Pennsylvania DCED Recognizes Delaware County, Marcus Hook and Trainer Boroughs
for Partnership in Securing Thousands of Jobs in the Region
HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 12, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The inaugural C.
Alan Walker Award for Public-Private Partnership was presented today to the
Delaware County Council, Marcus Hook Borough and Trainer Borough, recognizing
their support of state efforts to secure hundreds of jobs in the Philadelphia
"Public and private partnerships are vital to the economic growth of the
commonwealth," Department of Community and Economic Development Deputy
Secretary Clyde "Champ" Holman said upon presenting the award. "I cannot think
of a better example of county and local governments, and private industry
working together to preserve jobs and open new doors to future economic
In 2011, Sunoco announced its intention to idle its Marcus Hook and
Philadelphia refineries and shortly after, ConocoPhillips announced its
refinery operations in Trainer Borough would be immediately closed. The
idling of these facilities would have resulted in the loss of more than 1,800
direct jobs, and more than 15,000 indirect jobs that relied on the active
operation of the three southeast refineries.
For several months, the administration coordinated with federal, state and
local officials to work with both ConocoPhillips and Delta Airlines'
subsidiary, Monroe Energy, to facilitate a deal. In addition to state support
of the project, Delaware County committed to contributing $1 million to extend
a pipeline to connect directly to the Philadelphia International Airport.
Monroe Energy is now producing jet fuel at the facility and the majority of
the workers have been rehired.
In a similar situation, the future of the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex was
in question. Delaware County Council invested in an economic feasibility study
to determine the potential options for reuse of the Sunoco Marcus Industrial
Complex. The study identified seven primary reuse options, five of which were
energy based options.
Through building a strong partnership, in July 2012, Braskem America announced
its acquisition of the propylene splitter assets at Sunoco's Marcus Hook
refinery. In late September 2012, Sunoco Logistics Partners announced it would
move forward with Mariner East, a pipeline project to transport approximately
70,000 barrels per day of ethane and propane from western Pennsylvania to its
Marcus Hook refinery.
As a result of the Corbett Administration working in partnership with the
Delaware County Council, and Marcus Hook and Trainer Boroughs, one of the two
Delaware County refineries was purchased and is still in operation, while the
second, the Marcus Hook refinery, is in the process of being divided and
developed for reuse.
"This venture will breathe new life back into the 100-year-old refinery and
open the door to future development and job creation at the site," Holman
said. "The credit goes to leadership – the leadership of Governor Corbett and
the leadership of Delaware County, Marcus Hook, and Trainer, all working
together in true partnership."
The C. Alan Walker Award for Public-Private Partnership is named after
Secretary Walker due to his understanding of the importance of the
relationship between public and private sectors, having served in both sectors
for years. To learn more about the C. Alan Walker Award for Public-Private
Partnership or other DCED programs, visit http://www.newPA.com.
Media Contact: Steven Kratz, DCED, 717-783-1132
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
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