COMMERCIAL PAVING NEAR CRACKER PLANT IN POTTER TOWNSHIP/MONACA PA
For the past five years, there’s been a buzz in Monaca, PA and Beaver County about the economic reverberations of landing Shell’s coveted petrochemical “cracker” plant. Shell has had its eye on the 300-acre site of the 80-year-old Horsehead zinc smelting plant since 2012. This plant is the the next step of the Marcellus Shale drilling boom. A massive operation where natural gas compounds extracted from the Marcellus Shale are used to produce polyethylene building blocks for the plastics industry as well as other materials ranging from clothing to carpeting.
Cracker Plant Could Play Huge Role in Local Economy
Pennsylvania was chosen over Ohio and West Virginia as the home of this $6 billion plant. Since 2012, efforts to purchase the Horsehead property and land surrounding the plant intensified on Shell’s end. By 2015, they had purchased the old plant for $13.5 million. Various businesses along Route 18 as well as some residential plots and parcels belonging to the Beaver County Economic Development Authority were also purchased.
Finally, in 2016, construction of this multibillion dollar petrochemical complex began. This opened the door to approximately 6,000 construction jobs. Once the plant is fully operational by 2021 or 2022, 600 permanent jobs will have opened up per company projections. The average annual salary of cracker plant jobs is about $100,000. But the good news for the region doesn’t end there.
For every single job at the plant, it’s estimated there will be 8 other jobs created within the businesses and development surrounding the facility. The prospect of other plants and businesses wanting to be near the cracker plant has many in the region on cloud nine.
For example, manufacturers that use ethylene and polyethylene for their own production may look to relocate closer to a source of those materials to reduce transportation costs. A new line of business and industry could be sparked for the entire region. There is plenty of land available for spinoff businesses to consider – not just in Beaver County but into Lawrence County, Allegheny County, and beyond. Particularly at sites abandoned by long-gone steel plants.
The potential economic impact of the cracker plant is likely to extend to cities such as Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Erie. Tech-based and science-based businesses and jobs may arrive creating a new market for existing businesses and necessitating the need for more housing, hospitality, and dining/entertainment.
Additionally, Shell is helping to develop infrastructure around the plant. This includes reconfiguring Route 18 and its neighboring rail lines.
Highway, Industrial, & Commercial Paving Services Near Cracker Plant
Fulena Pavers is excited about the new opportunities the Shell cracker plant could bring to the region. We provide quality cost-effective paving and concrete services throughout Beaver County and surrounding areas. Every project we touch undergoes a thorough analysis to ensure you get the most from your budget and a finished result you love. We pride ourselves on building long-term partnerships. Much of our business is repeat business or from direct referrals. Find out why so many commercial/industrial businesses, contractors, and developers choose us for:
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Contact us today at 1-800-257-6081 for a no-cost/no-obligation consultation or to learn more about our commercial paving services near the cracker plant in Monaca, PA.