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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Beech Bottom Business

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State and county officials welcomed Sheehan Pipeline Construction Company into Brooke County with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

"It's a major economic development announcement today and I think it's big because we are seeing redevelopment here at a property that once was home to the steel industry and to a lot of jobs there," says David Lieving, Manager for West Virginia Development Office.

Sheehan Pipeline Construction Company, the nation's oldest pipeline construction company, began setting up their warehouse site at the old Beech Bottom plant in March.

Now that all their equipment and supplies have arrived, they can begin work on the 42 mile long pipeline that will run from Canonsburg, PA to Cadiz, OH.

Jimmy Lovell, public relations for Sheehan, says they will be in Brooke County for the next 7 to 8 months, thus creating a lot of money for the Ohio Valley.

"We will probably leave $8 to $9 million in the local economy. When I say local that's from Weirton all the way to Wheeling," says Lovell.

Right now, around 150 people work at the site, but according to Lovell, up to 500 to 600 people will be working here.

Ed Bowman Representative of the Governors office for the Northern Panhandle says this is very crucial to the area.

"The Northern Panhandle, like so many places around the country, are in need of jobs. These are good jobs. These are good companies that he is very excited to be with," says Bowman.


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