Development bodes well for our area

Good news continues to roll in for the Northern Panhandle.

The announcement earlier this week of the approved land sale for Pietro Fiorentini to bring a manufacturing facility to Weirton is welcome indeed, as it means the creation of new jobs and a new business to join our community.

The Italian company specializes in the manufacturing of parts and equipment used in the natural gas industry. With plans for a $9 million facility in the Three Springs Business Park, the initial creation of 41 jobs, with up to 150 once they are fully operational, is great news for our area as we continue to search out our new path.

Movement also continues in the southern part of Brooke County, where businesses continue to move to the former Wheeling Corrugating plant, now the home of Jupiter Aluminum, Sheehan Pipeline, Integrity Kokosing Pipeline Services, Profoam and L&M Logistics.

The BDC recently received funding to assist with an environmental study which, once completed, will provide a better understanding of the available property which then can be better marketed to attract other new businesses.

We must, of course, thank the Business Development Corp. for its work over the last several months, not only to market these properties, but for working with the businesses, as well as city, county and state officials in the hope of drawing new industry to the Northern Panhandle.

None of this has been accomplished overnight, and it will take time as more work is done, not just in these two communities, but in all of our towns and cities.

We have turned the corner and are heading in the right direction as our area continues to build a better future.