Gruppo Fanti, a metal packaging manufacturing company headquartered in Bologna, Italy, will open its first U.S.-based plant in Weirton. Gov. Jim Justice announced today that the new plant will initially create 40 new full-time jobs and Gruppo Fanti plans to invest $30 million into the Brooke County operation.
“I love when we have firsts in West Virginia, and I’m really proud that Fanti Group has chosen to make West Virginia the home of their first manufacturing plant in America,” Gov. Justice said.
Fanti Group is an Italian industrial group, founded in 1948, specializing in packaging, owned by the Fanti family. The group has an aggregate revenue of 120 million euro, operates several plants in Italy along with several production and commercial entities in Europe, Russia and Africa that manufacture more than 100 million metal cans each year.
West Virginia was one of three states in consideration for the company’s expansion into the United States. Fanti USA will be the largest expansion in the history of the Fanti Group, according to Nicola De Santis, CFO, M&A, Business Development, Board Member of Fanti Group. Gruppo Fanti’s leadership visited West Virginia in early 2019. The company is modifying an existing site in Weirton and plans to start production in the second quarter of 2022.