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Shale boom gives rise to 1,400-plus new jobs in Valley



Published: Thu, March 8, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.

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By Karl Henkel

khenkel@vindy.com

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Mike Christoff is one of 71 workers at TMK-IPSCO in Brookfi eld. The company threads pipe for use in the natural gas and oil drilling industry. TMK-IPSCO plans to expand its work force to 120 to meet growing demand for the steel pipes.

YOUNGSTOWN

The contested debate regarding Ohio jobs related to Utica and Marcellus shale exploration continues to be off the charts, with estimates as low as 20,000, as high as 200,000 and everywhere in between.

To date, local or locally based businesses have created or soon will create more than 1,400 jobs related to natural gas and oil exploration.

Nearly one-third of those jobs have or will be created by Vallourec, the French-based owners of V&M Star and VAM LLC.

Others, such as Houston-based Exterran Energy

Solutions, Russia-based TMK and Girard-based Valley Electrical Consolidated already have topped or have announced they will exceed 100 area jobs.

Currently, 71 work at TMK-IPSCO in Brookfield; 27 were unemployed before they were hired.

The company expects to soon grow to at least 120 positions, said Ivonne A. Baez, corporate

communications manager.

Chris Jaskiewicz, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Valley Electrical Consolidated Inc., said his company has about 65 locally based employees in engineering support and an additional 155 in field support.

Most of those jobs were created as a result of the Marcellus Shale exploration in Pennsylvania.

Those numbers could grow to 80 and 270, respectively.

The job totals make up a small portion of the 243,300 employed in the three-county area as of December, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, but can be tied to the Valley’s decreasing unemployment.

The area unemployment rate dropped from 10.5 percent to 8.5 percent in December, the most current available statistics, and the economy added 2,000 jobs. As a general rule, roughly 500 added jobs would decrease the area’s unemployment by 0.1 percent.

While the opportunity for work is enticing for some, wages also are attractive to potential employees.

“We pay well, which brings a lot of people to us,” said Bruno Miletta, president of Bolt Construction in Youngstown, which employs 18 who work in various parts of the county.

Those 18 employees, which Miletta attributes mostly to Utica Shale activity in Ohio, could be joined by 18 more in the next year.

Miletta said he interviewed three times as many potential employees for those 18 positions but noted the labor force isn’t flush with work-ready talent.

“The work ethic is sometimes missing,” he said.

Others say they’ve found future employees but are waiting for demand to catch up.

Ray Pander Trucking Inc. in Warren, which has worked in the oil and gas transportation business for 30 years, had its largest year-to-year growth in 2011, hiring 20 new drivers.

“I’ve read where it is difficult to find qualified drivers, but I can’t say I don’t have enough qualified drivers applying,” said R.C. Pander. “I’ve got some people I’d love to hire, but I need to get a little more growth before I do.”

Bert Cene, executive director at the Mahoning and Columbiana Training Association, said training programs for shale-related jobs are operating at full speed ahead, but MCTA also is anticipating more jobs in the future.

“Things are going well,” he said. “But we’re kind of waiting right now.”


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1commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Where's Hagan? Doesn't he want to stop this growth? Or just tax it?

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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Hey it is Gov. KKK who is pushing to tax the shale boom .

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3Silence_Dogood(1353 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

This is making BUCKWHEAT BOB very sad, he would rather these people be collecting unemployment checks and have to be beholding to the Government for their wellbeing.

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4walter_sobchak(1922 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Barry Soetoro and his democrat minions want you to buy a Chevy Volt using a govt subsidy. Barry wants you to erect a windmill using a govt subsidy. Barry wants you to install solar panels manufactured by Solyndra with a govt. subsidy.

As with all the democrats, they want you to be beholden to the govt for everything. Earn your wages, send them to the govt and THEY will dictate what you will have. This is Barry's idea for the US; a Marxist utopia.

