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Weirton Hopes to Get One of the Biggest Economic Development Projects in Decades

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Originally Published on WTRF
February 20, 2020
By D.K. Wright

WEIRTON, W. Va. (WTRF) It could create more than 3,000 jobs and involve $2 billion in new investment.

It would be called Frontier Crossing Development and could be located on unused former industrial property.

Officials say The Frontier Group of Companies invested nearly $80 million to acquire 1300 acres of obsolete Weirton Steel / ArcelorMittal property in 2017. They are working with the City of Weirton to create manufacturing, commercial and industrial development there.

According to Weirton City Manager Joe DeBartolomeo, it will “support industry, manufacturing in the downstream shale gas sector, warehousing, the largest solar project in the state, and commerce related to railroad, barge and trucking.”

Weirton and Frontier officials have met with state officials in Charleston about support, and plan to have future meetings.

Frontier officials say they have purchased and prepared the land for redevelopment, and believe it will attract manufacturers and businesses related to the energy field.

Frontier’s General Counsel Craig Slater said he believes the jobs created by these businesses could pay $30,000 to $120,000 a year.

Frontier’s Chief Operating Officer Robert Zuchlewski says they’ve asked the state for help in upgrading the roads because that’s one of the priorities of the potential companies coming here–the ability to get to and from the facility easily.

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