For generations, Weirton was a steel town, with virtually everyone in the community relying directly or indirectly on the industry. Beginning in the 1970s, that changed - and not for the better.
But another change may be on the horizon. ArcelorMittal, which owns the old Weirton Steel business, is in the process of demolishing some of the old facilities. The idea is to make room for new development, according to the company.
Although ArcelorMittal officials have not released details of what is ahead, a spokeswoman said the company "is very excited about what is on the horizon for Weirton."
Mark Glyptis, president of the United Steelworkers local in Weirton, has pointed out the community has many assets to offer businesses. The future, he added, is "going to look different, but the different look will be a very good look."
Let's hope so. Companies that may diversify the area's economy will find Weirton's greatest asset is a workforce ready and eager to make that new look one of success.