A new $9 million manufacturing facility has been built on a former Brownfields site at the Three Spring Business Park in Weirton, W.V.
According to a U.S. EPA news release, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Pietro Fiorentini, a manufacturing company that designs, manufactures and sells components, systems and services for the regulation and metering of natural gas and oil. According to the company website, the company’s goal is to enable and increase safe usage by distributors and consumers.
The Italian-based company produces pressure regulators, valves, and metering systems for the natural gas and oil industries, according to the EPA. The company employs 41 people but plans to triple the number of jobs in the future. This facility will now reuse land scarred from mining activities, according to the EPA.
"It’s exciting to see Pietro Fiorentini’s new manufacturing facility reusing a site where EPA Brownfields funding helped support initial assessment and cleanup.” said Cosmo Servidio, EPA Mid-Atlantic regional administrator. “This redevelopment exemplifies the amazing quality and commitment to collaboration between all of the stakeholders led by Patrick Ford of the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle and its coalition partners.”
The EPA also has announced additional Brownfields grant funding to the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle (BDC) and its coalition partners, the Brooke-Hancock Regional Planning & Development Council and the Jefferson County Port Authority. According to the EPA, this particular grant is one of 151 grants awarded nationwide, totaling $64,623,553 in funding. BDC and its partners “will conduct site assessments, complete cleanup plan, identify new sites to inventory and conduct community outreach activities in three counties,” according to the EPA.