Editorial: Pa., W.Va. officials deserve praise for landing manufacturing projects
8 May 2023
Massive, modern manufacturing plants are returning to two river towns in the Pittsburgh region. While the tri-state area’s historic industrial base will never fully return, these projects show American manufacturing can still help sustain communities — if public and private interests do the hard and creative work necessary to pull them off.
The two small cities in question are New Kensington on the Allegheny River in Westmoreland County, and Weirton on the Ohio River in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle. Taken together, the two riverfront industrial centers once housed 50,000 people. Now they barely crack 30,000.