The Marcellus Shale boom has brought with it opportunity for much of southwestern Pennsylvania, and as development has crept north, Beaver County has found itself in an ideal location.
Near the river, rails, interstates and Pittsburgh International Airport, it’s these amenities that have caught the eye of companies, most notably, Royal Dutch Shell. Shell first announced it was eyeing the Horsehead Holding Corp. plant in Potter Township as the potential spot for an ethane cracker plant in March 2012.
“It’s an exciting time in Beaver County,” said Dennis Nichols, Beaver County commissioner. “There is tremendous opportunity with the potential for the Shell cracker, but beyond Shell, many things are happening.”
Nichols was part of a panel discussion at the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Beaver County Corridors of Opportunity event, held recently at the Club at Shadow Lakes. The panelists, which included Nichols, Jack Manning, head of the Beaver Chamber of Commerce Economic Task Force; Lew Villotti, planning and development director for the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission; and John Thayer, director of performance styrenics for Nova Chemicals, discussed the opportunities and challenges in Beaver County.
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