A former Northern Panhandle steel mill will be receiving a major investment.
Jupiter Aluminum, a multi-state corporation headquartered in Illinois, will work with the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle to renovate 140,000 feet of vacant space at the Beech Bottom Industrial Park.
“While the building and the equipment originally attracted Jupiter Aluminum to Brooke County,” said Pat Ford, Executive Director of the BDC, “Jupiter Aluminum knew that our labor force was a perfect match for their industry and the location has proven so successful that they are investing, hiring, and expanding.”
According to the BDC, Jupiter Aluminum recycles scrap into coils, which will then be utilized in a variety of ways.
“Beech Bottom has a rich history around its location on the Ohio River, its proximity to other steel-making communities, and our own rich steel making past,” said Beech Bottom Mayor Becky Uhlly. “This town was built by the mill for its employees and the mill was the heart of the community. They supplied housing, a company store, and a doctor for the residents. When the plant closed, the village struggled to address the impact of the loss.”
The BDC acquired the Beech Bottom Industrial Park (formerly the Wheeling Corrugating Steel Plant) in 2012 for the purpose of redevelopment.
“In addition to expanding at the Beech Bottom location, we are equally excited that Jupiter Aluminum will work with the BDC to move forward on a $3.2 million USEDA-funded renovation project that will adapt the former steel mill into one of the most marketable and ideally situated industrial parks on the Ohio River,” said AJ Thomas, Brooke County Commissioner and BDC Executive Board Member.