Manufacturing Jobs from Pipelines

Pipelines Deliver Raw Materials to U.S. Manufacturers

Pipelines collect natural gas liquids (NGLs) from wells in places like eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and Texas and send them to U.S. manufacturers: ethane to make plastics, butane for lighters, and pentane to make Styrofoam. Experts predict America’s shale gas boom will supply by pipeline enough manufacturing feed-stocks to spur 17,000 new high-paying jobs in the U.S. chemical industry, 195,000 jobs down the manufacturing supply chain, and 230,000 indirect jobs created by these new investments.

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Consumer Goods Made from Pipeline Delivered Feedstock

U.S. manufacturing workers making everything from beverage containers to laundry baskets, carpet, tires and clothing depend upon these raw material feed stocks delivered by pipeline. U.S. workers benefit at every stage of the process, from drilling wells and sending production to pipelines, processing raw materials into usable feed-stocks, processing feed-stocks into base fibers, resins, and materials, and manufacturing final products and packaging.

Pipeline Construction Spurs U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

U.S. workers making steel pipe, pumps and valves will all benefit from pipeline construction. For example, construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will support 4,600 manufacturing jobs delivering $309 million in worker salary and benefits. Manufacturing states, suffering until recently, are rebounding with new steel mills opening in Pennsylvania and reopening or expanding in Ohio. A steel mill in Arkansas produced much of the pipe for the Keystone XL pipeline.

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