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Efforts continue to build on the Upper Ohio Valley economy, and a recent announcement from West Virginia officials and the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle adds a new dimension to the development of the region.

Pure Watercraft, a Seattle-based company that manufactures electric boats and electric boat motors, has chosen to locate a new operation in part of the Beech Bottom Industrial Park. Expected to create more than 100 jobs, the company plans to manufacture a range of electric pontoon boats.

The batteries for the boats will be supplied by General Motors, which has a 25% stake in Pure Watercraft, with construction of the boats to take place at part of the Brooke County facility that once served as Wheeling Corrugating’s headquarters.

An investment of approximately $5 million is planned as part of the renovations before the opening of operations.

Pure Watercraft blends the traditional manufacturing of our region with the technological advances we have experienced in recent years. Its engines are quieter and more environmentally friendly, preserving the beauty of our lakes and rivers while providing the opportunity for some of the outdoor recreational activities that many of our residents enjoy.

More importantly, the company’s decision to come to our region will create jobs. BDC continues its efforts to attract new businesses to Brooke and Hancock counties. For several years, the organization has been listing and rehabilitating old industrial properties in our region in order to make them available for new businesses.

Pure Watercraft’s decision shows that these efforts continue to bear fruit.

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