Natural Gas Compression Manufacturer to Open Factory in West Virginia
The Bidell Gas Compression, a subsidiary of the Canadian company Total Energy Services, will base its first U.S. manufacturing operation 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.
“This investment will spur economic development and diversity in the northern panhandle,” said West Virginia Governor Jim Justice. “The project will return an existing building to active use and allow production to get off to a quick start.”
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. 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.