The construction of Sunoco Pipeline L.P.’s Mariner East pipelines and supporting infrastructure at the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex in southeast Pennsylvania will profoundly benefit the economy of the region, Econsult Solutions has found in an updated economic impact analysis of the multibillion-dollar project
The total potential economic impact from all Mariner East construction in the Commonwealth, updated from a 2015 study, is estimated to be $9.1 billion, supporting approximately 9,500 total jobs each year over six years of construction, with earnings of $2.7 billion. This is more than double the previous estimated economic impact from construction on the project, being built by Sunoco Pipeline and its parent, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
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Behind the Numbers
Here are the stories behind just some of the local companies experiencing growth during the construction of Sunoco Pipeline’s Mariner East projects.
Mark T. Whitlow, 35, Coatesville
- Raised in Downingtown.
- Laborer, Otis Eastern Construction, doing pipeline construction in Chester County.
- Shop steward with Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local Union #413 in Chester, Pa.
- Working on Mariner East projects since 2015.
- Worked with about 200 Laborers for Otis.
- Had been working 60 hour weeks.
Amanda Barnes, 28, Pottstown
- Member, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 542, Otis Eastern
- On ME2, Amanda operates the excavators that support the horizontal directional drilling equipment — from laying timber mats to the installation of the drill stems.
- Working toward purchasing a home and a car for her teenage son.
- Local 542 hiring hall has been “virtually cleared out” of workers because of the demand for labor for Mariner East 2.
Mike Garvey, 32, Brookhaven
- Electrician, J.R. Metzger, Inc.
- Member, IBEW Local 645, Boothwyn (Delaware County)
- Working on Mariner projects since 2014.
Mike Everett, 39, Norwood
- Electrician, J.R. Metzger, Inc.
- Working on Mariner East 2 at Marcus Hook since 2013.
- Prior to that worked 3 months as electrician in 4 years.
J.R. Metzger, Inc., Aston, PA
- Delaware County-based (Aston Township) electrical contractor founded in 1971 by Joseph Metzger Sr.
- 30 permanent employees, additional 60 employees added over 2 years of Mariner East work.
- Sales tripled during construction
- Union shop, 85-90 percent of employees from Delaware and Chester counties.
- Approximately 200,000 man hours on project.
H.T. Sweeney & Son, Inc., Brookhaven, PA
- Delaware County-based (Middletown Township) civil site work, excavation and utility contractor, founded in 1947 by Herb Sweeney.
- 175 permanent employees, up from 125 in 2012.
- Mariner East work responsible for an average of 35 additional employees since 2012 in Delaware County alone, with Mariner-dedicated work force as many as 80 employees at peak.
- Performed 90 percent of site work at Marcus Hook Industrial Complex, plus similar work for pump stations throughout PA and new PECO substation for Marcus Hook facility.
Nooter Construction, Trevose, PA
- National construction contractor with regional headquarters in Bucks County (Trevose), PA for more than 35 years.
- Mariner East work brought in more than $300 million over 4 years, on pump stations and at Marcus Hook Industrial Complex.
- Mariner East work represents 40 percent of output.
- Company has 100 permanent employees, saw increase of 40 employees over 4 years.
- At peak, Nooter had more than 700 construction workers at Marcus Hook.
- Total of 2.1 million man-hours of work.