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Exploring Pennsylvania's Booming Energy Industry: Part 2

CORE PA Global, an initiative focused on creating and retaining jobs in the 53 county Core Region
through aggressive marketing to foreign investors and PA companies ready to reshore their manufacturing; hosted a tour of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for seven journalists from six countries to showcase companies involved in the mining, oil and gas field machinery manufacturing industries.

The goal was to  globally expose and showcase the great assets the core region of Pennsylvania has in the mining, oil and gas fields.

Orient Energy Review editor, Margaret Nongo-Okojokwu visited some major mining, oil and gas firms as well key institutions involved in Research and Development, which has further helped to put the keystone state in a much more advantaged position to attract Foreign Direct Investment.  

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Exploring Pennsylvania's Booming Energy Industry: Part 1

CORE PA Global, an initiative focused on creating and retaining jobs in the 53 county Core Region
through aggressive marketing to foreign investors and PA companies ready to reshore their manufacturing; hosted a tour of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for seven journalists from six countries to showcase companies involved in the mining, oil and gas field machinery manufacturing industries.

The goal was to  globally expose and showcase the great assets the core region of Pennsylvania has in the mining, oil and gas fields.

Orient Energy Review editor, Margaret Nongo-Okojokwu visited some major mining, oil and gas firms as well key institutions involved in Research and Development, which has further helped to put the keystone state in a much more advantaged position to attract Foreign Direct Investment.  

read the full article here!

Pennsylvania: The Land of Energy Galore

July, 2016

The land of the first commercial oil well in the world, today the Marcellus and Utica Shale has once again changed the landscape of US on the energy front. In fact natural gas is transforming the United States into a major supplier to the global energy markets with Pennsylvania as national leader in terms of natural gas production and low-cost energy for manufacturers. Full of energy, the manufacturing, mining and construction industries along with oil & gas are foundation of Keystone State’s economy. As the 8th largest manufacturing output in US having an established and diverse supply chain that is ready to meet specific needs of any industry it is home to 17 Fortune 500 companies and more than 2,100 foreign businesses and expanding.

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Special Report on Pennsylavnia's Mining, Oil & Gas Industries

July, 2016

Special report: An International Media Tour of the Mining, Oil & Gas industries in CORE PA.

USA Oil and Gas Monitor representing the United States Energy publication for the oil and gas industry and other international journalists from the UK, Australia, India, Canada and Nigeria; at the request of CORE PA Global – tour some of Pennsylvania’s innovative companies and industrial suppliers involved in the mining, oil and gas field machinery manufacturing industries.

This edition of USA Oil and Gas Monitor reports on our findings throughout the tour.

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Qld LNG’s noise solution

June, 2016

Calgary-headquartered Noise Solutions has revealed to Energy News how it helped Queensland’s three LNG megaprojects secure their critical social license by suppressing unwanted noise from the massive CSG to LNG build-out and well program.

Noise Solutions, which only recently expanded with a facility in Pennsylvania in the heart of the Marcellus and Utica shale boom that has the state awash with gas, undertook a series of theoretical noise studies for the Queensland LNG operators and then built solutions throughout the project pipeline from the well heads to the LNG trains.

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Curry Supply ready to rumble

June, 2016

Family-owned firm Curry Supply Company’s bullish attitude in expanding into Houston while oil prices were bottoming at just above $US 26/barrel in January has been vindicated with prices surging $20 since then, but the Pennsylvania outfit told Energy News the US shale industry it services hasn’t hit its straps yet.

Curry Supply’s Tom Catalano with one of their truck assemblages the company designs for industry.

Curry – named after Curryville in Pennsylvania, the heart of the Marcellus and Utica shale gas boom – opened a new 32,000sq.ft facility in Houston to provide quotes, technical support and financing with an inventory of the most commonly requested parts and components housed there ready for immediate shipping for the local oil and gas industry.

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solar fills void for CAB

June, 2016

A random phone call from a Californian solar company two years ago has changed the fortunes of Pennsylvanian not-for-profit supply company CAB which developed revolutionary safety technology for the state’s once-prolific coal industry, Energy News learned while touring the region.

The Cambria Association for the Blind & Handicapped, which now goes by the acronym CAB, provides job opportunities and services to people with disabilities through its product line for the resources and aerospace sectors.

