City holding groundbreaking ceremony for new manufacturing business


This morning, officials will be breaking ground for a new manufacturer.

Dozens of jobs are expected to be created when the facility is up and running.

The public is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. for Pietro Fiorentini. It's a manufacturer in the oil and gas industry that will be setting up shop in Weirton.

In a press conference last week, city officials announced the groundbreaking will be taking place at 606 Park Drive, just past the Rue 21 facility. T

Pietro Fiorentini presented Weirton Mayor Harold Miller with a framed photo of both parties together as a thank you for the city's contributions in getting the deal done with the Italy-based manufacturer.

“So one of the things that was needed was the infrastructure in the area that they're heading to and what was needed was the city of Weirton to come up with the idea for the engineering, what was needed, what they had to do, what grants had to be made to get the infrastructure there for the company to be able to come in,” said Business Development Corporation chairman Bill D'Alesio.

“Our position is to get these things approved and prepare the community to be developed, so if it takes some money available to put a street, a sewer line, water lines in, that's our position. That's where we can add to the development,” Mayor Miller said.

The city is putting roughly $150,000 into infrastructure improvements in the area of the future Pietro Fiorentini site.

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