Pa.’s Manufacturing Opportunities Bright Thanks to Shale

With the right policies, according to a new report by IHS Markit, the Commonwealth has the opportunity to realize a new wave of job-creating petrochemical manufacturing growth. In fact, the report released this week concludes that Pa. natural gas liquids production could attract four more ethane crackers in addition to Shell’s project in Beaver County […]

Marcellus Shale Transforms U.S. into an Energy Superpower

In a Tuesday morning headline, Bloomberg News asked the question: “Can the U.S. Become an Energy Superpower in 2017?” Well, it already is, thanks to American shale development. Now families, manufacturers, our environment, and national security are stronger because of the United States’ position as a global energy leader. Much of the credit for this […]

American Energy = American Manufacturing Jobs

Shell’s recent decision to move forward with building an ethane cracker plant, which will generate significant economic benefits including nearly 6,000 construction jobs, brings into focus shale’s larger role in driving a regional manufacturing renaissance. In fact, MSC president Dave Spigelmyer and Pa. Manufacturers’ Association president David Taylor highlighted this shale-driven manufacturing comeback in a […]

Shell Cracker a Win for Regional Economy

‘Game-Changer’; ‘Renaissance’; ‘Thrilling’ – some of the terms used to describe Shell’s $6 billion commitment to build an ethane cracker plant in western Pennsylvania. This facility, projected to be operational in early 2020, will rely on locally-produced natural gas and create nearly 6,000 construction – many of them for our region’s building trades union members […]