Boston Metal Receives $50 Million Grant to Construct New Facility in Weirton

Boston Metal has received a $50 million grant to help construct a new facility in Weirton.
The facility will manufacture ultrapure chromium metal, high temperature alloys and near net shape parts key for multiple supply chains
U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that award from the U. S. Dept. of Energy’s Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program.
U. S. Sen. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, made a similar announcement.
Boston Metal aims to manufacture critical materials for various supply chains. This funding was secured through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), for which Sen. Capito helped lead negotiations.
The local project was one of nine selected across the entire country for the IIJA program. Total funding announced was $275 million.
The projects are designed to strengthen clean energy supply chains and accelerate domestic clean energy manufacturing in nine former coal communities.
“As a lead negotiator of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, I was proud to secure funding to help companies like Boston Metal build their new facilities in cities like Weirton,” Capito said.
“The resources invested here will help create and keep new jobs in West Virginia, while also manufacturing materials that our country needs to build out its infrastructure. I’m proud to announce this funding today and look forward to the positive impact it will have in Weirton.
“We look forward to breaking ground on our advanced manufacturing plant to produce chrome metal, a critical material essential to the defense, aerospace and renewable energy industries. We thank the Dept. of Energy, Sen. Capito and the leadership of the West Virginia state government for their support in bringing Boston Metal’s facility to the Weirton region and onshoring the production of this important metal,” Tadeu Carneiro, chairman and CEO of Boston Metal.
Boston Metal is commercializing Molten Oxide Electrolysis (MOE), a tonnage metals technology platform powered by electricity, to decarbonize steelmaking and transform how metals are made.
MOE provides the metals industry with a scalable, cost-competitive and green solution for the production of steel and high-value metals from a variety of feedstocks and iron ore grades.
Boston Metal is headquartered in Woburn, MA, and has a wholly owned subsidiary in Brazil. It was founded in 2012 and commissioned its first semi-industrial MOE cell in 2014
Its new plant in Weirton expects to hire 200-250 people and will manufacture ultrapure chromium metal and high temperature alloys that are critical materials needed for clean power, fuel cells and steel. Currently, foreign manufacturers dominate those materials
West Virginia Northern Community College said in a letter of support for the project that it was ready to set up courses and internships for students interested in jobs at Boston Metal.