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5artful96(17 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

walter, AirBus the European Consortium which is Boeings No. 1 competitior is a govt subsidized industry as are China's leading industry players - Govt is responsible for creating a level playing field in this Global Economy.

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6bucknut09(13 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

The Democrat party (Schiavoni, Hagan and the rest) would like to end this job creation.

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7redeye1(4560 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

To all democrats I want you to know that you have nothing to worry about. There is already a planned march set for next month to protest this. The march will start on the westside at the Democratic HQ and head down Mahoning ave towards downtown. At which time there will be a rally with guest speakers Buckwheat and gooseberry telling you how to keep from falling into this trap of getting up and going to work. Stay tune for times and dates thank you.

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8Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

And the lies just keep comeing
Thank you for all the reasons not to vote the GOP hate machine

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9AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

WOW, the repubs on here say nothing about kasich taxing Utica and Marcellus companies. All the repubs do is slam the Dems. What negativity!! The Dem party has never said they want to end job creation. They just don't want job creation to continue possibily causing earthquakes. If that is what was happening in Ytown. I believe fracking has created earthquakes in some areas but not all. If earthquakes are happening in a particular area drilling should stop and just move elsewhere.
If as much money went into wind and solar energy as the govt spends on oil companies, we would not need near as much gas and oil.

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10jeratboy(127 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

The government spends MORE on wind and solar than they do on oil.
They will only work for supplying power for small users. Solar for a traffic flasher, a small turbine for a building. It will never be a big supplier that will eliminate coal, nuke, and natural gas.

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11walter_sobchak(1922 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

artful96
Thank you for proving my point.

AAC
You drill and then frack in those places where you can best get to the oil and gas. Fracking operations have had no direct cause of the earthquakes in the area. The possible cause is the injection of fluid into the wrong substrata. And, I have no problem with increasing the taxes on the products taken out of the ground. I also believe the drillers should go to the empty areas on the southside of Y-town and drill. I would think this land would be much cheaper than the rural areas.

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12redeye1(4560 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Freeatlast What lies? I guess as the old saying goes " The truth hurts"

AAC As far as Kasich taxing the gas and oil drillers that's fine with me. Since he wants to lower the taxes on all of us. When was the last time you heard a Democrat say that. They want to tax the drillers and keep the money in the General fund so they can spend it foolishly.on their union friends. Just look at the halfarse paving job on I-680. Its falling apart every year with nothing more than a few sloppy patches.that are also falling apart. now.

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13commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

artful, and whom in the government decides who gets the people's money?? We saw what Obama did with the "Green jobs" money.

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14commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

AAC, get your facts straight before you complain , fracking has NOT caused earthquakes. Injection wells MIGHT have ---big difference.

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15Traveler(606 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

@walter_sobchak
they could probably get the land cheaper then in the rural area but Youngstown would require at least 3 armed guards at all time to prevent theft and worse. Plus all the extra taxes the city would want.

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16faith(200 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I can't believe the REPUBLICANTS and Kasick are trying to stop progress in this valley, this state. Would have been nice to rebuild our rail system in OH. O, wait, we gave $400,000,000.00 back. Our lack of infrastructure will limit this industry. I pay taxes and expect this government to support industries that creat good paying jobs, not the service industry jobs the REPUBLICANTS want everyone to have.

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17redeye1(4560 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Faith, The Demoncratic president put more restraints on that money then we know. Your demoncratic party paid a green energy company $500,000,000.00 to go bankrupt. That's how the demoncratic party spends our tax dollars. Besides with the cost of fuels today, who's to say this project would have ever gotten off the ground for this amount of money. One other thing with the union workers . How much track would have gotten laid anyway.before the money was gone

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18Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

The fracking process produces as it is done currently a waste fluid that is later injected at a well site.Ohio seems to be a preferred place to inject fluid not only from within its borders but from other states that do not want it.If there were no fracking there would be no fracking waste fluid.

So if fracking waste fluid can cause earthquakes at injection well sites then fracking is to that extent (producing the waste fluid ) involved also .

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