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MarkWest breaks ground in Harrison County

Updated: Wednesday, August 6 2014, 05:43 PM EDT
HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio -- State and local officials gathered Wednesday for a ceremony to celebrate a groundbreaking for MarkWest Energy Partners, LP.
It’s a project they say will expand MarkWest, while creating jobs and improving the local economy, as they’re set to begin construction on their new regional headquarters. Officials said it’s a sign that MarkWest will continue to invest in the community and create more jobs.
It’s a project that has been in the making for 2.5 years. After they opened their field office in Cadiz, they quickly outgrew it within 6 months.
“So we've been working on this particular piece of property since then,” said Dave Ledonne, vice president of operations for Utica and Appalachia MarkWest. “To do an expansion, we're still going to maintain ownership of the property and utilize that property as well throughout our expansion efforts."
The building is expected to be 20,000 square feet, equipped to hold up to 120 employees. It will even be expandable, but most importantly, it will help employees communicate better under one roof.
“Everybody is kind of separated right now in different trailers and once we get everyone under one roof we'll be so centralized,” said Melissa Yoho, administrator for the Ledonne and project manager for new administrative building. “Productivity will just be 10 times better because communication is key element."
The regional office will not only increase the company's productivity, it’s also going to create more job opportunities.
“The most important issue is the need to create jobs -- 55 good-paying, sustainable jobs to keep people in the area,” Ohio Senator Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, said. “I think that’s what this signifies today of their commitment, not only to continue their investment to create jobs, but also that they’re here for the long run."
MarkWest has raised a significant amount of resources in Harrison County and this new office shows its commitment to the area.
“It’s been a great community for MarkWest and for the area, obviously,” Ledonne said. “MarkWest has done well here, as well investing a billion and a half dollars in that 2 and half years, and a lot more to go."
“For us to finally get to the point where we are just feels overwhelming,” Yoho said. “It’s such a boost for Harrison County. I'm just so honored to be a part of it."
Yoho says they will already be moving dirt Monday and the completion date is set for May 2014.

MarkWest breaks ground in Harrison County

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