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Boston Metal To Receive Grant To Build Chromium Plant In Weirton

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of the company.

A federal grant will support a high-tech manufacturing facility and bring jobs to the Northern Panhandle.

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded Boston Metal a $50 million grant to build a chromium plant in Weirton, one of seven sites nationwide selected as part of the Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Program.

The factory, which will employ 200 workers, will produce ultra-pure chromium and high-temperature alloys needed across various clean energy technologies.

The department awarded a total of $275 million to West Virginia and six other states.

The investment is part of the $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a 2021 law pushed by U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito.

President Joe Biden signed the bill into law two years ago this month.