- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

WEIRTON, W.Va. (AP) - An Italian manufacturing company is moving forward with plans to invest $9 million toward a new facility on West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle.

News outlets report that local officials met with representatives of Pietro Fiorentini USA on Friday to officially sign off on a land purchase agreement at a business park in Weirton. The planned industrial facility was first announced in 2013.

The project is set to create an initial 41 jobs in the first phase. There would be up to 150 positions when fully operational. Workers will be producing pressure regulators, valves and pressure reducing and meter systems for the natural gas industry.

This will be the first manufacturing facility in the U.S. for Pietro Fiorentini, which is based near Vicenza, Italy.

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