Johnstown, PA is booming with new jobs. Especially in an old steel plant – Environmental Tank and Container. Drilling companies are impressed by the quality of work and so is governor Tom Corbett.
The plant is currently building portable storage tanks for frack water used in the drilling process. Earlier this year, the plant was relatively empty and its owner in bankruptcy. John Polacek, the founder of Johnstown Welding and Fabrication, had an idea on how to cash in on the Marcellus Shale boom. Now, over 80 workers are employed with sustaining jobs.
“When I came through here earlier this year there were 3 cars. I find myself counting the cars”, said Polacek. “It’s a measurement of success if people are employed. Well, I stopped counting cars.”
The jobs are not going to people from out of state, and are going to local citizens who have always been in the area. The workers here are building tanks necessary to protect the environment and the hard work is getting noticed by the drilling companies.
Congressman Mark Critz joined the governor on a tour of the facility. He is also very impressed with the work that is taking place in the plant. It proves that the people of Western PA are ready to roll up their sleeves and understand the meaning of a hard day’s work.
Many others will have an opportunity to be hired at Johnstown Welding and Fabrication with 70 additional jobs opening up in 2012. This area is very thankful for the Marcellus Shale boom and looks forward to more jobs and a boost in the economy.