One Johnstown manufacturing company summarizes local employment trends in one word: boomerang.
That’s how Bill Polacek, president of Environmental Tank and Containers, refers to it anyway. “People left the area and are now coming back because there are jobs,” Mr. Polacek said as he led a recent tour of the company’s facilities.
The tour led around a construction yard filled with pieces of rolled-up sheet metal; red, yellow and black pipes and valves; and blue and green storage containers higher than an average ceiling. A man in a white jumpsuit and face mask waved. Beyond the warehouse door, almost completely blocked off by a 45-foot white frack tank, were more than a dozen welders wearing hardhats, safety glasses and thick brown gloves.
“We expect to hire 50 to 100 more in the next year and a half,” Mr. Polacek said.
The company, which opened in 2011, manufactures equipment used in the midstream stages of oil and gas drilling. Its products include above-ground impediments, frack tanks, sand separators and API 12-F storage tanks. API 12-F tanks are built to adhere to the American Petroleum Institute‘s specific requirements for material, construction, and testing of shop-built storage tanks.