The area’s early industrial strength was built with steel and coal, and these products still have a significant role in the area’s increasingly diverse industrial mix. Severstal-Wheeling, among the world’s largest steel companies, runs a large steel operation with an employee total of 3,400.
There are other primary metals plants located in the area such as Ohio Coatings, a joint venture with Dongyang Tinplate Corp. of South Korea and Nittetsu Shoji America Inc, of Los Angeles.
More than 17 million tons of coal are locally mined each year, primarily from CONSOL Coal Group-Moundsville and Ohio Operations, and from an underground mine in Belmont County operated by Ohio Valley Coal.
Custom mills (including Wheeling landmark, the Wheeling LaBelle Cut Nail Company), machine shops and mold shops have grown and prospered as well as a number of light industries producing dairy products, cleaning supplies, bath fixtures, paper, tobacco products, and optical goods.
Just south of Wheeling are Ormet Aluminum, PPG, and Miles, Inc. To the north, Wheeling-Nisshin Steel provides hot-dip aluminized and galvanized products. The area also boasts several power producing plants. Limestone, natural gas and agricultural fertilizer are other industries.