Tuesday, August 18, 2009

‘Concrete’ proof of gas development impact...

No strawberries. No taxes.

- dthompson@sungazette.com
August 18, 2009

MONTGOMERY - A proposed cement plant in Clinton Township is concrete proof that developing natural gas resources in the Marcellus Shale region will produce jobs for local residents. ...

The complex will be built and operated by global oil and gas industry support company Halliburton.

The facility will produce concrete specifically for the gas drilling industry and could generate up to 300 jobs, according to company officials. ...

The project, estimated to cost between $10 million and $12 million, will include a concrete plant, warehouse, offices and truck wash and maintenance bays built over two phases, Pabst said.

A sand plant may be built as part of a third phase, but that depends on gas industry demand, he said.

Pabst said 70 to 80 percent of the jobs generated by the facility will be local hires. ...

Perry Harris, the company's northeast district manager, said Halliburton found the site appealing because of its proximity to the Marcellus Shale, the availability of local workers and the fact that they needed a significant amount of land on which to build.

"We feel like it is a good location," he said. ...

The company bought the property for $450,000 from the Industrial Properties Corp., a real estate development authority administered by the Chamber of Commerce, said Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce executive vice president Jason Fink.

The parcel, which formerly was a strawberry field, was the last available parcel in the commerce park, Fink said.

Fink said one of the things that appealed to the company was the fact that it is a Keystone Opportunity Zone, a designation that provides relief from state, municipal, county and school taxes through 2011. An application has been submitted to the state to extend the designation beyond 2011, Fink said. ...

"Obviously, they're here for the long term," Matteo said.

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