Its employees manufacture equipment used by most of the state’s coal mines, along with various hard rock mine sites globally, including Australia, and north in Canada’s oil and gas sector.

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Gas opens doors for coal suppliers

June, 2016

The Marcellus and underlying Utica shales may have helped rip the heart out of Pennsylvania’s once-thriving coal industry, but a senior county official has detailed to ICN sister publication Energy News how one door closing has opened other opportunities for the local manufacturing sector, which has had a long, proud history.

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Shell a cracker for Pennsylvania

June, 2016

Few things have got Pennsylvanian industry more excited recently than Shell’s decision to build the first major ethane cracker plant of its size outside the Gulf Coast region to capture the benefits of the Marcellus and Utica shale boom, as Energy News discovered while touring the region last week.

Beaver County will host the cracker plant – part of the Anglo-Dutch supermajor’s determination to grow its chemicals business, an area that has given Shell a handy buffer as low oil prices have hammered its bottom line and those of its peers.

Up to 6000 jobs will be created in 18 months when construction starts on the facility on the banks of the Ohio River in Potter Township, about 48km north-west of Pittsburgh

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CORE PA Global participates at SelectUSA Investment Summit in D.C.

June, 2016

CORE PA Global is participating as part of the Pennsylvania delegation at the SelectUSA Investment Summit, a premier event for attracting foreign direct investment into the U.S.

SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) is the host organization for CORE PA Global, which promotes a 53-county region to international investors. CORE PA members will have an opportunity to connect with key stakeholders from 1,000 international companies at the summit in Washington, D.C. from June 19 to 21. Those members are Shaun Donovan of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, Jonathan Bowser of the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation, and Jason Fink of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

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Small-scale LNG a boon to gas islands

June, 2016

The small-scale LNG revolution taking the archipelagos of Southeast Asia by storm also promises to reshape the onshore environmental credibility and cost structure of the United States’ industrial and locomotive sectors, Energy News discovered while touring the region last week.

Just half an hour’s drive from Titusville, Pennsylvania, where the modern oil industry started with Colonel Edwin Drake’s first well, midstream company EmKey Energy owner Oivind Risberg has partnered with former Erie Redevelopment Authority executive director John Elliott and local businesswoman Anne Wessell to form North Pier Energy, to kick off the small-scale LNG boom in the region.

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‘Devastating’ drill tech in the works

June, 2016

CENTRE Rock, a tools and products manufacturer based in the heart of the United States’ shale gas boom, is working on a directional air percussion hammer that could devastate global markets by allowing industry produce from the hardest rocks it currently ignores, Energy News discovered while touring Pennsylvania last week.

Centre Rock founder and president Brandon Fisher, who was personally congratulated by US President Barack Obama when his small company engineered and manufactured a drill and pod to rescue trapped miners more than 2000ft underground a Chilean mine in 2010, detailed the technology to Energy News.
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Tour showcases mining, oil, gas industries to world

June, 2016

Saving trapped miners with quality manufactured equipment.

Providing clean energy alternatives with compressed natural gas.

Manufacturing for industrial noise control for harmony between industry and community.

All of these innovations come from Pennsylvania-based industries. Pennsylvania is a treasuretrove of opportunity for manufacturing and innovation, and CORE PA Global hosted a tour for seven journalists from six countries to showcase companies involved in the mining, oil and gas field machinery manufacturing industries from June 13 to 17, starting in Berlin and ending in New Castle.

Journalists represented Aspermont Limited, DEW Journal, USA Oil and Gas Monitor, PROCESSWest Magazine, IPP&T Magazine, Orient Energy Review, Pipeline & Gas Journal, and Coal International and Mining World. On the tour, they heard from regional partners, industry experts and additional companies about the oil and gas industry, and the effects of the energy industry on the state.

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Twisting the History of Steel Wire Rope

March, 2016

When it comes to productivity and progress, ingenuity is the backbone of the mining industry. Many will agree that mining activities have been the precursor to almost every significant technological development in our history. The period to which we attribute the most exponential growth in technology, the Industrial Revolution, owes everything to a few key inventions. The steam engine, the Bessemer Method and dynamite are often listed as the most important inventions of the modern age, but there is one other without which these things would not have had such remarkable impact on our lives.

