Governor Wolf Tours Shell Plant Site in Beaver County, Commends Company’s Continued Progress and Job Creation

Monaca, PA – Following a ‘Jobs that Pay’ tour of the new Shell Cracker Plant site in Beaver County today, Governor Tom Wolf held a press conference at the Fairfield Inn in Monaca to celebrate the project’s continued progress and highlight its 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.”

The tour outlined the progress the company has made in terms of environmental protection, infrastructure development, and site improvements.

“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 in late 2017, with commercial production expected to begin early next decade.

The ‘Jobs that Pay’ tour is an effort by state agencies to promote good-paying, family-sustaining jobs and career-paths available to job-seekers across the commonwealth, and to listen and learn from employers and employees about workforce development needs.

For more information on Shell-related preparation and revitalization and business opportunities, visit dced.pa.gov/shell.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Mark Nicastre, Governor’s Office, 717.783.1116
Lyndsay Kensinger, DCED, 717.783.1132

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