t pin the boom to any particular one or few projects but to a resurgence of the industry in North Central West Virginia as a whole.
“A lot of our work right now in the oil and gas industry is construction inspection and construction management, but we offer a lot of environmental consulting and civil design services for various companies,” she said.
Because of that re-emergence of oil and gas, Sodosky imagines Terradon’s future as a bright one.
“I think the future of Terradon is going to follow the policies in the state and the growth of the industries in the state,” she said. “As oil and gas continues to grow and the transportation industry continues to grow, we’re just going to pack up our stuff and keep going with it and keep servicing the state.”