At least, that’s what occurred to me after I was invited to take a tour of the 120-year old Wirerope Works factory site in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. As a rigger I had always appreciated the importance of steel wire rope to mining and to civil engineering, but despite this seemingly simple invention being part of every single day of my life working in the mining industry, I knew very little about how it is made, and even less about its history.

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Why Marcellus Shale Could Spell The End For Canadian Natural Gas

February, 2016

With rapidly expanding pipeline capacity and enough natural gas reserves to meet North American demand for decades, Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale play is putting a stranglehold on the Canadian natural gas industry

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Pre-Fabrication Company Calls the Marcellus' Bluff

January, 2016

Ron and Faith Clark have a history firmly rooted in the middle of Pennsylvania shale country. While it’s easy to find folks in the state who will gush over the abundance brought about by the mighty Marcellus, that’s not the case at Clark Technology Systems Inc. The company, formed in 1990 when the husband and wife team bought $25,000 in prefabrication equipment, already had a steady supply of work with about 80 percent of it coming from energy majors.

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Made in the Marcellus Shale Play: Bill Emick, CEO - Appellation Pre-Fab

December, 2015

Equipped with 5/8ths of an associates’ degree and a Pennsylvania farmer’s work ethic, Bill Emick set out on a 25-year career that took him all over the U.S. It was 1981, and with his certificate, a welder could command $12.75 an hour to start. But that inauspicious beginning gave Emick the tools he needed to become one of the top pre-fab suppliers in the mighty Marcellus, where he’s created a little-known but highly lucrative business with Appellation Pre-Fab in the center of Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania, a Future Success

December, 2015

The state of the east coast of the United States, which includes the city Philadelphia, makes every effort to accommodate an environment in foreign companies, including plastics.
With over 700 plastics manufacturers, the state of Pennsylvania, in Northeastern United States is the second largest for the industry, just after Texas, whose oilfields guarantee access to firstly material cheap. The Pennsylvania distinguished by its low cost energy with, in 2011, almost 71,000 active drilling the exploited tion of shale gas, a figure constantly Augmen ta tion. The activity of the territory rose from the processing of steel chemistry, textiles and high technology. The plastics industry is booming Philadelphia side, and many companies settled there, from the United States, but also Canada, Australia, Europe, China, or the Middle East.

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Plastic Production in the U.S.

December, 2015

There was the opportunity to visit several American plastics companies below the PR campaign by the organization Core PA conducted in the spring in the US state of Pennsylvania (Pa). The purpose of the tour was to try making manufacturers of plastic components interested in establishing production in the state on the basis of cheap energy, good infrastructure and skilled labor. Plastics Industry is on the top ten list of the fastest growing export enterprises in PA.

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Plastics Processing in the USA: Part 1

November, 2015

In late April I made a three-day tour of plastics companies Pennsylvania, United States. The trip was initiated by the state of Pennsylvania, and aimed the favorable investment opportunities for (plastic) companies to draw attention. Besides lectures with background information about the opportunities which provides Pennsylvania, visits were organized to five companies and a university. This month, an initial report on a practical person and the university.
The six companies visited were: The Alberts Company, Penn College of Technology, Greiner Packaging, Technical Processing and Engineering (TPEI), Sekisui and Playworld Systems. In this edition of PLASTICS & RUBBER article about the visit to The Alberts Company and the University of Pennsylvania.

These articles have been translated from their original publication.

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Taking Investment to the States

November, 2015

If you haven’t already heard of the Marcellus Shale, it’s worth pointing out that this is looking like the biggest gas play ever seen in the US, one which is providing many new opportunities for investment by resource services companies.

With some uncertainty surrounding the quality and supply of Australian gas from Queensland, as well as pressure from environmental groups to prevent new gas well drilling in NSW and Victoria, opportunities for overseas investment are presenting in the US, where local government and community organisations want to welcome overseas investors to help boost their manufacturing and industrial services industries.

Recently, Australian engineering contractor Monadelphous has launched a new foray into the US gasfields, entering into an agreement with US company Mascaro Construction to establish a new jointly owned company, Monaro LLC.

The new venture will be based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, positioning it to take advantage of the burgeoning infrastructure investment boom tied to production in the Marcellus and Utica shale gas plays.

