August 2014 - Energy and Land Resources: Impact on the Land, Business and Region
Centerpiece: Energy and Land Resources
Shale We Dance? As More Infrastructure is Put into Place, Natural Gas Output Continues to Rise
It seems safe to say the shale gas industry in Butler County is here to stay. Production nearly doubled from 2012 to 2013, and activity has only been picking up through 2014.
Tapping the Boom: Companies Find Success in the Gas Industry Supply Chain
Business Matters highlights O-Tex Pumping, Deep Well Services and IPC Energy Services, all of which have grown immensely by servicing the shale gas industry.
Negative Result: Company's Operations Come to an Abrupt Halt Leaving Many Questions
While the gas drilling boom has led to success for many businesses, risk is always a factor for entrepreneurs. An example of that is US Energy Services, which operated in Butler for less than two months.
Power Up: Strong Market Here for Outdoor Equipment Means Big Business
Reflective of its rural roots, Butler County provides a strong market for power and outdoor equipment companies. So far this year, a number of businesses have expanded, opened or relocated.
High 'Steaks': Rising Beef Prices Mean Menu Changes for Hospitals, Homes
Barbecuers risk sticker shock when they buy a steak or some hamburger for the grill this summer.
Home Field Advantage: Marcellus Boom Brings Petroleum Engineer Back to His Roots
Scott Arnold, a supervisor for XTO Energy, talks to Business Matters about how his career in the energy industry has taken him around the world but has now provided an opportunity for him to work close to home.
Far-Reaching Consequences: Emission Proposals Present False Choice of Removing Coal from Energy Mix
John Pippy, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance, writes about the impacts proposed federal emission standards would have on the coal industry.
Drug Down: How to Safeguard the Bottom Line with a Drug-Free Workplace Program
Ryan West, a training specialist with Greenbriar Treatment Center, lays out how businesses can go about effectively creating a drug-free workplace.
Acting on Addiction: Employers Must Recognize, Respond to Drug Abuse in the Workplace
Substance abuse is a problem that strikes the entire population, so businesses need to be aware of how to recognize it, respond to it and provide help.
Community Champion: Butler County Chamber of Commerce Honors Harmony Business Association
The Butler County Chamber of Commerce honored the Harmony Business Association with its annual Community Champion Award for its work in the community.
Change of Command: Chairman Takes Over Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber
The Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber announced in July its board chairman Jim Boltz will take over its top administrative job.
Grazing Goats: Nonprofit Asks Farmer to Put Animals to Work
A Jefferson Township farmer is putting his goats to work in Pittsburgh clearing invasive vegetation.
Metro Makeover: New Stores, Projects Bring Growth, Change to Butler
Historic downtown Butler is looking a little less historic as the city has undergone a number of changes and is gearing up for the start of a few new projects.
Fired Up: Partnership Aims to Increase Number of Firefighters
Several organizations are collaborating to raise $500,000 to help recruit and retain volunteer firefighters in Butler County.
Manufacturing Class: Penn United Program to Expand Next Year
After offering manufacturing skills classes at Knoch and Butler high schools for the first time, Penn United Technologies will expand the program to as many as five schools in the fall.
The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton, in partnership with the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber of Commerce, on June 25 hosted an open house for the business community in the bank's new office in Cranberry Township.
The Slippery Rock Business Association hosted a 10th anniversary summer picnic July 16 in Gateway Park in Slippery Rock.