Can Philadelphia Really Become the Next Houston?

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Mariner East developer signs a labor agreement to help deliver $200 million in investment and 1,200 jobs to Marcus Hook and the Philadelphia region.

The Philadelphia Building Trades signed a Project Labor Agreement with Energy Transfer for the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex.  The Project Labor Agreement (PLA) establishes the terms and conditions of employment, including work hours, shifts and wages. This agreement is expected to bring 1,200 family-supporting jobs to the Philadelphia region.

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In 2011, the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex only employed about 50 people, but now, thanks to the Shale Revolution and investments by companies such as Energy Transfer, it has grown to employ over 200, with many more job opportunities to come.

Here is the full press release:

MARCUS HOOK, Delaware County — Energy Transfer and the Philadelphia Building Trades, the umbrella organization for more than 50 member local unions that work in the greater Philadelphia region, have signed a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex in Delaware County.

The agreement, valued at an estimated $200 million, covers all Energy Transfer on-site growth construction projects planned for the next two years, with options for extensions. It is expected to employ up to 1,200 skilled labor tradesmen at the natural gas liquids hub on the banks of the Delaware River. Among the trades to benefit from the PLA are electricians, steamfitters, boilermakers, ironworkers, operating engineers, sheet metal workers, plumbers and more.

“Energy Transfer should be commended for demonstrating its commitment to local workers and the regional economy,” said Anthony Gallagher, vice president of the Philadelphia Building Trades and business manager for Steamfitters Local 420. “This is an important partnership that demonstrates the value of skilled labor and proves that relationships like this are good for business.”

Gallagher stressed that with so much uncertainty bubbling in the economy, the PLA offers an important buffer that protects the local work force against any downturns and helps to diversify the work available to trades in southeastern Pennsylvania.

“We are pleased to announce this next step in our relationship with the Philadelphia building trades,” said Kevin Smith, executive vice president of Engineering & Construction for Energy Transfer. “We look forward to having these highly trained and skilled building trades personnel assigned to our growth projects at Marcus Hook.”

Building Trades Business Manager John Dougherty commended Gallagher; Energy Transfer executives Smith and Chris Curia, Executive Vice President Human Resources; and Philadelphia Area Labor Management Committee/BUILT-RITE Executive Director Anthony Wigglesworth, for the hours they put in to broker and secure this important agreement.

The PLA promotes a partnership between Energy Transfer, its contractors and the Philadelphia Building Trades that serves to enhance safety, quality and cost, and helps to ensure construction projects run on schedule.

The PLA is a pre-hire collective bargaining agreement that establishes the terms and conditions of employment on construction projects within the Marcus Hook complex. Terms of the agreement, from work hours and shift schedules to guidelines for determining wage scales and benefits, apply to all contractors and subcontractors that will execute construction project work at the facility.

Isn’t this great news? With pipelines, affordable natural gas and jobs, maybe, Philadelphia really could be the next Houston.

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