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Former Corning Glass Works factory to spur economic growth in Paden City again

PADEN CITY, W. Va. (WTRF)-Paden City is taking a big step towards turning the old Corning Glass Works factory into a major economic engine for the city again. 

EPA officials, stakeholders, and local leaders have discussed redeveloping the historic site, and with that comes an economic boost. 

The old Corning Glass factory has been vacant for years. That’s resulted in a drastic decline in the manufacturing industry and a loss of jobs and population–but not anymore. 

The historic site is undergoing major remediation, thanks to several thousands of dollars in Brownfield grants. With the grant, this abandoned factory is expected to become an employment center for the city. It may house either a large warehouse, light manufacturing, even retail or office space. 

Once it’s all said and done, the EPA says it will do a lot for the economy. 

“Right now, this is losing money. This is not serving anybody at all. In fact, it’s a liability because there’s chemicals here. But we’re going to come in and make sure it’s affordable to clean up. But once it’s restored, you could employ several thousand people just like it used to be back in the day. That’s local jobs for local folks.”

Adam Ortiz, EPA Administrator

Planning for the project is already underway, but there’s still a way to go, including cleaning up the space. 

The grant money lasts through 2024, and construction is expected to begin by November.

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