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City of Weirton & Frontier Group of Companies Discuss Economic Redevelopment of Former Brownfield

By March 31, 2021 No Comments

With the repurposing of more than 1300 acres in the works, calling the planned Weirton Frontier Crossing “a big deal” might be an understatement.  That was the topic of a recent meeting hosted by the City of Weirton and attended by City officials, executives from the Frontier Group of Companies, and US Representative David McKinley-WV District 1.  

The Frontier Group of Companies has a plan to repurpose 1,300 acres of surplus property of the former Weirton Steel / Arcelor-Mittal steel production plant that, at one time, formed the heart of the regional economy for more than 100 years. 

David Franjoine, CEO, Rob Zuchlewski, COO, and Patrick Ford, Director of Development for the Frontier Group presented the company’s plan for transforming this brownfield into more than one million square feet of manufacturing and commercial redevelopment in the planned community of Weirton Frontier Crossings. The Frontier Group plan forecasts Weirton Frontier Crossings will attract over $2 billion of private investment and create more than 3,000 jobs. 

Frontier Group of Companies CEO, David Franjoine with US Representative David McKinley.

“The Weirton Frontier Crossing plan is a real economic catalyst for the region.” commented Franjoine. “Forums like this provide an opportunity for the private and public sectors to collaborate and create ways to move a valuable project forward.”

Weirton Frontier Crossings includes 1300 acres along the Ohio River at the Ohio-West Virginia borders. With proximity to Steubenville and Pittsburgh, Weirton Frontier Crossings is ideal for industrial and commercial development. The site also offers facilities appropriate for Slag Processing, Warehousing, Frack Water and Pipe Lay down, along with Barge Access, Railroad Scales, and Railroad Siding. The site also includes Brown’s Island with bridge access from the east. Weirton Frontier Crossings is zoned for heavy industry and offers operation-critical infrastructure.  More information is available at weirtonfrontiercrossings.com

Participating in the meeting were: (pictured l to r) Pat Ford, (Director of Development, Frontier Group); Kaleb Knowlton (City of Weirton, Program Manager), Joe DiBartolomeo (City of Weirton, City Manager), DeeAnn Pulliam (City of Weirton, Asst. City Manager), Rob Zuchlewski (COO, Frontier Group), David Franjoine (CEO, Frontier Group), US Representative David McKinley, P.E., Jessica Gumm (City of Weirton, Development Director), Marvin Six (Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle, Executive Director), Jacob Keeney (Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle, Asst. Executive Director), and Harold Miller (City of Weirton, Mayor).