As we continue our State of Manufacturing Tour, the National Association of Manufacturers is transforming the perception of manufacturing. Manufacturing creates opportunity and growth, and we see that with the construction and long-term operation of new pipeline infrastructure. To compete in the global market, manufacturers depend on access to affordable energy. Investing in pipeline infrastructure today will ensure the benefits of reliable energy for America’s manufacturing sector for generations to come.
“With our abundance of diverse resources, the United States is uniquely positioned to chart an energy future that raises the standard of living for all Americans. To do so, however, we must utilize every source of affordable, secure energy available. This will mean expediting the permitting process for onshore and offshore energy exploration, opening more federal lands to responsible development, building new pipelines and energy delivery infrastructure and removing regulatory barriers that hamper energy projects of all types.” – Jay Timmons, NAM President and CEO
Manufacturers across the nation benefit from creating infrastructure that delivers energy resources to market. In addition to creating jobs across the construction and manufacturing supply chain, pipelines also strengthen our nation’s energy security and increase access to affordable energy.
In Ohio for example, the proposed Rover Pipeline will deliver natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations to manufacturing hubs across Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia. The Rover Pipeline will amount to nearly $1 billion in direct spending in the United States with almost 80 percent of the pipe, all compression assembly, and the majority of other materials to be manufactured by American firms. Similarly in Pennsylvania, the Mariner East natural gas liquids pipeline project coupled with the revitalization of the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex in Philadelphia has the potential to anchor the resurgence of manufacturing in the region and create hundreds of additional high-quality jobs.
North Dakota is the epicenter of the new American oil boom, but despite growing production levels, the region still lacks adequate pipeline capacity to meet new market dynamics. The Dakota Access Pipeline project aims to solve this problem by offering transport of these valuable resources.
Those are just three of the many pipeline projects projected to start construction over the next year. Growth in domestic production of energy will continue to benefit manufacturers, and pipelines are essential to continued opportunity.