The news from Weirton this week was heartening: An Italian manufacturing company is poised to open a new facility in the city. That will create 41 jobs immediately, with another 150 possible later.
But the fact that fewer than 200 new jobs coming to the valley is front-page news is a reminder of just how devastated our region was by the collapse of the steel industry. Not so long ago, it provided tens of thousands of jobs directly and indirectly in the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio.
Recovering from the loss will be difficult. It will take time. The success in Weirton illustrates how difficult rebuilding will be.
There, a full-court press by city government and the local economic development agency was needed to meet the Italian company’s requirements. It required finding money for infrastructure improvements, assistance with utilities, and more.
But Weirton got it done. That, perhaps, is more important than the new jobs themselves. Congratulations to all involved for providing another piece of the road map to recovery.
Source: The Intelligencer