Bidell Gas Compression, a subsidiary of Canadian-based Total Energy Services Inc., will base its first United States manufacturing operation, 29.5 miles north of Wheeling, in Weirton, West Virginia.
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.
“Our company conducted an extensive search throughout the northeastern United States,” said Bidell President Sean Ulmer. “This location in the City of Weirton provided us with the physical building and land we required, as well as a talented and available workforce. The support we received from the Commerce Department, the Hancock County Commissioner’s office and Weirton officials was instrumental in making our final decision.”
As an incentive, West Virginia Development Office and the West Virginia Economic Development Authority worked with the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle to purchase the property from Mingo Junction Steelworks, LLC, a division of Frontier Group of Companies, to make a new home for Bidell Gas Compression.
Additional funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided 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 provided financial and technical support to secure Bidell in West Virginia’s northern panhandle.
Governor Jim Justice said, “This investment will spur economic development and diversity in the northern panhandle. The project will return an existing building to active use and allow production to get off to a quick start. The operation will employ around 60 people in highly skilled manufacturing jobs this year and up to 130 by 2019.”
“It’s through hard work and partnerships that we continue to move our state forward, creating jobs and growing our economy,” said Woody Thrasher, West Virginia Secretary of Commerce. “We thank Bidell for this multimillion dollar investment and the creation of dozens of new jobs. We are honored by the company’s confidence in West Virginia’s outstanding business climate, world class workforce and access to global markets.”
“Words cannot express the excitement and anticipation I have regarding the announcement that Bidell is locating in Hancock County,” said Hancock County Commission President Jeff Davis. “This has truly been a team effort by all of the parties involved, from the Governor’s office to the local level.”
“The location of Bidell in Hancock County will produce a huge economic boost, not only in the number of quality jobs being made available, but also to the local businesses and their ability to provide various support services. It is a privilege to welcome a company of the caliber of Bidell to Weirton,” he added.
“The BDC is excited to welcome Bidell to the northern panhandle of West Virginia,” said Patrick Ford, Executive Director of the BDC. “Having an available building was a major asset in attracting Bidell. Real estate and building inventory is critical. We have Frontier and ArcelorMittal to thank for making it possible to respond quickly to Bidell’s interest in wanting to open up a new manufacturing company in the northeast United States.”
Bryce Custer, CCIM, SIOR with Harvey Goodman Realtor (West Virginia) and NAI Spring Commercial Realty (Ohio) represented Frontier Group in the sale of the property to the WV Business Development Group.