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Tour showcases mining, oil, gas industries to global audiences

November, 2015

Innovation in mining, oil and gas is beating in the heart of Pennsylvania, and CORE PA Global hosted a tour to showcase some of those regional industries to international and national journalists.

The journalists toured six companies from Oct. 5 to Oct. 8, starting in Wilkes-Barre and ending in Williamsport. On the tour, they learned about the supply chain, foreign investors in the region, infrastructure, workforce and education, producers, and liquid natural gas port and pipeline. They also heard from regional partners, industry experts and additional companies about the oil and gas industry, and the effects of the energy industry on the state.

CORE PA Project Manager Noelle Long said Pennsylvania has much to offer the world. “The goal was to globally expose the great assets the core region of Pennsylvania has in the mining, oil and gas fields. We want to show the world what fantastic resources we have,” Long said.

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P&G discovers more than water, wood & workforce in PA

October, 2015

Half a century ago, when P&G Paper Products Co. put one of its biggest paper products plants in Mehoopany, Pa., its reasons for doing so were more than paper thin. The location — driven by access to wood, water and workforce — put the company’s products close to more than half the US population.

Little did P&G leaders know it put them close to another valuable resource directly under their feet.

In 1965, having patented the through-air drying process that meant softer, more absorbent tissue and paper towel products that consumers loved, it made little sense to keep shipping from Green Bay, Wis. — where the Charmin Paper Products Company product, purchased by P&G in 1957, was founded — when so many of those consumers lived in the US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The decision to also expand their new Pampers disposable diaper business into more manufacturing locations for similar reasons also had P&G looking for a new manufacturing site. Even today, says Mehoopany Public Relations, Health, Safety, Environmental Affairs & Energy Affairs Manager Alex Fried, a fully loaded tractor-trailer only weighs about 20,000 pounds. It was time to establish another manufacturing base closer to those consumers.

The Wyoming County site in Mehoopany, directly on the mighty Susquehanna River, got the nod. By October 1966, the plant was up and running. Today it’s home to approximately 2,000 employees, 1,000 associated contractors and a payroll of over $200 million annually. And next year it will celebrate 50 years of continuous operation without a single layoff.

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Cheap energy in the US to Manufacturers of Plastic Products

September, 2015

One of several features of the American State Pennsylvania (Pa) is that it has one of the the leading colleges in educating specialists for the plastics industry. Another is that the state has large deposits, among other things, of shale gas, which contributes to providing the plastic production with cheap energy. It is moreover in growth among other things, based on the development production methods of shale gas extraction.

Pennsylvania, which is the large and strategically well located state south of New York, has now become the second largest producer of natural gas in the United States. More specifically, one of the latest sources, Marcellus Shale gas, has helped to lower the price of plastic raw material drastically by producing ethylene as an inexpensive alternative to propylene. Furthermore, Pa established particularly favorable tax conditions for production companies and their employees.

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The Mighty Middle: There's more to Pennsylvania than Pittsburgh and Philadelphia

September, 2015

Pennsylvania’s attractiveness to business and industry doesn’t stop at the city limits of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. An economic development initiative, CORE PA, is focused solely on creating and retaining jobs in the 53 county “core region” of the commonwealth. It seeks to grow business and industry through reshoring manufacturing and attracting foreign investment.

In the past year, project ranging from transportation equipment manufacturing to aerospace to e-commerce fulfillment centers have made home in Pennsylvania. And thanks to some tough-to-beat competitive advantages – Pennsylvania’s geographic location and 40,000 miles of state roads, access to fair Class I railways, three ports and six international airports – it was a banner year for distribution centers in the Keystone State.

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Pennsylvania Draws Plastics Profession

July, 2015

Pennsylvania state located in the northeast of the United States, is less known than Texas in terms of industrial investments. Yet it has many advantages, and its leaders want to know. Thus, a company that installs in Pennsylvania has a tax exemption for ten years. Another advantage is the transportation network (road, rail, air) is extremely dense. Finally, the cost of energy is very low, about two times cheaper than in France for electricity, and three times less for gas.

