Yesterday, Governor Wolf and Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin toured the future site of the Shell Cracker Plant in Beaver County. The tour highlighted the progress made by Shell in environmental protection, infrastructure development, and site improvement. After the tour, Governor Wolf hosted a press conference to celebrate the project’s progress and significant $6 billion economic impact.
“As the largest facility of its kind in North America, and the largest single ‘from-the-ground-up’ industrial investment in the Pittsburgh region in a generation, the Shell project will create 6,000 full-time construction jobs at peak and 600 full-time permanent positions when complete,” said Governor Wolf. “This project is the result of many years of consistent and well-coordinated, statewide collaboration, and demonstrates that Pennsylvania is ready to work with businesses to create jobs and achieve shared prosperity.”
“Planning and preparation are key to a project of this magnitude, and Shell’s efforts thus far are to be commended,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “Shell is setting the stage for future growth that will stimulate the economy not only in the Western Pennsylvania region, but across the commonwealth through downstream economic opportunities and job creation.”
Shell is expected to break ground on the project in late 2017.
Take a look at the coverage below.
Pittsburgh Business Times: Wolf compares cracker to dawning of steel industry
Gov. Tom Wolf touted Royal Dutch Shell’s progress on its new cracker site development in Beaver County as his administration works to prepare the region and state for the chance to build a new manufacturing industry based around the new petrochemical plant
“I think this is the biggest project that has come to Pennsylvania since World War II,” said Wolf, after receiving a tour of the vast industrial property in Potter Township.
The Times: Gov. Wolf tours ‘world class’ Shell cracker site
“A couple years ago when I came out to Pittsburgh, to western Pennsylvania, the question was, how are we going to get more jobs?” [Governor]Wolf said. “How are we going to get more opportunities for the people who grew up here in western Pennsylvania? That’s not the question anymore, thanks in no small part to the Shell cracker plant.”
Power Source: Even without the cracker, Shell’s industrial site is impressive
How expansive the whole operation is, Mr. Wolf said during a news conference. This might be what it felt like when the first steel mill was going up in the region, he said — people knew it would have a large economic impact, but they probably couldn’t have predicted the way it would shape Pittsburgh. Mr. Wolf praised Shell’s environmental achievements at the site, chief among the removal of a zinc smelter. The cracker is being built on a former Horsehead Corp. site that belched heavy metals into the air and soil for decades.
WPXI: Shell cracker plant expected to bring more businesses, jobs to Beaver County area
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said that when the cracker plant opens sometime after 2020, it will be a “game changer for Pennsylvania’s economy.” Government officials said that even though the plant hasn’t opened yet, businesses are interested in relocating to the area.
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