Continued business creation and expansion

The latest example that our region is growing and the perfect location for continuing industrial expansion and development came Monday, when Jupiter Aluminum announced it plans to invest in the renovation of the Beech Bottom Industrial Park.

Plans call for a $12 million investment by the Des Plains, Ill.-based company that will work with the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle to help revitalize the former Wheeling Corrugating facility. The BDC, for its part, has helped to secure a $2.6 million grant from the federal Economic Development Administration.

That money and commitment from Jupiter will allow for the renovation of the 140,000-square-foot facility.

Jupiter, a company that specializes in aluminum scrap, recycles the metal into coils that are then used in the building and construction industries as well as for recreational vehicles and license plates.

Its decision to locate a facility in the Northern Panhandle also will bring 60 jobs with it.

Our region is a perfect fit for Jupiter for many reasons. The building and equipment already at the site were important factors, but according to Pat Ford, executive director of the BDC, the labor force on hand in the Tri-State Area also played a key role in the decision.

According to Beech Bottom Mayor Becky Uhlly, Monday’s announcement was good news for the village, and represents a positive sign for the future.

We agree and look forward to continued business creation and expansion in the village, in the Northern Panhandle and across the Tri-State Area.