Baker Hughes Expands in WV, Sets Sights on the Marcellus

Baker Hughes, one of the world’s largest oilfield and shale gas service companies, is building a new $40 million facility in Harrison County, West Virginia, and along with it, generating 275 new jobs. According to Baker Hughes president Paul Butero, the company plans to become a “major player” in the Marcellus Shale.

Baker Hughes, one of the world’s largest oilfield service companies, plans to build a new, $40-million center just off the Saltwell Road Exit off I-79. The project is expected to add up to 275 additional jobs to the already 200 workers currently employed by the company.

Kathy Wagner, with the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, calls the announcement encouraging news.

"Anytime we can get a project that brings that many jobs to a community, it’s wonderful news to hear and just a great thing to have happen,” she said.

Baker Hughes currently has two facilities in Harrison County. The new construction would combine those sites into a state of the art center on 52-acres just north of the FBI Center.

Construction is expected to start in the next few weeks and should be complete within a year.

The new jobs will range from engineers to gas field workers, scientists to mechanics. They’ll be added to the employment ranks gradually over a period of time.

Baker Hughes plans to become a major player in Marcellus shale drilling according to the company’s president Paul Butero.*

*Charleston MetroNews (Jan 12, 2012) – Harrison County Welcomes New Jobs