On Friday, Senator Joe Manchin was in the Ohio Valley to meet with residents and community leaders.
During a tour of the former Wheeling Corrugating Plant in Beech Bottom, Manchin praised a $12 million partnership between the Business Development Corporation and Hackman Capital to retain the 480,000-square-foot plant and 600+ acres surrounding the plant, which the Business Development Corporation has used to recruit industries to the site.
One of those businesses, Jupiter Aluminum, contributed significantly to the revival of the plant by purchasing the paint line. The paint line, now valued at over $1,000,000, was once a part of RG Steel's Wheeling Corrugating division.
Headquartered in Illinois and with plants in Indiana, Jupiter Aluminum had originally intended to relocate the line, but realized early on that it made more economic sense to keep the line in Beech Bottom.
Manchin said, "It was an honor to visit Beech Bottom the same day that the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle and Hackman Capital announced an explosive investment that will restore dozens of good-paying jobs and boost economic development in the region," Sen. Manchin said. "I thank all the parties involved for believing in the hardworking people of the Northern Panhandle and envisioning a prosperous future for our steel industry. This is a prime example of how public-private partnerships can strengthen an entire community and I look forward to closely following the forthcoming growth in Beech Bottom."
While in the area, Manchin also toured Wheeling Jesuit University's new physical therapy department. Staff and students were there to meet the senator and show him the new facility.