An energy cheaper than in Texas
We have an energy with an even lower price than Texas! Says Bradley Lashinsky, General Director of
Economic Development and Planning in the economic center Jefferson County. There is still a lot of land for sale, unlike in Texas or New York, where the waiting list is long – from two to five years – for it to settle. “

To date, two French plastics manufacturers, manufacturer Millet Plastics, specialized in food packaging, and polyvinyl chloride expert (PVC), Grosfillex, each opened a production unit in the state. And all fields, the list is longer widely, with a total of 493 French companies established, either in restoring the building, or energy.

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Intl. Processors locate to Central PA

June, 2015

If there is doubt as to whether the uptick in North American plastics processing is sustainable, best to ask two industry leaders with roots in Europe and Asia. Motivated by some combination of lower-cost energy, access to an expanding customer base, or an opportunity to introduce time-tested technology a new audience, two global processors last year put stakes in the ground in central Pennsylvania.

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Modern Plastics India: CORE PA Plastics & Media Tour

June, 2015

Ginu Joseph, Editor-In-Chief and Director, Modern Plastics India, visited CORE PA as a part of our Plastics & Energy Media Tour in April of 2015. Ginu returned to India a short time later and wrote a detailed story on his time in CORE PA that was featured in their June, 2015 issue. The issue can be viewed via the button below, our story begins on Page 53.

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Evidence of Processing’s Resurgence in U.S.

May, 2015

It was the fall of 2013. I was attending the Global Plastics Summit in Chicago, a yearly event cosponsored by the Society of the Plastics Industry and IHS, an international “thought leader” in the area of plastics, chemicals and other industries.

The topic was shale gas, more specifically the opportunity that abundant, inexpensive feedstock materials would present to plastics processors in the U.S. Greg Jozwiak, North America commercial v.p. for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, was one of the speakers that day. Looking into his crystal ball, and referring to PE packaging in particular, he said, “Core growth (due to shale gas) could boost growth by 2.5%, reshoring 1%, substitution (of non-plastics packaging) by 0.75% and export of finished goods another 0.25%,” he explained. “That’s 4.5% of growth, representing 770,000 metric tons/yr.” Perhaps even more intriguing to me, Jozwiak added that Dow customers outside of the U.S. are looking at establishing a manufacturing footprint in America to tap into this potential.

My first thought was “Wow.” Then I wondered, “Maybe a bit optimistic?” Then, as the next speaker was being introduced, I concluded my thought process with “I guess we’ll find out.”

In late April, I found out.

I was part of a tour of worldwide journalists invited by CORE PA Global to visit a group of companies in Pennsylvania. The organization is the centerpiece of a state government initiative to increase the visibility of a 53-county footprint to international and domestic investors and reshoring prospects.

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CORE PA & HIA Unveil Welcome Wall

May, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Harrisburg International Airport held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday morning to unveil a new welcome wall. The new artwork was created with images from around the midstate. It gives travelers a look at what the area has to offer and promotes the importance of the local economy. “They may say, ‘oh we need to extend our stay a little bit.’ Ideally we have some business travelers coming through saying, ‘maybe this is the right place to establish our business,” Noelle Long with CORE PA said. CORE PA Global partnered with HIA to create the welcome wall. CORE PA is an initiative to attract and grow businesses across the state.

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PA Launches Initiative to Attract FDI

January, 2014

A public development organization, in conjunction with several partners across the state, has launched a $3 million program to help attract and lure more international investment and generate economic growth across Pennsylvania.

And according to officials at SEDA-Council of Governments, a recently-awarded “Make It In America” grant – one of just 10 approved nationwide by President Barack Obama’s administration – will be used to help fund the initiative.

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Lancaster part of $3 million FDI Initiative

December, 2013

A consortium of economic development organizations is launching a three-year initiative to promote manufacturing in rural Pennsylvania, including Lancaster County. 

The effort is one of 10 nationwide to receive funding under the Obama administration’s “Make It In America” challenge grant program, said Noelle Long, director of the export development program at Lewisburg-based SEDA-COG, which is taking the lead on the project.

The federal money includes three grants totaling more than $2 million, Long said. With matching funds, total funding will be nearly $3 million, Long said.

The aim is to retain existing manufacturing, bring offshored jobs back to the state and encourage foreign companies to invest here, according to Long and other officials.

The program’s 52-county target area includes all of northern and central Pennsylvania; only a 10-county region around Pittsburgh and a 5-county region around Philadelphia are excluded, according to a map provided by SEDA-COG.

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