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Italian Company To Build Weirton Plant; 150 Jobs Expected At Full Operation
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Mar. 15, 2013 4:34 PM EDT
Weirton, Brooke County , West Virginia
An Italian company plans to build a $9 million plant in Weirton that is expected to create 41 jobs in the initial phase and up to 150 when fully operational.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Friday that Pietro Fiorentini USA plans to build the manufacturing facility in the Three Springs Business Park.
"These are the type of jobs we have always believed development of the Marcellus Shale would produce,” Tomblin said in a news release. “I'm pleased Pietro Fiorentini has chosen to locate its new manufacturing plant in West Virginia.”
Parent company Pietro Fiorentini S.p.a., based in Italy, is a world leader in the production of pressure regulators, valves, and pressure reducing and metering systems for the natural gas industry. Although the company has a sales office and a distributorship in the U.S., the West Virginia plant will be its first manufacturing operation in the country. The new facility will produce components for the treatment of shale oil and gas.
Sergio Trevisan, general manager for Pietro Fiorentini S.p.a., said the group decided to invest in West Virginia after completing a feasibility study that covered several states of the nation.
“Our study confirmed that the Marcellus area has a large potential yet to be developed," Trevisan said. "And this was the main decision factor. Specifically in the Marcellus area, West Virginia offers, in our opinion, an interesting business atmosphere combined with an excellent support from the state. We are willing to be at the center of the area and West Virginia fully responded to this prerequisite.
"Pietro Fiorentini is setting up here a manufacturing and logistic base for gas conditioning equipment, oil and gas treatment and reducing and metering plants already distributed in more than 80 countries of the world."
Pietro Fiorentini USA plans to lease space at the former Wheeling Corrugating Plant in Brooke County currently owned by Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle and Hackman Capital based in Los Angeles to get operations under way within six months. Construction on the new manufacturing facility is expected to start this summer.
The company is scheduled to conduct interviews beginning in mid-March and start hiring in May.
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