Lawrence County Campaigns to Lure Cracker-Related Businesses

Lawrence County, PA

The leaders of Lawrence County, PA are clever. After five years of crunching numbers, in June 2016 Shell finally committed to building a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker plant complex in Beaver County, PA (see Breaking: Shell Pulls the Trigger, PA Ethane Cracker is a Go!). Since that time it’s pretty much been full speed ahead. The site is now cleared, extra roads and bridges have been built to handle truck traffic, and by July, two new cement plants will be in place to produce the enormous amounts of concrete needed to build the facility (see Shell Cracker Construction Starting Soon; Concrete Plants Ramp-up). From the start, this has always been a “regional” story because the cracker, while it’s getting built and after it’s built, will stoke economic activity in the way of jobs and business throughout southwestern PA, eastern OH and into WV’s northern panhandle. But knowing there’s a great opportunity and wishing/hoping some it will come your way is not enough. That’s what the smart leaders of Lawrence County (shares its southern border with Beaver County) know. Earlier this week Lawrence County launched a major effort to attract businesses to the county–businesses that are interested in supplying good and services too, or receiving raw plastics from, the Shell ethane cracker…

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