More than 130 manufacturing jobs are coming to our state. That’s good news every West Virginian can celebrate.
A subsidiary of a Canadian company Total Energy Services Inc., Bidell Gas Compression searched a broad swath of the United States for the right place to open its first manufacturing operation in this country. Bidell President Sean Ulmer said right spot had to have 1) an existing building and land so the company could get to work fast 2) a pool of talented people ready and willing to work.
Bidell found it in Weirton, West Virginia.
Former ArcelorMittal Consolidated Machine Shop in Weirton, W.Va.
The company will repurpose a 100,000 square.foot decommissioned machine shop to fabricate, sell, lease and service natural gas compression equipment to customers operating throughout North America and internationally. The operation will employ around 60 people in highly skilled manufacturing jobs this year and up to 131 by 2019.
Bidell’s president credits the success of the site search to the partnership approach of local, regional and state institutions. The West Virginia Development Office and the West Virginia Economic Development Authority worked with the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle (BDC) to purchase the property to make a new home for Bidell Gas Compression. Employee training services will receive support through the Governor's Guaranteed Work Force Program. The Hancock County Commission, City of Weirton, United States Environmental Protection Agency, and Brooke Hancock Jefferson Regional Planning Commission also added their support to the effort.
“The support we received from the Commerce Department, the Hancock County Commissioner’s office and Weirton officials was instrumental in making our final decision,” said Bidell President Ulmer. “Without their dedication, patience and creative ideas throughout this process, we would not have been able to make this happen. We look forward to providing our customers in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays with locally built, high quality and cost effective gas compressor packages.”
“We thank Bidell for this multimillion dollar investment and the creation of dozens of new jobs,” said Woody Thrasher, West Virginia Secretary of Commerce. “We are honored by the company’s confidence in West Virginia’s outstanding business climate, world class workforce and access to global markets.”
By working hard and working together, West Virginia can accomplish great things.