West Virginia Department of Economic Development

Charleston,  WV 
United States
  • Booth: 2334

West Virginia: Right Talent, Right Cost, Right Place


West Virginia: Right Talent, Right Cost, Right Place

West Virginia has forged strong links between its abudnant raw materials, skilled metalworking labor force and supportive business climate. The state is at the heart of more than 4,000 regional suppliers of needed materials and home to thousands of skilled production and craft workers, particularly metalworking machinery operators, metal fabricators and machine assemblers. 

West Virginia: 

  • Has the 10th best business climate according to the 2021 Business Facilities State Rankings Report
  • Is ranked 1st in the nation for lowest turnover in manufacturing jobs
  • Has the 4th lowest Workers' Compensation rate in the nation
  • Is a strategic location within an 8-hour drive to more than half the U.S. population and more than one-third of the Canadian market

Visit booth 2334 and speak to a WV Department of Economic Development representative. 

 Press Releases

  • CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice announced today that Nucor Corporation has selected Mason County, West Virginia, as the location for a state-of-the-art sheet steel mill. The record investment will exceed $2.7 billion, making it the largest in West Virginia history, as well as the largest single investment Nucor has ever made.

    “This is a landmark announcement in the history of our state,” Gov. Justice said. “Nucor’s brand new facility is going to be a key part of West Virginia’s DNA long into the future. It’s going to change lives by bringing hundreds of great-paying jobs to Mason County, and the economic ripple effects will bring even more goodness to our state.

    “I sincerely thank Nucor for their commitment to West Virginia and for allowing us to showcase our ability to compete with other states for major manufacturing facilities like this. From the very first call with their CEO, I knew they shared the values that we in West Virginia share as well, ones that will make us great partners for generations to come. It took a team of people to pull this off, and I am immensely proud of all those involved.”

    Nucor Corporation, the largest steel producer in the United States, is a Fortune 150 company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Nucor produces steel by recycling scrap metal in electric arc furnaces, making the company North America’s largest recycler of any material. This steelmaking process makes Nucor one of the cleanest steel producers in the world and a leader in sustainable steel production. 

    “We are incredibly excited to be building this new steel mill in West Virginia. This will be the world’s most advanced sheet steel mill producing the most sustainable steel that will build our nation’s modern 21st century economy,” said Leon Topalian, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nucor Corporation. “This is a transformational project that will have a significant economic impact in Mason County and surrounding areas. We look forward to being part of the community for decades to come.”

    Upon completion, the mill is expected to create approximately 800 high-quality manufacturing jobs. Construction of the state-of-the art facility, which will begin in 2022, will create an additional 1,000 jobs. Nucor employs 28,000 teammates at approximately 300 facilities located primarily in North America. Nucor teammates are among the highest paid and most productive in the steel industry. 

    The mill will have the capacity to produce up to 3 million tons of sheet steel per year for the automotive, appliance, HVAC, heavy equipment, agricultural, transportation, and construction markets. It will also include advanced downstream processing capabilities, including a tandem cold mill, annealing capabilities, and initially two galvanizing lines. Galvanizing capabilities will include an advanced high-end automotive line with full inspection capabilities as well as a construction-grade line.

    Nucor expects the Mason County facility to be operational by 2024. The company also announced it is considering building a transloading and processing center in the northern part of the state in order to create a broader logistics network to better serve its customers in the upper Midwest and Northeast regions. This facility would create additional jobs in the state.

    “We thank Governor Jim Justice, Secretary Mitch Carmichael and the West Virginia Department of Economic Development, Speaker of the House of Delegates Roger Hanshaw, Senate President Craig Blair, and the local officials in Mason County for their partnership and support of this project,” said John Farris, Vice President & General Manager of Nucor Steel West Virginia. “We look forward to breaking ground in Mason County and becoming an active member of this community by partnering with colleges and universities on workforce development programs, supporting veterans’ organizations and local food pantries, and working with opioid recovery programs that will provide meaningful pathways to jobs.”

    West Virginia competed against our neighboring states, especially Ohio and Pennsylvania, to attract the company. The process began in August 2021 and included site location assistance, data analysis, and relationship developments throughout the state. The coordinated effort of state, local, and regional organizations made West Virginia a leader during the competitive site search.

    “This is an enormous accomplishment for the great state of West Virginia,” said West Virginia Department of Economic Development Secretary Mitch Carmichael. “It is an honor to share in this announcement of Nucor’s new location in Mason County. There was a lot of hard work and dedication that went into making this a reality and there’s no doubt that West Virginia is the best place for this steel mill. We give a warm welcome and look forward to supporting the Nucor team as they succeed in West Virginia.”
  • WEIRTON — Officials with the Frontier Group of Companies say construction of their planned infrastructure improvements to former steel-making land in Weirton could begin within the next year.

    Company officials met with Weirton Council Thursday, to provide the city with the latest information on plans to attract business prospects to property which once served as the home of Weirton Steel Corp.

    “The city of Weirton, I believe, is at a crossroads,” City Manager Joe DiBartolomeo said in opening the meeting at the Weirton Municipal Building.

    David Franjoine, chief executive officer, of the Frontier Group of Companies, explained the company has been working since acquiring the property in 2017 to prepare the land, with the majority of planned demolition set to be complete by the end of September.

    “We’ve done a lot of work at the site,” Franjoine said.

    Rob Zuchlewski, chief operating officer, said, as the Frontier Group owns the property, it eliminates many of the usual hurdles involved.

    “We own all the land,” Zuchlewski said. “That makes it almost a speed of light timeline.”

    The first phase focuses on the construction of three miles of industrial access road, which officials say would open up 500 acres of land for development. The road, which would begin at a realigned Cove Road/Weir Avenue intersection, has been designed with input from several business prospects.

    “These aren’t just random roads drawn on a map,” Patrick Ford, business development director for the Frontier Group, said.

    The access road also would have intersections with Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, stretching through the Frontier Crossings property onto Brown’s Island.

    According to city Planning and Development Director Jessica Gumm, as they are seeking state and federal funds to complete the road, she believes it would be maintained by the state of West Virginia and be available for public use.

    Ward 5 Councilwoman Flora Perrone noted the public has never had access to that area of the city.

    The second phase would include repairs to portions of 8 miles of rail yard spur to support railcar transloading activities, improved access and repairs to existing barge loading facilities on the Ohio River, barge cells and riverside yards.

    “You won’t find another site like it in West Virginia,” Ford said of the planned port facility.

    The third phase includes preparations of Brown’s Island, which officials say could accommodate 900,000 square feet of industrial space in addition to a planned solar array now estimated to produce 20 megawatts of renewable energy.

    “A lot of the prospects we are talking to, within their mission, have a green component,” Ford said, noting the Frontier Group also likes to incorporate renewable energy projects into its work.

    The third phase also would focus on two bridges – one from West Virginia and one from Ohio – to provide access to the island.

    Franjoine said the bridge crossing the main channel of the river was reviewed by a third party engineering firm and found to be stable, but plans are to replace its decking.

    “It was very well built by the steel mill,” he said. “It was probably overdesigned for what it will be used.”

    Ward 6 Councilman Enzo Fracasso noted the bridge carried heavy traffic around the clock when it was in regular use.

    A planned site visit was canceled because of weather, but officials said one would be arranged for council at a future time.

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