Oil and gas business gives new life to former steel plant in West Virginia

Oil and natural gas activity in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays is breathing life into an 80,000-square-foot building in Benwood, West Virginia that had not been used since the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. closed it in 1983, reports the Wheeling Intelligencer/News-Register. The newspaper says 25 workers with JLE Industries are using the space to inspect and repair metal tubes used to drill oil and gas wells. Chris Harris, a partner in the company, said JLE chose the Benwood property because of its location in the heart of the Marcellus and Utica shale region and access to roads, barge and rail transportation. For more, read the full story.

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