Pipeline infrastructure is helping fuel a resurgence of American made goods, from manufacturers to businesses utilizing affordable American energy. But pipeline construction is also helping to reenergize American workers. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently published an opinion piece by Leo W. Gerard, international president of the United Steelworkers, and Bobby McAuliffe, director of USW District 10, which encompasses all locals in Pennsylvania, thanking “Sunoco Logistics for making a commitment to use American steel and to support the men and women who make it with the construction of the company’s Mariner East 1 and 2 pipeline projects.”
The piece applauds Sunoco Logistics for becoming a leader in the advancement of Pennsylvania pipeline infrastructure. The Sunoco Logistics Mariner East pipeline project will include at least 350 miles of new steel pipe. That means the “new pipe will be bought and rolled from American steel plants across the country, a majority of which are USW-represented. That’s more than 75,000 tons of steel for [the Mariner East project] alone.”
At a time when the steel market is looking for new growth and opportunity, a project such as this is very beneficial to the economy and jobs. “Overall, the Mariner East pipeline projects will support 30,000 jobs along their routes during construction. Once both lines are operational, they will generate $100 million to $150 million in annual economic impact and support 300 to 400 full-time jobs.”
It is clear to see the benefits the Mariner East projects –and other pipeline infrastructure projects like it– will bring to Pennsylvania, and we thank Leo W. Gerard and Bobby McAuliffe for supporting the projects, as “Sunoco Logistics has been doing it the right way from the very start in Pennsylvania, its home state.”
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