Delaware County Council's vision

for Marcus Hook's rebirth

fueled by the announcement of new jobs


Delaware County Councilmen Dave White and John McBlain joined officials from Sunoco Logistics, leaders from Marcus Hook and President of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Trish McFarland at the Marcus Hook Community Center on Jan. 31 to announce the creation of new jobs in Marcus Hook. Sunoco Logistics announced 20 full-time operator and technician positions at the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex, paying an average wage of $80,000.

"The influx of natural resources into Sunoco Logistics' facility has created the demand for these new jobs and a new energy economy," said Delaware County Councilman Dave White. "These are well paying, life sustaining jobs available for some of our qualified and skilled workers right here in the county."

Once these new positions are filled, the full-time workforce at Marcus Hook will exceed 200 employees with a total annual payroll of $16 million dollars. That's in addition to the 2,200 construction workers rebuilding the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex every day during the construction of the Mariner East projects in the region.

Five years ago refineries were closing, people were losing jobs and nearby businesses were also suffering. Delaware County Council was determined to be proactive and to identify potential industries and attract new businesses to the waterfront.

In March 2012 Delaware County Council requested that the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) conduct an analysis of what uses would be best for the former Marcus Hook refinery. The goal was to be proactive and bring businesses and jobs back to Marcus Hook. The findings outlined seven best uses for the site; five were energy-based alternatives and two were Marcellus Shale chemical-based. In February 2015 Council toured Sunoco Logistics and was literally energized to see that almost 3 years after the study - that the recommendations had become a reality. Sunoco Logistics was making major enhancements to existing infrastructure at the site and was creating new opportunities for industrial development. After the visit in February 2015 Delaware County Council asked the IDA to conduct a second phase of that study. IDA updated the study to re-assess the viability and requirements of re-use options for the 780-acre site. The study found a significant increase in natural gas liquids (NGLs) coming from the Marcellus and Utica shale regions, transported by the Mariner East pipeline. The low-cost, shale-gas feedstocks available to the US chemical industry have given the US a competitive edge in markets that use natural gas.

Sunoco has implemented recommendations from that 2nd study and today the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex and abutting assets have emerged as symbols of economic promise and industrial revitalization.

Delaware County Council realizes that the growth at the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex is driven by the Mariner East infrastructure projects. It began in December 2014 with the startup of the Mariner East 1 pipeline system. Mariner East 1 now transports approximately 70,000 barrels of propane and ethane daily from the Marcellus Shale area of Western Pennsylvania to Marcus Hook for processing, storage and distribution to local, regional and international markets.

The future of Sunoco Logistics, which includes these 20 new jobs, and other new positions at the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex, await the completion of the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. This project is awaiting approval of environmental permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. If approved, Mariner East 2 will transport an estimated 270,000 barrels of propane and butane a day, nearly quadrupling the amount of resources flowing into southeastern Pennsylvania.

"The addition of these new jobs exemplifies the continued growth and rebirth of the Marcus Hook facility, an emerging energy hub in the United States, and County Council's commitment to seeing this growth continue," said White. "We know there is an emerging global interest in the energy marketplace and Delaware County is positioned to be a major player. This is a huge step in the revitalization of our waterfront."

The job listings can be found: http://careers.sunocologistics.com/




More Jobs Coming to Delaware County's Waterfront

Delaware County Councilman Dave White (center) joined Councilman John McBlain, leaders from Sunoco Logistics, Marcus Hook Mayor Gene Taylor and Delaware County Chamber of Commerce President Trish McFarland on Jan. 31 to announce the creation of 20 new jobs at Sunoco Logistics in Marcus Hook. The influx of natural resources into Sunoco's facility has created the demand for these new jobs and a new energy economy. These 20 new life-sustaining jobs are available for well qualified and skilled workers. Once these new positions are filled, the full-time workforce at Marcus Hook will exceed 200 employees with a total annual payroll of $16 million dollars. That's in addition to the 2,200 construction workers rebuilding the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex each day. The job listings can be found: http://careers.sunocologistics.com/