Pennsylvania governor tours new tank and container manufacturing facility
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett recently toured Environmental Tank and Container, a fract tank and roll-off container manufacturer in Johnstown that employs 450 individuals and now occupies a total of 800,000 square feet of manufacturing space, according to a release from the governor's office.
"This company is 'Exhibit A' in proof of the American dream. Johnstown Welding and Fabricating started 50 years ago in a garage, and 30 years ago that small shop grew into JWF," Corbett said following the tour. "It's no surprise that today this family business is branching out again and will compete in the state's growing energy sector."
The company started Environmental Tank and Container (ETC) as a way to meet the demands of the fast-growing natural gas industry in Pennsylvania. ETC supplies and manufactures equipment such as frac tanks, mud tanks, flowback tanks and impoundments to oil and gas companies operating on sites throughout the state, according to the release.
"ETC proves that the growing natural gas industry is spinning off jobs and business in every corner of Pennsylvania. It is reaching Cambria County in the form of manufacturing jobs," said Corbett. "ETC's success has created more than 80 skilled labor jobs since April 2011, and they expect to create an additional 70 jobs in 2012."
The governor joined several regional business leaders for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Cambria County facility, as he stressed the need for Pennsylvania to become a leader in the sector.
The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reported that Corbett noted his pleasure in seeing business leaders like Bill Polacek, president of JWF, involve themselves in projects associated with the shale gas industry, despite not being directly linked to the operational side of the sector.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Pennsylvania has emerged as one of the leaders in the industry, as the production of shale gas could lead to a construction boom that may create a million U.S. manufacturing jobs over the next 15 years.
According to the newspaper, the boom in low-cost natural gas obtained from shale is driving investment in plants that use gas for a raw material or as fuel, and this move has led to a race by states around the country to attract the extraction factories. Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia are currently leading the charge.