FORT ASHBY - Buck Eagle, president of the Mineral County Development Authority, gave opening remarks during the Thursday afternoon groundbreaking ceremony for iM Motors, which recently purchased property in the Fort Ashby Business and Technology Park.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
FORT ASHBY - Buck Eagle, president of the Mineral County Development Authority, gave opening remarks during the Thursday afternoon groundbreaking ceremony for iM Motors, which recently purchased property in the Fort Ashby Business and Technology Park.
He said, “It is happening in Mineral County with job creation,” as he announced that Mike and Iryna Detrick will expand their business in the Fort Ashby Park with the near future construction of a 3,000 square feet structure.
“We take any future business seriously,” Eagle said, as he gave “kudos” to Kevin Clark, executive director for the county development authority, for “his aggressive action” in bringing the new business to the Fort Ashby Park
Eagle, looking to the future, is in hopes of expansion of other new businesses in the park. While welcoming iM Motors to have a successful future, he said to the Detricks, “When you win, we win.”
Iryna Detrick spoke to those gathered at the ground breaking, and said, referring to iM Motors, “This was all done through God’s hands, and our success is because of Him.”
She recalled in 2014, “We took the plunge” of starting a business, and by 2015, “People were interested in the work we did.”
IM Motors will sell, service, and repair generators, pumps. air compressors, and a similar line of equipment.
The company offers 24-hour emergency service, along with free pick-up, evaluation, and delivery in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia.
Detrick said, “We appreciate all of our customers,” mentioning those in Mineral and Allegany counties.
“We hope to see good things in 2018 for our business and for many years to come,” she said.
Clark said that the iM Motors locating their business in the Fort Ashby Park is because the efforts of Mike and Iryna Detrick, who “made this happen.”
Keith McIntosh, of the office of Sen. Joe Manchin, said to the group of attendees, “As small businesses succeed, the county succeeds, and moves this great state ahead.”
Reading a letter from Sen. Manchin, he talked about the development authority being good partners and what is to be accomplished is to “Keep our present businesses and bring in new businesses.”
Sen. David McKinley sent words of encouragement to the Detrick family through his representative, Wendy Madden.
He said in the letter, “Congratulations for growing your small business, and by this you are improving the economic climate in Mineral County.”
Chris Strovel also had words from Sen. Shelley Capito, which included a word of thanks “for keeping your business in Mineral County and in West Virginia.”
Strovel said, “There is a bright future for this business, and I am looking forward to visiting when iM Motors is opened for business.”
The expanded business of iM Motors has been operating for the past three years in the Fort Ashby area, and the Detricks are looking to have the expanded business in operation during this summer.