Cooperation will help area grow

The recent news of a potential $9 million plant proposed to be built in Weirton’s Three Springs Business Park is the latest in a line of good news for our area.

Pietro Fiorentini, an Italian firm, recently announced its hopes to build the facility for its production of pressure regulators, valves and pressure reducing and metering systems. The facility would pair nicely with the burgeoning natural gas industry in the Upper Ohio Valley. But first, the company wants to make sure there is enough demand to meet the investment.

The company’s plans, if the project goes through, and there should be no reason for it not to, would be to hire approximately 40 people initially, and add workers as production ramps up.

In the meantime, they will be using a portion of the property at the former Wheeling Corrugating plant in Beech Bottom as it tests the waters.

The plans include the beginning of construction of a permanent 50,000-square-foot building sometime in late 2014, and the start of production in 2015.

If built, the plant also will be the company’s first production facility in the United States.

This is one more piece of good news for the Northern Panhandle, and we hope it encourages our residents to see there are positive things taking place in our region.

The natural gas industry continues to grow, and support businesses will be needed.

Some opportunities will only be temporary, but others, such as this, will provide sustained employment for our residents.

Pietro Fiorentini officials have said they want to be here. They chose to come to West Virginia to manufacture their product because of what the state has to offer.

A great deal of work goes into attracting businesses to our region, whether it be a restaurant franchise, hotel or a manufacturing facility. Thankfully, in recent years, a more cooperative spirit has spread among our local leaders and they have been willing to look at what has been good for the entire area instead of just one community.

We thank all of those involved in continuing to promote the Ohio Valley and bring new business opportunities to us, including our city, county and state officials, as well as those involved in the ongoing economic development projects.