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Dura-Bond Says New Facility Will Bring Jobs

David Whipkey
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 16, 2010

For one Mon Valley municipality, drilling for natural gas into the Marcellus Shale will create dozens of new jobs.

Export-based Dura-Bond Industries will open a 55,000-square-foot pipe-coating facility along the Monongahela River in Duquesne. It will serve to complement the company's existing coating facility in nearby McKeesport.

Jason Norris, Dura-Bond vice president of commercial operations, said the company chose the RIDC Duquesne City Center site due to its proximity to rail lines and access to the river.

"There is not a whole lot of flat and stabilized ground in southwestern Pennsylvania," Mr. Norris said. "We looked at a few sites, but none could offer the access ... rail and barge access fits the bill."

Mr. Norris said the site is in the process of being cleared. The facility is expected to be open by mid-2011.

Once opened, the facility will create between 75 and 85 new jobs in the Mon Valley, a fact that is not lost on Duquesne Mayor Phil Krivacek.

"Well, anytime you can bring in a company that will create new jobs in the region is a definite plus," said the mayor. "I think this a good thing for not only Duquesne, but for the entire region."

Mr. Norris said the added interest in deep-well drilling into the Marcellus Shale, a layer of rock deep under the Earth's surface that contains billions of gallons of natural gas, has helped spur the development of a new Dura-Bond facility in Duquesne.
"No doubt that the discovery of what the Marcellus Shale can produce has been a positive for us," Mr. Norris said.

Fifty years after its founding, Dura-Bond controls three wholly owned companies: