The Linde Group, a German industrial-gases maker, is planning to invest $100 million in its bottled-industrial-gas plant on the Delaware River, but the investment will not add any new permanent jobs to the area, writes Joseph DiStefano for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The development, which will further the local gas-related boom in construction, will add up to 80 temporary jobs during its implementation. But, according to The Linde Group spokeswoman Vinita Abraham, the plant will stay at 17 jobs when complete.
The lack of new permanent jobs is due to increased automation, which is also contributing to the drop in manufacturing employment in former job centers like the industrial stretch of the Delaware.
The Linde Group decided to add a new Air Separation Unit in response to the growing demand from its chemical-company customers in the Northeast. This is mostly due to the flood of low-cost fuels and liquids from Marcellus Shale wells in Pennsylvania and nearby states.
“Areas that have sustainable, low-priced natural gas do tend to see an increase in the need for industrial gas products,” said Abraham. “There is a lot of chemical company activity in the Northeast because of that.”
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