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Oil-and-gas company buys parcels

Published: Tue, May 1, 2012 @ 12:08 a.m.


By Burton Speakman



A Switzerland company is the latest oil-and-gas operation to purchase property in Youngstown.

Weatherford Artificial Lift Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Weatherford International Ltd., purchased two parcels at 1100 Performance Place — the former home of Polly Air — from STAG III Youngstown LLC for $3.4 million.

Weatherford Artificial Lift Systems is based in Houston.

The building is 153,708 square feet and sits on 20.37 acres off Poland Avenue south of downtown Youngstown.

“We’re glad to have them. We welcome them to the area,” said Sarah Boyarko, vice president for economic development retention and expansion for the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber. She said the chamber has known that Weatherford was looking to come to the area.

“We gave them a presentation of the services we could offer. They didn’t seem to be interested in any of it,” she said.

Weatherford appears to want to come to the area and conduct its work quietly, Boyarko said.

The company did appear at one job fair for veterans locally about a month ago, she said.

According to its website, Weatherford International makes products that are used throughout the production process of oil and gas wells.

The company has domestic companies in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia. They also have numerous international companies.

This would be the first location in Ohio.

Weatherford reported first-quarter net income of $123 million. The company reported revenues of about $3.6 billion, up 26 percent compared with the same quarter the previous year.

Officials from Weatherford were not available to comment Monday.


1CongressWatcher(201 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Awesome! A company that specializes in the production of equipment to build injection wells is coming to youngstown! yippeeeeeee!


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2Silence_Dogood(1437 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

CongressWatcher you need to work on your reading skills , it said "throughout the production process of oil and gas wells". But if you want to see a boogie man under every rock I guess that is between you and your therapist.

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3CongressWatcher(201 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Thanks Silence! lol However, it clearly states on the company's web site that injection well technology is one of their specialties. This is from a web site link I provided in my post. Perhaps it is you who needs a little brush up on your reading of follow on posts. I can check with my therapist and see if there any open appointments for you if you would like?

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4juanita1944(34 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Juanita Anne Lewis This is quoted from

Rolling stones magazine

August 9, 2007



Sen.Pete Domenici believes that oil shale in the rocky mountains could free us from dependency on foreign oil in 15 years yeah sure!

Senator: oil shale is the real dregs of the fossil fuel chain : per pound ,It has one-tenth the energy of crude oil and 1/6th that of coal. A ton of shale is considered 'rich' if it yields thirty gallons of oil .squeezing oil out of shale is so costly and polluting that even after a century of trying and 10 billion dollars in in vestment .oil shale provides an infinitesimal .0001 percent of world energy . that's why many energy experts have another name for Oil; shale ... Fools gold..

By Jeff Goodell

Is the author of big coal- the dirty secret behind Americas energy future

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5juanita1944(34 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

god again......why don't people learn about fracking with some sence...look people they put stuff....nasty stuff in the earth......doesn't the earth bring it back up into our land and water......does a few bucks make it alright to destroy the earth? god save these people that think it's ok cause a company pays a few bucks.......look it up...people.....i feel sorry for the people in texas that will lose their homes and water...and their children.....through all these greedy companies.....i don't know what to say but they put stuff that is waste into the ground.....what in gods name makes you think it's not going to seep back up?stick a hose into the ground and watch the water come back up to the surfice........god people are crazy to think it won't..........mother nature does her job of sending it back to the surfice......god bless you people........that are stupid enough to believe different.......god help me to understand.their logic......and please it looks like to me greed.....isn't that one of the 7 deadly sins......forgive my preaching but i see it coming back up the bite us by the ass......god save you from the poison in the earth.....next it will be in your water and land......and your children pay the price..for cleaning up your mess....

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6CongressWatcher(201 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

I am not trying to stop the drilling, I am justifiably concerned about injection wells in mass volume. There are alternatives to this process. If they keep the injection wells to Clinton Formation level, perhaps it will work, but deep injection wells scare me. I admit it.

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