BEECH BOTTOM, W. Va. - Wheeling Corrugating Corp. recently installed a $14.6 million paint line at its Beech Bottom plant, a project that had been jeopardized by the bankruptcy filing of parent company Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp.

Construction of the plant's No. 2 paint line began in 2000, but was put on hold when Wheeling Pittsburgh filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Work on the paint line resumed last year after the state of West Virginia gave the company $400,000 as part of a bailout package.

The paint line went into use earlier this year. It will produce painted steel coils for all Wheeling-Corrugating Co. facilities throughout the U.S.

"This project is ¿ a symbol of the commitment by Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, the United Steelworkers of America and the state of West Virginia to work together for our mutual benefit," said James G. Bradley, president and ceo of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel. "Despite very difficult times for the steel industry and for Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, we believed in each other and we worked not just to survive a crisis in steel, but to invest in the future."