Matzie: Shell cracker plant will bring jobs, growth to SW Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, June 7 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said he was pleased today to learn that Shell Oil has officially announced that they will build a ethane cracker plant in Potter Township, Beaver County.

"Progress means people spending money. Progress means jobs. That little local restaurant that normally has a two-table morning rush could see 15 tables in there soon enough," Matzie said. "Make no mistake, this is the largest industrial investment in Southwestern Pennsylvania in a generation."

The construction of the plant, which will process Marcellus and Utica shale ethane gas, is expected to require up to 6,000 workers. Upon its completion, it will employ an estimated 600 employees, as well as create thousands of ancillary jobs related to the industry.

"The trickledown effect this cracker plant will create will be tremendous," Matzie said. "It will touch small businesses. It will touch Main Street in a big way. This is a good day for Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth as a whole."

Matzie said he has been informed that Shell intends to begin construction in the next 18 months, with a tentative completion date in the early 2020s.

Matzie has long supported the proposed cracker plant both locally and in Harrisburg. As the lead Democrat on spearheading legislation to attract this facility to the region, Matzie reached across the aisle in a bipartisan effort and worked with labor and the business community to gain passage of key legislation.