The same day, Underwood's office in Charleston announced that a Berkeley County excavation company, D.L. Morgan Jr. Inc., will receive a $1.64 million loan from the West Virginia Economic Development Authority to acquire Inwood Quarry Inc. in Inwood, W.Va.
The acquisition and modernization of the quarry will enable the the company to provide raw material for projects throughout the Tri-State area, according to a news release.
While it was at the Martinsburg Mall, Underwood's mobile office had eight visitors, "which is good for the first time," Herring said.
Working with a table set up in the mall, he helped one man get his senior citizen card renewed, answered a woman's question about immigration and naturalization and tried to help another man who wanted to know when W.Va. 9 will be widened.
The van is equipped with a cellular phone, fax machine, computer and printer. "We have the capability to send and receive electronic mail," Herring added.
In a call to his mobile office, Underwood said Martinsburg was the first stop because "it's the greatest distance from the capital" and is also the fastest-growing county in the state.
The mobile office was at the mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., today.
Herring said it would probably be another five weeks before the van returns. The goal is to visit each of the state's 55 counties, except Kanawha, once a month, he said.
Herring said one of his biggest challenges in the beginning will be to "figure out how to get from one place to another."